We acknowledge and honour the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, on whose country the University now stands, and pay our respects to Elders past and present.

This land has always been a learning place in its own right, with education connected to all facets of life. As we learn from one another and share our knowledge, teaching, and research practices at the University today, may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal custodianship of Country.

What is the difference between Welcome and Acknowledgement to Country?

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Understanding Welcome and Acknowledgement to Country video

What is Indigenous Studies?

The video above "Aboriginal Kinship Presentation: Welcome and Acknowledgement" is just a snippet of things you will learn. Indigenous Studies gives you an unparalleled opportunity to learn from and about Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, the oldest living cultures on earth. You will also learn about global Indigenous cultures and how shared Indigenous knowledges, philosophies and traditions can help shape our future

You will learn about:

  • Contemporary and traditional Indigenous Australian cultures, cosmologies and societies.
  • The centrality of Indigenous cultural integrity, cultural wellbeing and cultural expression.
  • How and why contemporary Indigenous cultures continue to flourish despite the impacts of colonisation, dispossession and the trauma of assimilation.
  • The various phases and critical issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, politics and cultural development.
  • Connecting traditional and contemporary Indigenous knowledges and narratives to a range of key disciplinary issues.

You can choose to focus on:

  • Traditional and contemporary Indigenous Australia and the sustenance of cultural traditions.
  • The history of colonisation and its social, legal and environmental legacies.
  • The national and international resurgence of Indigenous cultures during the late twentieth century.
  • Language revitalisation and the importance of language in the sustenance of Aboriginal cultural wellbeing and integrity.
  • Aboriginal creative expression in art, literature, film, music and performance, and critical curatorial and market issues.

You will be taught by leading Indigenous and non-indigenous academics from across the university and the Indigenous community, and our curriculum is grounded by contemporary approaches to teaching and cutting-edge research.

Our lecturers are based in:

  • Law, Linguistics, English, History, Anthropology, Politics and the Social Sciences, Education, Art History, Music, Medicine and the Health Sciences.

They will encourage analysis, discussion and debate around contemporary issues while linking their learning with perspectives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander thinkers and community leaders.