ANT260 Indigenous Studies (8)

Are you aware that the country that is today called 'Australia' was and still is, Indigenous country? It belonged to approximately 500 different clan groups! Aspects of traditional as well as modern Australian Indigenous society and culture are examined in this subject reflecting on the impact of white invasion, past and present government policies and recent social changes. Themes emphasised include problems of cultural representation, issues of identification, Indigenality, notions of cultural change and continuity and the nature of Indigenous relationships to land and sites/places. The subject contains a total estimated workload of 140 hours.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
One session
School of Environmental Sciences
Enrolment restrictions

Students who have completed EEB103 and EEP101 may not enrol in this subject.
Students may not enrol in this subject concurrently with EEB103 or EEP101.

Incompatable Subjects
EEB103 EEP101
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to:
  • discuss the issues raised by the representation of people as 'object' and 'other';
  • discuss some of the key events and processes that have shaped relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people over the last two hundred plus years;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the origins, history and contemporary issues and initiatives of Indigenous people;
  • engage in informed debate about complex social issues;
  • describe the appropriate pedagogy for teaching and talking about Indigenous people and/or issues;
  • describe, recognise, utilise and evaluate multi-media Indigenous resources; and
  • discuss traditional and contemporary Indigenous peoples and cultures.
The subject will cover the following topics:
1. Pre-Invasion - origin of life, land and place, family, culture
2. Initial impacts of settlement- land, place, fear, terra nullius, treaty
3. Dispossession-Stolen Generations: Impacts- loss of land, loss of language and tradition, genocide, assimilation policies, dysfunctional families, disease, loss of traditional foods, restrictions and limitations, misconceptions
4. Land Rights and Native Title - Mabo, Wik, repercussions, traditional and spiritual ties, most often asked questions
5. Aboriginal Organisations - ATSIC, ATAS, AEU-S, NSWALC, LALC-S, LINK-UP, ABSTUDY
6. Urban Aboriginal People - extended family, health, education, traditions, protocols, stereotyping, employment
7. Racism and the Political Climate - joint management, welfare mentality, full blood or half caste, sunset clause, distribution of funds
8. Reconciliation - the future, black and black, black and white, apology, equal opportunity
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.