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Unit Overview


This unit examines key debates that have shaped the anthropology of First Nations peoples in Australia such as those concerning colonisation, kinship and social organisation, religion, local organisation, ‘tradition', politics, material culture, art, ecology and economy. Frameworks include multivalent foundations located in cultural anthropology, global Indigenous studies, feminist studies and post-colonial approaches to craft contemporary world views of First Nations peoples. In examining this material, students become acquainted with the significant place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people occupy in the history and development of anthropological thought."

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Environmental Geography and Planning; Anthropology major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of the key conceptual and methodological innovations within the anthropology of Indigenous Australia while developing its context in global Indigenous movements.; (2) construct an understanding around some key concepts, theories and debates within the field of Indigenous Australia as it relates to subfields within this broader area of study; (3) build an understanding of some of the many ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have used anthropological research for their community development and/or goals; and (4) develop understanding of the wider anthropological debates about the individual and society, kinship, religion, property, ecology and/or the economy with respect to Indigenous Australia.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial activities; (2) media analysis; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Gretchen M Stolte
Unit rules
Successful completion of
level 2 24 points
Contact hours
Up to 3 hours per week, plus out of class field trip.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.