• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Australian Indigenous Studies
  • Major code AUIS-MAJ
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

  1. demonstrate an informed 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. demonstrate an informed understanding of Australian Indigenous cultures and traditions
  4. demonstrate a comparative knowledge of Australian Indigenous concerns in the global context
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Advice to Students

ANIP3003, ANIP3005, ARTV2921, and INDG3004 must be completed on an Australian Indigenous Studies topic to count towards this major.  


This major requires the completion of 48 units from the following lists including:

•   A maximum of 12 units of courses at 1000 level

•   A minimum of 12 units of courses at 3000 level


24 units from the completion of the following course(s):

INDG1001 - Indigenous Peoples, Populations and Communities (6 units)

INDG1002 - Indigenous Peoples and Civil, Political and legal Rights in Australia (6 units)

INDG3006 – Decolonising methodologies, theories and scholarly perspectives (6 units)

HIST2022 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History (6 units)

A minimum of 6 units from the completion of the following:

ANTH2005 - Traditional Australian Indigenous Cultures, Societies and Environment (6 units)

LING2016 - Language and Society in Indigenous Australia (6 units)

ARTH2098 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art (6 units)

INDG3001 - Public policy development and implementation and Indigenous Australians (6 units)

ARTV2921 - Environment Studio: field based research and studio practice in visual arts (6 units)

INDG3003 - The Indigenous Economy (6 units)

INDG2001 - Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management (6 units)

INDG3005 - Special Topics in Indigenous Studies (6 units)

INDG2002 - Contemporary Australian Indigenous Music Studies (6 units)

HLTH3001 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (6 units)

INDG2003 - Gamilaraay - introduction to an Australian Indigenous Language (6 units)

INDG2004 - Continuing Gamilaraay (6 units)

INDG2005 - Introduction to an Australian Indigenous Language (36 units)

INDG2006 - Continuing Australian Indigenous Language (36 units)

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following list:

ANIP3005 - Australian National Internship B (12 units)

ANIP3003 - Australian National Internships Program Internship A (6 units)

INDG3004 - Indigenous Studies Supervised Research Project (6 units)

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of the following list:

GEND2021 - Trauma, Memory and Culture (6 units)

ARCH2004 - Australian Archaeology (6 units)

ANTH3017 - Indigenous Worlds: Challenges of Emergence, Recognition, and Change (6 units)

HIST2241 - Global Aboriginal and Native Histories (6 units)

HIST2142 - Indigenous memory and history: On page, stage and screen (6 units)



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