Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

School of Indigenous Australian Studies

Welcome to the School of Indigenous Australian Studies (SIAS) at Charles Sturt University which is located on Wiradjuri Country. The School of Indigenous Australian Studies was established in October 2014 after operating as the Centre for Indigenous Studies since 2007. The School is located on the Dubbo campus with academic staff also based on Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses. The school has responsibility for teaching compulsory Indigenous Australian studies foundation subjects in over 25 courses across the university’s three faculties. Each year, 1500-2000 students are taught by the school in both online and on-campus modes.

The Indigenous Board of Studies governs the approval of Indigenous Australian subjects and content and is chaired by the Head of SIAS. Academic staff in the school have a diverse range of interests that demonstrate the transdisciplinary significance of Indigenous Australian studies and research. Subject development and teaching are framed and underpinned by the principles of Indigenist Standpoint Pedagogy. This pedagogical approach is inherently political, reformative, relational, and is grounded by reflexive and reflective practices of staff and students. Theories and frameworks that underpin ISP include: Indigenist knowledges, Critical Race Theory, Critical Pedagogy, Decolonisation, Anti-colonialism, and emancipatory learning.

The school also hosts the Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture, and Heritage which is co-ordinated by a senior Wiradjuri educator and researcher. The intellectual, cultural, spiritual and language leadership of Dr Uncle Stan Grant Snr continues to govern and protect the integrity of the program.