The Decolonial Struggle | Arts and Science ONLINE

The Decolonial Struggle

DEVS 392/3.0

This course will challenge students to critically examine the ways in which colonialism and decolonization has shaped the social, political, historical and economic landscapes of settler states. The first part of this course focuses on the relational dynamics between the colonizer and the colonized, elucidating how this relationship has impacted historic and contemporary understandings of indigeneity and sovereignty. The second part of the course addresses the various ways that both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples work towards decolonization through processes of ‘unlearning’ and re-presencing.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Describe how settler colonial realities shape current relations between the State and Indigenous Peoples and the role of decolonization in redefining these relations;
  2. Critically reflect on positionality and its alignment with one’s roles and responsibilities in the struggle to decolonize;
  3. Examine how colonization has shaped the histories and ongoing lived realities of specific groups of individuals including Indigenous women and 2SLGTBQA+ Peoples;
  4. Analyze how colonial ideology constructs the land and water, and how decolonial theories/practices aim to restore and privilege Indigenous concepts and relationships with the
  5. physical world and prioritize land and water as fundamental to all issues, personal histories, and ontologies;
  6. Examine how Indigenous and settler peoples work collaboratively to resist settler colonialism to move beyond it towards a different reality that centers balanced, respectful, and healthy ways of being; and
  7. Discuss how Indigenous art intersects with Indigenous research and activism in ways that support Indigenous agency.



  • Weeks 1-2: Towards ‘Defining’ Colonialism, Settler Colonialism and Decolonization
  • Weeks 3-4: Water is Life
  • Weeks 5-6: Land is Everything
  • Weeks 7-8: Identity, Kin, and Community
  • Weeks 9-10: Womxn, sexuality, and 2SLGBTQA
  • Weeks 11-12: Indigenous Art and Decolonization


To be determined
Course Dates: 
Exam Dates: 


15% - Self-Location
15% - Relationship to Place Video
40% - Module Reflections (x6)
30% - Multimedia Creation

*Evaluation Subject to Change*


Celeste Pedri-Spade (

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (120 hours per term) in study, listening and online activity for this course.

Course Resources


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Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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