Course Description

This course provides an opportunity to develop an understanding of and respect for Indigenous knowledges and the engagement of Indigenous people in the culture of academic research. Students enrolled in this course are familiarised with and develop an understanding of key issues surrounding, and protocols related to, research by and with Indigenous people. Research projects are drawn from both the requests of Indigenous community leaders, the involvement of academics in current research projects and community led projects and their subsequent related and independent interests. Special focus is placed upon Indigenous peoples engagement in the economic use and management of land and water resources, exploration of the policy environment within which Indigenous people operate, issues of language and cultural maintenance and development.

Students are encouraged to be self-reflective and interrogate their own attitudes and practices in the light of the social and cultural diversity of the contexts of their research. This program prepares graduates from any relevant degree program to engage in respectful and collaborative research activities in a wide range of disciplines that occur within the Australian cultural, historical, environmental and social contexts, with a particular focus upon Indigenous issues.


1 year full time, 2 years part time

Starting dates

February, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences undergraduate courses at Charles Darwin University (CDU) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 68.0% (national average 75.7%)
Improved skills: 72.0% (national average 83.3%)
Overall satisfaction: 80.0% (national average 85.4%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Charles Darwin University (CDU). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences undergraduate courses at Charles Darwin University (CDU) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 91.2% (national average 61.3%)
Studying full time: 20.8% (national average 32.0%)
Median full time salary: $60,200 (national average $55,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

Charles Darwin University (CDU) Code: VINKH1