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Australian Indigenous Studies concerns matters of interest and importance to First Nations Peoples. Indigenous studies are often conducted in interdisciplinary contexts, and at ANU, the field combines insights from anthropology, archaeology, art, history, linguistics, music, public policy, and gender studies. The discipline explores the extraordinary breadth, depth and diversity of First Peoples' knowledges and ways of knowing, the diverse perspectives and experiences of Australia’s First Peoples, and seeks to deepen awareness of and respect for Indigenous Peoples' rights.

Key topics that will be explored by students at ANU include Indigenous epistemologies; Indigenous occupation and adaption on the Australian continent; Indigenous socio-cultural, ceremonial, artistic and linguistic practices past and present; impacts of European colonisation; histories of relationships between Indigenous and other Australians; the situation of Indigenous peoples in Australia today; and related issues of representation. These themes are investigated in tandem with an awareness about their situation within global issues for First Nations people across multiple nations, especially in the Asia-Pacific.

For further information on Australian Indigenous Studies offered across the university, please see the Australian Indigenous Studies at ANU page.

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Bachelor of Arts

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3 in Australia
25 for Arts and Humanities in World*

3 year full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131003
CRICOS Code: 074016B

Bachelor of Languages

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3 years
Semester 1 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131193
CRICOS Code: 073988B

Bachelor of Political Science

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1 in Australia
11 for Politics in World*

3 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131162
CRICOS Code: 086219C

Bachelor of Public Policy

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1 in Australia & 11 for Politics in World* and
2 in Australia & 24 for Social Policy & Administration in World*

3 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131159
CRICOS Code: 097615M

Diploma of Languages

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1 Year FT* or 3-4 Years PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 130015

Graduate Certificate of General and Applied Linguistics

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2 in Australia
26 for Linguistics in World*

0.5 Year FT or 1 Year PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830064

Graduate Certificate of Studies

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0.5 Year FT or 3 Years PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

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UAC Code: 830584
CRICOS Code: 082261M

Master of Applied Anthropology and Development

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1 in Australia & 6 for Anthropology in World* and
2 in Australia & 14 for Development Studies in World*

1 year full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830073
CRICOS Code: 108304J

Master of General and Applied Linguistics

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2 in Australia
26 for Linguistics in World*

1.5 years full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830052
CRICOS Code: 108329M

Master of History

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1 in Australia
12 for History in World*

1 year full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830035
CRICOS Code: 108325D

PhD & MPhil

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2-4 Year FT or 4-8 Year PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

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Seeing inequality deeply gripes me, and rectifying inequality really strives and motivates me like nothing else does.

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All of these opportunities have been made available through the support networks that ANU provides: notably, the Tjabal Centre and ANUSA. I’m grateful to be afforded such opportunities.

Makayla-May Brinckley, Bachelor of Arts (Gender and Cultural Studies/Australian Indigenous Studies)

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