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Indigenous Studies

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Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies

Theories, Methods & Practice

Examines theories of Indigenous Studies from interdisciplinary and experiential perspectives focusing on the nature of Indigenous thought as expressed through oral tradition, written texts and other sources.

» INDG 1011H: Foundations of Indigenous Learning: Writing Explores ways of learning in the university environment with an emphasis on Indigenous ways of experiential learning, including self-reflection. With a focus on writing in the academic setting, this course is devoted to improving academic and critical thinking skills in the context of a supportive in-class learning community. Open only to students in the Indigenous Studies Diploma program or with permission of the instructor. Excludes INDG 1010Y.

» INDG 1012H: Foundations of Indigenous Learning: Research Explores ways of learning in the university environment with an emphasis on Indigenous ways of experiential learning, including self-reflection. With a focus on research in the academic setting, this course is devoted to improving academic and critical thinking skills in the context of a supportive in-class learning community. Open only to students in the Indigenous Studies Diploma program or with permission of the instructor. Excludes INDG 1010Y

» INDG-ADMN 1500H: Foundations of Indigenous Community Development Explores the foundational elements of community development in an Indigenous context. Emphasis is placed on experiencing the application of community development theories. Concepts of personal development, relationships between individual and community, meaningful conversations within community, and effective ways of working in community are discussed both theoretically and experientially.

» INDG-ADMN 1510H: Foundations of Indigenous Community Economic Development Examines lessons learned by First Nations that have taken control over their own economic development. A discussion of the history of Indigenous economic development before contact with Europeans is followed by a consideration of foundational community economic development concepts in relation to current best practices of First Nations.

» INDG 2030H: Indigenous Peoples and News Media in Canada Provides context for past and current portrayal of Indigenous topics in the media. With a better understanding of Indigenous cultures, histories, and perspectives, students can report stories related to Indigenous peoples, and about Indigenous peoples, more effectively.

» INDG-ERSC-IESS 2150H: Environmental Assessment Techniques for Indigenous Communities (Sc) (see Environmental & Resource Science/Studies)

» INDG-CUST 2300Y: Introduction to Key Concepts and Issues in Post-Colonial Theory Focuses on neo-colonial contexts for identity, agency, resistance, decolonizing, and resurgence. Includes debates concerning Western and Indigenous understandings of nationalism, hybridity, essentialism, cultural appropriation, and sovereignty. Pre- or co-requisite: INDG 1001H (or 1000Y) or 1.0 CUST credit or permission of instructor

» INDG-ADMN 3040H: The Meaning of Work in the Contemporary World Opens with a discussion of how “work” is seen and includes both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives. Thereafter, a conversational model of personal and professional growth is used to assist students in examining themselves in relation to how they wish to participate in today’s world of work. Prerequisite: 5.0 university credits. Excludes INDG-ADMN 3959H.

» INDG-IDST 3050Y: Indigenous and International Community Development A study of various approaches to community development in Indigenous and Third World communities. Examines current initiatives in human resource, political, and economic development, and critical issues relating to local control, values, gender, government policies, and roles in social change processes. Prerequisite: INDG 1001H (or 1000Y) or both IDST 1001H

» INDG 3350Y: Indigenous and Ecologically Relevant Curriculum Design Through land-based and experiential educational practices, students develop their knowledge, motivation, and skills toward facilitating the transmission of an environmental consciousness in the field of education. Additionally, students design inclusive learning spaces that meet the cultural needs of Indigenous students and the cross-cultural awareness needs of non-Indigenous students. Recommended prerequisite: INDG 1001H (or 1000Y).

» INDG-ERST-IESS-SAFS 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-ANTH-CAST 4155H: Great Lakes Archaeology (Sc) (see Anthropology)

» INDG 4300Y: Critical Theory and Indigenous Studies A seminar on the relation of contemporary Western social and political thought to Indigenous intellectual traditions and issues. Applies a broad range of theoretical approaches to develop understandings and insights of Indigenous and Western societies and the specific character of the interactions between them. Prerequisite: 5.0 university credits including INDG 1001H (or 1000Y) or 1.0 CUST credit or permission of instructor.

» INDG-ADMN 4500H: Indigenous Perspectives on Twenty-First-Century Business and Organizational Issues An analysis of key issues facing business in the twentyfirst century. A variety of Indigenous perspectives on issues are presented, discussed, and compared and contrasted with current mainstream business perspectives. The objective of the course is to expand the ability of students to consider important business issues and opportunities including an Indigenous perspective. Prerequisite: 10.0 university credits.

» INDG-ANTH 4631H: Indigenous Communities and Cultural Heritage Aims to generate an understanding of the complex issues that surround the processes of cultural heritage management with regard to relationships with Indigenous peoples, their communities, and belief systems. Highlights community-based approaches, with, by, and for Indigenous and local communities. Prerequisite: 9.0 university credits including INDG 1001H (or 1000Y) or permission of instructor.

» INDG-ERSC/ERST-IESS-NURS 4740Y: Critical Investigations in Indigenous Peoples’ Health and the 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.