To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the degree in which you are enrolled:
A student may complete a major sequence of 36 units in Indigenous and Australian Studies by completing two Year 1 topics (9 units), three Year 2 topics (13.5 units) and three Year 3 topics (13.5 units) selected from the topics listed in the program of study below.
A student may complete a minor sequence of 18 units in Indigenous and Australian Studies by completing two Year 1 topics (9 units), one Year 2 topic (4.5 units) plus an additional topic (4.5 units) from the Year 2 or Year 3 topics listed in the program of study below.
The minor sequence is not available to students who commenced the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Primary) from 1 January 2020.
The Indigenous and Australian Studies major aims to:
- equip students with a thorough grounding in contemporary issues and debates in Indigenous and Australian Studies
- encourage students to connect across boundaries and value ethical behaviour through a cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary understanding of Indigenous cultures and Australian society
- produce graduates with a critical understanding of the various ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders identities are formed and represented within Australia
- produce graduates with the capacity to critically examine ideas of representation, power and privilege through key sites of knowledge production, including social and cultural institutions in Australia.
On completion of a major students will be able to:
- analyse the contribution made by Indigenous peoples to Australian life and culture
- explain broad understanding of Indigenous histories and cultures
- critically consider the political, legal and cultural issues facing Indigenous people today
- explain the application of "race" within Australia
- critically respond to the debates and viewpoints around the issues of reconciliation
- consider, from a broad understanding, how Indigenous peoples, both in Australia and internationally, view their history and culture.
Program of study
The following is the program of study for a 36 unit major sequence in Indigenous and Australian Studies and should be read in conjunction with the course rule for the degree in which you are enrolled.
Major - Indigenous and Australian Studies
Year 1 topics
Select 9 units from the following:
INDG1000 Indigenous Studies: An Introduction (4.5 units)
INDG1001 Race and Representation: Indigenous Identities (4.5 units)
HIST1803 'The Lucky Country'? A Brief History of Australia (4.5 units)
Year 2 topics
Select 13.5 units from the following:
ARCH2202 Archaeology of the First Australians (4.5 units)
HIST2015 Maps and Dreams: Indigenous-Settler Relations in Australian History (4.5 units)
HIST2066 Outpost of Empire? South Australian History, 1834 to the Present (4.5 units)
INDG2001 Black Poetics: Indigenous Literary Studies (4.5 units)
INDG2002 Indigenous Australian Art (4.5 units)
INDG2004 Reconciliation and Indigenous Knowledges (4.5 units)
SCME2101 Australian/Indigenous Media (4.5 units)
SOCI2021 Racism, Power and Identity (4.5 units)
WMST2016 Indigenous Women’s Voices: Race, Gender and Colonialism (4.5 units)
Year 3 topics
Select 13.5 units from the following:
GEOG3761 Caring as Country: Indigenous Environmental Management (4.5 units)
HIST3001 Destination Australia: Migration Since 1900 (4.5 units)
INDG3001 Colonial Intimacies and the Economy: Mathematics of Genocide (4.5 units)
INDG3002 Decolonising Institutions: Indigenous Critical Creative Praxis (4.5 units)
WMST3014 Global Feminist Activism (4.5 units)
Note: Students must complete at least 4 INDG coded topics throughout the major.
Refer to Honours - Indigenous and Australian Studies