Graduate Courses

Graduate students are eligible to take the graduate equivalent courses from FNIS listed below.
*Please note, FNIS does not currently offer a Graduate Program*

If you are interested in taking FNIS 501A 101, no approval from instructor is required (for this course only).

If you are a graduate student who is interested in taking any of the other courses, please contact the instructor directly for approval by stating the following:

  • Reason you are interested in taking this course
  • How this course relates to your graduate research

Please note that by contacting the instructor, it does not mean that you are approved to take this course. 

Once you have received the instructor’s approval, please forward this email to fnis.arts@ubc.ca.

For more information on this process, feel free to contact fnis.arts@ubc.ca.


**INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL DEADLINE: August 15, 2016


Graduate students may enrol in the following courses offered in 2016W:

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. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. Dory Nason at dory.nason@ubc.ca.

Instructor: Nason, Dory
*Please note that this graduate course does not require instructor approval to register.

 

FNIS 533D 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. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. Dory Nason at dory.nason@ubc.ca.

Instructor: Nason, Dory

 

FNIS 533F 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.  If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. David Gaertner at david.gaertner@ubc.ca.

Instructor: Gaertner, David

 

FNIS 533S 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 de-territorialization, 3) Re-territorialization, 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. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. Sarah Hunt at sarah.hunt@ubc.ca.

Instructor: Hunt, Sarah

FNIS 533G 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.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Johnny Mack at mack@law.ubc.ca.

Instructor: Mack, Johnny

 

FNIS 533Q 101 (3) Queer/Two-Spirit Indigenous Studies
This course considers the cultural contexts, scholarship, literature, and artistic expressions of queer/LGBT/two-spirited Indigenous people, both as an academic area of study and as lived experience and relationship. Drawing on Indigenous traditions of gender and sexual diversity, two-spirit political activism, and relevant research, and engaging Indigenous and intersectional feminisms, queer/LGBT and gender studies, and Indigenous Studies more broadly, we will undertake a deep engagement of the interventions, complications, and provocations in this area and what’s at stake in doing this work. Students are encouraged to have some familiarity with queer/gender studies, Indigenous Studies, and/or intersectional scholarship, but at minimum should be curious, thoughtful, and willing to learn and listen to often under-represented voices both in and beyond the classroom. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. Daniel Justice at daniel.justice@ubc.ca.

Instructor: Justice, Daniel

 

FNIS 533T 101 (3) Indigenous Theatre and Film
This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of medias and theoretical sources to shape an understanding of contemporary Indigenous Theatre and Film in North America. During this course we will acquire a working knowledge of Indigenous Theatre and Film history and criticism written by Indigenous practitioners to more fully understand how culturally specific worldviews and practices manifest during creation, collaboration and performance processes. Oscillating between reading playscripts and critical theory, screening films and attending performances, this course equips students with the ability to critically analyze and engage with various performative medias. If time and resources permit, this course may also provide practical training and experience, as well as guest lectures by artists, directors and practitioners. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. Dory Nason at dory.nason@ubc.ca.

Instructor: Nason, Dory