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.
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.
This area of study allows you to understand the past and contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples in Australia and internationally by looking at:
A range of employment opportunities are available such as:
Monash was the first university to support research and teaching into contemporary Indigenous society. You can learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, traditions and histories. Our staff continue to actively establish new collaborations with Indigenous communities as well as with other universities and research institutions across the globe.
Our innovative research projects work towards bringing about positive change and attitudes. The Monash Indigenous Studies Centre has active world-class researchers and teachers in the areas of:
GIG: Global Immersion Guarantee
The Monash Arts Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG) is an award-winning initiative that will enable you to explore first-hand the relationships between society, technology and the environment. It’s a two-week, funded study trip for all eligible first-year Monash Arts, single or double degree students to one of six destinations – China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia or the Pacific Islands.
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.
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.