IND101 - Introduction to Aboriginal Studies


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, 
Trimester 3: Online, 

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 3-hour weekly lecture divided into 1 x 1-hour lecture and 1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent for 11-weeks

Intensive/CBD: This unit is taught intensively via CBD for 11-weeks as a combination of face-to-face and online delivery. 12-hours face-to-face on campus Intensive mode with a minimum of four Blackboard Collaborate sessions during the trimester with ongoing access to the unit site resources

Dates to be advised.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Learning experiences are via the unit site. A minimum of four Blackboard Collaborate sessions will be conducted during the trimester


*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation NIKERI Institute students only.


This unit introduces students to Australia's First Nation Peoples in a comprehensive and engaging exploration of both traditional and contemporary experience and expression of Australian Aboriginal culture, Knowledges, histories and identities from an Indigenous standpoint, and through a number of interdisciplinary perspectives. The course will cover three clear movements of investigation from traditional modality and Australian Indigenous Knowledges; colonisation and its impact; and reclamation and reconciliation with a focus on Indigenous cultural forms and representation. Students will learn about the complexities of spirituality, lore and traditional philosophy, to then understand the devastating impact of colonisation and its aftermath. The final portion of the unit will then address contemporary Indigenous culture and expression including language, story, art and creative expression allowing students to consider and explore self-representation as a method of expanding understandings of the diversity of Aboriginalities. This unit presents a thought provoking, dynamic and challenging cultural experience of Indigenous Australian history, culture and worldview and provides a foundation for developing socio-cultural literacy.

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