Course Title: Indigenous Studies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Indigenous Studies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Ronnie Egan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1105

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 08.10.32

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course explores the impacts of colonial and postcolonial events and relations on Indigenous Communities in Australia. These issues will be considered in historical, cultural, political and practice-based contexts.

The content will be informed by human rights and social justice frameworks. You will be exposed to a range of issues associated with colonialism, policy development and socio-economic indicators, and will study contemporary issues including reconciliation, land rights and the stolen generations.

Drawing upon a range of literature across a number of disciplines, you will explore theoretical and practice-based perspectives that assist in understanding the nature of Indigenous struggles today.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. analyse of the impact of colonisation on indigenous peoples in Australia
  2. discuss Indigenous culture, needs and aspirations and achievements in Australia
  3. explain stages of policy development in Australia
  4. critically reflect on the role of racism and advancing indigenous interests in partnership with Indigenous people
  5. analyse the complexities of professional practice in collaboration with Indigenous communities.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include class activities of critical reflection to review lectures/resource content/location of self, Site visits of Cultural Significance, peer learning, tutorial presentations, critical reflection and essay writing and self-exploration of course resources and student research.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through a course reader or core textbook, and will be able to access to a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources may include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on the above learning outcomes. Assessment tasks may include, but are not limited to, reflective journals, short pieces of critical analysis, short in-class quizzes and essays.