Both Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education are areas of specialisation with general relevance to those whose interest and future career path involve understanding Indigenous Australian cultures, histories and knowledges.  Both areas are increasingly attractive to students who wish to be involved in Indigenous schooling, education and Indigenous affairs.

 

Enrol in a topic or in the Indigenous Studies minor sequence in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) that is relevant, interesting and challenging.  These topics allow you to study Indigenous Australia, its cultures, peoples and land through an interdisciplinary approach.

 

The topics that from Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education programs at Flinders are taught by Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff from the Yunggorendi First Nations Centre.  Yunggorendi has a collaborative partnership with other Flinders faculties, departments and schools.

Topic information

Undergraduate

 This topic is designed to develop Indigenous students' understanding  of the expectations of tertiary study and to broaden their understanding of issues facing Indigenous students within higher education.  It highlights understandings of the relationships between the university community and Indigenous communities, develops understandings of the construction of Indigenous identity through an analysis of 'race' and representation as well as developing students' critical consciousness.

This topic introduces students to a study of First Nations societies of Australia.  The topic will integrate academic study of Australian history and the implications that result from such history, Indigenous histories, cultures and contemporary dilemmas will be a focus, including opportunities to discuss issues with First Nations Australians.

This topic introduces students to the close study of Reconciliation in Australia and abroad, and proposes that any process of reconciliation should be underpinned by an understanding of Indigenous knowledges.  The topic is designed to allow students to read, view and experience a range of texts which deal with encounters between and within Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

The aim of this topic is to focus on the major issues in contemporary Indigenous Australian education, to enable students to teach Indigenous Australian children in both urban and remote contexts.  It will focus on how these issues relate in the overall context of the contemporary Indigenous Australian struggle for rights, justice and equity.

Postgraduate

This topic introduces students to the major issues in contemporary Indigenous Australian education, to enable students to effectively teach Indigenous Australian children in both urban and remote contexts. The topic considers the historical contexts of race and examines education policy and practice that have determined the educational experience for Indigenous peoples. Challenges to these contexts are explored so as to critically engage students to reflect on individual and institutional practices so as to transform education to a site of justice and equity for Indigenous Australians.

Indigenous Research Methodologies provides the opportunity for students to understand Indigenous research methodologies and to think critically and ethically about their practices when researching with Indigenous peoples and communities both in Australia and internationally. Through an Indigenous theoretical framework students are introduced to a broad range of protocols for Indigenous engagement and Indigenous ways of researching.

 

Further information

Click on the Topic links above or contact Yunggorendi on email yunggorendi@flinders.edu.au.