Indigenous Studies

undergraduate major

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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

The Indigenous Studies major is unique in that it connects traditional and contemporary Indigenous knowledges, histories and experiences with a curriculum grounded by contemporary research across a range of disciplines in the University including Law, Linguistics, Art History, Literary Studies, Anthropology, History, Politics, Education and Social Work, Music, and Medicine and Health Sciences.

Pathway through the Major:

Following 12 junior credit points in Indigenous Studies, the Indigenous Studies major is comprised of 36 senior credit points taken in Indigenous Studies (including the capstone units in Year 3) and a range of elective units from across the University.

  Year 1
INDG1001 Introduction to Indigenous Cultures Junior units
INDG1002 Introduction to Indigenous History
  Year 2
Students will complete two core units from this list, and two elective units:
INDG2001 Indigenous Land and Culture Senior units
KOCR2603 Indigenous Health and Community
INDG2002 Indigenous Art and Culture
INDG2003 Indigenous Political History
Elective unit
Elective unit
  Year 3 INDG3001 Methodologies in Indigenous Studies
INDG3002 Indigenous Studies Research Project

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