autumn 2024
IND-3012 GENI - Research Methods and Indigenous Research Ethics - 5 ECTS

Type of course

This course is obligatory for students admitted to the Master's degree program Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI).

The course is a prerequisite to IND-3013 GENI Applied Research Project and IND-3902 GENI - Thesis Seminar.

It cannot be taken as a singular course.

Course content

The course provides insights into quantitative and qualitative methodologies, emphasizing their theoretical and technical foundations. It fosters skills relevant for designing research, selecting appropriate methods, collecting and handling data, and writing up research. It also provides guidelines for identifying and addressing practical challenges associated with research in complex and post-conflict settings. It introduces students to the ethical questions and requirements surrounding research related to Indigenous peoples.

The course prepares students directly for the GENI Applied Research Project and their larger thesis research project.

Objectives of the course

The students have the following learning outcomes:


The student:

  • has an understanding of the principles of social research
  • has an understanding of philosophical debates underlying qualitative and quantitative research strategies
  • has knowledge of appropriate data handling and research practices
  • understands the importance of Indigenous research methodologies, reflexivity, and positioning


The student is able to/can:

  • gather evidence through a variety of techniques and methods
  • select the appropriate research strategies for their independent research projects
  • store and archive their research data safely and securely

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

The course will involve a mix of lectures and seminar discussions and one-on-one discussions of planned research projects. Students are also expected to complete an online module in research ethics at USask (4-6 hrs.)

The course is offered in the fall semester (August - December).



Examination: Duration: Grade scale:
Off campus exam 1 Semesters Passed / Not Passed

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Online module in research ethics Approved – not approved
Consultation with instructor Approved – not approved
Sufficient attendance Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

The following coursework requirements must be completed and approved in order to take the final exam:

  • ​The GPS 960 (Introduction to Ethics and Integrity) online module at USask (4-6 hours)
  • ​A consultation meeting with an Applied Research Project course instructor regarding your research plans
  • ​Attendance of 8 one-hour seminar discussions

Re-sit examination

A resit exam is arranged for students who have not passed the last ordinary exam in this course.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Nettbasert | Annet |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: IND-3012
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