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First Nations studies at UniSQ will give you an understanding of Australian Indigenous perspectives and ways of thinking. Learn about issues and elements that have shaped and influenced First Nations communities in Australia. You'll develop the ability and knowledge to work with and within Indigenous communities in culturally appropriate and effective ways.

Career opportunities exist in a wide range of fields, including public service, the health sector, cultural heritage, business and policy development, not-for-profit organisations, Indigenous enterprise, and with further studies, nursing, education, anthropology or journalism.

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What will I learn when studying a First Nations Studies Degree?
Also known as an Aboriginal studies degree or Indigenous studies degree, what you will learn will vary depending on the education provider you choose. At UniSQ our First Nations Studies degree offer profound knowledge and understanding of the rich tapestry of Indigenous Australian history, culture, and political landscapes. You will delve into the intricate dynamics of Indigenous societies, gaining insights into their traditional practices, values, and worldviews.
Why choose to study at UniSQ?

UniSQ is dedicated to fostering a culturally safe and supportive learning environment for Indigenous students, ensuring that they feel valued and empowered throughout their academic journey.

By choosing UniSQ, you will become part of a diverse and inclusive learning community, where you will have the opportunity to learn from Indigenous lecturers and practitioners. You will be immersed in a supportive environment that encourages critical thinking, respectful dialogue, and a deep appreciation for Indigenous Australian heritage. 

What understanding of Australian Indigenous perspectives will I gain in the First Nations courses at university?

The First Nations Studies program at UniSQ offers a unique opportunity to develop a profound and nuanced understanding of Australian Indigenous perspectives, encompassing their historical experiences, cultural expressions, and contemporary aspirations.

By engaging with Indigenous knowledge systems and worldviews, you will develop a critical understanding of the impacts of colonisation and the ongoing struggles for recognition and self-determination. This knowledge will empower you to challenge dominant narratives and advocate for a more just and equitable society. 

Will I learn how to contribute to policy development and advocacy for First Nations communities?

Yes, the First Nations courses at UniSQ are designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to contribute meaningfully to policy development and advocacy for Indigenous communities. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the policy landscape that affects Indigenous Australians, analysing the strengths and weaknesses of existing policies and identifying opportunities for reform.

You will also develop the ability to critically evaluate policy proposals and advocate for policies that are informed by Indigenous perspectives and aligned with the principles of self-determination. Through practical exercises and community engagement opportunities, you will hone your skills in communication, negotiation, and collaboration, preparing you to become an effective advocate for Indigenous rights and social justice.

How do Indigenous studies degrees encourage engagement with a range of First Nations communities and organisations?

The Indigenous studies degrees at UniSQ places a strong emphasis on fostering meaningful engagement with a diverse range of Indigenous communities and organisations.

You will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge to real-world settings, working alongside Indigenous community members and organisations to address pressing issues and contribute to positive change. These interactions will deepen your understanding of Indigenous perspectives and enrich your learning journey. 

What are the career opportunities for graduates with an Indigenous Studies degree?

Graduating with an Arts and Humanities Indigenous studies course  can lead to a range of career options, including:

  • Indigenous policy developer
  • Indigenous teacher trainer
  • Indigenous health worker
  • Indigenous legal advocate
  • Indigenous journalist.
Are flexible study options available?

UniSQ understands the need for flexibility when studying a First Nations or Indigenous studies courses. We provide a range of study options to cater to diverse needs, including on-campus, external, and online learning formats depending on the degree you choose. Whether you prefer to study your degree part-time or full-time, we offer the flexibility to balance your education with other commitments.

Discover the different ways you can study at UniSQ. 

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