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Indigenous Research (MULT90022)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMULT90022
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

‘Indigenous Research’ is the core subject in the Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research (ProfCertIR), and is offered as a week-long on-campus intensive.

In this subject, ‘Indigenous research’ includes not only research by Indigenous individuals, but also research on Indigenous topics. The subject explores research and develops research skills from an Indigenous perspective, covering: selecting and refining a thesis topic; research design, methods and methodology; reviewing the literature; ethical issues in Indigenous research; intellectual property and copyright; establishing effective relationships with supervisors; managing scholarly information; Indigenous archival research; qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis and presentation; and planning and writing a thesis.

The subject is taught in a mixed mode of seminars, case studies, and group activities, with an emphasis on collaborative learning and team-based problem solving. The format is interactive, with each session facilitated by an academic leader and/or panel of academics. Students engage in a range of activities, including structured reflection, academic writing, and formal verbal presentations. Students’ assessment tasks relate directly to their own research.

Upon satisfactory completion of the core subject, students are awarded a Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research, which will give them 25 credit points towards the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership.

Intended learning outcomes

To provide a cohort experience and supportive learning environment for students engaged in Indigenous research, with the opportunity to establish ongoing professional networks.
To build research capacity within the cohort by means of providing accessible and culturally sensitive Indigenous research training.
To enable Research Higher Degree (RHD) candidates to:

  • resolve research issues and bring this ability to the solving of research problems from an Indigenous perspective;
  • demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues and conduct in Indigenous research;
  • demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of principles, practices and milestones in developing and completing their research projects;
  • develop skills in communicating such knowledge and understanding effectively through oral and written research presentations.

Generic skills

RHD candidates completing this subject will be able to:

  • Apply research skills, practices and specialist knowledge in new and different contexts;
  • Develop key learning and research strengths, and support their peers’ development as well;
  • Communicate research goals, methods and findings effectively to non-specialists, including Indigenous communities;
  • Demonstrate a high level of respect for Indigenous knowledge, cultures and values.

Last updated: 11 November 2018