Indigenous cultures and histories

Learn about Indigenous cultures and histories

We cover a wide range of disciplines relating to Indigenous peoples, culture, history and experiences. You’ll explore Indigenous history through units that combine anthropology, archaeology, history and heritage studies.

Why study Indigenous cultures and histories?

You’ll explore the origins and transformation of Australia’s 600 Indigenous groups that date back 50,000 years. You’ll learn to critically examine constructions of indigeneity and ‘Aboriginalism’, be able to recognise traditions in Indigenous studies in national contexts and apply them to real-world problems.

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This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

Working with Indigenous communities

By taking an internship you can work with Indigenous organisations around Australia and gain valuable experience through hands‑on learning.

Career options

  • Not-for-profit sector
  • Aboriginal-controlled organisations in health
  • Child welfare
  • Heritage and ecology
  • Land councils
  • Teaching

Overseas opportunities

As a Monash student you have the option to make your course an international one. One option is studying at a Monash campus abroad, and you'll have Malaysia, India, China or Prato (Italy) to choose from.