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IA5011 - Field Procedures in Indigenous Research

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 the beginning researcher with the skills to conceptualise, design and conduct Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research. Topics include qualitative research design, methodology, reflexivity, ethics, social theory and research, including Indigenist research. Students will gain practical skills in research design and methods, developing appropriate research topics and questions, and techniques involved with data collection. 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 research methodologies in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts;
  • Examine qualitative research design including the development of an Indigenous research project proposal;
  • Explore critical theories and methodologies which consider Indigenous ontologies, epistemologies and knowledge systems;
  • Develop a research project proposal using appropriate academic language and formatting.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > Presentations - (30%)
  • reflective journal - (30%)
  • literature critique - (40%).


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

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.