• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Indigenous Australian Studies
  • Major code AUIS-MAJ
Australian Indigenous Studies Major

The major in Australian Indigenous Studies enables students with an interest in Australian Indigenous Studies to take a set of interrelated courses in different disciplines without the normal prerequisite required in each course. The major is interdisciplinary, in which it is possible to combine courses from anthropology, archaeology, art, history, linguistics, music, public policy, and gender studies for a broadly based understanding of Australian Indigenous societies and cultures, both past and present.

Taken together, the courses provide a comprehensive insight into Australian Indigenous Studies including Indigenous epistemologies; Indigenous occupation and adaption on the Australian continent; Indigenous socio-cultural, ceremonial, artistic and linguistic practices past and present; impacts of European colonisation; histories of relationships between Indigenous and other Australians; the situation of Indigenous peoples  in Australia today; and related issues of representation.

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate an informed understanding of Australian Indigenous history and culture, and policies pertaining to Indigenous Australians
  2. demonstrate an ability to analyse the ways in which history and culture informs Australian Indigenous perspectives on a range of topics, including responses to policy
  3. demonstrate an informed understanding of Australian Indigenous cultures and traditions
  4. demonstrate a comparative knowledge of Australian Indigenous concerns in the global context

Relevant Degrees

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Requirements

Advice to Students

ANIP3003, ANIP3005, ARTV2921, and INDG3004 must be completed on an Australian Indigenous Studies topic to count towards this major.  


This major requires the completion of 48 units from the following lists including:

•   A maximum of 12 units of courses at 1000 level

•   A minimum of 12 units of courses at 3000 level


24 units from the completion of the following course(s):

INDG1001 - Indigenous Peoples, Populations and Communities (6 units)

INDG1002 - Indigenous Peoples and Civil, Political and legal Rights in Australia (6 units)

INDG3006 – Indigenous Research: Practice, collaboration and ethics (6 units)

HIST2022 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History (6 units)

A minimum of 6 units from the completion of the following:

ANTH2005 - Traditional Australian Indigenous Cultures, Societies and Environment (6 units)

LING2016 - Language and Society in Indigenous Australia (6 units)

ARTH2098 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art (6 units)

INDG3001 - Public policy development and implementation and Indigenous Australians (6 units)

ARTV2921 - Environment Studio: field based research and studio practice in visual arts (6 units)

INDG3003 - The Indigenous Economy (6 units)

INDG2001 - Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management (6 units)

INDG3005 - Special Topics in Indigenous Studies (6 units)

INDG2002 - Contemporary Australian Indigenous Music Studies (6 units)

HLTH3001 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (6 units)

INDG2003 - Gamilaraay - introduction to an Australian Indigenous Language (6 units)

INDG2004 - Continuing Gamilaraay (6 units)

INDG2005 - Introduction to an Australian Indigenous Language (36 units)

INDG2006 - Continuing Australian Indigenous Language (36 units)

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following list:

ANIP3005 - Australian National Internship B (12 units)

ANIP3003 - Australian National Internships Program Internship A (6 units)

INDG3004 - Indigenous Studies Supervised Research Project (6 units)

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of the following list:

GEND2021 - Trauma, Memory and Culture (6 units)

ARCH2004 - Australian Archaeology (6 units)

ANTH3017 - Indigenous Worlds: Challenges of Emergence, Recognition, and Change (6 units)

HIST2241 - Global Aboriginal and Native Histories (6 units)

HIST2142 - Indigenous memory and history: On page, stage and screen (6 units)


A minimum of 12 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
  ANTH 1004: Intro Indigenous Aust Stud
INDG1001 Indigenous Peoples, Populations and Communities 6
AUST1001 Learning an Indigenous Australian Language 6

A maximum of 36 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANTH2005 Traditional Australian Indigenous Cultures, Societies and Environment 6
ARCH2004 Australian Archaeology 6
HUMN2051 Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management 6
ARTH2098 Australian First Nations Art and Culture 6
  ARTV 2021: Indig Aust Visual Cult
  AUST 2008: Indigenous language 2
GEND2021 Trauma, Memory and Culture 6
HIST2022 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History 6
INDG3001 First Nations peoples, the state and public policy in Australia 6
  INDG 3002: Indigenous Peoples & Developmt
LAWS4238 Indigenous Australians and the Law 6
LING2016 Language and Society in Indigenous Australia 6
LING2022 Language Policy and Language Politics 6

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program A 6
  MUSI 2214: Music Research Project 1
MUSI3313 Writing about Music 2: Sources and Methods 6
ANTH2017 Culture, Social Justice and Aboriginal Society Today 6
  MUSI 2213: Indigenous Music and Media
ANIP3005 Australian National Internships Program B 12
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