Indigenous Studies is a cross-disciplinary program that provides graduates with a robust understanding of the complexity and diversity of Indigenous/First Peoples (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders) within and beyond Australia. Subjects offered develop detailed knowledge and critical understanding of how discourses and representations of Indigenous Peoples function in contemporary society, as well as the historical, social, political, economic, environmental and ethnic contexts that produce them.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete this major will:
- Identify, analyse and discuss the social, intellectual, economic and political contexts of Indigenous, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, from local on-country perspectives through to international views
- Develop a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of how discourses and representations of Indigenous identities function in Australian society.
- Recognise Indigenous values (locally, nationally and internationally) and constructively engage them within cross-cultural contexts such as commercial, political, social or educational sectors, guiding new initiatives, interactions and/or critical thinking
- Critically understand the role of Indigenous leadership within the social, intellectual, economic and political contexts of national identity
- Articulately communicate the knowledge systems underpinning Indigenous peoples and their broader cultural and disciplinary context, coupled with an understanding of the fundamental contribution of research
- 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;
- Develop a deep and nuanced intellectual positioning, from which to critically engage with complex and changing social and political issues;
- 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.
Last updated: 12 November 2021