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Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Knowledges (GDIK)

About the Course
This course provides the opportunity for graduate students build upon their professional knowledge and experiences and develop a culturally relevant context to their undergraduate studies. 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 peoples 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
students are required to complete 80 credit points of study drawn from units in the Policy, Governance and Cultural Engagement or Yolngu Culture and Languages streams within the Indigenous Knowledges study program. At least 20 credit points of study must be completed at an advanced level and up to 20 credit points of study can be completed by studying units elsewhere in the university or from cross-institutional enrolments.


Candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points.


Professional Recognition
This course will enable students to work towards achieving professional recognition by becoming an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).


Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of this course exist in areas of community policy development in both government and private sectors.


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

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