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Introduction to Aboriginal Studies
An introduction to Aboriginal world view and culture organized on an historical basis, from Creation to 1969, emphasizing Aboriginal culture and experience in Canada. Aboriginal perspectives will be introduced through traditional teaching methods and contributions from elders and other community members.
DEVS 220 will help you develop a foundation for further inquiries into Aboriginal Studies. Students will develop a general knowledge of North American Indigenaity with a focus on Aboriginal peoples in Canada. This course will prepare the student to evaluate written and oral historical/cultural knowledge in regard to Aboriginal people and issues. The student will develop strategies for analyzing primary sources as well as acquire a basic knowledge of secondary resources. Students will challenge pre-conceived ideas acquired as citizens of a colonial culture. Course lectures and material will be presented from an Aboriginal perspective. The instructor will use both Indigenous and Western pedagogies.
|Essay #1||4-5 pages||10%|
|Essay #2||4-5 pages||10%|
|Story Telling Assignment||10%|
|Mandatory Discussion Forums||10%|
|Final Research Paper||10 pages||30%|
|Week 1||Introduction to the Course|
A game of explanations
|Week 2||Gaining a Basic Understanding and Aboriginal Nomenclature: Using the right language|
|Week 3||Physical and Cultural Geography of Aboriginal North America|
|Week 4||Culture and Society - Research Ethics, Examining the "relies," and interpreting meaning|
|Week 5||Culture and Society - Thanksgiving Monday NO CLASS|
|Week 6||Contact Themes - Trade and Conversion|
|Week 7||Contact Themes - Colonization - Empire and Settlement|
|Week 8||Colonization - Nationalism and Globalization|
|Week 9||The Métis|
|Week 11||Cultural Redefinition|
|Week 12||Course wrap-up|
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
- Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples: https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1307458586498/1307458751962
- The Painted Drum, Louise Erdrich, Harper Collins, New York, 2005
- A Short Introduction to Indigenous Studies in Canada, Lovelace, Robert; 2006, Mino Kamig - Institute of Applied Indigenous Studies
- Various assigned readings on Disc and accessible by Internet
Students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week on the course.
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About Credit Units
Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.
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Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.
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