Indigenous Australia: An Introduction (KOCR2600)


This unit of study is the first stepping stone in the Indigenous Australian Studies (IAS) Major. Structured around three themes - representation and identity, invasion and colonisation, and resistance and agency - the unit critically examines the historical, social and political contexts of the survival and growth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies and cultures. Students will gain a critical awareness of traditional and contemporary Indigenous Australia, and develop a decolonised critical framework which underpins the IAS major.

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Further unit of study information


2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


Research essay (40%), Tutorial presentation (10%), Tutorial paper (20%), Short Essay (30%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

18 Junior credit points



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.