Course syllabus



SEMESTER 1, 2019

15 points

Convenor: Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora with invited guests


Course delivery format: 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial

Meeting Times: Tuesdays, 4-7pm (or as otherwise agreed)

Room: Rehutai Academic Blk, Room 103


Summary of Course Description

Research had been a powerful tool of colonisation. This course seeks to explore traditional and new methodologies that are robust, ethical and culturally informed to study Indigenous and Indigenous-related issues. In developing an understanding of relevant methodologies, ethics/tikanga and cultural understanding in Indigenous Studies, students will gain knowledge of the links between Indigenous epistemology, research methodology and application.

 Course outcomes

A student who successfully completes this course will have the opportunity to:

  • acquire knowledge of Indigenous research methods and ethics and apply it to the development of their own research endeavours
  • critically understand the ethical review process and the requirements of the The University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee (UAHPEC).
  • acquire skills in research proposal writing and analysing published research through an Indigenous reference

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Recommended Texts

This course assumes that students have read and are familiar with the following text.

Smith, L. T. (1999). Decolonizing methodologies : research and indigenous peoples. New York: Zed Books.

The following text documents the pathways Indigenous researchers have followed to emerge as Indigenous Researchers. Students will review various chapters from this text.

Mertens, D. M., Cram, F., & Chilisa, B. (Eds.). (2013). Indigenous pathways into social research : Voices of a new generation. Retrieved from (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

The following text provides an overview of social science research methods including research ethics and proposal writing. It is a very good text for explaining the fundamentals of research.

Guthrie, G. (2010). Basic Research Methods : An Entry to Social Science Research. New Delhi, India: Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd. Retrieved from

Workload and deadlines for submission of coursework:           

The University of Auckland's expectation is that students spend 10 hours per week on a 15-point course, including time in class and personal study. Students should manage their academic workload and other commitments accordingly. Deadlines for coursework are set by course convenors and will be advertised in course material. You should submit your work on time. In extreme circumstances, such as illness, you may seek an extension but you may be required to provide supporting information before the assignment is due. Late assignments without a pre-approved extension may be penalised by loss of marks – check course information for details.

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