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

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Indigenous Australian Studies

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

  • Examine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander world views, cultural values and beliefs, kinship systems, roles and responsibilities, and the importance of such information in relation to group and community engagement throughout the research process;
  • Analyse how and why protocols and ethical considerations need to be applied throughout the research process when working in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research context;
  • Identify the varying types of research and associated steps in the research process.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to manage future career and personal development;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully.


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Professor Yvonne Cadet-James.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: develop a research proposal (50%); assignments (50%).

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.