• 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 Indigenous Australian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ben Silverstein
    • Mary Spiers Williams
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
    Second Semester 2023
    Spring Session 2023
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This is a self-directed, research-intensive course in which a student undertakes an independent research project with guidance primarily from an academic mentor as well as other advisors and the course convener. In order to undertake this course, the student must have the support of an approved mentor. The student's academic mentor will have expertise in the topic or disciplinary field the subject of the project. The research project must fall within the field of Australian Indigenous Studies (AUIS), and be on a topic the student has not studied in another of the student's courses. The student's proposed research project is developed in consultation with their mentor and approved by the course convener. During the course, the student develops a proposal, develop skills and knowledge relevant to researching the project, conducts relevant 'desk-based' research, and advances their knowledge of Australian Indigenous Studies theories and methodologies, to complete research project and produce a written output that complies with relevant ethical guidelines and protocols. The independent research project may be transdisciplinary, and may be AuIS and any other scholarly discipline or field of study, provided the student's mentor has relevant expertise in that field.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. develop a research project proposal, including a basic literature review, proposed methods, methodologies and theories, and research questions;
  2. develop ongoing research practices
  3. conduct independent research with the guidance of an academic mentor, including identify research issues, develop and revise research questions, apply relevant methodologies and theories, and apply basic research methods to explore a topic in Australian Indigenous Studies;
  4. demonstrate insight into decolonising methodologies, other research methodologies and theoretical perspectives developed by First Peoples, and engage in ethical research on a topic that matters to First Peoples;
  5. complete a well-structured, persuasive research project.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Project Proposal (850 words) (15) [LO 1]
  2. Research diary with appended portfolio of weekly reflections (850 words) (15) [LO 2,3,4]
  3. Mid-semester milestone report (850 words) (15) [LO 2,3]
  4. Research project (4000 words) (55) [LO 3,4,5]

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130 hours of student learning time made up of:

a) 24 hours of contact: consultations and communication between the student and their mentor, other advisors and course convener

b) 106 hours of independent reading, research and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Foundational knowledge and understanding of Australian Indigenous Studies research theories and practices.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Enrolment in this course requires permission from the course convener.

You will need to contact the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

The student will research independently relevant readings and other materials to support their research project. The convener and/or mentor may suggest other texts.

Assumed Knowledge

It will be assumed that students have knowledge of Australian Indigenous Studies research and debates, for example, through having completed at least one INDG course.


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4533 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7582 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6526 01 Oct 2023 20 Oct 2023 20 Oct 2023 31 Dec 2023 In Person N/A

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