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Southern Cross University Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies
Southern Cross University

Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies

Lismore, Australia

3 Years


Full time, Part time

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AUD 26,000 *

Distance Learning, On-Campus

* $26,000 annual tuition fee, international students. Enquire about scholarship opportunities of up to $5000


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If you are interested in becoming a research expert in the area of Indigenous Knowledge, the Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies provides you with the opportunity.

This 3-year degree will provide you with superior research and critical thinking skills to work at national and international levels for and with Indigenous communities. Your work and research will be aimed at furthering critical knowledge in this field for the benefit of the health and human services sector and policy development.

This course will allow you to undertake your own research project focussed on providing benefit to Indigenous peoples under the supervision of an expert.

The completion of a doctorate is a significant achievement recognized by employers across sectors, both nationally and internationally.

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with a Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies will be well placed for a career in research and academia, the government, professional or community sector, working in policy development, service delivery, and program evaluation, and as leaders and high-level managers.

Major Areas of Study

The focus of the candidate’s research will be negotiated and agreed to by the candidate, their supervisor, and the Director of Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples. The candidates will be encouraged to restrict their investigations to issues that are relevant and provide benefit to Indigenous peoples.

Note: Students are required to take units in all 3 sessions.

Assessment methods

Each unit is typically assessed using three tasks, which may include a process-based assignment such as a journal, a performance-based assessment, and a report. Full details of assignments are contained in the study guide for each unit.

The coursework stage units are awarded grades of High Distinction, Distinction, Credit or Pass. In order to proceed to the thesis stage, a candidate must achieve a credit average for the coursework units.

The thesis is not formally assessed during the writing period but is submitted for examination to external examiners upon completion. The Professional Doctorate will be awarded after the thesis has been examined and determined to meet the requirements of the award.

Teaching methods

Students are encouraged to attend on-campus classes in order to build relationships with other students and Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples. On-campus students will experience a variety of teaching approaches based on Indigenous pedagogy, including story-telling, yarning circles and discussions with Indigenous Elders.

Online students will receive a combination of a podcast or video-linked seminars and/or engage in synchronous online video or teleconference discussions. All students are required to attend a week-long (four to five day) intensive workshop for each unit (two weeks for double-weighted units). The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

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