Indigenous Studies

Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Certificate | Postgraduate Diploma

This course is designed to explore indigenous systems of knowledge within the broader literature of social anthropology.

Introduction to the programme

The aim of this inter-disciplinary programme is to provide an opportunity for students to develop a sound academic knowledge of distinct indigenous knowledge systems across the world. Focusing on philosophy and systems of thought, the Indigenous Studies programme works closely, and shares seminars and workshops with other Kohima Institute programmes, especially religious studies, visual and performing arts, and social anthropology, and has an ambitious reading and writing outlook, as the Kohima Institute seeks to place itself as an important centre for critical philosophical thinking, emphasising indigenous thought systems and cultural practices in particular.

Programme structure and delivery

Small classes facilitate the opportunity for students to engage in interactive lectures, discussions and debate. Focusing on the development of critical analysis, reflection, research and presentation skills helps students advance their knowledge of practice and research applied to their area specialisation. The Kohima Institute also employs blended learning methods, with the use of some online teaching. This allows for greater flexibility. Students form small study groups to provide mutual peer support and arenas for discussion and debate.

Students are encouraged to attend our annual interdisciplinary research conference, regular research days, seminars, worship services, and learn about the latest research and practice developments from international and national scholars.

Additional course costs
Year 1
Year one commences with two full weeks in August and thereafter one or two days per week for the remainder of the 9 month academic year (depending on whether the course is being undertaken full-time or part-time).
Year 2
Attendance at workshops throughout the academic year. A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content which includes lectures, group discussions and self-directed learning.

Why The Kohima Institute?

The philosophy and systems of thought programme at the Kohima Institute is distinguished in the region in its focus on the dialectics between western philosophical traditions and indigenous systems of thought.

The Institute provides a rich environment for postgraduate students with access to staff from a range of professional backgrounds. Academic staff within the philosophy and systems of thought programme are energetic and innovative intellectuals with established strengths in interdisciplinary thinking and scholarship, and regularly publish books and articles in top-ranking journals.