The University of Newcastle, Australia

Global Indigenous Studies

Study Global Indigenous Studies at UON

When you study a Global Indigenous Studies major you explore Indigenous experiences and perspectives, with a focus on history, society, leadership, behaviours, beliefs and related issues. In the process, the major aims to increase Indigenous students' pride and confidence in identity and culture.

What jobs can you get with a major in Global Indigenous Studies?

Studying a Global Indigenous Studies major as part of your degree will prepare you for careers in a wide range of government and non-government sectors, where specific skills in cross-cultural awareness are sought.

There are also many positions within both government and non-government sectors that may not be directly focused on Indigenous affairs, but require the types of transferable skills (such as oral, written and interpersonal communication skills) that are fostered when you undertake Global Indigenous Studies as a major.

Other career paths lead to Aboriginal institutions concerned with land councils, medical services, legal services, cooperatives and housing companies. Within this sector there are a number of positions that are Indigenous identified.

If you choose to undertake a postgraduate degree, the Global Indigenous Studies major also opens up a variety of opportunities in areas such as business, education, health and law.

Suitable for Global Indigenous Studies students with?

  • An interest in gaining a deeper understanding of Aboriginal culture and traditions.
  • Goals to work with the Indigenous community in Australia, or apply related insights to other jobs and employment contexts.
  • A commitment to supporting the self-determination and reconciliation efforts of global Indigenous communities.

What do you learn in a Global Indigenous Studies major?

Our Global Indigenous Studies major is structured to allow students to study courses in Australian Aboriginal culture, as well as the traditions of Indigenous communities around the world:

  • Communication and Australian Aborigines: As the core of your major in Global Indigenous Studies you will learn how to communicate effectively and sensitively with the Aboriginal community. You will study communication styles used by Indigenous communities and how they have been represented in Australian media.
  • Traditional Aboriginal Culture and Society: You will study a range of courses in traditional Aboriginal culture, and the response of Aboriginal peoples to colonisation. You will learn about Aboriginal political protest, health in colonial Australia and their relationship with Australian law.
  • Global Indigenous Comparative Studies: This course will allow students to study an Indigenous culture outside of Australia. You will also be able to study how past research into Indigenous cultures has been shaped by Eurocentric models of thinking.

Which degrees include a Global Indigenous Studies major?

You can study this major if you are undertaking one of the following degrees at UON: