INDG3300 Indigenous Research

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 1AlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage; Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit are Life and Health Sciences, Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 3 elective
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Elfie Shiosaki
Unit rules
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
INDG2400 Looking South: Noongar Voices
INDG2500 Looking North: The Wild West
INDG2600 Indigenous Representation
INDG2700 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week, tutorials: 1 hour 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.