The honours course at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS) provides specialised training for graduates in research in Indigenous Australian contexts.
Being a research student at CAS provides you with the unique opportunity to contribute to Indigenous knowledge.
A combination of coursework and a research project provides students with training and experience in research positioning, methodologies and methods, and in using research literature critically.
Emphasis is placed on Indigenous Terms of Reference and the importance of respecting cultural and community protocols when conducting research.
Students from the CAS honours program may graduate from the following major streams:
- Indigenous Community Development and Management
- Indigenous Community Health
- Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
What you'll learn
- recognise the diversity of systems of Indigenous and other knowledge and ways of knowing, and understand the relationship between power and knowledge
- know how to critique and deconstruct ideas, arguments and positions; synthesise and critically evaluate information relevant to research
- access and evaluate information in order to locate and review existing literature related to a research topic
- develop effective writing and presentation skills; communicate orally in clear, concise and logical ways; negotiate entry into the field with participants in their research
- utilise appropriate technologies for research and have developed effective electronic literature and library/text-based search strategies in order to locate and review existing literature related to specific research topics
- apply qualitative research techniques in Indigenous Australian contexts; work in ways that comply with the requirements for the conduct of ethical and culturally sensitive research in Indigenous Australian contexts
- consider and discuss global Indigenous knowledges and relate them to Indigenous Australian contexts
- acknowledge and foreground Indigenous ways of knowing and learning, and value and draw upon the lived experience of Indigenous Australian people; recognise diversity in relation to age, gender, country and cultural role in Indigenous contexts; evaluate the representation of Indigenous people in research, and how different representations can produce different narratives, stories and truths
- conduct research in an appropriate and consultative way that respects cultural protocols and research ethics