LEGAL504-23A (HAM)

Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Research Methodologies

30 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
Te Piringa - Faculty of Law

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What this paper is about

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This paper will introduce students to basic Māori, Pacific and indigenous research methodologies, principles, methods and ethics that will equip students for culturally responsive, meaningful and innovative research with Māori, Pacific and indigenous peoples.

This paper also introduces students to vital principles and practices of academic, legal research from a distinctively Māori, Pacific and indigenous perspective and will help them to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake scholarly research and writing process from choosing a research topic and formulating research questions to organising, presenting and writing up their findings and analysis.These learnings and skills are necessary for students who intend to write a research paper, proposal, dissertation or thesis as part of their studies.

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How this paper will be taught

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This paper will be taught through a series of 12 small group, two-hour tutorials.This model partially follows the Oxford-Cambridge Tutorial Model where students:

  • Can speak in depth about ideas and positions on the week’s readings or problems
  • Direct their own learning
  • Learn from each other
  • Prepare smaller pieces of writing more regularly

This format will also demonstrate aspects of Māori, Pacific and indigenous forms teaching, learning and researching such as:

  • Kōrerorero (Māori) and talatalanoa (Tonga): interactive, dialogue-based learning and ongoing conversations
  • Tok stori (Solomon Islands/Hawai‘i)and purakau: learning through storytelling
  • Ako (Māori and Cook islands) exchanges where teachers are students and students are teachers

The tutorials will also be consistent with aspects of wānanga (Māori) and fono (Samoa), and with indigenous self-determination and participation.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Confidently use Māori, Pacific and Indigenous methodologies, apply relevant principles, and working ethically with Māori, Pacific and Indigenous peoples, communities and organisations
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  • Confidently discuss and use culturally responsive methods for working on Māori, Pacific and Indigenous research
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  • Demonstrate a general sense and understanding of why and when to use culturally responsive research methodologies and methods
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  • Demonstrate understanding of the different steps of the research and writing process
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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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The following assessments are designed to grow students knowledge and confidence in utilizing Māori, Pacific and Indigenous legal research methodologies. They are also designed to immerse graduate-level law students in legal research and writing through an interactive teaching and learning experience.
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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Portfolio
14 May 2023
11:00 PM
20
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
2. Research Proposal
8 Apr 2023
11:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Research Presentation
20
  • Email: Convenor
4. Research Essay
17 Jun 2023
11:00 PM
40
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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