Indigenous Cultures and Histories

Indigenous Cultures and Histories at Monash University offers you a world-class program that combines anthropology, archaeology, history and heritage studies.

Available as a major or minor.

What is it?

Discover the origins and transformation of Australia’s 600 Indigenous groups that date back to 50,000 years ago. In a unique and friendly setting, explore how Australia’s history compares to other settler colonies such as New Zealand, Canada or South Africa – and walk away with a number of skills that are transferable, relevant and highly sought after across a variety of industries.

Indigenous Cultures and Histories is taught by the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre (MISC), which is a nationally and internationally recognised academic centre.

How to Study

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Click here for fees, entry requirements and intake information for domestic and international students.

Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.


Working with Indigenous Communities

As a student in the Indigenous Cultures and Histories major, you can choose to undertake an internship unit as part of your course. You get the opportunity to work with Indigenous organisations and gain valuable experience through hands-on learning.

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Learning Beyond the Classroom

Your learning at the Centre will include lectures, small tutorials and seminar groups. You will also take part in fieldwork summer schools, which encourage debate and inquiry and develop your practical skills.

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Career Prospects

As a graduate, you can look forward to many exciting career opportunities.

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Study Overseas

As a Monash student, you have the option to make your course an international one. One option is to study at a Monash campus abroad, with Malaysia, South Africa or Prato to choose from.

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Videos and Projects

There are a number of projects run through MIC and Monash University that highlight Australian Indigenous cultures, history and traditions through video and animation.

Monash Country Lines Archive: Purdiwan

The Monash Country Lines Archive is a collaborative Monash University project between the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre (MISC), Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Information technology. The project works to construct a living archive that is a decolonised space in which communities can see their material stored and shared.

The animation Purdiwan (Pretty One) has its origins in the Garrwa people’s tradition of working in the cattle industry.

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Connecting Country: The Jawoyn Homeland Project

The Jawoyn people of Arnhem Land (northern Australia) know their country as the traditional land of the ancestors. This land was given shape by the ancestral spirits during a time of creation known asbuwurr, popularly known in English as the Dreaming.

The Jawoyn Association asked Monash University scientists to assemble a team of Australian and French research partners to uncover this history and share it with the world.

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