Aboriginal Studies II

Course code ABOR4020Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsWollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies

ABOR4020 must be studied in conjunction with ABOR4010, ABOR4030 and ABOR4040, which together comprise the full Aboriginal Studies Honours program. Honours in Aboriginal Studies consists of course work and an original research project.

It is imperative that students have a fundamental understanding of certain aspects of research, research protocols, Indigenous protocols, research methodologies and ethics before they undertake their research project in Aboriginal organisations/communities.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAs demonstrated by successful completion of coursework and a minor thesis, students undertaking the Honours program in Aboriginal Studies should:
1. critically analyse methodologies, policies and protocols for conducting research with Indigenous peoples or people on Indigenous lands, waters and territories (in Australia and internationally);
2. understand and recognise the underlying principles regarding Indigenous knowledges and Eurocentric protection of intellectual property and cultural heritage;
3. understand and apply the underlying principles and ethical protocols in the research process from an Indigenous perspective;
4. develop written and oral communication skills appropriate for a professional scholarly environment;
5. conduct culturally appropriate research with Aboriginal peoples, communities & organisations or research on Indigenous lands, waters and territories;
6. write and present research outcomes in a way that makes a difference to Indigenous peoples' understanding and appreciation of the research process.
ContentThe Honours program in Aboriginal Studies focuses on 'Indigenous Knowledge and the Conduct of Culturally Appropriate Research'. It introduces students to a variety of concepts including Indigenous people's experiences of research.

The program consists of three principal elements:

1. 'Indigenist' research, and the relationship between Indigenous knowledges and Eurocentric thought.

2. Comparative Indigenous Studies: requires students to further their knowledge of an Indigenous group outside Australia within their chosen field of study (eg. health, education).

3. The research and composition of a minor thesis demonstrating the ability to analyse and reflect upon an approved study area.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAt least a credit average performance in the Bachelor of Aboriginal Studies or at least a credit average in Aboriginal Studies courses as a major sequence for the Bachelor of Arts. Students must have qualified for admission to the Bachelor of Aboriginal Studies, Bachelor of Arts, or equivalent degree.

International students will be considered eligible for admission to the Honours program, on the basis of completion of an appropriate tertiary qualification, equivalent to a Bachelor's degree, in a related area.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsIndividual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsResearch proposal (2,000 words) 25%
Ethics application (2,000 words) 25%
Literature review (2,000 words) 25%
Other: (please specify)Collaborative Talking Circles/Poster (2,000 words equivalent) 25%
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ABOR4020