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

Australian Indigenous Studies is a recognised field of study, part of a global disciplinary network of Indigenous Studies. Indigenous studies are often conducted in interdisciplinary contexts. Also known as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, this field of study concerns matters of interest and importance to First Nations Peoples.

This Major offers students opportunities to develop insight into the extraordinary breadth, depth and diversity of First Peoples' knowledges and ways of knowing, the diverse perspectives and experiences of Australia’s First Peoples, and to deepen awareness of and respect for Indigenous Peoples' rights.


The major in Australian Indigenous Studies enables students with an interest in Australian Indigenous Studies to complete courses in Australian Indigenous Studies and courses engaged with Australian Indigenous Studies delivered from different disciplinary perspectives. The major is 'interdisciplinary' or 'transdisciplinary'. It is possible to combine courses from Schools and Centres in humanities, the arts and social sciences, the physical science, including environmental studies and health. The Major offers a broadly based understanding of the phenomenon of colonisation and Australian First Peoples' societies, cultures, and continuities.

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate an informed understanding of and insight into First Peoples' diverse perspectives on Australian history and cultures

  2. demonstrate an understanding of and insight into First Peoples' knowledges, and the diversity of that knowledge and ways of knowing

  3. demonstrate insight and informed understanding about the phenomenon of colonisation and the many and different impacts of colonialism on First Peoples and Australian society broadly

  4. demonstrate an insight regarding Australian Indigenous Studies in the context of Indigenous and First Nations Peoples globally

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Requirements

Advice to Students

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

**ANTH2017 cannot be credited to the Major if the student has undertaken INDG1002 in 2019 or 2020.  


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):

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

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

INDG1002 - First Peoples' resilience rights and resurgence in Australia (6 units)

INDG3006 – Indigenous Research: Practice, Collaboration and Ethics (6 units)


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

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

ANTH2017 - Culture, Social Justice and Aboriginal Society Today ( 6 units)**

ARTH2098 - Australian First Nations Art and Culture (6 units)

ARTV2921 - Environment Studio: Field Based Research and Studio Practice in Visual Arts (6 units)*

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

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

INDG2002 - Contemporary Australian Indigenous Music Studies (6 units)

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

INDG2004 - Continuing Gamilaraay (6 units)

INDG2005 - Introduction to an Australian Indigenous Language (6 -36 units)

INDG2006 - Continuing Australian Indigenous Language (6 - 36 units)

INDG3001 - First Nations Peoples, the State and Public Policy in Australia (6 units)

INDG3003 - The Indigenous Economy (6 units)

INDG3005 - Special Topics in Indigenous Studies (6 units)

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


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

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

ANIP3005 - Australian National Internships Program B (12 units)*

INDG3004 - Australian Indigenous Studies Supervised Research Project (6 units)*


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

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

ARCH2004 - Australian Archaeology (6 units)

HIST2142 - Indigenous Memory and History: On Page, Stage and Screen (6 units)

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

Code Title Units
  ANTH 1004: Intro Indigenous Aust Stud
INDG1001 Indigenous Peoples, Populations and Communities 6
AUST1001 Learning an Indigenous Australian Language 6

A maximum of 36 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANTH2005 Traditional Australian Indigenous Cultures, Societies and Environment 6
ARCH2004 Australian Archaeology 6
HUMN2051 Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management 6
ARTH2098 Australian First Nations Art and Culture 6
  ARTV 2021: Indig Aust Visual Cult
  AUST 2008: Indigenous language 2
  GEND 2021: Trauma, Memory & Culture
HIST2022 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History 6
INDG3001 First Nations Peoples, the State and Public Policy in Australia 6
  INDG 3002: Indigenous Peoples & Developmt
LAWS4238 Indigenous Australians and the Law 6
LING2016 Language and Society in Indigenous Australia 6
  LING 2022: Language Policy

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program A 6
  MUSI 2214: Music Research Project 1
MUSI3313 Writing about Music 2: Sources and Methods 6
ANTH2017 Culture, Social Justice and Aboriginal Society Today 6
  MUSI 2213: Indigenous Music and Media
ANIP3005 Australian National Internships Program B 12
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