Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification.
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This topic provides the opportunity for students to understand Indigenous research methodologies and to think critically and ethically about their practices when researching with Indigenous peoples and communities both in Australia and internationally. Through an Indigenous theoretical framework students are introduced to a broad range of protocols for Indigenous engagement and Indigenous ways of researching. Students will develop an understanding of the issues involved in ethically applying western research methodologies to Indigenous contexts and an understanding of the issues involved in the misrepresentation and appropriation of Indigenous knowledges.
Students will be encouraged to bring their own research projects and ideas into the discussion of research and Indigenous peoples. This will provide the basis for a critical examination of western research methodologies and their applicability to Indigenous contexts. Importantly, students will be introduced to the relationship between research, learning, positive community transformation and the importance of Indigenous wellbeing and safety in the research context.
This topic provides students with the opportunity to examine research theory and practice critically, engage in debate and self-reflection, and develop knowledge and understanding of: