FNIS Courses

These FNIS courses are being offered in the 2019 Winter session:


FNIS 100 002 (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. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. Daniel Justice at daniel.justice@ubc.ca.

~Prerequisite: none
Instructor: Justice, Daniel
Term 1


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. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. Glen Coulthard at glen.coulthard@ubc.ca.

~Prerequisite: none (FNIS 100 is recommended)
Instructor: Coulthard, Glen
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. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. David Gaertner at david.gaertner@ubc.ca.

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


FNIS 300 001 (3) Writing First Nations
A writing-intensive course examining approaches to writing Indigenous research: Representation & the Other; Indigenous critiques of research & representation; Indigenous, feminist and cultural studies approaches to writing ethnography, oral history, and related research methods. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. David Gaertner at david.gaertner@ubc.ca.

~Prerequisite: One (1) of FNSP 200, FNSP 210, FNSP 220, FNIS 210, and 220
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: Snelgrove, Corey
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. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. Sarah Hunt at sarah.hunt@ubc.ca.

~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: Hunt, Sarah
Term 1 – 2


FNIS 401T 101 (3) Indigenous Cinema Studies

Students will be introduced to the history and the development of Indigenous creative and artistic expression.  An overview of the development of Indigenous media, particularly television and film and its potential as an integral part of creative Indigenous protocols and practices, will be explored through lectures, and hands-on project work.

~Prerequisite: One of FNIS 100, FNSP 200, FNIS 210, FNSP 210, FNIS 220, FNSP 220 or instructor permission.
Instructor: Koostachin, Jules Arita
Term 2


FNIS 401Z 001 (3) Indigenous Rights and the Settler State

The social, intellectual, and legal construction of Aboriginal rights in Canada, and the forces—Indigenous movements and settler state forces—which have given them shape. This course offers a critical engagement with Indigenous-state relations, told through the story of section 35—the Aboriginal rights clause of Canada’s constitution. We will particularly focus on decolonial alternatives to ‘rights’ put forward by Indigenous resistance and resurgence movements.

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


FNIS 451 101 (3) Indigenous Feminisms
This course will engage contemporary Indigenous feminisms in Native North America through scholarly texts, community activism and artistic production, and personal narratives. This year’s seminar will focus on themes of gender and sexuality, including discussions of body sovereignty, self-determination in representations and expressions of sexuality, sex work, and Indigenous gender roles. While we will be focusing on a diversity of recent scholarship and emergent social and cultural issues, we will also examine the cultural and historical roots of diverse Indigenous feminist movements and fields of study. Credit will be granted for only one of FNIS 401D or FNIS 451. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. Dory Nason at dory.nason@ubc.ca.

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


FNIS 360L 001 (3) Indigenous London
Indigenous London is a Global Seminars course held in Vancouver and London. This course attempts to rethink the nature of the capital of the British Empire and the Commonwealth by framing it through the experiences of Indigenous children, women, and men who travelled there, willingly or otherwise, from territories that became Canada, the US, New Zealand, and Australia. For more information on the application process, please visit the Indigenous London Global Seminar webpage.

~Eligibility: You must have taken at least one course in FNIS and meet the Arts Research Abroad (ARA) general eligibility.
Instructor: Thrush, Coll
July 2 – August 9


FNIS 455 (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. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. Sarah Hunt at sarah.hunt@ubc.ca.

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