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Indigenous Studies

Understand the Aboriginal history and culture of Australia
Develop a deep understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and knowledge systems.

We draw upon the ideas and methods of disciplines including history, art history, literature, linguistics, film, musicology, anthropology, sociology and health studies in a critical dialogue with traditional and contemporary Indigenous people and cultures, and with social and political histories of colonisation and decolonisation.

The Indigenous Studies major provides you with an opportunity to:

  • develop a deep understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and knowledge systems
  • reflect on national and international trends in the discipline of Indigenous Studies
  • hear and articulate the many voices, perspectives and priorities of Indigenous peoples and communities
  • engage in analysis, discussion and debate around key issues that are of significance to Australian and international Indigenous peoples, such as language and cultural revitalisation, and the broader pursuit of Indigenous self-determination and social justice.

This major is taught by Indigenous and non-Indigenous academic staff from across the University, and experts from the wider community. Indigenous Studies units are available to all students.

Our study offering

Why study Indigenous Studies with us?

  • Our degrees promote a deep understanding of the key concepts with a focus on contemporary issues of Australian and international importance.
  • You can balance your workload with our flexible study options, such as part-time study for eligible** students. 
  • As an undergraduate student you can choose from our arts and social sciences majors as well as more than 100 majors from the University’s shared pool, allowing you to gain expertise in a range of disciplines.

**Please refer to individual course requirements and visa details (for international students) regarding eligibility for part-time study.

Where can studying Indigenous Studies take you?

  • Case worker
  • Community development
  • Community relations officer 
  • Arts and culture officer
  • Health worker
  • Legal adviser 
  • Public policy adviser 
  • Researcher or journalist
  • Teacher (with further study)
  • Youth adviser

Indigenous Studies Coordinator

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Dr Lynette Riley
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