Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Indigenous Studies (INDG)

The Plan in Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary degree, designed to draw together a range of course offerings on Indigenous history, culture, experience, language and ways of knowing from 14 departments within Arts and Science.

This Plan will give both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Indigenous history and culture, to ensure that future leaders and policymakers have a solid foundation in the histories of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples. Students expand their knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures, while developing professional skills such as innovative Indigenous approaches to learning and research to work with Aboriginal communities.

Students develop a broad interdisciplinary knowledge base on Indigenous cultures, spirituality, social systems, history, language, and contemporary issues, which is a sought-after quality in careers in Education, Law, Business, Policy and Governance or Advocacy and Social Services.

INDG Minor

Minor in Indigenous Studies

Plan consists of 30.0 units as described below. The Plan, in combination with a Major Plan in another subject and with sufficient electives, will lead to an Honours Bachelors Degree.

The core courses of the Plan in Indigenous Studies are to provide students with core knowledge of the histories and cultures of Indigenous peoples in Canada and globally. The core courses will introduce students to Indigenous worldviews, histories, geographies, politics, education, spirituality and art, as well concepts of colonization, decolonization and Indigenous-settler relations.Option courses deepen and broaden students' understanding of Indigenous Knowledge system through a wide variety of courses from various disciplines

CORE COURSES (6.0 units):

A6.0 units in DEVS 220/3.0 and DEVS 221/3.0

OPTION COURSES (24.0 units):

A. 12.0 units from INDG_Options at the 200-level or above
B. 12.0 units from INDG_Options

Please note: The following list contains courses offered through several Departments. Students are encouraged to consult course outlines and course descriptions for more information. In accordance with Academic Regulation 2.5 (Access to Classes), students do not have enrolment priority in all of these courses. Access to courses at the 300 and 400 level may only be available to students who are completing a Major Plan in the corresponding discipline.

Options in the Indigenous Studies Plan ( after May 2020)

ANSH 101/3.0; ANSH 102/3.0;
ARTH 248/3.0; ARTH 272/3.0; ARTH 348/3.0; ARTH 370/3.0; ARTH 372/3.0; ARTH 434/3.0; ARTH 438/3.0
BIOL 319/3.0;
DEVS 357/3.0; DEVS 480/6.0
DRAM 303/3.0;
ECON 244/3.0;
ENGL 218/3.0; ENGL 287/3.0; ENGL 389/3.0; ENGL 480/6.0; ENGL 481/3.0; ENGL 482/3.0; ENGL 489/3.0;
FILM 388/3.0;
FREN 350/3.0
GNDS 212/3.0; GNDS 340/3.0; GNDS 432/6.0;
GPHY 309/3.0; GPHY 351/3.0;
HIST 207/3.0; HIST 442/4.5; HIST 455/9.0; HIST 461/4.5; HIST 467/9.0;
INDG 301/3.0; INDG 302/3.0; INDG 401/6.0
INUK 101/3.0; INUK 102/3.0
LAW 202/3.0;
LLCU 101/3.0; LLCU 102/3.0; LLCU 270/3.0; LLCU 271/3.0; LLCU 301/3.0; LLCU 302/3.0; LLCU 370/3.0; LLCU 372/2.0
MOHK 101/3.0; MOHK 102/3.0; MOHK 103/3.0; MOHK 104/3.0; MOHK 201/3.0; MOHK 202/3,0
POLS 320/3.0;
RELS 227/3.0

INDG option courses ( before May 2020) :

NEW:
ARTH 370/3.0 Architecture of the Baroque Period
ARTH 434/3.0 Non-Western Art in Western Collections
ARTH 438/3.0 Studies in Indigenous Arts and Visual Culture in North America
DEVS 357/3.0 Global Conflict and Local Peacebuilding
DEVS 480/6.0  Reindigenizing People and Environment
ENGL 218/3.0 Introduction to Indigenous Literatures in Canada
ENGL 389/6.0 Context North America
ENGL 489/3.0  Group III: Special Topics IV
ENGX 287/3.0 Unsettling Kingston/Katarokwi
FREN 350/3.0 Littératures autochtones comparés en Amérique du Nord
GPHY 309/3.0 Integrated Field Course in Geography
LLCU 271/3.0 "Other's" Eyes Viewing Indigenous Peoples
LLCU 372/3.0 Rotinohnsyonni Indigenography: Iroquois Language, Literatures and Culture
MOHK 103/3.0   Oral Mowak Language - Beginning I (TMT)
MOHK 104/3.0   Beginning Mohawk Language and Culture II Tyendinaga
MOHK 201/3.0   Intermediate Mohawk Language and Culture
MOHK 202/3.0   Oral Mohawk Language

ANSH 101/3.0; ANSH 102/3.0;  
ARTH 231/3.0; ARTH 232/3.0; ARTH 248/3.0; ARTH 272/3.0; ARTH 348/3.0; ARTH 372/3.0; 
BIOL 319/3.0; BIOL 421/3.0; BIOL 422/3.0;  
DEVS 100/6.0; DEVS 320/3.0; 
 DRAM 303/3.0; DRAM 319/3.0;  
ECON 244/3.0;  
ENGL 480/6.0; ENGL 481/3.0; ENGL 482/3.0;  
FILM 388/3.0;  
GNDS 212/3.0; GNDS 340/3.0; GNDS 375/3.0; GNDS 432/6.0;  
GPHY 351/3.0; GPHY 368/3.0; 
 HIST 124/6.0; HIST 207/3.0; HIST 208/3.0; HIST 256/3.0;  HIST 313/6.0; HIST 324/6.0; HIST 335/9.0; HIST 436/4.5;  HIST 442/4.5; HIST 455/9.0; HIST 461/4.5; HIST 467/9.0;  
HLTH 101/3.0;  
INDG 301/3.0;  
INTS 307/3.0;  
INUK 101/3.0; INUK 102/3.0
LAW 202/3.0; 
LLCU 101/3.0; LLCU 102/3.0; 
LLCU 270/3.0; LLCU 301/3.0; LLCU 302/3.0; LLCU 332/3.0; LLCU 370/3.0;  
MOHK 101/3.0; MOHK 102/3.0;  
MUSC 289/3.0; 
 POLS 320/3.0; POLS 347/3.0;  
RELS 227/3.0 
 

Plan Pathways

Minor Plan Pathways 

For students who were admitted to a INDG Plan after May 1, 2020

Students can take a variety of pathways through the Plan, depending on what else they are studying, where their interest lie and where they already have the prerequisites for higher level study.  For example, a student who has already been introduced to major concepts in Indigenous Studies and has already taken courses in art and literature in other departments, would have the skills necessary to take a fourth- year English course in Indigenous Literatures.

Please note: You may not double-count courses; i.e. if you are DEVS major, you cannot count DEVS 220 towards DEVS and INDG

Here are several examples of Plan pathways:

Pathway A: Social Sciences focused:
Year 1: ANSH 101 and ANSH 102 ( or any of the other Indigenous languages offered)
Year 2: DEVS 220/3.0 and DEVS 221/3.0
Year 3: GNDS 212/3.0; LAW 202/3.0; LLCU 270/3.0
Year 4: LLCU 370/3.0; DEVS 357/3.0; LLCU 302/3.0
 

Pathway B: Language and Culture focused:
Year 1:MOHK 101/3.0, MOHK 102 ( or other Indigenous language offered)
Year 2: DEVS 220/3.0 and DEVS 221/3.0, INUK 101/3.0
Year 3: DRAM 303/3.0, ARTH 248/3.0; LLCU 301/3.0
Year 4: LLCU 271/3.0; INDG 301/3.0

Pathway C: Art History focused:
Year 1:LLCU 103/3.0 and LLCU 104/3.0 ( or other Indigenous language offered)
Year 2: DEVS 220/3.0, DEVS 221/3.0, ARTH 248/3.0
Year 3: ARTH 272/3.0; ARTH 348/3.0; ARTH 370/3.0;
Year 4: ARTH 372/3.0; ARTH 434/3.0

Pathway D: History focused:
Year 1: MOHK 101/3.0 and MOHK 102/3.0
Year 2: DEVS 220/3.0, DEVS 221/3.0, HIST 207/3.0
Year 3: INDG 301/3.0
Year 4: HIST 442/4.5; HIST 455/9.0; 

 

Course Descriptions

Core Courses

After May 2020

DEVS 220/3.0: 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 221/ 3.0: Topics in Indigenous Human Ecology
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.

Options courses

ANSH 101/3.0 Beginning Anishinaabe Language and Culture I 
An introduction to the language and culture of the Anishinaabe people. This course is designed for those who have neither  been exposed to Anishinaabemowin nor its traditional societal practices. Gain a rich understanding of the Anishinaabe  people and their language at the beginning level

ANSH 102/3.0 Beginning Anishinaabe Language and Culture II 
A continuation of ANSH 101/3.0. Students will participate and begin to develop the ability to read, write and speak some  basic Anishinaabemowin and further their understanding of the rich culture, traditions and worldviews of the Anishinaabe  people.

ARTH 248/3.0  Introduction to the Indigenous Arts of North America
An introduction to the arts and visual culture of the Indigenous peoples of North America from north of the Rio Grande to the Arctic, encompassing pre-history, colonialism, and the modern period. Key works from six regional zones are studied in their historical and cultural contexts.

ARTH 272/3.0 Latin American Art
Surveys the art and architecture of Latin America from the pre-Hispanic period to the present, from Patagonia to California. Particular attention is paid to the contribution of aboriginal artists and traditions to colonial visual culture and the built environment. Considers the rise of the academies, Nationalism, Indigenism, Romanticism, Modernism (Kahlo, Rivera, Tarsila), Madí and Chicano muralism.

ARTH 348/3.0 Arts of the Arctic
A study of the arts and visual culture of the Indigenous peoples of the northern circumpolar region encompassing Alaska, Canada, and Greenland, with a main focus on Dorset, Thule, and post-1950 Inuit arts. Students will examine the development of modern Inuit art markets, including reception, promotion, and circulation in the south.

ARTH 370/3.0 Architecture of the Baroque Period
Baroque and Rococo architecture and urbanism of Europe and beyond including Italy, France, Iberia, Central and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, New Spain (Mexico), Peru, Brazil, India, Macau, Philippines. Includes Italian bel composto, impact of theater, salon culture in Paris, indigenous contributions outside Europe, ephemera, gardens.

ARTH 372/3.0 Art of Colonial Latin America
Considers art, architecture, and ephemera in Colonial Latin America (1492-1820) with particular attention to the aboriginal contribution to visual culture and built environment and the impact of multiculturalism (Africans, Asians, mestizos, Europeans of various nationalities).

ARTH 434/3.0 Non-Western Art in Western Collections
A consideration of the history of collecting and public collections; of museum policy and practice; and of Western notions of art and culture as they are applied in the museum to non-Western art

ARTH 438/3.0 Studies in Indigenous Arts and Visual Culture in North America
This seminar offers an in-depth study of a topic in North American Indigenous arts and visual culture, including theoretical and methodological readings.

BIOL 319/3.0 Introduction to Ethnobotany 
Ethnobotany is the study of the relationships that exist between indigenous cultures and local flora. Case studies will be  presented to examine the various categories of plant use, the importance of traditional knowledge to Western culture, and  the role of plant conservation and cultural sustainability. 
NOTE    Only offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online. 

DEVS 357/3.0 Global Conflict and Local Peacebuilding
Examining issues facing Indigenous individuals & communities that include ongoing cycles of violence, historical unresolved  grief, the transmission of intergenerational trauma, & systemic injustice. Determinants of conflict, war, & disputes by  navigating a complex landscape that includes race, gender, & the commodification of violence are examined. 

DEVS 480/6.0 Reindigenizing People and Environment 
600 years of colonialism have greatly harmed this planet’s people and environments. Complementary lifeways can balance  cognitive, emotional, and physical realities and inform intellectual, scientific, and artistic enquiry. This course attempts to  strike that balance, through academic inquiry and visceral experience, in the classroom and on the land. 
NOTE    Students are required to make application. Contact Department for application information. 
NOTE    Students are expected to pay an ancillary fee for travel and food costs while in the field. The estimated cost is $400. 

DRAM 303/3.0: Indigenous Playwrights
A survey of the work of First Nations playwrights, exploring the stories, concerns and aesthetics of these contemporary, mostly Canadian, theatrical practitioners. Course work involves reading, discussion, and writing descriptively, critically or creatively about selected pieces in artistic, social and/or political contexts.
NOTE Also offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online

ECON 244/3.0 Economics of Indigenous Communities 
An economic critique of policies past and present with regard to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples living in Canada,  with reference to relevant cultural, historic, geographic, and governance contexts. In some years material may be more  comparative and international in scope. 

ENGL 218/3.0 Introduction to Indigenous Literatures in Canada 
This course examines Indigenous novels, traditional stories, poetry, short stories, and plays from various time periods,  written by Métis, Inuit, and First Nations authors. We will study the themes, aesthetics, and politics of the texts, using a  combination of culturally specific and pan‐Indigenous approaches. 

ENGL 287/3.0 Unsettling Kingston/Katarokwi 
The British Army established Kingston in 1783 in the wake of defeat in the Revolutionary War. Before and since, this has  been Indigenous space, named by the Hurons Ka’tarohkwi. Engaging literary, geographical, and historical perspectives, this  course grapples with concepts of treaty, territory, memory, and place to unsettle colonial presumptions. 

ENGL 389/3.0 Context North America
A study of modern and/or contemporary North American literatures (which may include some works in translation).  Content will vary, but the aim will be to discern how cultural similarities and differences are reflected in individual works by  writers from (e.g.) Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean.

ENGL 480/6.0 Studies in Indigenous Literatures 
For detailed information, consult the Department. 

ENGL 481/3.0 Topics in Indigenous Literatures I 
For detailed information, consult the Department. 

ENGL 482/3.0 Topics in Indigenous Literatures II
For detailed information, consult the Department. 

ENGL 489/3.0 Group III: Special Topics IV 
Studies focused on Modern and Contemporary literature that do not fit within the established Group III rubrics (British,  Canadian, American, Postcolonial, Indigenous). For detailed information, consult the Department. 

FILM 388/3.0 Indigenous Film and Media
This course offers a journey into Indigenous and Inuit film, produced by Indigenous filmmakers from the Americas,  Northern Europe, and Australia. Topics such as Indigenous methodologies and aesthetics, Indigenous feminism,  decolonization, self‐recognition, language revitalization, and cultural reappropriation will be explored

FREN 350/3.0 Littératures autochtones comparés en Amérique du Nord
An examination of comparative approaches to Indigenous literatures across North America. Questions of translation, tribal specificity, literary nationalism, inter- and trans-Indigenous orientations are examined in relation to a diversity of works by Indigenous scholars, writers, filmmakers, and other artists and thinkers.

GNDS 212/3.0 Racism, Colonialism and Resistance
Decades after the formal decolonization of former colonies, the power relations of the colonial world - and the racism it engendered - remain deeply embedded in the West, and are intrinsic to contemporary relations of globalization. This course explores European colonialism; historical and social constructions of ‘race’; the ongoing occupation of Indigenous peoples’ territories; and contemporary racism

GNDS 340/3.0 Indigenous Women, Feminism and Resistance
Examines scholarship, creative works, and activism by Indigenous women as a basis for introducing Indigenous feminist thought. Cases examine the many ways that Indigenous women and LGBTQ/Two-Spirit people participate in Indigenous nations, experience and resist settler colonialism, and work for Indigenous decolonization.

GNDS 432/3.0 Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Politics
Examines critical theories and case studies of politics and governance in Indigenous and settler societies, based in Indigenous feminist thought. Cases examine the relation between nationality, gender, and sexuality within colonial relations of rule, methods of Indigenous governance, Indigenous sovereignty struggles, and theories and practices of decolonization. This course contains an intensive and independent study component

GPHY 309/3.0 Field School in Geography 
This Field School explores the socio‐political, cultural, and biophysical dimensions of human environment interactions. It  examines how communities perceive and interact with their environments and how they are, in turn, impacted by change.  Students will do readings, seminars, assignments, and participate in a Field School for up to four weeks. 
NOTE    Field School cost is dependent on location and duration in the field, to a maximum of $3000. Please refer to the  Department website for further information. 

GPHY 351/3.0 Geographies of Indigenous and Settler Relations 
An overview of selected elements of the geographies of Aboriginal peoples in Canada with a focus on the relationship  between Aboriginal peoples and their environments, urbanization and culture change, and colonialism. 

HIST 207/3.0 Global Indigenous Histories
A survey of various historical case studies that will explore the causes, conflicts, and consequences that have occurred  wherever indigenous peoples have encountered colonizing invaders. Significant questions will include who is indigenous?,  who is not?, and can one speak of a global indigenous history?  NOTE    Only offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online. 

HIST 442/4.5 New World Societies 
An exploration of how New World societies were born out of the contact between Europe, Africa, and the Americas that  followed Columbus’ landing in 1492. Topics will include contact, colonisation, slavery, trade, race, culture and creolization.

HIST 455/9.0 Heresy, Holiness and Idolatry in the Iberian Atlantic 
An exploration of the Spanish and Latin American Inquisitions and the Extirpation of Idolatries campaigns against indigenous  peoples between 1492 and 1700. Themes include understanding Catholic orthodoxy, and how the practices of healing, prayer,  witchcraft, and mysticism served as cultural unifiers and as markers of gender and ethnic differences.

HIST 461/4.5 Race and Ethnicity in Latin America 1492 to the Present 
Examines the history of race relations in Latin America from European contact to the present. Topics include indigenous  resistance and adaptation to conquest, African slavery and emancipation, debates about assimilation versus cultural  survival, and whether Latin America provides a unique model of race relations.  

HIST 467/9.0 First Nations of North America 
An examination of First Nations history from ancient times to the present in North America with a particular focus on the Canadian  experience. Topics include culture theory, disease, trade, missionaries, the writing of native history, and contemporary events. 

INDG 301/3.0 Indigenous Ways of Knowing 
This course will identify and examine characteristics and sources of Indigenous knowledge and pedagogies

INDG 302/3.0  Indigenous Theories and Methodologies: Learning through Indigenous Worldviews
An introduction to Indigenous theories and research methodologies.
PREREQUISITE    Level 3 or above and DEVS 220/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

INDG 401/6.0 In Community Capstone: Research and Relationships
A fourth year Honours capstone project course exploring an issue in Indigenous Studies through both library-and community-based research. Working with an Indigenous community partner and the instructor, students will integrate knowledge and skills to carry out a research project.
PREREQUISITE    Level 4 and registration in the INDG Major or Medial Plan and INDG 302/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

INUK 101/3.0 Beginning Inuktitut Language and Culture 
An introduction to the history and culture of the Inuit of Canada with particular emphasis on their language, Inuktitut, in  both writing and speaking. This course is designed for those who have little or no exposure to the Inuit language nor the  history of Canada’s Inuit peoples.

INUK 102/3.0 Beginning Inuktitut Language and Culture II 
Continuation of INUK 101/3.0. This course builds on the foundation of INUK 101/3.0 expanding the student’s knowledge of  the vocabulary and structure which enables them to carry on limited conversation in selected everyday topics. This course  will also provide an overview of the history and culture of the Inuit from the early 20th century to today. 

LAW 202/3.0 Aboriginal Law
Reconciliation between the Canadian state and the Aboriginal peoples of Canada is a central concern of Canadian law in the 21st century, one that reaches into every sector of Canadian society.

LLCU 101/3.0 Beginning Indigenous Language and Culture I 
Offers a basic level of understanding, speaking, reading and writing for students with no knowledge of the language. The  specific language will be announced on the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures web page. 

LLCU 102/3.0 Beginning Indigenous Language and Culture II 
Continuation of LLCU 101/3.0: offering a basic level of understanding, speaking, reading and writing in the language. The  specific language will be announced on the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures web page. 

LLCU 270/3.0 Contemporary Events and Indigenous Cultural Politics 
An interdisciplinary analysis of contemporary events and Indigenous cultural politics, with a focus on how Indigenous  writers, filmmakers, artists, and community members participate in and recount defining moments. Indigenous knowledges  and epistemologies are mobilised to foster a critical understanding of core questions put forward by events.  

LLCU 271/3.0 "Other's" Eyes Viewing Indigenous Peoples 
This course surveys English, American, and Canadian literature that includes scholarship, philosophy, poetry, fiction, non‐ fiction, art, and audio‐visual productions about Indigenous Peoples by non‐Indigenous Peoples. 

LLCU 301/3.0 Oral Tradition and Innovation in Cultural Transmission
An examination of traditional and innovative forms of oral cultural transmission in a selection of American, African and  European contexts with particular focus on the interaction of narrative and technology

LLCU 302/3.0 Unsettling: Indigenous Peoples & Canadian Settler Colonialism
An intersectional/interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of, and possible alternatives to, Canadian settler colonialism.  Primacy given to Indigenous voices/theories/methods related to the history of Indigenous lands and associated  traditions/identities, the course focuses on the theory/practice of ‘unsettling’ the settler colonial societies. 

LLCU 370/3.0 Indigenous Women and Power
This course presents an interdisciplinary examination of Indigenous women and power through the lens of Indigenous  scholars, writers, filmmakers, artists, and activists. Close reading methodologies are used to examine what it may mean for  Indigenous women, including girls and LGBTQ2S+, “to reclaim their power and place.” 

LLCU 372/2.0 Rotinohnsyonni Indigenography: Iroquois Language, Literatures and Culture
This course explores Rotinohnsyonni (Iroquois) scholarship, philosophy, literature, and contemporary arts that introduces  students to the passive, habitual, and stative aspect of Indigenous epistemologies. 

MOHK 101/3.0 Beginning Mohawk Language and Culture I 
An introduction to the language and culture of the Kanyen’kehá:ka, the people of the Mohawk Nation. This course is  designed for those who have neither been exposed to Kanyen’kéha, the Mohawk language, nor its traditional societal  practices. Learn basic Mohawk language and gain a rich understanding of the Mohawk culture and tradition. 

MOHK 102/3.0 Beginning Mohawk Language and Culture II 
A continuation of MOHK 101/3.0. Students will participate and begin to develop the ability to read, write and speak some  basic Mohawk language and further their understanding of the richness of Mohawk culture, traditions, and worldviews.  

MOHK 103/3.0 Oral Mowak Language ‐ Beginning I (TMT) 
This course is delivered in Tyendinaga and will offer foundational instruction in Kanyen'kéha, the language of the Mohawk  People. It will build oral language skills for everyday communication and lay the groundwork for continuing study in MOHK  104. It is especially designed for those who have never been exposed to Kanyen'kéha as a living language. 
 NOTE    Only offered in Tyendinaga 

MOHK 104/3.0 Beginning Mohawk Language and Culture II Tyendinaga 
This course will be delivered in Tyendinaga and will be a continuation of MOHK 103/3.0. It will provide further instruction in Kanyen’kéha, the language of the Mohawk People at the beginning level. This course will allow students to continue  developing their language abilities at the beginning level for continuing study in MOHK 201/3.0.
NOTE    Only offered in Tyendinaga.  

MOHK 201/3.0 Intermediate Mohawk Language and Culture 
Students will continue to develop their language skills in Kanyen’kéha (the Mohawk language) beyond the basics and be  able to interact meaningfully in a greater number of daily activities.  NOTE    Offered only in the Mohawk Territory of Tyendinaga and open only to students registered in the Certificate of  Mohawk Language and Culture. 

MOHK 202/3,0 Oral Mohawk Language 
This course will finalize the transition from reading to writing to hearing and speaking in Kanyen’kéha (the Mohawk  language). It will also give students the tools necessary to learn and improve their abilities in conversation with first  language speakers (either in person, in recordings, or in written materials).  N
OTE    Offered only in the Mohawk Territory of Tyendinaga and open only to students registered in the Certificate of  Mohawk Language and Culture

POLS 320/3.0 Indigenous Politics 
An examination of Indigenous politics in a Canadian context, including aboriginal self‐government. 

RELS 227/3.0 Indigenous Traditions in North America 
Introduction to the study of Indigenous traditions in North America.

 

Before May 2020

ANSH 101/3.0 Beginning Anishinaabe Language and Culture I
An introduction to the language and culture of the Anishinaabe people. This course is designed for those who have neither been exposed to Anishinaabemowin nor its traditional societal practices. Gain a rich understanding of the Anishinaabe people and their language at the beginning level

ANSH 102/3.0 Beginning Anishinaabe Language and Culture II
A continuation of ANSH 101/3.0. Students will participate and begin to develop the ability to read, write and speak some basic Anishinaabemowin and further their understanding of the rich culture, traditions and worldviews of the Anishinaabe people. 

ARTH 231/3.0: Canadian Art I
A study of Canadian art from its beginnings through the nineteenth century. The nature and development of Canadian art within the context of the social, political and economic history of the country will be examined.

ARTH 232/3.0:Canadian Art II
A study of Canadian art from the end of the nineteenth century. The nature and development of Canadian art within the context of the social, political and economic history of the country will be examined.

ARTH 248/3.0  Introduction to the Indigenous Arts of North America
An introduction to the arts and visual culture of the indigenous peoples of North America from north of the Rio Grande to the Arctic, encompassing pre-history, colonialism, and the modern period. Key works from six regional zones are studied in their historical and cultural contexts.

ARTH 272/3.0: Latin American Art
Surveys the art and architecture of Latin America from the pre-Hispanic period to the present, from Patagonia to California. Particular attention is paid to the contribution of aboriginal artists and traditions to colonial visual culture and the built environment. Considers the rise of the academies, Nationalism, Indigenism, Romanticism, Modernism (Kahlo, Rivera, Tarsila), Madí and Chicano muralism

ARTH 348/3.0  Arts of the Arctic
A study of the arts and visual culture of the Indigenous peoples of the northern circumpolar region encompassing Alaska, Canada, and Greenland, with a main focus on Dorset, Thule, and post-1950 Inuit arts. Students will examine the development of modern Inuit art markets, including reception, promotion, and circulation in the south.

ARTH 372/3.0: Art of Colonial Latin America
Considers art, architecture, and ephemera in Colonial Latin America (1492-1820) with particular attention to the aboriginal contribution to visual culture and built environment and the impact of multiculturalism (Africans, Asians, mestizos, Europeans of various nationalities)

BIOL 319/3.0: Introduction to Ethnobothany
Ethnobotany is the study of culture arising from the relationship between indigenous peoples and local flora. The discipline of ethnobotany will be introduced and case studies used to examine the ways in which challenges such as climate change, deforestation, cultural assimilation and pressure to discover new medicines are changing global communities.

BIOL 421/3.0: Conservation Genetics
This course will explore genetic aspects of conservation, addressing questions such as: How is genetic variation lost? Can loss of genetic variation result in extinction? How much genetic variation is 'enough' for population viability? Can loss of genetic variation be prevented? How do we define management units for conservation? And is hybridization a problem or a benefit for conservation?

BIOL 422/3.0: Conservation Biology
The application of biological research to the conservation of biodiversity and natural resources, as well as the interaction of biology with philosophy, politics and economics in influencing conservation policy

DEVS 100/6.0: Canada and the 'Third World'
Introduces basic theoretical concepts of development studies, the history of global inequality, and short histories of alternative development strategies. Case studies of Canada’s ties to the so-called third world will include missionaries, military, business, and aid. Canadian colonialism over First Nations peoples will introduce basic issues in Aboriginal Studies.

DEVS 320/3.0: AIDS, Power and Poverty
HIV/AIDS is one of the most pressing development issues in the world today. This course examines the cultural, political, economic, and other social factors that contribute to its transmission and intractability, and which help to explain the differential impact of the disease upon societies worldwide. Particular attention is paid to the ways that specific social/sexual identities and practices arising from inequitable class, gender, race, and ethnic relations, affect the prevalence of HIV, the ability to contain its spread, and the human costs that it entails

DRAM 303/3.0: First Nations Playwrights
A survey of the work of First Nations playwrights, exploring the stories, concerns and aesthetics of these contemporary, mostly Canadian, theatrical practitioners. Course work involves reading, discussion, and writing descriptively, critically or creatively about selected pieces in artistic, social and/or political contexts

DRAM 319/3.0: Special Studies II
A seminar or workshop in selected areas of the curriculum. Not offered every year. See Department for details.

ECON 244/3.0 Economics of Indigenous Communities 
An economic critique of policies past and present with regard to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples living in Canada,  with reference to relevant cultural, historic, geographic, and governance contexts. In some years material may be more  comparative and international in scope.   PREREQUISITE    ECON 110/6.0 or ECON 111/3.0.   

ENGL 480/6.0: Studies in Indigenous Literature
For detailed information, consult the Department

ENGL 481/3.0: Topics in Indigenous Literature I
For detailed information, consult the Department

ENGL 482/3.0: Topics in Indigenous Literature II
For detailed information, consult the Department

FILM 388/3.0 Indigenous Film and Media 
This course offers a journey into Indigenous and Inuit film, produced by Indigenous filmmakers from the Americas, Northern Europe, and Australia. Topics such as Indigenous methodologies and aesthetics, Indigenous feminism, decolonization, self-recognition, language revitalization, and cultural reappropriation will be explored. 

GNDS 212/3.0: Racism, Colonialism and Resistance
Decades after the formal decolonization of former colonies, the power relations of the colonial world - and the racism it engendered - remain deeply embedded in the West, and are intrinsic to contemporary relations of globalization. This course explores European colonialism; historical and social constructions of ‘race’; the ongoing occupation of Indigenous peoples’ territories; and contemporary racism

GNDS 340/3.0: Indigenous Women, Feminism and Resistance
Examines scholarship, creative works, and activism by Indigenous women as a basis for introducing Indigenous feminist thought. Cases examine the many ways that Indigenous women and LGBTQ/Two-Spirit people participate in Indigenous nations, experience and resist settler colonialism, and work for Indigenous decolonization.

GNDS 375/3.0: Queer/Race Studies
This course explores current theory in queer studies by centrally examining the interdependence of race, sexuality, and gender. The course foregrounds the critical insights that follow sustained study of race in queer studies, and of queer matters in critical race, Indigenous, global, and diaspora studies

GNDS 432/6.0: Settler Colonialism: Indigenous Politics
Examines critical theories and case studies of politics and governance in Indigenous and settler societies, based in Indigenous feminist thought. Cases examine the relation between nationality, gender, and sexuality within colonial relations of rule, methods of Indigenous governance, Indigenous sovereignty struggles, and theories and practices of decolonization. This course contains an intensive and independent study component.

GPHY 351/3.0: Aboriginal Geographies of Canada
An overview of selected elements of the geographies of Aboriginal peoples in Canada with a focus on the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and their environments, urbanization and culture change, and colonialism.

GPHY 368/3.0: Environments and Society
A critical evaluation of the changing relationships between nature and society.

HIST 124/6.0: Canada in the World
An introduction to major themes and events in the history of Canada placed in a North American and world context. Topics include relations between natives and newcomers, comparative colonialism, the emergence of nation-states and new social and cultural identities. Assignments emphasize analysis of historical texts and development of research and writing skills.

HIST 207/3.0 Global Indigenous Histories
A survey of various historical case studies that will explore the causes, conflicts, and consequences that have occurred wherever indigenous peoples have encountered colonizing invaders. Significant questions will include who is indigenous?, who is not?, and can one speak of a global indigenous history? 
NOTE Only offered online. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies. 

HIST 208/3.0: Introduction to Themes in Canadian History I
An interdisciplinary course in which the Canadian nation state will be examined from a geographic, historical, political, cultural and economic perspective, with particular attention being paid to the First Nations and linguistic minorities.

HIST 256/3.0: The Making of the North American Environment
A history of North American environmental issues, politics, and movements. The course explores the historical relationship between nature and culture, from the natural world of pre-contact native societies to the contemporary environmental crisis. Topics include the fur trade, 19th-century pollution, national parks, nuclear power, and deep ecology.

HIST 313/6.0: British North America, 1759-1867
This course will survey the political, social, economic, and cultural development of the British colonies that became Canada from the conquest of Quebec to Confederation. Native-newcomer relations, the maturation of settler societies, and new institutional structures will receive special attention. Different historical approaches and the use of primary sources will be emphasized.

HIST 324/6.0: Race and Immigration in North America
Race relations and immigration in North American history, with emphasis on Canada from the 1840s to the 1980s. Covers native-non-native contact, European immigrants, migration of blacks from the U.S. south, ethnic radicalism, Asian immigration, Japanese internment, immigration policy, ‘multiculturalism,’ and changing definitions of ‘race’.

HIST 335/9.0: The age of Jackson
An examination of Americans’ struggles with the conflicting ideals of republicanism and liberalism in the first half of the 19th century. Topics include the presidency of Andrew Jackson, political party formation, Native Americans, African-Americans, women, labour, the expansion of slavery, and the rise of sectional conflict.

HIST 436/4.5: Topics in Canadian Legal History
This seminar explores central issues in and approaches to legal history based on Canadian examples. Topics may include the history of crime and punishment; the legal regulation of gender, sexuality, ‘race’, and Native-newcomer relations; the law and the evolution of modern capitalism; and the history of the legal profession, and civil rights.

HIST 442/4.5: New World Societies
An exploration of how New World societies were born out of the contact between Europe, Africa, and the Americas that followed Columbus’ landing in 1492. Topics will include contact, colonisation, slavery, trade, race, culture and creolization.

HIST 455/9.0: Heresy, Holiness and Idolatry in the Iberian Atlantic
An exploration of the Spanish and Latin American Inquisitions and the Extirpation of Idolatries campaigns against indigenous peoples between 1492 and 1700. Themes include understanding Catholic orthodoxy, and how the practices of healing, prayer, witchcraft, and mysticism served as cultural unifiers and as markers of gender and ethnic differences.

HIST 461/4.5: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America 1492 to the Present
Examines the history of race relations in Latin America from European contact to the present. Topics include indigenous resistance and adaptation to conquest, African slavery and emancipation, debates about assimilation versus cultural survival, and whether Latin America provides a unique model of race relations.

HIST 467/9.0: First Nations of North America
An examination of First Nations history from ancient times to the present in North America with a particular focus on the Canadian experience. Topics include culture theory, disease, trade, missionaries, the writing of native history, and contemporary events

HLTH 101/3.0: Social Determinants of Health
This course provides an introduction to the study of health and illness, and explores the social determinants of health, which are the factors that affect the chances people have to lead healthy lives. Topics to be discussed include: what is health?; population and public health; specific social determinants such as income and housing; health among Aboriginal people; globalization; and HIV/AIDS in Africa.

INDG 301/3.0 Indigenous Ways of Knowing 
This course will identify and examine characteristics and sources of Indigenous knowledge and pedagogies. 

INTS 307/3.0: Intercultural Relations
An examination of individual and group relations within and between culturally diverse societies. Topics include: relations among indigenous, immigrant and ethnocultural communities; acculturation and identity strategies; the role of prejudice, discrimination, dominance, emotions and values; intercultural communications and training; and modes of mutual accommodation (pluralism, internationalism and globalism).

INUK 101/3.0 Beginning Inuktitut Language and Culture I
An introduction to the history and culture of the Inuit of Canada with particular emphasis on their language, Inuktitut, in  both writing and speaking. This course is designed for those who have little or no exposure to the Inuit language nor the  history of Canada’s Inuit peoples.  EXCLUSION    LLCU 101/3.0 (Topic: Inuktitut).

INUK 102/3.0  Beginning Inuktitut Language and Culture II
Continuation of INUK 101/3.0. This course builds on the foundation of INUK 101/3.0 expanding the student’s knowledge of the vocabulary and structure which enables them to carry on limited conversation in selected everyday topics. This course will also provide an overview of the history and culture of the Inuit from the early 20th century to today. 

LAW 202/3.0 Aboriginal Law
Introduction to Canadian Aboriginal Law and related issues. Covers historical, social and political contexts in the development of current laws and the impact of emerging developments such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Taught by Law Professors and guest lecturers.

LLCU 322/3.0: Conflict and Culture: Literature, Law, and Human Rights (formerly INTS 322)
An examination of international discourses on conflict and resolution, including theories of reconciliation, human rights, and international law, as portrayed in various media (fiction, theatre and film) and diverse cultural contexts (e.g. ancient Greece, Germany, South Africa and Canada [indigenous settler relations]).

LLCU 101/3.0: Beginning Language and Culture I
Offers a basic level of understanding, speaking, reading and writing for students with no knowledge of the language. The specific language will be announced on the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures web page.

LLCU 102/3.0: Beginning Language and Culture II
Continuation of LLCU 101/3.0: offering a basic level of understanding, speaking, reading and writing in the language. The specific language will be announced on the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures web page.

LLCU 270/3.0  Contemporary Events and Indigenous Cultural Politics
An interdisciplinary analysis of contemporary events and Indigenous cultural politics, with a focus on how Indigenous writers, filmmakers, artists, and community members participate in and recount defining moments. Indigenous knowledges and epistemologies are mobilised to foster a critical understanding of core questions put forward by events. 

LLCU 301/3.0 Oral Tradition and Innovation in Cultural Transmission 
An examination of traditional and innovative forms of oral cultural transmission in a selection of American, African and European contexts with particular focus on the interaction of narrative and technology. 

LLCU 302/3.0 Unsettling: Indigenous Peoples & Canadian Settler Colonialism
An intersectional/interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of, and possible alternatives to, Canadian settler colonialism. Primacy given to indigenous voices/theories/ methods related to the history of indigenous lands and associated traditions/identities, the course focuses on the theory/practice of 'unsettling' the settler colonial societies.
PREREQUISITES: DEVS 220/3.0 or DEVS 221/3.0

LLCU 322/3.0  Conflict and Culture: Literature, Law, and Human Rights
An examination of international discourses on conflict and resolution, including theories of reconciliation, human rights, and international law, as portrayed in various media (fiction, theatre and film) and diverse cultural contexts (e.g. ancient Greece, Germany, South Africa and Canada [indigenous settler relations]). 

LLCU 370/3.0  Indigenous Women and Power
This course presents an interdisciplinary examination of Indigenous women and power through the lens of Indigenous scholars, writers, filmmakers, artists, and activists. Close reading methodologies are used to examine what it may mean for Indigenous women, including girls and LGBTQ2S+, “to reclaim their power and place.” 

MOHK 101/3.0   Beginning Mohawk Language and Culture I 
An introduction to the language and culture of the Kanyen’kehá:ka, the people of the Mohawk Nation. This course is  designed for those who have neither been exposed to Kanyen’kéha, the Mohawk language, nor its traditional societal  practices. Learn basic Mohawk language and gain a rich understanding of the Mohawk culture and tradition. EXCLUSION    LLCU 101/3.0 (Topic: Mohawk I).   

MOHK 102/3.0   Beginning Mohawk Language and Culture II 
A continuation of MOHK 101/3.0. Students will participate and begin to develop the ability to read, write and speak some  basic Mohawk language and further their understanding of the richness of Mohawk culture, traditions, and worldviews.   PREREQUISITE    MOHK 101/3.0 or LLCU 101/3.0 (Topic: Mohawk I)  EXCLUSION    LLCU 102/3.0 (Topic: Mohawk II).  

MUSC 289/3.0: World Musics
An introduction to the study of music in culture, based on world music traditions. The course focuses on a selection of Native North American, African, European, Eastern and Middle Eastern, as well as other musical contexts.

POLS 320/3.0: First Nations Politics
An examination of First Nations politics in a Canadian context, including aboriginal self-government.

POLS 347/3.0: The Politics of Africa
Major issues in the contemporary politics and political economy of sub-Saharan Africa. The development of the colonial and post-colonial state, capitalist development and the role of indigenous and international capital, and political and socio-economic aspects of class, ethnicity and gender

RELS 227/3.0: Religions of Native Peoples
Features of and theories about religious life in small-scale traditional societies. Includes Canadian Indians and Inuit.

2020-2021 Course Offerings

Course Code Course Name Term Times Room Instructor
ANSH 101 Beginning Anishinaabe Language and Culture I F Tue. 8:30-10:00
Fri. 10:00-11:30
N/A K. Debassige
ANSH 102 Beginning Anishinaabe Language and Culture II W Tue. 8:30-10:00
Fri. 10:00-11:30
N/A K. Debassige
ARTH 272 Latin American Art F Wed. 13:00-14:30
Fri. 11:30-13:00
N/A G. Bailey
ARTH 248 Introduction to the Indigenous Arts of North America W Wed. 16:00-17:30
Fri. 11:30-13:00
N/A

N. Vorano

ARTH 372 Art of Colonial Latin America W Wed. 2:30-17:30 N/A G. Bailey
DEVS 220 Introduction to Indigenous Studies F on-line N/A

I. Fanning

DEVS 221 Topics in Indigenous Human Ecology W on-line N/A I. Fanning
ECON 244 Economics of Indigenous Communities W

Tue. 14:30-16:00
Wed. 11:30-13:00

N/A A. Hageman
ENGL 482 Topics in Indigenous Literature II F Mon. 11:30-13:00
Thu. 13:00-14:30
N/A P. Fachinger
ENGL 481 Topics in Indigenous Literature I W Mon. 14:30-16:00
Thu. 16:00-17:30
N/A A. Ruffo
FILM 388 Indigenous Film and Media W Fri. 14:30-17:30 N/A K. Bertrand
FREN 350

Lit. autochtones comparés

F Thu. 11:30-13:00 N/A I. St-Amand
GNDS 212 Racism, Colonialism and Resistance F TBA N/A TBA
GNDS 340 Indigenous Women, Feminism and Resistance F N/A N/A K. Lawford
GNDS 432 Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Politics W Thu. 14:30-17:30 N/A E. Brule
GPHY 351 Geographies of Indigenous and Settler Relations  F Tue. 18:30-21:30 N/A H. Castleden
HIST 455 Heresy, Holiness and Idolatry in the Iberian Atlantic FW Wed. 14:30-17:30 N/A N. Van Deusen
HIST 467 First Nations of North America W Mon. 8:30-11:30 N/A J. Carson
INDG 301 001 Contemporary Indigenous Art F Mon. 14:30-16:00
Thu. 16:00-17:30
N/A S. DeLine
INDG 301 001 Hip Hop as Reclamation W Mon. 18:30-21:30 N/A C. Usher
INDG 301 002 Black and Indigenous Poetry W Mon. 16:00-17:30
Wed. 14:30-16:00
N/A M. Hill
LAW 202 Aboriginal Law F on-line N/A H. Choquette
LLCU 301 Oral Tradition and Innovation in Cultural Transmission  w Mon. 13:00-14:30
Wed. 11:30-13:00
N/A D. Chamberlain
LLCU 370 Indigenous Women and Power W Tue. 13:00-14:30
Thu. 11:30-13:00
N/A I. St-Amand
MOHK 101 Beginning Mohawk Language and Culture I F Tue. 13:00-14:30
Thu. 11:30-13:00
N/A N. Brinklow
MOHK 102 Beginning Mohawk Language and Culture II W Tue. 13:00-14:30
Thu. 11:30-13:00
N/A N. Brinklow
POLS 320 First Nations Politics W Tue. 10:00-11:30
Thu. 8:30-10:00
N/A TBA
RELS 227 Indigenous Traditions in North America W Mon/ 16:00-17:30
Wed. 14:30-16:00
N/A TBA