The Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Knowledge develops greater understanding of Indigenous knowledge and societies through learning on-Country, in a culturally diverse and supportive environment. This postgraduate course offers a range of theoretical approaches that capitalise on the real application of skills and concepts in situ, facilitated primarily by Indigenous academics, rangers, scientists and land owners.
Learning experiences link to local community aspirations and values, introduce Indigenous ontologies, respect Indigenous languages and perspectives, and involve local people. Fieldwork engages students with learning processes that bridge Indigenous and Western knowledge systems.
Please note: students with substantial industry experience, international or domestic students with relevant qualifications or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students may be eligible for advanced standing in this course.
Graduates of this award will have skills appropriate for a range of careers in all levels of government and non-government organisations and in the private sectors in areas such as tourism, education, health, and the environment. There are growing opportunities in areas of community legal and native title legal practice, as well as in areas of Indigenous social enterprise.
A major aspect of this program is developing an understanding of being and acting in the world from an Indigenous Knowledge framework through learning on-Country.
Students study six core units that include: Connecting with Country, Knowing with Community, Cultures of Repair: People and Environment, The Indigenous Estate and Social Enterprise, Indigenous Research in Context, and Living Knowledge.
Assessments vary for each unit and may comprise a mix of assessment types, including participation in intensives and yarning circles, readings-based assignments, group presentations, field and investigation reports, and formal examinations.
On-campus students experience a variety of Indigenous teaching and learning approaches including yarning circles, Connective Art, lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. While the method of teaching may vary from unit to unit, all teaching and learning spaces are designed for cultural safety and aim to build the cultural competency of students.
The delivery of this course includes a number of on-Country intensive workshops, which are delivered through partnerships with Indigenous peoples and groups. On-Country Learning is land based learning guided by the experience of being in a place and within the paradigm of Indigenous Knowledge.