• 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 History, Australian Indigenous Studies, Pacific Studies, Human Rights
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ben Silverstein
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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Resilience, Responsibility, and Resurgence: First Peoples' Experiences and Ways of Being (INDG1002)

This course allows students to further develop insight into First Peoples' perspectives, knowledge, experiences and ways of being and to reflect on the impacts of colonisation broadly. It creates a learning experience for students that requires self-reflective practices, consistent engagement and ethical engagement with content important to First Peoples.

In this course we create opportunities for students to develop insight into First Nations and other Indigenous peoples' diverse perspectives on experiences since the British commenced colonisation of this continent, its islands, seas and peoples. Students will learn more about shared histories, and explore the systems and structures that have developed and their impacts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other Indigenous peoples, and reflect on how colonisation affects contemporary Australian society.

We focus on selected significant events, reflect on the resilience and agency of First Peoples until now, and learn more about the context of resurgence. While focussing on the more recent shared past, this course creates an opportunity for students to develop insight in the deep past of this continent and its continuities, and reflect on the implications of that for contemporary issues over time, including the relations of First Peoples and settlers in the Australian state. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the lived reality of First Peoples' rights in Australia, and reflect upon this in a global content.

This is an introductory course in Australian Indigenous Studies that centres First Peoples' diverse perspectives and that critically engages with scholarly and popular narratives about key events. This course complements and interleaves with the other foundational course in Australian Indigenous Studies, INDG1001. These courses are designed to be taken in either order.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an informed understanding of First Peoples' experiences since colonisation commenced in Australia in the context of diverse Aboriginal and Islander histories, perspectives, and continuing cultures and traditions;
  2. analyse the ways in which history, culture, policy and discourse affect First Peoples' experiences and rights in Australia;
  3. analyse Australian First Peoples' experiences in the context of the global movement for Indigenous rights;
  4. demonstrate knowledge of and insight into key concepts, themes and perspectives taught in the course; and
  5. demonstrate knowledge of and insight into key methodologies taught in this course, including respectful research practices and ongoing self-reflective practice.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Course participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Annotated bibliography of 12 weekly entries (12) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Portfolio of 12 weekly reflections (12) [LO 3,5]
  4. Take home exam (indicative word length: 1200) (26) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Essay (indicative word length: 1400) (40) [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: 12 x 60-minutes lectures; 12 x 120-minute workshops; and

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

Prescribed Texts

Readings and other materials are available on or 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.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9292 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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