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IA5011 - Field Procedures in Indigenous Research

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 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. Students are required to attend a compulsory on campus workshop at the JCU Cairns campus.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically analyse perspectives on qualitative and quantitative methodologies in Indigenous contexts;
  • develop the skills and techniques for data collection and analysis;
  • design and conduct ethical research projects that are responsive to the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies.


Cairns, Study Period 1, Limited
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Face to face teaching (2 day workshop 29 February - 1March)
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Felecia Watkin.
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.