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Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledges

About the Course
This course provides the opportunity for students to engage in the study of Indigenous Knowledges. There are themes within the degree that focus on: Cultural Engagement, Policy and Governance; History and Cultural Heritage and/or Yolngu Culture and Languages. Students enrolled in this course are able to examine key issues in relation to Indigenous policy development and implementation, Indigenous systems of traditional and contemporary governance, intellectual and cultural property rights, and Indigenous economies. These issues are able to be explored in the light of contemporary social and political issues faced by Indigenous people across Australia and internationally.
Special focus is placed upon Indigenous people┐s engagement in the management of land and water resources. The students are able to learn about the recording and representing of knowledge and country in appropriate ways through engagement with and between Indigenous people and can acquire the ability to negotiate and communicate between cultural groups. Yolngu Culture and Language is a unique specialisation where students can immerse themselves in the lived experience of Yolngu societies. Learning takes place within a context that encompasses both contemporary and traditional Yolngu Knowledges. The degree also has International Indigenous units of study and makes use of the links established between the University and Indigenous communities overseas.


This course will be invaluable for students who wish to gain knowledge and understanding of the workings of government and policy; the structures and functions of governance in relation to Indigenous peoples; the practice of cultural engagement with and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people; Cultural Heritage and History studies; Environment and Indigenous people; and the culture and language of Yolngu people.


Course Structure
The course requires the completion of 240 credit points of study drawn from units offered in the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledges in areas related to Policy, Governance and Cultural Engagement, History and Cultural Heritage and/or Yolngu Culture and Languages (people from north-east Arnhemland). Core units provide an orientation and basis for developing understandings across both areas of study and allow students to develop their knowledge in key areas based on a firm, foundational understanding in culturally based environmental knowledge and economies, social theory, Indigenous Australian history, along with contemporary economic, social, cultural, political and policy development issues. Students are able to focus on one or more specialisations within the degree and supplement their studies with units from other disciplines (including for example: Anthropology, Education, Environmental Science and GIS), cross-institutional enrolment and study abroad programs.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points.


Of the total 240 credit points:
-Not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
-A minimum of 40 credit points must be taken from 300 level units

-Not more than 30 credit points shall be included with a grade of "PT" or "PC" or "PS"

There are Admission Requirements and English Language Requirements for International Students.

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