Indigenous Research

Description

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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

Assumed Knowledge

students need an understanding equivalent to ABOR1110.

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay

Journal: Journal

Presentation: Presentation

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term