Indigenous Studies Major

Bachelor of Arts, 3 years full-time, Parkville. CRICOS code: 002167E

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Students who complete this major will:

  • understand the complexity and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • develop a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of how discourses and representations of Aboriginality function in contemporary Australian society, as well as the historical, social and cultural contexts that produce them
  • develop a deep and nuanced intellectual positioning, from which to critically engage with complex and changing social and political issues in Australian society
  • apply an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty, self-awareness, and ethical integrity
  • appreciate the value of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Indigenous studies
  • communicate effectively, from their own informed intellectual positioning, in a variety of oral and written formats
  • act as informed and critically discerning participants, with a respect for ethical values, within the scholarly community, in the workforce and as citizens

Course Description

Offered by the School of Culture and Communication

The Indigenous Studies major offers unique perspectives on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture. Themes include Indigenous cultural production, key thinkers and concepts, settler and Indigenous environmental ethics, Aboriginal women and colonialism, Indigenous health, and issues relating to land, law and philosophy.


  • Community development
  • Policy
  • Sociology
  • Government

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