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(PAIS 201) Indigenous Pacific Research Methodology

This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of Pacific research methodologies (PRS), present core cultural concepts embedded in PRS, and demonstrate how to implement ethical practices in any research design. Intended for students who are interested in initiating their own research projects in the future, the course is structured to enable those with little or prior knowledge of Indigenous research methods to place, document, revise an original project and appropriate questions.

Credit Hours 3.0 Lecture
Prerequisites PAIS 105
Offered Fall, Winter, Spring
Programs Pacific Studies (BA), Pacific Studies Minor

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use critical language to describe and assess a variety of common research methodologies with assigned readings, small group discussions, and weekly lectures
  2. Evaluate a diversity of Pacific Research Frameworks/Methodologies in terms of their impacts in settler colonial context through assigned readings
  3. Cultural constructive feedback skills in peer-to-peer discussions and written assignments by
    1. Exchanging written work for peer feedback and
    2. Presenting their Pacific research methodology
    3. Presenting their final research proposal
  4. Develop an independent indigenous framework centered on ethical and reciprocal relationships.