FNIS Courses

These FNIS courses are being offered in the 2017 Winter session:

FNIS 100 001/002 (3) Indigenous Foundations
FNIS 100 will introduce the social, historical, political, religious, and philosophical contexts that inform the experiences of many Indigenous peoples and communities in Canada and throughout North America, with attention to global Indigenous concerns. Emphasis will be on the ways Indigenous peoples have engaged with and challenged colonialism through cultural resurgence and revitalization, education, artistic production, self-government, and culturally responsive economic development, and will include guest speakers, films, and community engagement activities.

~Prerequisite: none
Instructor: Gaertner, David (Term 1)
Instructor: Nason, Dory (Term 2)
Term 1 and 2

 

FNIS 210 001 (3) Indigenous Politics and Self-Determination
The cultural, historical, political, economic, and gender dynamics that structure the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the state in Canada; Indigenous self-determination struggles in relation to constitutional recognition, self-government, land claims, and economic development.

~Prerequisite: none (FNIS 100 is recommended)
Instructor: Gaertner, David
Term 1

 

FNIS 220 001 (3) Representation and Indigenous Cultural Politics
Representation, identity, and cultural politics through Indigenous literature, film, and the visual arts; the relationship between these sites of cultural production and the self-determination struggles of Indigenous peoples.

~Prerequisite: none (FNIS 100 is recommended)
Instructor: Gaertner, David
Term 2

 

FNIS 310 001 (3) Critical Indigenous Theory Seminar
The purpose of this course is to introduce some of the more common theoretical concepts, approaches and related issues in the field of Indigenous Studies in order to help prepare students for further advanced study in the FNIS core curriculum. Beginning with the critical discourse around identity and related subjects of whiteness, race, sexuality and gender in Canada and the US, the course will turn to cultural analysis of settler national identities and myth-making, the making of history/narrative, theorizing settler colonialism, and end with critical discourses of Indigenous feminisms, Indigenous resurgence, and Indigenous research methodologies.

~Prerequisite: FNSP 200, or FNSP 210 and 220, or FNIS 210 and 220
Instructor: Nason, Dory
Term 1

 

FNIS 320 001 (3) Critical Indigenous Methodologies and Ethics
This course is designed to provide FNIS majors and minors with training and experience in designing and conducting research on issues of concern to Indigenous people and communities. The course focuses on the theory and practice of community-based research from a critical Indigenous perspective, including methods for collecting and analyzing research materials, oral history/qualitative interviewing and analysis, and research ethics.

~Prerequisite: FNSP 310 or FNIS 310
Instructor: Hunt, Sarah
Term 2

 

FNIS 400 002/003 (6) Practicum/Advanced Research Seminar
The purpose of the research practicum is to give students the opportunity to work on research projects in community settings that address community needs. Community organizations identify areas of need and students will work with an organization to develop projects that address these needs. In conjunction with the work students do for their organization, they will develop a second academic research project, described below, for FNIS, and will also make a public presentation of their work on campus.

~Prerequisite: FNSP 310 and 320, or FNIS 310 and 320 (Students must pass FNSP 320 or FNIS 320 with a B- or higher or request Program approval)
Instructor: Coulthard, Glen (Term 1-2)
Instructor: Hunt, Sarah (Term 1)
Term 1-2

 

FNIS 401W 101 (3) New Media Practices and Applications
Designed as a compliment to FNIS 454–which is based in the theory of Indigenous new media–FNIS 401W provides students with hands on training in new media technologies, including blogging, social media, podcasting, digital storytelling, virtual reality, sound editing, interactive web design, and geographical information systems (GIS). Students in 401W will receive basic training in use of new media hardware and software (much of which will enhance their capacity for practicum) and work with experts in the field: Maija Tailfeathers, Ray Hsu, Madeline Taylor. The course will culminate in the production of a high quality digital story, which the student can include in job application materials.

~Prerequisite: One of FNIS 100, FNSP 200, FNIS 210, FNSP 210, FNIS 220, FNSP 220 or instructor permission.
Instructor: Gaertner, David
Term 2

 

FNIS 451 101 (3) Indigenous Feminisms
This course will engage contemporary Indigenous feminisms in Native North America through scholarly texts, film, personal narratives and fiction. While we will be focusing on a diversity of recent scholarship, we will also examine the cultural and historical roots of an emerging Indigenous feminist field. The first half of the course will examine the roots of contemporary Indigenous feminism and the current framing of the field as a project and as a theoretical perspective by contemporary scholars. The second half of the course will take up key issues of Indigenous feminist politics as a movement: 1) violence against Indigenous women (activism, art and analysis) and 2) rebuilding Indigenous forms of governance. Credit will be granted for only one of FNIS 401D or FNIS 451.

~Prerequisite: One of FNIS 100, FNSP 200, FNIS 210, FNSP 210, FNIS 220, FNSP 220 or instructor permission.
Instructor: Nason, Dory
Term 2

 

FNIS 453 101 (3) Indigenous Legal Traditions
This winter, Nuu-chah-nulth legal scholar Johnny Mack will be teaching this course for non-Law students on the relationships between Indigenous law, state law, and policy.

~Prerequisite: One of FNIS 100, FNSP 200, FNIS 210, FNSP 210, FNIS 220, FNSP 220 or instructor permission.
Instructor: Mack, Johnny
Term 2

 

FNIS 454 101 (3) Indigenous New Media
Students will contextualize and comparatively analyze Indigenous new media from 1990 to the present moment. New media is loosely defined as digital, interactive and/or networkable content that involves user feedback and creative interaction, such as net and video art, video games, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), interactive installation, podcasts and stereoscopic photography. Focus will be on Internet art and curation, interactive websites and audio maps. Students will develop and put into practice a set of skills for analyzing, comparing, researching and writing about Indigenous new media and produce a collection of digital stories.

~Prerequisite: One of FNIS 100, FNSP 200, FNIS 210, FNSP 210, FNIS 220, FNSP 220 or instructor permission.
Instructor: Gaertner, David
Term 1

 

FNIS 455 101 (3) Indigenous Geographies: Our Home on Native Land
Indigenous peoples’ identities and worldviews emerge from longstanding relationships to place fostered through active connections to land and water, the supernatural world and non-human kin with shared territorialities. Colonization has involved the imposition of cartographic views of space, which facilitated Indigenous de-territorialization, displacement, reservatization, development and urbanization. Yet Indigenous peoples place-based relations and identities persist in these contested spaces, as Indigenous people use their bodies, stories, and cultural practices to destabilize colonial geographies. As such, core geographic concepts of place, space, territory and landscape remain a site of decolonial thought and action. This course focuses on Indigenous peoples, spaces and issues through an examination of the themes of: 1) Indigenous peoples place-based relations, 2) Colonialism and the violence of dispossession, 3) Resistance and spatial negotiations of settler colonialism.

Successful completion of this course will provide students with the ability to critically synthesize relevant course concepts to understand the role of space, place, landscape and territory in Indigenous worldviews and colonial processes. Indigenous and decolonial geographic concepts will emerge from a range of culturally-specific historic and contemporary examples, drawing on literature in the fields of Indigenous and critical geography, as well as geographically-focused work in Indigenous arts, activism and scholarship.

~Prerequisite: One of FNIS 100, FNSP 200, FNIS 210, FNSP 210, FNIS 220, FNSP 220 or instructor permission.
Instructor: Hunt, Sarah
Term 1

 

FNIS 501A 101 (3) Graduate Theory and Methods Seminar
The purpose of this course is to introduce some of the more common theoretical concepts, approaches and related issues in the field of Indigenous Studies in order to help prepare students for further advanced study in the FNIS core curriculum.  Beginning with the critical discourse around identity and related subjects of whiteness, race, sexuality and gender in Canada and the US, the course will turn to cultural analysis of settler national identities and myth-making, the making of history/narrative, theorizing settler colonialism, and end with critical discourses of Indigenous feminisms, Indigenous resurgence, and Indigenous research methodologies. Students will also learn responsible and community-based research from a critical Indigenous perspective; methods for identifying and assessing research materials, critical analysis, oral history/qualitative research interviewing and analysis, and research ethics in the design and implementation of community-based student research projects.

Instructor: Nason, Dory

*Please note that this graduate course does not require instructor approval to register.

 

These FNIS courses are being offered in the 2016 Summer session:

FNIS 360D 101 (3) Dechinta: Dene Self-Determination in Theory and Practice
This land-based intense delivery course will critically explore the Dene struggle for self-determination since the establishment of the Indian Brotherhood of the Northwest Territories in 1970. Particular attention will be paid to examining the ways in which the Dene and other Indigenous communities in the North have sought to overcome the ongoing effects of colonialism through a variety of means, including efforts aimed at achieving cultural recognition through land claims, self-government and economic development, and by reconnecting and revitalizing the land-based practices and relationships that form the core of many Indigenous peoples’ identities and ways of life. If you are interested in this course further information can be found on the course webpage.

~Prerequisite: This program is suitable for students in third year and above in the Faculty of Arts and/or in the following majors: FNIS, Political Science, History, Gender Race and Social Justice, related programs. Students should have completed coursework in these disciplines, and have a record of strong academic performance.

Instructor: Coulthard, Glen
June 19 to 20 (Vancouver); June 26 to July 3 (Dechinta)