• Code INDG3009
  • 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 Gender Studies
  • Work Integrated Learning Fieldwork

Critical Indigneous Studies scholarship honours the deep and astounding continuities of knowledges about our places, peoples and our place in the existence. Indigenous scholars developed the theoretical and methodological tools of Critical Indigenous Studies to make sense of their Peoples' experiences and their contexts, to explore ways that we could resist destructive forces in our lives and nurture our unique knowledges. 

The rich and often complex theories and methodologies developed and developing within the disciplinary field of Critical Indigenous Studies reveal assumptions, disrupt misrepresentations and critique asserted logics. Piercing the interfering glosses of bias, these Indigenous scholars have developed methodologies that make it possible for others to develop insight into First Peoples' perspectives. By decentring the western disciplinary canon, Critical Indigenous Studies has created spaces within educational structures for First Peoples to participate in research and education. Critical Indigenous Studies engages with social, political and legal theory, intersects with theories of other disciplines and is distinctive not only because of the fields (the areas or places) from which it emerges but also because of its unique epistemologies. This scholarship has expanded contemporary sensibilities about what knowledge is, how it can be transmitted and who can transmit it.

This is an advanced course in Indigenous Studies, allowing students to explore more deeply key concepts and methodologies in Australian Indigenous Studies and the scholarship that has influenced it. This is an immersive course that supports students in reading scholarship from influential critical Indigenous Studies scholars from Australian and other places whose peoples are developing Indigenous Studies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate knowledge of and insight into theoretical perspectives and methodologies taught in this course;
  2. demonstrate reflexivity skills and other decolonising methodologies in the context of basic precepts of Aboriginal Peoples in Australia;
  3. demonstrate insight into protocols regarding the conduct of ethical research, including those related to intellectual property and cultural authority;
  4. critically analyse issues by applying theoretical perspectives and methodologies taught in this course;
  5. demonstrate insight into the distinctiveness of Indigenous Studies and Indigenous scholarship in Australia relative to other fields of Indigenous Studies; and
  6. demonstrate research and writing skills that comply with protocols, theories and methodologies taught in this course.

Work Integrated Learning


Students will complete field work on country at the Kioloa ANU campus (or similar depending on topic taught)

Other Information

This course is taught semi-intensively, in two immersive sessions. The first session is held over two days on the Kambri campus (the ANU's main campus in Canberra, the Australian capital), and the second session is held over a four-day, residential workshop on Yuin Country (at ANU's Coastal campus in Kioloa on the NSW south coast).

Indicative Assessment

  1. Annotated bibliography (2000) (20) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Learning journal (1800) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Course engagement (10) [LO 2,3,5]
  4. Learning in Country (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Interview (5) [LO 2]
  6. Reflective report (2000) (40) [LO 1,3,4,5,6]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up of approximately 36 hours of in-class contact and 94 hours of independent student research, reflection, reading, viewing, etc and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Students have completed INDG1001 and at least one other core course from the AuIS-Major (not including a methods or capstone course).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in the Introduction: Students have completed INDG1001 and at least one other core course from the AuIS-Major (not including a methods or capstone course). To enrol in the Independent Research Topic: Students may only enrol in the extension course (independent research project) if they (a) simultaneously enrol in (corequisite) or have completed already (prerequisite) the Introductory 6 unit topic, and (b) have completed a required methods courses in the AuIS Major. This is a capstone course in the AuIS-Major.

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

All materials are made available through the course Wattle site.

Preliminary Reading

All materials are made available through the course Wattle site.

Assumed Knowledge

Tertiary standard of knowledge about shared histories in Australia, introductory knowledge about the discipline of Indigenous Studies (globally), insight into standpoint and positionality, and skills in reflexivity and other decolonising methodologies.


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

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
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
2024 $680 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $880 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
3601 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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