Indigenous Australian Studies, Major (0015)

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: 0015

Previous Code: M1041.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

What does it mean to live in Indigenous Australia? The Indigenous Australian Studies Major offers students the exciting opportunity to acquire key cultural competencies that will enable them to understand and work more effectively with Indigenous Australians in professions such as the arts, communications, media industries; education; government and non-government; policy; health; sciences; and community services. The Indigenous Australian Studies Major addresses the cultural, historical, social and economic issues affecting Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians and relationships.


Campus Mode Advice
Penrith Campus Internal

Major Structure

Students must complete 80 credit points as follows.

Subject Title Credit Points
Students must complete the following Level 1 subject:
HUMN 1013Contextualising Indigenous Australia (Day Mode) (Level 1 subject)10
Select seven of the following including three Level 3 subjects70
Level 1 Subjects:
Indigenous Landscapes
Who do you think you are? (Day Mode)
Speaking Dharug and other Australian Indigenous Languages
Level 2 Subjects:
From Corroborees to Curtain Raisers (Day Mode)
From Ochre to Acrylics to New Technologies
Pigments of the Imagination
Revaluing Indigenous Economics (Day Mode)
Level 3 Subjects:
Bridging the Gap: Re-engaging Indigenous Learners
Learning through Indigenous Australian Community Service (Day Mode)
Rethinking Research with Indigenous Australians: Independent Study Project (Day Mode)
The Making of the 'Aborigines'
Total Credit Points80

Equivalent Subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this major for students who successfully completed these subjects in Autumn 2020 or earlier. 

BIOS 1020 - Indigenous Landscapes, replaced by HUMN 1058 Indigenous Landscapes
BEHV 3013 - Humanities Internship, no longer offered as part of this major.