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  • The Monash Indigenous Centre offers units that aim to encourage students to understand the past and contemporary experiences of Indigenous Australians. Students will acquire a general knowledge of many different aspects of Australian Indigenous cultures and of how these cultures have undergone change and adaptation.

    Units offered by Australian Indigenous Studies combine the study of social anthropology and contemporary experiences of Australian Aborigines by including the study of kinship, political, and linguistic systems in urban and remote societies and the contrasts between Indigenous and non-Indigenous societies. Introductory units examine Indigenous lifestyles, pre and post-invasion, and the concept of continuity, which provides a focus on understanding the importance of land. Study of the post-invasion period examines the effects of colonisation on Indigenous societies and economies, past and presents governmental policies and their effects on organisations and communities.

    Teaching in the Centre includes lectures and small tutorial and seminar groups that encourage debate and inquiry. Presentations, written summaries and essays incorporate reflective, analytical and oral skills specific to Indigenous studies as well as to the Arts degree. A number of Arts Faculty units offered in Australian studies, anthropology, geography, history, politics, environmental science, sociology and women’s studies complement units offered in Indigenous studies. Our courses have strong links with the Program for Australian Indigenous Archaeology, a new initiative of the School of Geography and Environmental Science.

    The Monash Indigenous Centre offers major/minor sequences and elective units at first, second, third year at both Clayton and Gippsland campuses.

    Support for Indigenous Students

    Information for Indigenous students considering studying at Monash University, or already studying at Monash University, can be found on the following site:

  • Monash University’s interest in Aboriginal issues began in its establishment years. The following is a brief summary of that history. 1964 The Centre for Research into Aboriginal Affairs was established in the Department of Politics in the Faculty of Business and Politics by Dr Colin Tatz. 1967 The Centre for Research into Aboriginal Affairs moved to the Department of Anthropology ... Read more
  • At MIC we pride ourselves on providing a culturally and pedagogically safe place for students to learn. To ensure everyone gets the most out of our classes we have developed a code of conduct by which staff and students are expected to abide. In classes all student’s opinions will be treated with respect, however racists or sexist remarks ... Read more
  • Monash sites Indigenous Student Services Unit Indigenous Employment and Development Unit Indigenous Education in a Changing World Making a difference to Indigenous communities Any Monash student interested in working directly on projects in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities should contact the Voluntary Service to Indigenous Communities Foundation. External sites These websites contain information and resources relevant to Australian Indigenous Studies. Aboriginal Studies WWW ... Read more
  • Online catalogue for the Elizabeth Eggleston Memorial Collection The Elizabeth Eggleston Memorial Collection is located in the Koorie Research Unit of MIC. It is a non-lending reference collection. The late Dr Eggleston was a former Director of the then Centre for Research into Aboriginal Affairs. At the time of her death in March 1976, she was acknowledged ... Read more