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IA5014 - Indigenous Knowledges and Research

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: Academy Division

This subject will introduce students to Indigenous Knowledges and how it is defined in various contexts including historical, cultural and political perspectives. Students will have the opportunity to explore the similarities and differences of Indigenous peoples experience. Globally, Indigenous academics have critiqued and argued the limitations of the western academy and its failure to accurately represent and interpret the lived experiences of Indigenous peoples in their various locations and diverse historical, cultural, political and economic contexts. This subject moves beyond merely criticising Western research methodology and suggests more culturally appropriate methodologies and theoretical frameworks that are informed by Indigenous Knowledges. The course highlights fundamental considerations needed to improve research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

Learning Outcomes

  • examine knowledge exchange and translation from an Indigenous perspective;
  • critically engage with Indigenous Knowledges through a developed understanding of research ethics and protocols;
  • emphasise Indigenous Knowledges as an integral part of research design, methodology and analysis;
  • critically explore the concept of Indigenous Knowledges and Knowledge systems within a contemporary research context.

Subject Assessment

  • Grant Application - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (50%) - Individual.
At least two completed undergraduate subjects in Indigenous Studies, or relevant work experience


Cairns, Study Period 2, External
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Felecia Watkin
Lecturer: Assoc. Professor Hilary Whitehouse.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

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