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Indigenous Studies

About the major

Indigenous Studies gives students an opportunity to develop a deep understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and knowledge systems, drawing upon the ideas and methods of disciplines including history, art history, literature, linguistics, film, musicology, anthropology, sociology and health studies.
It involves these disciplines in a critical dialogue with traditional and contemporary Indigenous people and cultures, and with social and political histories of colonisation and decolonisation.

The units offered reflect national and international trends in the discipline of Indigenous Studies, and articulate the many voices, perspectives and priorities of Indigenous peoples and communities. Students are given the opportunity to engage in analysis, discussion and debate around key issues that are of significance to Australian and international Indigenous peoples, such as language and cultural revitalisation, world-leading Indigenous film and literature, the ongoing efforts to improve Indigenous health outcomes and the broader pursuit of Indigenous self-determination and social justice.

Taught by Indigenous and non-Indigenous academic staff from across the University, and experts from the wider community, Indigenous Studies units are offered through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and are available to all students.

Requirements for completion

The Indigenous Studies major and minor requirements are listed in the Indigenous Studies unit of study table.
Indigenous Studies also offer an Open Learning Environment unit, OLET2136 Indigenous History, which can be found in Table O in the Interdisciplinary Studies Handbook.

Contacts and further information

Contact details and current academic coordinators can be found on the Indigenous Studies website