A major in Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage will allow you to explore the worldview and historical experiences of Indigenous peoples in Australia as well as critically analyse Western disciplinary constructs around Indigenous knowledges and peoples.


How do Indigenous people view the world? How does Indigenous knowledge inform the world around us?

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Course description, features and facilities

The Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major is comprised of an multidisciplinary program that will provide you with an opportunity to learn about the history, culture and philosophy of Indigenous peoples in Australia. We will explore the philosophical underpinnings of an Indigenous worldview. The units offered enable you to critically engage with the issues covered, across a number of disciplines, and connect to contemporary Australian social issues. Studying the major will give you a strong grounding in Aboriginal knowledge systems as well as Western disciplinary constructs around Indigenous knowledges and peoples. The central principle in teaching the major is to provide a space for students to be able to critically engage and interact with Aboriginal voices. The major will be taught in an interactive manner. Students will engage with Indigenous people, Elders in the community and guest speakers. The major includes a range of experiential activities, intensive sessions and field work. Students will also have the opportunity to engage with a range of source material, including community and family histories, art, poetry and film. Indigenous knowledge is applicable to all fields and disciplines because it allows students to engage with a different way of knowing and understanding the world.

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Student profile – Scott Wilson

There is a rich, and often unknown history that is hidden within, and beneath the places we inhabit. For instance, the University of Western Australia is a significant place of history for Nyungar people. Goordandalup, which means the place of the betrothed person, is a Nyungar term used to describe the Crawley Bay area. This suggests that the University of Western Australia, which is now a place of study, was once utilized for the important ceremony of marriage.

These significant accounts of Indigenous peoples, utilising and living on the land prior to colonisation, are regularly dismissed, and masked by western explanations of our history.The Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major provides for the teaching of this unique, and unknown part of our worlds history.

Your studies will include the opportunity to be taught by Indigenous teachers, the important of being informed, and learning about the history, culture and worldview of Aboriginal peoples in Australia, and other countries.

This major acts to integrate Indigenous knowledge, and western worldviews with a hope to give perspective on the true history of Aboriginal and Non-Indigenous interaction, whilst recognizing the existence of peoples before that interaction. It also provides important knowledge of Indigenous peoples.


The learning outcome will give you the cultural awareness needed in the workforce when interacting with Aboriginal peoples. Although the skills and knowledge acquired through the course, are easily transferable to various fields of study that include, anthropology, law, medicine, politics, and communications, this major alone helps break down the knowledge barrier between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.


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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

The broad skills base and adaptable approach of graduates from this major are valuable in areas such as legal and human rights organisations, government departments, business and industry, education, trade and tourism, health and the environment and native title and cultural heritage.

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Further study opportunities

This major lays the foundation for further study options at honours and postgraduate level and a range of vocational studies such as journalism, museum curation, archive management, cultural heritage and tourism as well as other postgraduate studies

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-1580
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards80
International Baccalaureate29

Additional information

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

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7 Fairway (corner Cooper Street)
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
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Monday – Friday, 8.30am–5pm (Western Standard Time)

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Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage: the details

Available 2016
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
12-15 hours teaching time plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BA), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
School of Indigenous Studies
Shenton House, School of Indigenous Studies, off Hackett Entrance 2, Crawley, Western Australia
(+61 8) 6488 3428