IKC501 Indigenous Research Methods and Methodologies (8)

In this subject an Indigenist framework is applied to examine the colonial foundations of Western knowledge paradigms and research practices in relation to Indigenous Australian peoples. It will develop students' conceptual and theoretical knowledge on the value of decolonising and anti-colonial approaches to research with Indigenous peoples and / or research on issues of significance for Indigenous Australians. The subject will enable students to critically analyse their standpoint in a research context and review the critical use of Indigenous research principles and practices. The subject culminates in the formulation of a research project that responds to a research problem with relevance to students' workplace or research.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Indigenous Australian Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise the impact of researcher standpoint and Western methodologies on Indigenous communities, cultures, and peoples;
  • be able to apply culturally competent research approaches to design a workplace or research project using an Indigenist framework;
  • be able to transmit knowledge to key stakeholders on the significance of positionality to knowledge reproduction through research; and
  • be able to create a conceptual framework to mitigate the impact of Western research methodologies.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • This subject will be delivered using a modular approach and will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Standpoint and Decolonisation
  • Topic 1: Critical self-enquiry
  • Topic 2: Indigenous cultural competence principles in research
  • Topic 3: Western research and Indigenous peoples, communities, and cultures
  • Topic 4: Decolonising framework for research with Indigenous Australian peoples.
  • Module 2: Methodologies and Methods
  • Topic 1: Data sovereignty and Intellectual Property
  • Topic 2: Indigenist methodologies
  • Topic 3: Indigenous methodologies
  • Topic 4: Data collection methods
  • Module 3: Research project for the professions
  • Topic 1: Standpoint statement and framing the research questions
  • Topic 2: Research design
  • Topic 3: Data collection and analysis
  • Topic 4: Data collection and analysis

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.