Our courses

We offer a diverse range of multidisciplinary courses that can be undertaken in the Bachelor of Arts, Diploma in Arts, Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Philosophy programs.

Indigenous Australian Issues: Past, Present, Future

Course code: ABTS1000
Offered: Semester 1
Course coordinator: Condy Canuto
Prerequisites: N/A

This course is a multidisciplinary subject drawing on perspectives from across the social sciences and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to provide insight into Indigenous Australia past, present and future. 

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Torres Strait Islander Studies

Course code: ABTS1010
Offered: Semester 2
Course Coordinator: Condy Canuto  
Prerequisites: ABTS1000 (recommended)

The course explores a wide range of topics, from the unique geography of Torres Strait to the influences of post-colonial history, the intricate relationship of people to the sea, and the social organisation and social structure of Torres Strait Islander society and culture, past and present.

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Ten Canoes: Exploring Indigenous Art, Film, Music and Literature Through Iconic Works

Course code: ABTS1020
Offered: Semester 1
Course coordinator: Katelyn Barney
Prerequisites: N/A

This course provides students with the opportunity to learn about Indigenous Australian peoples and their art, film, literature and music making. Across the semester students will examine 10 iconic works of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural production to explore Indigenous history and understand how Indigenous Australians tell their history, resist and challenge colonial stereotypes and create new and exciting works of art.

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Contemporary Indigenous Social Organisation: Identity, family, community, nation

Course code: ABTS2060
Offered: Semester 1
Course coordinator: Chelsea Bond 
Prerequisites: ABTS1000

This course provides students with contemporary understandings of Indigenous Australian experiences and systems of family and kinship. Students will learn about the wide variety of kinship systems which were/are used in Indigenous communities prior to and after colonisation.

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Indigenous Women and Men: Gendered Business

Course code: ABTS2010
Offered: Semester 2
Course coordinator: Chelsea Bond
Prerequisites: ABTS1000 (recommended)

Through lectures and tutorials presented by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous women, both students and lecturers explore historical and contemporary issues identified as relevant by Aboriginal women. A major theme running through this course is to compare, contrast and critically analyse mainstream representations of Aboriginal women with the words and knowledges of Aboriginal women themselves.

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Contemporary Indigenous Knowledge, Thought and Philosophy

Course code: ABTS2020
Offered: Semester 2
Course coordinator: Carlos Rivera-Santana
Prerequisites: ABTS1000

The aim of the unit is to expand your understanding and awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander approaches to knowledge. Throughout the semester students will explore different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cosmologies and epistemologies via a critical engagement with colonisation and post-colonial theories and also through non-Western thinking, specifically through creative practice and writing.

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Independent Project in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies 1

Course code: ABTS2080
Offered: Semester 1
Course coordinator: Carlos Rivera-Santana
Prerequisites: N/A

This course is designed to enable students to undertake supervised independent research in an area of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Studies. The course should interest anyone who is likely to work professionally with Indigenous people.

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Independent Project in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies 2

Course code: ABTS2090
Offered: Semester 2
Course coordinator: Carlos Rivera-Santana
Prerequisites: N/A

This course is designed to enable students to undertake supervised independent research in an area of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Studies. The course should interest anyone who is likely to work professionally with Indigenous people.

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International Indigenous Perspectives: Approaches from the Global South

Course Code: ABTS3030
Offered: Semester 2
Course Coordinator: Carlos Rivera-Santana
Pre-requisites: ABTS1000 or ABTS1010 (recommended)

This course explores the interdisciplinary works of Indigenous Global South theorists and how these theories relate to Indigenous Southern theory in Australia. The main aim is to give students the opportunity to engage with the works of Global Indigenous perspectives in philosophy, social science, cultural studies and history and their relationship with Indigenous Australian interdisciplinary perspectives.

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Work Placement in Indigenous Australian Studies

Course code: ABTS3010
Offered: Semester 2
Course coordinator: Ian Lilley
Prerequisites: ABTS1000 and ABTS2020

This course is a supervised work placement with a government department in Indigenous affairs, an Indigenous organisation or another approved workplace focused on Indigenous issues. The duration of the placement is 40-60 hours and a suitable timetable for the placement will be negotiated between the academic supervisors, the work place organisation and supervisor and the student.

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Working with Indigenous People

Course code: ABTS3020
Offered: Semester 2
Course coordinator: Katelyn Barney
Prerequisites: N/A

This course engages with some of the main conceptual and practical issues that arise in working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities, institutions and people, particularly in research contexts. It examines a range of policy and social challenges in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia, and discusses the implications of these for those working for and with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

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