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Unit Overview


This unit provides an introduction to Indigenous research methodologies and their use within Indigenous-related research. It begins from a position within Indigenous systems of knowledge where the primary focus centres on process rather than result, and on the interaction of relationships. The unit questions what ethics and processes should guide research into Indigenous-related content and how principles of Indigenous knowledge systems might be applied to a broader research framework.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage; Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major sequences
  • Level 3 option in the Human Rights major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) describe the key conceptual and methodological issues related to Indigenous research and ethics; (2) understand the way Indigenous people frame rights and responsibilities in regards to knowledge; (3) have an awareness of the differences between Western and Indigenous research processes; (4) research and produce in writing a research on a substantial issue on Indigenous research processes; and (5) develop an understanding of research protocols for engagement with Indigenous peoples.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation assessments; (2) tutorial presentation; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Senior Lecturer Stephen Gilchrist
Unit rules
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
or INDG2400 Looking South: Noongar Voices
or INDG2500 Looking North: The Wild West
or INDG2600 Indigenous Representation
or INDG2700 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin
or LAWS2225 Indigenous Peoples and the Law
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week, tutorials: 2 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.