• Code INDG3008
  • 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 Australian Indigenous Studies
  • Work Integrated Learning Fieldwork
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Mary Spiers Williams
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2025
    Autumn Session 2025
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Students have an opportunity to learn on-Country in an immersive and unique learning experience. In designing each field school, we follow protocols of the people on whose Country the field school is taught, respecting their cultural and intellectual authority, and their authority and responsibilities for their places. This course is delivered in partnership with local people. Each field school offers students a unique opportunity to travel away from the main campus of the ANU, to develop insight into First Nations and other Indigenous Peoples, and learn from Country.

(Please note that assessment tasks will vary depending on the topic and its context. Individual assessment tasks that can include activities, presentations, workshop leadership, interviews, or written assignments. The specific learning outcomes and assessment rationale and criteria are set out in the special topics class summary and course page on Wattle.)

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Plants, people, place: desert ecology

Governance and self determination: Mparntwe field school

Bush foods and botanicals: Yawuru field school

Desert Knowledges: Independent research project

Tense past: artistic interventions in the colonial archive (lutrawita field school)

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate insight into and understand First Peoples' knowledge or knowledges taught in this course;
  2. demonstrate insight into First People's perspectives taught in the course;
  3. demonstrate insight into theoretical perspectives, methodologies from the discipline of Indigenous Studies that arise in this course, including that relating to standpoint and other decolonising methodologies; and
  4. demonstrate knowledge of the place in which the field trip is conducted.

Work Integrated Learning


Students are prepared for the field school prior to departure and then subsequently have an opportunity to critically analyse and reflect on the practical experience and the place where they learn. These field school expand students' capacity to engage with other diverse cultures and challenges that arise in unfamiliar settings. Such field schools enhance insight into oneself and others, creating opportunities that engender respect for those with different experiences and cultural backgrounds.

Other Information

Dates for field schools are subject to changed and will be confirmed three months before the intensive teaching period starts. A precondition to students joining the field school is payment of a course contribution. Students will need to cover the cost of their own travel.

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, and have completed the course requisites 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. Course engagement (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Annotated bibliography (15) [LO 3,4]
  3. Portfolio of reflections (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Reflective essay (1250 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Research report (2200 words - 6 unit course only) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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For the 6 unit offering, this course involves 130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact including lectures, tutorials and tutorial-like activities; and

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

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, students must have completed: 24 units from the AUIS- Major including INDG1001 and INDG1002; OR 24 units from the ISCK- Major including INDG1001 and INDG1002 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 prescribed text and other materials are set out on the course wattle site.

Preliminary Reading

The prescribed text and other materials are set out on the course wattle site.

Assumed Knowledge

For information about this, see the Field school description under 'Other information'.

Assumed knowledge of shared histories in Australia at a tertiary standard and Indigenous standpoint theory; and, assumed insight into positionality and skills in reflexivity.


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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1372 02 Dec 2024 TBA TBA 31 Mar 2025 In Person N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5369 22 Apr 2025 TBA TBA 19 Jul 2025 In Person N/A

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