Indigenous Australian Studies

undergraduate major

Indigenous Studies gives students an opportunity to develop a deep understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and knowledge systems, drawing upon the ideas and methods of disciplines including history, anthropology, sociology, literature, linguistics, film and health studies. It involves these disciplines in a critical dialogue with traditional and contemporary Indigenous people and cultures, and with social and political histories of colonisation and decolonisation.

The units offered reflect the evolving discipline of Indigenous Studies and articulate the many voices, perspectives and priorities of Indigenous peoples and communities. Students are given the opportunity to engage in analysis, discussion and debate around key issues that are of significance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Some of these issues include language revitalisation, world-leading Indigenous film and literature, the ongoing efforts to improve Indigenous health outcomes and the broader pursuit of Indigenous self-determination and social justice.

Taught by Indigenous and non-Indigenous academic staff from across the University, and experts from the wider community, Indigenous Studies units are offered through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and are available to all students.

Major outline

A major in Indigenous Studies requires a minimum of 36 senior credits points, including the compulsory unit KOCR2600, and at least 6 credit points taken at 3000 level.

Junior units of study (1000 level):
Students must complete 18 junior credit points before enrolling in the major and its senior units of study. There are no junior units in Indigenous  Studies, so these must be taken elsewhere.

The Indigenous Studies major draws students from a wide range of disciplines, which is reflected in the wide variety of junior units available for progression into senior units.

Senior units of study (2000 and 3000 level):
You complete one compulsory 6 credit point 2000 level unit of study (KOCR2600), and you must also complete a minimum of 6 credit points taken at 3000 level. The remaining 24 credit points can be taken from 2000 and 3000 level units of study found in the unit of study table.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates who have completed a major in Indigenous Studies have described their study experience as challenging and rewarding. Their study influenced their everyday lives and transformed their thinking about a range of social issues, not exclusively limited to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Indigenous Studies develops knowledge and critical skills which ensure that our graduates secure employment in a variety of professional roles, which include public policy advisers and policy decision makers in government and non government sectors.

Further study for major

The major in Indigenous Studies is an innovative interdisciplinary area of study which can equip you with the knowledge necessary to pursue further postgraduate coursework study in a number of areas.

Related subject areas

Anthropology; Art History; Australian Studies; Australian Literature; Cultural Studies; Film Studies; Linguistics; Performance Studies; Social Policy; Sociology; History, Political Economy; and Gender Studies.

Our courses that offer this undergraduate major