Acknowledgement of Country
Located in RMIT’s Melbourne campus, the ISU acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations as the traditional owners of the land on which the University stands and respectfully recognises Elders past, present and future.
Indigenous Studies Unit
The ISU provides academic leadership, promotes Indigenous Knowledge Systems and embeds cultural safety at RMIT through
- applied research and consultancy
- teaching, curriculum and assessment design
- Indigenous research and ethics advice
- partnerships with community and sector organisations in Australia and internationally
The ISU also coordinates the Indigenous Specialisation, which provides students with an understanding of the cultural, historical and contemporary frameworks that have shaped the lives of Indigenous people in Australia and globally.
Vision and Mission – Mirring-ian Durrong
The ISU is a university-wide initiative realising RMIT’s commitment to Indigenous education and research. For further information please visit RMIT’s Reconcilliation Action Plan.
Mirring-ian Durrong is the vision of the ISU. In the Woi wurrung language ‘Mirring-ian’ means to ‘hear understand’ and ‘Durrong’ to ‘join unite’. Combined, they convey the intent and vision of the ISU: ‘Learning together’.
Consistent with this vision, the mission of the ISU is to provide academic leadership that supports knowledge and engagement with Australia’s First Nations Peoples, their history and culture, and the impacts of colonialism on Indigenous and minority peoples globally.
What ISU offers
- Guest lecturing
- Cultural consultations
- Advice on supervising Indigenous postgraduate students
- Advice on ethical Indigenous research methods
- Help with integrating Indigenous content into courses
- Help revising assessment tasks to be more culturally competent
- Co-developing new courses
Indigenous studies electives
Indigenous studies electives offer you a rich, dynamic learning experience taught by leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics. In the courses, you will learn about the cultural, historical and contemporary frameworks that have shaped the lives of Indigenous peoples in Australia and globally.
- Applied Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples
- Indigenous Australian art
- Indigenous Studies
- Indigenous Health
- Indigenous Land Use and environment
- Indigenous Policy
- Indigenous social movements and theories of de-colonisation
- Indigenous and western knowledge systems
Students who complete four elective courses can have the Indigenous Specialisation formally noted on their academic transcript. For information on currently scheduled courses, please see electives search.
Acknowledgement of country
RMIT University acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations as the traditional owners of the land.