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Introduction to Indigenous Studies

DEVS 220/3.0

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.

Learning Outcomes

After completing DEVS 220, students will be better equipped to:

  • Describe historical/cultural knowledge of various Indigenous groups in Canada, and apply this knowledge to critique colonization and by attempting to decolonize;
  • Apply elements of Indigenous ways of knowing (emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical) to learning and development, holistically with respect to one’s life journey, and specifically to: terminology and doctrines, Indigenous cultures and politics of Indigenous identity, myths of indigeneity, intergenerational state violence, and Indigenous resurgence and resistance;
  • Recognize Indigenous connections to the land and all elements of creation, and explore the place of Indigenous people, centering Indigenous voices and perspectives;
  • Engage in deep and sustained self-directed, inquiry-based learning, supported by a community of learners, developing appropriate strategies for engagement, solidarity, and allyship; and
  • Contribute to building a consensus-based learning community that prioritizes laws of the group, trusting relationships, consistency, accountability, and respect.

Description

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.

Topics at a Glance

Module

Theme

Topic

1

Terminology and Doctrines

Introduction to the Course

Terminology

Doctrines of Colonialism

2

Indigenous Cultures and Politics of Indigenous Identity in Canada

Grounding History, Remapping History

Indian Status in Canada

Indigenous Identity in Canada

3

Myths of Indigeneity

Dispelling Myths Associated with Indigenous Identity

Decolonizing the Academy

4

  

Intergenerational State Violence

  

Politics of Indigenous Identity

Residential Schools and the Sixties Scoop

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

5Indigenous Resurgence and ResistanceIntergovernmental Relations
Indigenous Feminisms
Indigenous Masculinities

Terms

Winter 2019
Course Dates: 
Jan. 7 - Apr. 5, 2019
Exam Dates: 
N/A

Evaluation

5% - Wampum Dedication String Exercise
10% - Situating Ourselves: Engaging indigenous Storywork Submission
20% - Reflection: Journal and Surveys (x5)
20% - Beyond Land Acknowledgement Peer Feedback and Submission
45% - Essential Questions Proposal, Submission, and Creative Work

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Instructor

Professor Ian Fanning (irf@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend on average, about 9 hours per week on the course.

Course Resources

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Computer Requirements

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System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
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  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

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Non-Queen’s Students

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