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IA5010 - Indigenous Research Ethics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: Division of Tropical Environments & Societies

Available to all postgraduate students.

This subject provides an introduction to the major ethical issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research. Issues addressed include Indigenous knowledge systems, research protocols, collaborative and partnership research, reciprocity, dissemination of outcomes, questions of intellectual property, ownership, and research and development for self-determination. Particular emphasis will be placed on a critical analysis of existing research practices and procedures as they impact and influence Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. Students will be introduced to issues and notions through online learning including the discussion board and e-mail, digital medium and reading materials. Therefore it is essential that students have access to the World Wide Web to complete this subject.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyse the ethical issues central and pertinent to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research from historical and contemporary perspectives;
  • Examine current institutional and organisational guidelines relating to the ethical conduct of research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  • Critically explore key aspects of knowledge exchange, and knowledge transfer within and Indigenous research context;
  • Develop an ethics application on the relevant template, using appropriate academic language and formatting.

Subject Assessment

  • Part 1 - draft Part 2 - completed version of the ethics application - (50%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Essays - (50%).


Cairns, Study Period 1, External
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Felecia Watkin
Lecturer: Dr Vincent Backhaus.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCUandPrinted materials

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.