About MIC

10-Gab-Titui-celebrationsThe 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 Indigenous Cultures and Histories 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, and sociology complement units offered in Indigenous studies.

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

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: Indigenous Australian students

Why study Indigenous Cultures and Histories

Many people come to study Indigenous Cultures and Histories because they have a personal desire to gain a better understanding of Australian Indigenous peoples and cultures. Others wish to enhance their understanding of Australian history and current issues of national significance such as reconciliation, land rights and Australian identity. Such outcomes confirm that Indigenous Cultures and Histories excels in equipping students for ‘citizenship’ ensuring they are informed members of our democratic society.

This is rewarding if you view the objective of tertiary education as assess to a broad liberal arts education. For most students, however, tertiary education is primarily considered a pathway to improved employment outcomes and in this respect Indigenous Cultures and Histories is often considered irrelevant.

These are just some of the skills developed by students who undertake Indigenous Cultures and Histories:

  • Written and oral communication
  • Research and presentation skills
  • Analysing and using information
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Collaboration, discussion and debate
  • Self-expression and self-reliance
  • Reflection and critical judgement
  • The ability to deal with people
  • Cross-cultural communication skills
  • Expertise in Indigenous affairs

Career paths…


  • 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 racist 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
  • I majored in Indigenous Cultures and Histories because I am an Aboriginal person and needed to know all I can about Indigenous history and issues. It’s important that students think about doing something in Indigenous Cultures and Histories so as not to be ignorant about my people and the issues facing them. Non-Indigenous students could Read more