Course Descriptions

Overview

The Annual Program Timetable summarizes courses offered each academic year.  All course offerings can be found on the Western Academic Calendar.

2018/2019 Course Offerings

Core Course

Introduction to First Nations Studies

(FNS) 1020E: Introduction to First Nations Studies

The introductory course is a prerequisite for admission to the program modules. You need it to enrol in a Minor, Major or Honors module in First Nations Studies. A minimum grade of 60% (70% if you wish to pursue a Honors Specialization), is required for the course in order to pursue an undergraduate degree in First Nations Studies. A variety of contemporary First Nations topics will be examined from both academic and community perspectives. Students will learn key terms, facts, events, issues, worldviews and lifestyles of First Nations peoples in Canada. Students will be introduced to current Indigenous scholarship, cultural experts, Elders and researchers. 

First Nations Studies Courses

Program Entrance Required Course

FNS 1020E: Introduction to First Nations Studies 

An interdisciplinary survey of First Nations issues, from academic and community perspectives including indigenous knowledge, historical background, oral history, socio-political context, arts, language and culture. Specific practical examples will be explored by researchers and community members actually engaged in their contemporary documentation and resolution.

Instructor: Ian Puppe

Course Syllabus 2017 - Reference ONLY

Required:  Enrollment in All Modules (Minor, Major, Honors Specialization)

Language Courses

FNS 2101E: Iroquoian Perspective and Tradition

Through the in-depth examination of Iroquoian (Mohawk) language, mythology, legends, and ceremonial texts, this course offers an introduction to the unique world view of the Iroquoian people and an examination of its continuing relevance in contemporary Iroquoian society.
Instructor: David Kanatawakhon Maracle
Course Syllabus 2018-19

FNS 2103F/G: Lunaape Language, Culture and History

Students will be introduced to the basics of the Lunaape (Delaware) language, a North American Indigenous language. Students will examine the relationships of that language to various culturally relevant concepts and historical experiences of the Lunaape people.
Instructor: TBA
Course Syllabus 2018-19: TBA

FNS 2112: Iroquoian Language and Culture

In this course the student will learn the basics of a particular North American aboriginal language (Mohawk) and will examine the relationships of that language to various culturally relevant concepts.
Instructor: David Kanatawakhon Maracle
Course Syllabus 2018-19

FNS 2113: Algonquian Language and Culture

Students will learn the basics of a particular North American Aboriginal language (e.g., Ojibwe) and will examine the relationships of that language to various culturally relevant concepts.
Instructor: TBA
Course Syllabus 2018-19: TBA

First Nations Studies 2000 Level Courses


2203F/G: Indigenous Peoples, Globalization, and the Environment

An examination of natural resource development emphasizing the interplay between indigenous people, the state and transnational developers. Topics include: environmentalism and livelihood; land rights; corporate power and state policies; common property and community-based resource management; NGOs in environmental politics; sustainability and the greening of development.
Instructor:TBA
Course Syllabus 2018-19: TBA

2211F/G: Cultures of the Caribbean

An introduction to the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean, emphasizing religion, aesthetic styles, current political processes, and relationships of the region and its peoples to Canada.
Instructor:TBA
Course Syllabus 2018-19: TBA

2212F/G: Cultures of the Pacific

The cultures of Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia with an emphasis on indigenous social structures. Other topics include ecology and economy, male-female relations, ritual and cosmology, hierarchical and egalitarian political systems, Pacific history, and contemporary political and economic issues.
Instructor:TBA
Course Syllabus 2018-19: TBA

2213F/G: Historical Issues: From Pre-Contact to the 1969 White Paper

This course examines key issues related to the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The time frame covers the pre-contact era to the 1969 White Paper. Topics may include: Aboriginal rights and title; treaty-making; colonial policy development; residential schools; relocation and centralization; child welfare; and the 1969 White Paper.
Instructor:Diana Lewis
Course Syllabus 2018-19

2216F/G: Cultures of Latin America

The cultural history of Latin American societies. Topics include the historical formation of indigenous communities, and a wide variety of contemporary social problems in Latin America.
Instructor:TBA
Course Syllabus 2018-19: TBA

2218F/G: Contemporary Indigenous Issues: From the 1969 White Paper to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

This course explores the critical challenges still faced by Indigenous peoples in Canada. The material covered will be timely and relevant, including: legal and political mobilization; jurisdictional authority and self-determination; land rights and treaty relationships; the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry.
Instructor:Diana Lewis
Course Syllabus 2018-19

2233F/G: Archaeology of Ontario and the Great Lakes

The prehistoric societies of Ontario and surrounding areas. Topics include the entry of humans into the New World and their arrival in Ontario; development of agriculture; appearance of historic period societies such as the Huron, Neutral and Ojibwa; impact of European settlement and economic systems on native societies.
Instructor:TBA
Course Syllabus 2018-19: TBA

2234F/G: Andean Prehistory

This course will focus primarily on the prehistory of the Peruvian Andes and Coast, with some overlap into Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and Amazonia. We will study the area's archaeological record in some detail, touching on a variety of themes that are of general archaeological interest, e.g. agricultural origins, trade, the rise of complex societies, the role of religious ideology, and the interpretation of archaeological evidence.
Instructor:TBA
Course Syllabus 2018-19: TBA

2501F/G: Iroquoian Arts

An introduction to the decorative expression of Iroquoian peoples, from before contact to the present, providing descriptions of manufacture and use with culturally relevant explanations for non-ritual and ritual applications. Students will have the opportunity to understand and appreciate the Iroquoian worldview through its artistic expressions in daily life.
Instructor:David Kanatawakhon Maracle
Course Syllabus 2018-19

2601F/G: Indigenous Environments

The consequences of physical environmental change for Indigenous communities around the globe will be examined in relation to the processes of colonialism and environmental dispossession. Topics include: identity, culture, local economies, social functioning, food security and health.
Instructor:Chantelle Richmond
Course Syllabus 2017-18 - Reference ONLY

2901E: The First Nations in Canadian History

First Nations peoples are the original inhabitants of Canada. This course will examine history recorded since European contact with all possible efforts to privilege an Aboriginal point of view and the contribution Aboriginal peoples have made and continue to make to Canada as a nation-state and as a cultural community.
Instructor: Michelle Hamilton
Course Syllabus 2018-19

2919F/G: The Iroquoians: Their History and Culture

An examination of the culture and history of the Iroquoian Peoples from European contact to present day as presented by historical and contemporary writings and interpretation of events. Students will use a combination of primary and secondary sources drawn from both Iroquoian and Non-Iroquoian traditions.
Instructor:David Kanatawakhon Maracle
Course Syllabus 2018-19

 

 

First Nations Studies 3000 Level Courses

FNS 3140F/G: Indigenous Knowledge and Traditions

Indigenous knowledge, as a distinctive field of study, is emerging as an important tool in the movement toward self determination and empowerment. This course will examine Indigenous beliefs, ways of knowing, and worldviews to understand their differences and similarities, while exploring contemporary expressions through a variety of sources and interpretations.
Instructor: TBA
Course Syllabus 2018-19: TBA

FNS 3142F/G Doing Research with Indigenous Communities (In a Good Way)

In this interactive course students will learn the theoretical and practical foundations for conducting research with Indigenous communities. Discussions will focus on the history of research with Indigenous peoples; ethics, especially as it relates to protocols for using Indigenous knowledge(s); Indigenous research models; research agreements; and data governance (OCAP Principle).
Instructor: Diana Lewis
Course Syllabus 2018-19

FNS 3500F/G: Indigenous Music

Students will learn basic Indigenous music philosophy and apply this knowledge through practical singing and performative experience while examining the philosophical disposition of Indigenous music. Students will come away from this course with practical experience and experiential knowledge of Indigenous music (traditional cultural or contemporary).
Instructor: TBA
Course Syllabus 2018-19: TBA

FNS 3722F/G: First Nations Political and Legal Issues

Political and legal issues are inseparable in contemporary examinations of land use, self-determination, governance, individual and community rights. This course will examine the legal institutions and practices of traditional First Nations cultures as well as contemporary practice.
Instructor: Ted Baker
Course Syllabus 2018-19: TBA

FNS 3880F/G: First Nations Literatures

North American aboriginal texts in English. The course may include a variety of genres, including oral traditions, narrative, poetry, drama, and film.
Instructor: TBA
Course Syllabus 2018-19: TBA

First Nations Studies 4000 Level Courses

 FNS 4022E: Field School in First Nations Studies

An advanced seminar course combining in-class discussions of theoretical texts, research papers alongside community-based research. Students will be trained in appropriate methodologies and ethics of working with First Nations Communities. Areas of research and instruction may include land claims, self-government, education, health care, and urban issues.
Instructor: TBA
Course Syllabus 2018-19: TBA

FNS 4023F/G: Community-Based Research in First Nations Studies

This is an advanced community-based experiential course that combines in-class discussions with community based research. Students will train in methodologies and ethics of working with First Nations communities. Areas of research may include but not limited to ecological restoration, land claims, self-government, education, health and wellness and urban issues.
Instructor: TBA
Course Syllabus 2018-19: TBA

FNS 4903F/G: Indigenous Research and Methodologies

This advanced course examines the critical issues and tensions of doing research with and for Indigenous peoples. Themes will include Indigenous methodologies (including but not limited to oral histories), and decolonizing research.
Instructor: TBA
Course Syllabus 2018-19: TBA

 

Common Information

There are many requirements that students have to be aware of during the course of their studies. Some are addressed here. If you need further clarification, please visit Academic Counselling or the First Nations Studies Program office.

Prerequisite, Corequisite and Antirequisite

Prerequisite

A Prerequisite is a course that has to be completed successfully before enrolling in the course for which it is listed as a prerequisite. For example FNS 1020E is a prerequisite for First Nations Studies courses and has to be successfully completed with a minimum of 60% before enrolling in other First Nations Studies courses. One can view prerequisites in the Western Academic Calendar

Antirequisite

An Antirequisite is a course that overlaps sufficiently in course content that both cannot be taken for credit towards the degree requirement. For example, Anthropology 2220E is an antirequisite for FNS 2101E. Course antirequisites are listed in the Western Academic Calendar.

Corequisite

A Corequisite is a course that must be taken concurrently with (or prior to registration in) the desired course.

Course Load

Course Load

  • Normal course load first year is 5.0 courses numbered 1000 to 1999.
  • Students enrolled in 3.5 courses or more are considered full-time students
  • Students enrolled in fewer than 3.5 courses are considered part-time students

Spring/Summer Session

  • The workload for the Spring/Summer sessions (May to August) is a maximum of 3.0 courses
  • No more than 2.0 courses can be taken simultaneously
  • Where 2.0 courses are taken simultaneously, only 1.0 may be a laboratory course.

Distance Studies Courses

  • Students may not take more than 1.0 courses during the spring/summer session
  • In the fall/winter sessions, students may not take more than 2.0 courses
  • If a student wishes to take more than the allowed number of courses, they must get permission from the Dean of their academic faculty prior to selecting the courses.

Course Selection for your First Nations Studies Modules

If you wish to discuss your options and course selections further, please contact the Acting Director, First Nations Studies or the First Nations Studies Program Coordinator.