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IA5010 - Indigenous Research Ethics

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

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. The subject includes a compulsory on campus workshop at the JCU Cairns campus.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop and design research projects that reflect the interests,concerns and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  • conduct ethical research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities;
  • describe, analyse and critique the ethical issues central and pertinent to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research from historical and contemporary perspectives.

Graduate Qualities

  • 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 acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully.


Cairns, Study Period 1, Limited
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Face to face teaching (1 day workshop 28 February)
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Felecia Watkin
Lecturer: Professor Yvonne Cadet-James.
Assessment: presentations (50%); essays (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.