• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Nicolas Peterson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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The course  introduces students to a broad over view of Indigenous Australian studies from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives. It places contemporary Indigenous affairs in cultural, archaeological, historical, linguistic , legal and anthropological context and provides a gateway to advanced level courses that make up the Minor in Indigenous Australian Studies.  There will be limited international comparison. At least a third of the lectures will be given by Indigenous academics

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an  informed understanding of aspects of Indigenous history, language and culture, and policy pertaining to Aboriginal people
  2. Assess the quality of public debate about Indigenous policy
  3. Analyse the ways in which history, language and culture informs Indigenous perspectives on a range of topics, including responses to policy  
  4. Think, write and argue with key concepts and knowledge about current policy issues  as they related to land, law and health
  5. Demonstrate a comparative knowledge of Indigenous Australian rights in a world context
  6. Use specific examples to explore key concepts, themes and theories from anthropology and other disciplinary areas covered in the course
  7. Select, analyse and present materials on contemporary issues pertaining to Aboriginal persons, policy and events

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation (10%) (LO1,2,3)

Journal, totalling 1500 words (20%) (LO2,4,7)

Major essay 2000 words (40%) (LO 1,4,5,6,7)

Exam (30%) (LO3,4,5,7) 

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2 hours of lectures and one hour of tutorial per week




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
1009 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person

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