Study with Us
We acknowledge the Wattamattagal people of the Dharug nation as the custodians of the land on which we work. As a department we are committed to the promotion and continuation of Dharug cultures and knowledges. We recognise the invaluable contribution of Dharug peoples to the university and the broader community. The Department of Indigenous Studies offers an undergraduate unit of study dedicated to Dharug perspectives about Country. Dharug Country: People, Places and Presences allows students to connect with contemporary Dharug people and learn about the impact of colonisation on the community and also better understand how Dharug people and communities have resisted and survived. Dharug people will share stories of importance so students can be more aware of the politics of place.
Burbagana (*Darug –‘Take Hold of my Hand and Help Me Up’) by Leanne Tobin
ABST1020 allows students to connect with contemporary Dharug people and learn about the impact of colonisation on the community and also better understand how Dharug people and communities have resisted and survived. Dharug people will share stories of importance so students can be more aware of the politics of place.
ABST 1000 Introducing Indigenous Australia
ABST1000 is a thought provoking and challenging cultural experience of Indigenous Australian histories, cultures and worldviews and as such provides a solid theoretical foundation for anyone wishing to pursue further engagement with Indigenous Studies and communities
ABST 1030 Introduction to Indigenous Queer Studies
ABST1030 prioritises the voices and perspectives of Indigenous Queer populations as transformative of the social, cultural, and political landscapes of Australia and beyond. This unit will explore Indigenous Queer worldviews and standpoints that interrupt, challenge, enrich and recalibrate our understanding of community, culture, gender, sexuality, the body and desire.
ABST 2020 Indigenous Culture and Text
Music, poetry, literature, film, television and social media are all platforms that Indigenous peoples’ make use of to tell stories, remember the past, imagine futures, express Indigeneity, connect with others and politically agitate for social change. In exciting ways, students are introduced to the vast contribution from Indigenous people to contemporary media culture.
ABST 2035 Global Indigenous Queer Identities
Indigenous societies have recognized diverse genders and sexualities for thousands of years. ABST2035 interrogates and challenges the influence and enforcement of western gendered and sexual norms by embedding an understanding of Indigenous worldviews situated within, beyond and against the scope of the gender binary, heterosexuality, and gender and sexual taxonomies across the LBGTQI+ spectrum.
ABST 2060 Indigenous Histories and Knowledges
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are the oldest living cultures on earth with over 60,000 years of history. There is much to learn from Indigenous people and communities. ABST2060 explores Indigenous histories and knowledges from the big bang through to contemporary times and provides an understanding of how Indigenous knowledges about the world can inform future thinking about conservation, land management, climate change and sustainability.
ABST 3025 Indigenous Research Methodologies
Indigenous research holds answers to environmental, social, cultural, and political questions that require urgent attention in the world. ABST3025 provides students with skills and knowledge to critically think about their engagement in culturally competent and ethical research with and for Indigenous people and communities. **ABST3025 also paves the way for higher-level study in the Masters of Research program.
ABST 3035 Indigenous Queer Theory and Practice
ABST3035 explores the convergence of theories that inform Indigenous Queer Studies as an interdisciplinary space. Students will be introduces to Indigenous Queer readings of theories such as intersectionality and examine how Indigenous Queer perspectives unpack, translate, and reterritorialize knowledge in ways that centralise Indigeneity and Queerness.
ABST 3040 Indigenous Policy: Politics and Activism
Opening minds and raising awareness – good leadership is being politically conscious and informed. ABST3040 examines social justice matters that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities through a variety of political, legal and human rights issues. The aim of the unit is to introduce students to key ideas associated with social justice and politics.
Indigenous Bespoke Program
The Department of Indigenous Studies is pleased to offer a bespoke program for Indigenous people wanting to enrol in a Bachelor of Arts at Macquarie University. This entails a crafted first year program that aims to provides the necessary support, skills and knowledges to continue on to complete a Degree. Two 20 credit point units are available for Indigenous students exclusively. The program consists of the following:
FOAR1000 Indigenous Cultural Exchange (20 credit points)
FOAR1000 explores Indigenous knowledges and Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being. Indigenous students as active educators and learners draw on their own knowledges and share with other learners. This unit looks at knowledge in relation to land, water and sky, among many topics, and the way in which knowledge is applied in traditional and contemporary modes.
ABST100 Introducing Indigenous Australia
PHIL 137 Critical Thinking
One elective from the Faculty of Arts
FOAR1001 Indigenous Research Program (20 credit points)
FOAR1001 requires students to draw on knowledge and skills in Indigenous Studies to develop a local site specific research project. Indigenous students will define their community and conceptualise ways of knowing, doing and being as it relates to their specific community. As active educators and learners Indigenous students will also draw on their own knowledges and share with their peers. This unit applies knowledge that is drawn from traditional and contemporary means.
Third Course to be determined
One elective from the Faculty of Arts
Master of Indigenous Education
“There's no such thing as neutral education. Education either functions as an instrument to bring about conformity or freedom”
-Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Education is a political and moral practice that provides the knowledge, skills and social relations to enable students to explore the possibilities of what it means to be a critical thinker. Critical educator, Paulo Freire, argues that critical thinking is not about simply reproducing the past and understanding the present, it is about offering a way of thinking beyond the present, moving beyond the immediate confines of one’s experiences, entering into a critical dialogue with history and imagining a future that would not merely reproduce the present.
“what is obvious from a glance at the historical (and in some cases current) educational trends are that the aims and quality of education has differed drastically for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students”
- Indigenous scholars Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews and Bronwyn Carlson
From 2020 the Masters of Indigenous Education will be offered as a one-year coursework Masters, consisting of eight Indigenous Studies units including the history of Indigenous education, trauma informed education, Indigenous language and teaching, and teaching skills and knowledges to work with and for Indigenous peoples
Masters of Research in Indigenous Studies (MRES)
PhD in Indigenous Studies
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