Indigenous Research

Course code ABOR3080Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsWollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies

The course provides students with an understanding of the relationship between Indigenous knowledges and Eurocentric thought and the impact of these on research conducted on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands, waters and territories. The program explores Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' experiences of research to-date and analyses writings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples critical of western traditions of research. It includes a discussion of the concept of an Indigenous research methodology and the idea of an Indigenous research agenda.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesThe objectives of the course are to:
1. critically analyse components, methodologies, methods and protocols for conducting research with Indigenous peoples or those on Indigenous lands, waters and territories;
2. develop an understanding of the impact of different world views on discourse about knowledge and power in a context of decolonisation and 'post colonialism' involving Indigenous peoples;
3. provoke creative and transformative dialogue about the process encompassing Indigenous research;
4. understand and recognise the underlying principles regarding Indigenous knowledges and Eurocentric protection of intellectual property and cultural heritage.
Content* Indigenous peoples' experiences of research
* An analysis of the concept of research
* Indigenous knowledges and heritages
* An introduction to the history of western thought, namely, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Kant, Marx, Gramsci, Fanon, and Memmi.
* Colonialism and Imperialism
* Cognitive imperialism
* Decolonisation
* Eurocentrism and the European ethnographic tradition
* Eurocentric science and religions
* The relationship between Indigenous knowledges and Eurocentric thought; different world views
* Ethical issues in research involving Indigenous peoples
* Indigenous knowledges and Eurocentric protection of intellectual property and cultural heritage
* Indigenous research methodology
* An Indigenous research agenda
Replacing Course(s)ABOR308 Aboriginal Research Methods
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents need an understanding equivalent to ABOR1110.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay (3000 words) 40%
JournalReflective Journal (2000 words) 25%
Other: (please specify)Presentation (3000 words) 35%

(approximately 40mins)
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for ABOR3080