• 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 Australian Indigenous Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ben Silverstein
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
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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. During the course, the student produces a research proposal, develops skills and knowledge relevant to the project, conducts relevant 'desk-based' research, and advances their knowledge of Australian Indigenous Studies theories and methodologies. Students enhance their knowledge of ethical guidelines and protocols that Indigenous peoples have developed and apply it in their research practice and expression of that research. This course is a capstone course in Australian Indigenous Studies, and students who undertake this course are at an advanced stage of their studies in Indigenous Studies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. design and complete a well-structured, persuasive research project;
  2. develop ongoing, independent research practices; and
  3. 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;

Other Information

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 been studied in another of the student's project. The student's proposed research project is developed in consultation with their mentor and approved by the course convenor. If the proposed project is approved by the convenor, the convener will give permission for the student to enrol in the course. The independent research project may be trans- or inter-disciplinary with AuIS, provided the student's mentor has relevant expertise in that field.

A quota will apply to admission to this course. Students must register an expression of interest to enrol via the following website: CASS Permission Code Request Form .


Students who have nominated the Australian Indigenous Studies Major (AUIS-MAJ) or Indigenous Science and Knowledges Major (ISCK-MAJ) in ISIS will be granted a permission code on application. Please visit this link for more information on nominating a major in ISIS.


Admission for all other student applicants will be assessed by the convenor on a case-by case basis. Selection is based on:

(i) relevant disciplinary and sub-disciplinary areas of study. Preference will be given to students completing (1) relevant areas of study within CASS, and (2) relevant areas of study from other colleges.

(ii) the quality of the EoI, demonstrating a willingness to explore and deepen understanding of First Peoples' knowledges and perspectives, ways of knowing, and experiences since colonisation in a reflective and respectful way. The intent is to select students who show potential to engage actively and reflectively in the course content, and are aware that material in this course may be uncomfortable or distressing.

Indicative Assessment

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

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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


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, students must have completed: 24 units from the AUIS- Major including INDG1001, INDG1002 and INDG3006, SOCY2043 (2023 or later) or SOCY2038 (2024 or later); OR 24 units from the ISCK- Major including INDG1001, INDG1002 and INDG3006 Or have gained consent from the convenor.

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

Foundational knowledge and understanding of Australian Indigenous Studies research theories and practices. Teachers and fellow students can assume that students have knowledge of Australian Indigenous Studies scholarship, research theories and practices, and debates.


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
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
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
4342 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9362 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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