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IA3012 - Indigenous Australian World Views 3: Introduction to Indigenous Research

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Indigenous Australian Studies (pre 2015)

Available only to undergraduate students eligible to take a level 3 subject.

This subject aims to introduce students to the field of research and in particular research in an Indigenous context. Students will explore steps in the research process and the relevance of protocols and ethical considerations at each step from an Indigenous perspective. Nationally accredited protocol and ethics documents will provide the framework for the subject. Students will be engaged in analysing the notion of consultation, negotiation, communication, reciprocity and respect to ensure positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, researchers and research institutions. This understanding will prepare students for effective engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and for further study and careers in research. Students should note that this is a third year subject and successful completion of some second year subjects is advisable prior to enrolling in this subject.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore research theories and methodologies for their relevance in an Indigenous research context;
  • Critically examine Indigenous epistemologies, ontologies and axiologies for their impact on engagement throughout the research process;
  • Critically analyse research protocols and ethical considerations and how these are applied in practice;
  • Develop a research proposal that demonstrates the use of appropriate academic language and formatting.


External, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Professor Yvonne Cadet-James
Lecturers: Professor Yvonne Cadet-James, <Person not found>, Ms Trina Jackson.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: develop a research proposal - multi-draft (40%); essays (20%); assignments (40%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.