Topics in Aboriginal Studies

DEVS 221/3.0

A re-evaluation of conventional knowledge based on aboriginal world view and culture and the introduction of a decolonized perspective on contemporary issues. Guest speakers will provide detailed examinations of specific topics such as current issues in Aboriginal spirituality, art, education and politics.

Learning Outcomes

Lesson 1Problems in Aboriginal Studies & Epistemologies of Belonging
Lesson 2Contact Themes -The Road to Colonisation
Lesson 3Development of Canadian Indian Policy, Part I
Lesson 4Development of Canadian Indian Policy, Part II
Lesson 5Representation and Identity-Social Constructions and Racism
Lesson 6Decolonization: Canadian Courts, The Royal Commission on Aboriginal People and Self Government - Part I
Lesson 7Decolonization: Canadian Courts, The Royal Commission on Aboriginal People and Self Government - Part II
Lesson 8Aboriginal Women - Unheard voices of the People
Lesson 9Sustainable Development and the Environment
Lesson 10Education - who's educating who?
Lesson 11Health Issues Among Aboriginal People
Lesson 12

Aboriginal Justice- Inside the Dragon

*Subject to Change*


To provide students with a re-evaluation of conventional perspectives on Aboriginal issues from the viewpoint of First Nations and Metis people. The course will address current topics in the field of Aboriginal Studies, providing background, context and analysis. Students can expect to become more knowledgeable and conversant on a variety of topics affecting Aboriginal people.


Winter 2016
Course Dates: 
Jan 4 - Apr 1, 2016
Exam Dates: 


Assignment 115%
Assignment 215%
Online participation15% (5% for each 3 mandatory discussions)
Final Paper30%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**


Bob Lovelace (

Instructor message

Welcome to Topics in Aboriginal Studies. From this course you will acquire valuable knowledge and perspectives that will help you in articulating an informed point of view. Of course this is an introductory course in Aboriginal Studies and therefore just a beginning. In this regard I have tried to lay out a foundation that can be built upon for future learning.

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week (120 hours per term) on the course.

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