Australian Indigenous Studies (AIS) is a dynamic and exciting field of academic enquiry.

This major explores a range of contemporary issues affecting Australian Indigenous peoples' life experiences and aspirations. It provides students with opportunities to engage with both the resilient nature of Australian Indigenous cultures as well as contemporary forms of Indigenous cultural expression, including song, dance, story, art, film and theatre. A range of interdisciplinary conceptual tools is utilised, including critical race theory and emerging Indigenous critical theory, to further the project of decolonising knowledges on and about Indigenous peoples. In so doing, the major also encourages students to examine the issues of personal and national identity, and the relationship between these, themselves and Aboriginality.

Take advantage of our course's special features

This AIS major offers you unique experiences such as being able to:

  • Participate in an exchange program to Algoma University in Canada, where you can take Indigenous Studies Canadian-style, learn a local language, participate in field trips and get credit towards your Murdoch degree when you get back.
  • Participate in a work integrated learning opportunity, where you complete an internship with an Indigenous organisation.

Boost your employment prospects

Why not combine your AIS major with a major in Community Development, Law, Psychology, Politics and International Studies, Communication and Media Studies, Sociology, or History?

Some of our recent graduates have jobs in areas as diverse as Indigenous education, community advocacy and health administration.


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