• 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 Anthropology, Australian Studies, History, Australian Indigenous Studies, Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ben Silverstein
    • Mary Spiers Williams
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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Country, Kinship and Continuities: An Introduction to Australian Indigenous Studies (INDG1001)

This course introduces students to the diversity of First Peoples’ perspectives, knowledges, experiences, and places in this Country. We examine significant events, including shared histories, drawn from across the Australian continent. We consider the philosophical frameworks of First Peoples' ways of knowing, and reflect on how these have informed, and continue to inform, First Peoples' ways of being, knowing and acting today. We explore basic precepts borne of a Country-centred way of being, including relationality and respect for autonomy. Students have an opportunity to develop insight into the significance of kinship, language, place, and their continuities. We explore examples of complex social systems, and consider contemporary relationships in Australia in the context of global developments in First Peoples’ relationships, identity and shared/common experiences.  The course creates a space for a learning experience that offers opportunities to develop insight into First Peoples’ perspectives on colonisation in Australia. 

This course is one of two foundational courses in Australian Indigenous Studies; the other being INDG1002. These are interleaved and designed to be taken in any order. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. describe and critique historical and other disciplinary perspectives on Indigenous Peoples in Australia;
  2. demonstrate insight into the depth of Australia's past, First Peoples' diverse ways of being and knowing, and the continuities of these;
  3. demonstrate insight into key events since colonisation commenced in Australia, and the impact of these on the relations between coloniser-settlers and First Peoples;
  4. demonstrate understanding of key concepts, themes and perspectives taught in the course; and
  5. demonstrate understanding of and skills in methodologies taught in this course, including ongoing self-reflective practice, research practices and writing.

Other Information

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. Course participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Annotated bibliography comprised of 12 weekly entries (18) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Portfolio of 12 weekly reflections (12) [LO 3,5]
  4. Take home exam (Indicative word length: 1200) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Essay (Indicative word length: 1400) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures and 18 hours of workshops; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

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 and other materials are made available through the course Wattle site, and are released each week.


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.

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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
2353 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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