• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Australian Indigenous Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Yasmine Musharbash
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
    See Future Offerings

This course explores some of the structures in place that propel Australian settler-colonialism by analysing the terrains where diverse and complex surviving Indigenous social orders encounter the state in many of its guises. We will experiment with a range of analytical approaches that deconstruct misrepresentations and advance Indigenous perspectives, focussing in particular on the mechanisms that hide ongoing colonialism in plain sight in Australia. These issues can be approached from multiple disciplinary perspectives, in this course we will employ an anthropological lens.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of selected contemporary debates relating to Indigenous Australia and an ability to deconstruct them;
  2. identify, analyse and critically engage with settler-colonialism in Australia;
  3. demonstrate the capacity to critically reflect on the multiple ways that meaning can be constructed;
  4. demonstrate the capacity to analyse public and scholarly debates and summarise findings; and
  5. develop research habits.

Other Information

Course topics are First Peoples and contemporary Australian colonialism and

First Peoples, Culture, and Colonialism in Contemporary Australia.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Workshop participation and attendance (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Journal of critical reflections (2250 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Final Essay (3000 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Group work (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Annotated Bibliography (10) [LO 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 12 hours of tutorials; and

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH2017.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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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 $5700
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2931 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person View

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