• Offered by ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Indigenous Studies
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course centres on how and why Indigenous research is different and important.  It is suitable for students without any prior knowledge. It is a practical, introductory research course that introduces students to the principles of Indigenous research: practices, collaboration and ethics.  This course is suitable for students who are considering working in Indigenous policy, organisations and research contexts. 

This course provides practical lessons about what constitutes good research practice and how to engage ethically in Indigenous spaces. It facilitates more respectful and meaningful engagement with (and between) Indigenous peoples, knowledges and ways of knowing and greater insight into the relevance of Indigenous perspectives in every sphere of knowledge and practice. 

Students are introduced to Indigenous perspectives about ways of doing Indigenous research. This includes developing knowledge about relationship building and how to undertake Indigenous research in a safe and ethical manner in accordance with Indigenous protocols. Students learn about the history of and developments in Indigenous research and how Indigenous knowledges and methodologies have challenged and changed Indigenous research practices within and outside academia. Students will be introduced to aspects of research design and practice, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches for engaging in Indigenous research, including what is the difference, and what are the similarities, between indigenous and general research methods (including traditional and de-colonised methods). Students will also learn about the nuances and distinctions in ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’ and even ‘outsider/insider’ researcher identities and understanding how and in what context each of the researcher’s identity is appropriate. Like other courses in Indigenous studies, this course ‘de-centres’ Western knowledge, theories and methodology, and disrupts Western perspectives on Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing. The course will be taught by Indigenous scholars and professionals who are experts in these areas, with non-Indigenous academics experienced in applying qualitative and quantitative methods to Indigenous research playing an active role in the course delivery.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. explain the role that historical and contemporary research methods and scholarship in the sciences and/or social sciences have played in the colonisation of Indigenous peoples;
  2. identify and describe the history of methods and methodologies in Indigenous research in the context of Australian Indigenous history and culture, and policies pertaining to Indigenous peoples in Australia;
  3. analyse the ways in which history and culture informs Australian Indigenous perspectives on Indigenous research;
  4. demonstrate an informed understanding of good research practices, collaboration and ethics;
  5. comprehend methods and methodologies in Indigenous research in the context of Australian Indigenous cultures and traditions; and
  6. compare knowledge of Australian Indigenous concerns regarding methods and methodologies in Indigenous research in the global context.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Detailed methodology section for research report (2000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Research report (3000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Research presentation (15 minute presentation based on research report) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: which may include online and face-to-face lectures and virtual experiences, as well as either seminars, tutorial and quantitative/qualitative laboratories (which may vary from year to year); and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have either (i) completed 72 units of study towards a degree or (ii) completed INDG1001, INDG1002 and INDG2001.

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text. Weekly readings will be available via Wattle.

Assumed Knowledge

Awareness of Indigenous ethics and protocols. (Students will be provided with resources that they can complete prior to attending the first class)


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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