• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Indigenous Studies
  • Areas of interest Australian Indigenous Studies

This course centres contemporary scholarship of Indigenous scholars regarding decolonisation of methodologies and theoretical perspectives about knowledge generally and Indigenous peoples in particular. It de-centres Western knowledge, theories and methodology, and disrupts Western perspectives on Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing. This course challenges enculturated perspectives, positions and framing of knowledge. This course facilitates more respectful and ethical engagement with (and between) Indigenous peoples, knowledges and ways of knowing, and facilitates greater insight into the relevance of Indigenous perspectives in every sphere of knowledge and practice. This course critically challenges theories, methodologies and engagement practices that construct problematic ‘truths’, creating powerful ideas that have contributed to the dispossession and ongoing marginalisation of Indigenous peoples.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. understand the role that historical and contemporary research methods and scholarship in the sciences and/or social sciences have played in the colonisation of Indigenous peoples;
  2. understand the history of decolonising methodologies and Indigenous research in the context of Australian Indigenous history and culture, and policies pertaining to Indigenous peoples in Australia;
  3. analyse the ways in which history and culture informs Australian Indigenous perspectives on decolonising methodologies and Indigenous research;
  4. understand decolonising methodologies and Indigenous research in the context of Australian Indigenous cultures and traditions; and
  5. compare knowledge of Australian Indigenous concerns regarding decolonising methodologies and Indigenous research in the global context.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Individual Reflective Report, 1500 words, based on appended Weekly Reflections (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Individual Research Essay, 2000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Take-Home Examination due in examination period, 1500 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and/or seminars and 12 hours of tutorials; and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have either (i) completed 72 units of study towards a degree or (ii) completed INDG1001, INDG1002 and INDG2001.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be available on or through Wattle.


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

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Student Contribution Band:
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
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9775 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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