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Indigenous Studies

Understanding the Indigenous heritage of Australia
Explore diverse and changing Indigenous lifeworlds, drawing on the strength and wisdom of some of the oldest knowledge systems in the world, and utilising critical perspectives from the disciplines of art, anthropology, history, politics, social sciences, linguistics and health.

Understand the links between colonisation and contemporary issues. Be inspired by the history of Indigenous activism, including the struggle for land rights, civil and political rights, self-determination and the pursuit of decolonial agendas. Learn about the rich significance of Country for identity and belonging, and the rich depths of varied cultural and linguistic expression.

We engage in research, utilising critical Indigenous perspectives and methodologies to explore diverse histories and reflect on links between land/Country, identities, diverse socio-cultural experience, and to chart the pursuit of cultural rights, human rights, and social justice in Australia, with comparative consideration of global Indigenous worlds.

Our study offering

We welcome students from Australia and across the world who wish to complete the Indigenous Studies Major or Minor, or simply enrol in a single unit of study in the Indigenous Studies program.

Units of study are taught by Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics from across the University and experts from the wider community to develop your knowledge of the many voices, perspectives and priorities of Indigenous peoples and communities.

You will become equipped with the knowledge and skills to engage positively with Indigenous communities, gain insight into experience and perspectives, and learn how to support cultural wellbeing, integrity and expression.

The Indigenous Studies Units of Study table contains comprehensive information on how you can undertake the Indigenous Studies Major or Minor, or enrol in individual units to meet your interests.

Associate Professor Lynette Riley

Dr Lynette Riley
Chair, Aboriginal Education and Indigenous Studies

Sydney School of Education and Social Work

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