• Offered by ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Indigenous Studies
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, History, Australian Indigenous Studies, Pacific Studies, Human Rights
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ben Silverstein
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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First Peoples' experiences and ways of being: resilience, agency, resurgence and rights (INDG1002)

This course focuses on First Peoples' perspectives on experiences since the British commenced colonisation of this place. Students develop understanding and insights into some of the diverse perspectives, ways of knowing and being, and experiences of First Peoples since colonisation across this continent, its islands and seas. In this course, we will focus on selected significant events, reflect on the resilience and agency of First Peoples until now, and learn more about the contemporary context of First Peoples' resurgence. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the lived reality of First Peoples' rights in Australia, and reflect upon this in a global content. This is an introductory course in Australian Indigenous Studies that centre First Peoples' diverse perspectives and that critically engages with scholarly and popular narratives about key events.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an informed understanding of First Peoples' experiences since colonisation commenced in the context of Australian Aboriginal and Islander history, perspectives, and continuing cultures and traditions that are taught in the course;
  2. analyse the ways in which history, culture, policy and discourse affect First Peoples' experiences and rights in Australia;
  3. analyse Australian First Peoples' experiences and rights in the context of the global movement for Indigenous rights;
  4. demonstrate knowledge of and insight into key concepts, themes and perspectives that are taught in the course; and
  5. demonstrate knowledge of and insight into key methodologies that are taught in this course, including research practices and ongoing self-reflective practice.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Portfolio of ten weekly reflections (hurdle requirement) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Annotated bibliography (portfolio of ten weekly entries) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Course participation (hurdle requirement) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Mid-semester take-home examination (1200 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Final Essay (1400 words) (40) [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: 12 x 90-minutes lectures; 12 x 90-minute workshops; and

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Readings and other materials will be available on or through the course Wattle site, and will be released each week.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
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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
6910 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

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