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Unit description

Provides a balance of Indigenous research theory and practice. The unit will help you to establish structures and procedures to provide a firm ethical and functional foundation to your research within an Indigenous context. Comparisons between Indigenous and non-Indigenous research theory and practice will be contextualised. You will be able to recognise, and should be committed to protect Indigenous intellectual and cultural property rights in research. You will be encouraged to develop a critical appreciation of legal, ethical and professional practice issues in research. On completion of the unit you will able to construct a research proposal, including defining a research topic and inquiry, outline a research methodology, and prepare ethics documents.

Unit content

Topic 1: Australian Aboriginal Research histories
Topic 2: Principles and theory of Indigenous research
Topic 3: Methods and functions of Indigenous research practice
Topic 4: Personal v. Professional issues in research

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Kovach, M, 2009, Indigenous Methodologies, University of Toronto Press, Toronto. ISBN: 978-1-4426-1211-2.
  • Wilson, S, 2008, Research is Ceremony, Fernwood, Halifax. ISBN: 978-1-55266-281-6.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Research Proposal25%
Research Proposal40%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours  (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Research Proposal25%
Research Proposal40%

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