James Cook University JCU

Graduate Certificate of Indigenous Studies

James Cook University JCU

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00117J

Develop insight into the contemporary position of Indigenous people and build your capacity to critically engage with the standards of your professional field. This Graduate Certificate prepares Indigenous and non-Indigenous professionals to work effectively with Indigenous communities and to investigate Indigenous research topics by focusing on the intersection of Indigenous and non-Indigenous ideas and knowledge positions. This graduate certificate consists of four subjects: Indigenous Australians; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as Colonial Subjects; Comparative Indigenous Studies; and Navigating the Cultural Interface. These subjects will deepen your understanding of the complexity of Indigenous experiences today. You will build a foundational basis in traditional knowledges and practices and analyse the impact of colonisation. Next, you will analyse case studies of Indigenous people throughout the world, drawing on the knowledge you have developed in your previous two subjects. Finally, you will put this learning into practice, working with a local Indigenous community to develop a project at the interface of Indigenous and Western ideas.


12 credit points


  • Indigenous Australians
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as colonial subjects
  • comparative indigenous studies
  • navigating the cultural interface.

Standard entry requirements

  • Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree
  • Or equivalent

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
JCU Cairns Domestic: $11,620
International: $16,480
  • Part-time : 1 year
JCU Online Domestic: $11,620
International: $16,480
  • Online/Off-campus : 1 year
JCU Townsville Domestic: $11,620
International: $16,480
  • Part-time : 1 year

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