The Indigenous Specialisation enables all undergraduate students to take elective courses in the field of Australian Indigenous Studies regardless of their primary programs of study.
Artwork by Wurundjeri artist Mandy Thomas, 2012
The leaves are manna gum leaves that are used in the Welcoming Ceremony, the swirls within their veins depict this smoke. The Birrarung (Yarra) is interwined in the leaves to greet local and international visitors and students to Melbourne. The swirling lines within the Birrarung depict people's journey to Australia, and the journey they take in their studies while at RMIT. The coloured background shows how all this is connected to the earth and depicts the earthy tones of ochre.
What is Indigenous Specialisation?
It is a suite of Indigenous-themed elective courses, which is designed to embed Australian Indigenous issues into existing programs of study. The elective courses provide students with an understanding of the cultural, historical and contemporary frameworks that have shaped the lives of Indigenous peoples in Australia and globally.
The Indigenous Specialisation courses are open to all students at RMIT University.
Undergraduate students who complete four Indigenous Specialisation elective courses receive a formal acknowledgement on their academic transcripts.
For more information on Indigenous Specialisation, contact Dr Emma Barrow.
Elective Study Courses
- Indigenous Studies (HUSO1296) (also a core course in the Bachelor of Social Work)
- Indigenous Health (PUBH1402) (also a core course in the Bachelor of Nursing from 2014)
- Indigenous Peoples and the Environment (ENVI1048)
- Applied Human rights and Indigenous Peoples (HUSO2301) (also available fully online)
- The Lurujarri Dreaming Trail (ARCH1153)
- Understanding Diversity and Difference (TCHE2331) (also a core course in the Bachelor of Education)
- Heritage Planning: Indigenous and Post-Colonial (HUSO1215)
- Environment and Culture: Ecological and Aboriginal understandings of Country (AERS1003)
- Indigenous Policy (POLI1102)
- Indigenous Australia: Art, Policy and Global Markets (VART3628)
- Indigenous Dislocation and Diaspora (HUSO2383)
- Landscapes of Places, Landscapes of the Mind (HUSO2385)
- Mythbusting Reality: Indigenous v Western (HUSO2387)
- Researching de-colonisation: Indigenous Land Rights to Hip Hop (HUSO2381).
- Applied Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples (HUSO2295)
- Indigenous Land Use (HUSO2066)
- Indigenous Policy (POLI1101)
- JD Study Tour (CIJ): Innovative Justice and Court Innovation (LAW2533)
- Indigenous Australia: Art, Policy and Global Markets (VART3627)
- Indigenous Dislocation and Diaspora (HUSO2382)
- Landscapes of Places, Landscapes of the Mind (HUSO2384)
- Mythbusting Reality: Indigenous v Western (HUSO2386)
- Researching de-colonisation: Indigenous Land Rights to Hip Hop (HUSO2380).
Why study Indigenous Specialisation?
The Indigenous Specialisation is a good study option for Indigenous students intending to gain a professional degree from one of Australia’s leading universities of technology. As a university suite of electives, you can augment your knowledge of Indigenous issues without forgoing studies in the professional degree of your choice. You can also demonstrate an understanding of diversity and its benefit in the global economy and develop skills to create a human rights culture within your organisations.
Participation in the Indigenous Specialisation may be of career benefit in a wide range of professional degree courses offered by RMIT University. Enhanced employability through the study of Indigenous Specialisation electives may be applicable in the professions of:
- government administration
- social work
- environmental planning
- conservation and land management
The knowledge gained through the Indigenous Specialisation will provide you with a wide range of career opportunities in:
- government and non-government organisations
- natural resource and cultural heritage management
- health and community services.
An appreciation of the socio-economic, cultural and political contexts facing Indigenous peoples will enable you to participate in policy debates, program development and community engagement in an informed and culturally sensitive manner.