BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

ACHD-226 - Aboriginal Research - 3.00 Credits

ACHD-226 - Aboriginal Research - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course will introduce various research methods with an emphasis on how to conduct culturally sensitive research as health care professionals. Students will examine mainstream research methods as well as indigenous research methods with an emphasis on researching Aboriginal communities. Students will gain critical thinking skills and conduct research in an Aboriginal community as a participatory assignment. Students will explore the concept of 'Aboriginal ways of knowing' and how research can be empowering and useful to Aboriginal communities and organizations when it is approached with cultural-sensitivity and sound ethics. This course will address the legacy of physical and sexual abuse in residential schools, including intergenerational impacts by providing students with the opportunity to know how to conduct culturally sensitive research in communities, particularly around the topic of residential school and the legacies around residential school.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Aboriginal Community & Health Development Diploma - Aboriginal Community and Health Diploma
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 110,
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • understand the concepts of imperialism, history, writing, theory and notions of colonizing disciplines, and disciplining the colonized;

  • define cultural formation of western research as it relates to Aboriginal communities;

  • develop an Aboriginal research methodology using Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities;

  • understand culturally sensitive research as a tool for community development;

  • demonstrate adequate interview skills, strategies for data collection and follow-up methods;

  • incorporate western theoretical assessment and intervention frameworks and a traditional practice framework into a delivery model;

  • utilize a systems perspective incorporating traditional methods of community development and the medicine wheel;

  • understand the notion of collaborative needs assessments and combining expertise;

  • articulate concepts of risks and benefits, fairness and inclusion, informed consent, and confidentiality; and

  • effectively communicate how research can improve the delivery of community based health services for the prevention, intervention, and treatment of sexual abuse.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Neutens, James J. & Tudinson, Laurna. ( 2002). Research techniques for the health sciences, 3rd edition. Toronto: Benjamin Cummings.
  • Other Resources:
  • As per Instructor.
  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved August 2004.