• 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 Gender Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

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. synthesise 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. synthesise decolonising methodologies and Indigenous research in the context of First Peoples' experiences, history and culture, policies and practices;
  3. analyse how history, culture and colonisation informs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ perspectives on Indigenous research;
  4. demonstrate insight into First Peoples' diverse knowledges, ways of knowing, and their continuities; and
  5. synthesise - and where appropriate apply - key concepts in Critical Indigenous Studies.

Other Information

Not only students who are enrolled in the AINS-HSPC may take this course. That is, this course may taken by students who are enrolled in another Honours programs/specialisation with the permission of their Honours Specialisation convener as well as the INDG4001 course convener.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Learning journal (800-1200) (12) [LO 4,5]
  2. Annotated bibliography (800-1500) (18) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Thesis proposal (800) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Literature review (1700-3000) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Research essay on theoretical perspectives and/or methodology (1700-3000) (30) [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.

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

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.

Assumed Knowledge

INDG1001, INDG1002, and INDG3006 - or the equivalent of these three courses.


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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