Undergraduate Courses

Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary major that is designed to equip students to think reflexively about issues that impact on Indigenous individuals and communities on a local, national and global scale.

Indigenous Studies is anchored in the critical study of Australian Indigenous experiences. This includes a focus on cultural, political, economic and social factors that have shaped, and continue to shape, the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This is enriched through the study of international Indigenous experiences and engagement with a range of Indigenous perspectives and organizations on a global scale.

Indigenous Studies explores the controversies, complexities and contradictions that shape what it means to be Indigenous in Australia and the world today.

Major Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the Indigenous Studies major students will be able to:

  1. Identify how Indigenous studies has developed as a discipline and how it relates to other areas of study.
  2. Evaluate the ideologies and paradigms that continue to shape both popular and scholarly understandings of indigenous peoples.
  3. Analyse, both critically and reflectively, Indigenous peoples’ understandings of themselves and the world.
  4. Evaluate the major social and political influences that have underpinned the history of colonisation and resistance.

 

Subjects Required for Major Study

A major in Indigenous Studies requires the completion of a minimum of 52 credit points, consisting of at least 12 credit points at 100-level, 16 credit points at 200-level and 24 credit points at 300-level.

The major consists of four core subjects that all students must undertake and other elective subjects offered by the Indigenous Studies Unit together with a choice of subjects offered by other participating Faculties. Students are advised to consult with the Indigenous Studies Unit about available subjects prior to enrolment.

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Core
ONE subject from the following:
INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 6 Autumn
INDS130 Indigenous Knowledge in Global Contexts 6 Spring
Plus:
INDS203 Critical Themes in Indigenous Studies 8 Autumn
INDS300 Indigenous Peoples and Decolonisation: Global Perspectives 8 Spring
INDS360 Indigenous Research Methodologies 8 Autumn
Electives
AUST102 Locating Australia 6 Spring
GEOG122 Human Geography II: Living in a Material World 6 Spring
PHIL151 Argument, Evidence and Knowledge 6 Spring
HAS 130 Social Determinants of Health 6 Autumn
SOC 103 Introduction to Sociology 6 Autumn
CAVA123 Australian Aboriginal Arts 6 Autumn
INDS201 Redefining Eden: Indigenous Peoples and the Environment 8 Autumn
INDS202 Indigenous Self-Representation in Contemporary Texts 8 Spring
ARTS201 Regional Australian Society & Environment : A Field Study 8 Not offered in 2015
ARTS202 International Studies 8 Not offered in 2015
HIST239 Water in Australia: An Environmental History 8 Spring
MEDI243 Comparative Indigenous Health Issues 6 Not offered in 2015
PHIL206 Ethics 8 Spring
HAS 230 Contemporary Public Health Issues 6 Autumn
SOC 231 Social Research Methods 8 Spring
PHIL217 Global Ethics 8 Autumn
INDS301 Indigenous Youth and Cultural Production 8 Spring
INDS350 Special Topic in Indigenous Studies 8 Autumn, Spring
GEOG331 Spaces, Places and Identities: Qualitative research design 8 Autumn
GEOG332 Environmental and Heritage Management 8 Spring
ENGL339 Transnational Indigenous Literatures 8 Autumn
HIST350 Debates in Australian Cultural History 8 Autumn
LAW 344 Indigenous Peoples and Legal Systems 6 Not offered in 2015
MEDI341 Research in Indigenous Health 6 Not offered in 2015
MEDI343 Indigenous Community Development: Social and Emotional Wellbeing 6 Not offered in 2015
HAS 331 Social Determinants of Indigenous Health 8 Spring

Double Major

A majority of the Indigenous Studies subjects are drawn from the offerings of a number of faculties and it is possible for students to complete a second major. Students are encouraged to look closely at this option, particularly if they are contemplating postgraduate study.

Subjects Required for Minor Study

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Core
ONE 100-level subject from the following:
INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 6 Autumn
INDS130 Indigenous Knowledge in Global Contexts 6 Spring
Plus:
INDS203 Critical Themes in Indigenous Studies 8 Autumn
INDS300 Indigenous Peoples and Decolonisation: Global Perspectives 8 Spring
Plus ONE other subject from the list of subjects in the major.

Honours

See Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 26 November, 2014