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Indigenous Environmental Science / Studies

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School of the Environment

Indigenous Environmental Science / Studies

Course Listing

Please visit the Academic Timetable to see which courses are presently being offered and in which location(s). Not all courses listed below run every term or in all locations. For specific details about program requirements and degree regulations, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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IESS-1001H Foundations in Indigenous Environmental (ICR) Introduces students to the foundational approaches, philosophies, values and methods used in Indigenous Environmental Studies. Teaching methods include lectures, written resource materials, classroom discussions, and experiential learning.
This course meets the Indigenous Course Requirement.
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IESS-2601Y Intro Indigenous Envionmental Studies (ICR) Explores Indigenous worldviews, environmental philosophies, and cultural values through exposure to the perspectives of Indigenous Elders, community people, political leaders, academics, activists, and scholars. Students are introduced to Indigenous knowledge as it pertains to the natural environment. Open to first year students.
This course meets the Indigenous Course Requirement.
INDG-2601Y, ERST-2601Y
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IESS-3631H Issues- Indigenous Environmental Studies Examines a wide range of contemporary environmental issues, conflicts and solutions in the context of Indigenous peoples and territories. Studies examine issues at local, provincial, and national levels, highlighting the multi-dimensional perspectives of Indigenous peoples in North America. Prerequisite: One of INDG 1001H, INDG 1002H (or INDG 1000Y), IESS 1001H, INDG-ERST-IESS 2601Y, or INDG-ERST-IESS 3632H; or permission of instructor. Excludes INDG-ERST 3630Y. INDG-3631H, ERST-3631H
IESS-3632H Global Issues in Indig Env Studies Explores the international dimensions of Indigenous Environmental Studies (IES) and examines a wide range of contemporary environmental issues, conflicts, and solutions in the context of Indigenous peoples and territories throughout the Americas and worldwide. Prerequisite: One of INDG 1001H, INDG 1002H (or INDG 1000Y), IESS 1001H, INDG-ERST-IESS 2601Y, or INDG-ERST-IESS 3631H; or permission of instructor. Excludes INDG-ERST 3630Y. INDG-3632H, ERST-3632H
IESS-3634H Introduction to Indigenous Food Systems Provides students with the opportunity for selfdirected research that examines the food systems of Indigenous peoples. Students explore a wide range of historical and contemporary food systems practices and issues that impact Indigenous communities and their connections to the ecosystems that support them. Recommended course for the program in Indigenous Environmental Studies/Science. Course fee: 35. Prerequisite: INDG-ERST 2601Y; or both ERSC 1010H and 1020H (or 1000Y), or 10.0 university credits and permission of instructor. INDG-3634H, SAFS-3634H, ERST-3634H
IESS-3730Y Indigenous Peoples, Health, and the Envi Provides an introduction to the multidisciplinary field of environmental health and its application to understanding health among Indigenous peoples. Students gain an understanding of the concepts, theories, and methods used in environmental health, and apply this knowledge to the investigation of the changing health status of Indigenous populations. This course may be taken as a science credit by successfully undertaking an appropriate technical assignment. Prerequisite: One of ERSC 2240H or ERST-INDG 2601Y or ERSC-INDG 2150H; or NURS 1000H, 1002H and 1010H. ERST-3730Y, INDG-3730Y
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IESS-4730Y Sustainable Indigenous Communities A research colloquium course that gives students an opportunity to examine concepts of sustainability, select their own research area, and develop a model for a "sustainable" community. Provides insight into Indigenous understandings and environmental impacts, and encourages a multidisciplinary approach to resolving issues. INDG-ERSC/ERST 3730Y is highly recommended. Prerequisite: 5.0 university credits including INDG 1001H (or 1000Y), or both ERSC 1010H and 1020H (or 1000Y), or permission of instructor. INDG-4730Y, ERST-4730Y
IESS-4740Y Indigenous Peoples Health & Environment A critical examination of historical and contemporary issues in Indigenous peoples' health with a particular emphasis on the relation to land and other dynamic environments as a determinant of health status. Provides a basic foundation in understanding the key determinants of health for Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world. Prerequisite: One of ERSC/ERST-INDG 3730Y or ERST-INDG 3631H or 3632H (or 3630Y), or permission of the instructor. Excludes INDG 4200Y-B in 2009-2010. INDG-4740Y, ERST-4740Y, NURS-4740Y