• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code AUIS-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Australian Indigenous Studies Major

The major in Australian Indigenous Studies enables students with an interest in Australian Indigenous Studies to take a set of interrelated courses in different disciplines without the normal prerequisite required in each course. The major is interdisciplinary, in which it is possible to combine courses from anthropology, archaeology, art, history, linguistics, music, public policy, and gender studies for a broadly based understanding of Australian Indigenous societies and cultures, both past and present.


Taken together, the courses provide a comprehensive insight into Australian Indigenous Studies including Indigenous epistemologies; Indigenous occupation and adaption on the Australian continent; Indigenous socio-cultural, ceremonial, artistic and linguistic practices past and present; impacts of European colonisation; histories of relationships between Indigenous and other Australians; the situation of Indigenous peoples  in Australia today; and related issues of representation.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Australian Indigenous Studies Major will be able to:
  1. demonstrateaninformed understanding of Australian Indigenous history and culture, and policies pertaining to Indigenous Australians
  2. demonstrate an ability to analyse the ways in which history and culture informs Australian Indigenous perspectives on a range of topics, including responses to policy
  3. demonstrateaninformed understanding of Australian Indigenous cultures and traditions
  4. demonstrate a comparative knowledge of Australian Indigenous concerns in the global context
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This major requires the completion of 48 units including:

A maximum of 12 units of courses at 1000 level
A minimum of 6 units of courses at 3000 level

A minimum of 12 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANTH1004 Introduction to Indigenous Australian Studies 6
AUST1001 Learning an Indigenous Australian Language 6
INDG1001 Indigenous Peoples, Populations and Communities 6

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANTH2005 Traditional Australian Indigenous Cultures, Societies and Environment 6
ANTH2017 Culture, Social Justice and Aboriginal Society Today 6
ANTH3017 Indigenous Worlds: Challenges of Emergence, Recognition, and Change 6
ARCH2004 Australian Archaeology 6
ARTH2098 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art 6
AUST2008 Learning an Indigenous Australian language 2 6
GEND2021 Trauma, Memory and Culture 6
HIST2022 Indigenous Australian History 6
HUMN2051 Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management 6
INDG2001 Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management 6
INDG3001 Public policy development and implementation and Indigenous Australians 6
INDG3002 Indigenous Peoples and Development 6
INDG3003 The Indigenous Economy 6
LAWS4238 Indigenous Australians and the Law 6
LING2016 Language in Indigenous Australia 6
LING2022 Language Policy and Language Politics 6
MUSI2213 Introduction to Ethnomusicology 6

A maximum of 30 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program Internship A 6
ANIP3005 Australian National Internship B 12
MUSI3313 Writing about Music 2: Sources and Methods 6
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