• Code INDG4001
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • 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
    • Mary Spiers Williams
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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This course centres the work of Indigenous scholars, from this continent and internationally, regarding research in general and research that concerns Indigenous peoples in particular. Decentring dominant paradigms of research methodologies and theoretical perspectives, this scholarship disrupts perspectives on Indigenous peoples, knowledge and ways of knowing. It critically challenges problematic ‘truths’ and other powerful ideas that have contributed to the dispossession and marginalisation of First Nations' Peoples. In challenging enculturated perspectives, positions and framing of knowledge, this course explores the possibilities of decolonising research, recognises the relevance of Indigenous perspectives in every sphere of knowledge and practice, and looks to the possibility of bringing First Peoples' ways of knowing into the academy. Repudiating deficit accounts of First Peoples, students are encouraged to reflect on more respectful and ethical engagement with (and between) Indigenous peoples, knowledge and ways of knowing, and to explore and innovate research premised on strength-based perspectives that recognise the resilience, capability, self- determination and resurgence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand the role that historical and contemporary research methods and scholarship in the sciences and/or social sciences have played in the colonisation of Indigenous peoples in Australia and other colonised places;
  2. understand decolonising methodologies and Indigenous research in the context of First Peoples' experiences, history and culture, policies and practices;
  3. analyse the ways in which history, culture and colonisation informs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ perspectives on Indigenous research;
  4. understand research in the context of Australian Indigenous cultures and traditions; and
  5. develop insight into Indigenous peoples’ perspectives on research that concerns Indigenous Peoples in the global context, and demonstrate informed understanding into its influence in Australian Indigenous Studies.

Other Information

This course may be able to be undertaken by students enrolled in Honours programs/specialisations other than AINS-HSPC with the permission of individual program conveners and the INDG4001 course convener.

Indicative Assessment

  1. A portfolio of weekly reflections (12) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. An annotated bibliography (comprised of weekly entries) (18) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Reflective report (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Literature review (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The 6 unit version consists of 130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks which may include lectures, tutorials &/or seminars; and

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

The 12 unit version consists of 260 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks which may include lectures, tutorials &/or seminars; and

b) 244 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

A major in Australian Indigenous Studies or equivalent (subject to approval by the convener of AINS-HSPC).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS, HART2) AINS-HSPC, or with permission of your degree program convener and honours specialisation convener.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be available on or through Wattle. Where possible readings will be selected that best support the research project of those undertaking this course.

Preliminary Reading

Readings will depend on the form the course takes, convener and teacher (including guest teachers) expertise, current trends, and will be adjusted to respond to research needs and interests of students. Readings may include:

Bamblett, L. (2019) ‘Rags to riches: Aboriginal identity as deficit’, in L. Bamblett, F. Myers & T. Rowse (Eds.), The difference identity makes: Indigenous cultural capital in Australian cultural fields, 141-156.

Fanon, F., (1952) Black skin, white mask.

Foley, D. (2003) “Indigenous Epistemology and Indigenous Standpoint Theory.” Social Alternatives 22 (1): 44– 52.

Moreton-Robinson, A. (2011) 'The White Man’s Burden: Patriarchal White Epistemic Violence and Aboriginal Women’s Knowledges within the Academy.' Australian Feminist Studies 26 (70): 413–431.

Nakata, M. N. (2007) Disciplining the savages, savaging the disciplines. Aboriginal Studies Press.

Rigney, L. I. (2006). Indigenist Research and Aboriginal. Indigenous peoples' wisdom and power: Affirming our knowledge through narratives, 32.

Smith, L. T. (2012) Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. New York: Zed Books. .

Walter, M. M. (2010). The Politics of the Data. How the Australian Statistical Indigene is Constructed. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 3(2), 45-56.

Wolfe, P. (2006). Settler Colonialism and the Elimination of the Native. Journal of genocide research, 8(4), 387-409.

Tuck, E., & Yang, K. W. (2014). R-words: Refusing research. Humanizing research: Decolonizing qualitative inquiry with youth and communities, 223, 248.

Simpson, A and Andrea Smith, (2014). Theorizing native studies. Duke University Press.

Nimako, K. (2012). About them, but without them: Race and ethnic relations studies in Dutch uni

Assumed Knowledge

INDG1001, INDG1002, and INDG3006, or their equivalent.


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 to 12 units

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6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $660 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $850 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
4573 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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