FNIS Courses

These FNIS courses are being offered in the 2018 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. David Gaertner at david.gaertner@ubc.ca.

~Prerequisite: none
Instructor: Gaertner, David
Term 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. 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 2

 

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

 

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: FNSP 200, or FNSP 210 and 220, or FNIS 210 and 220
Instructor: Gaertner, David
Term 1

 

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. 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: Justice, Daniel
Term 1-2

 

FNIS 401X 102 (3) Global Indigenous Rights, Politics and Policy
This course considers global, regional and domestic issues for implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples including historical, political, legal and policy aspects. We will examine the challenges and opportunities for implementing Indigenous rights in international organizations, as well as national and regional legal and policy frameworks, and consider the roles of non-governmental organizations as well as Indigenous communities and movements.

~Prerequisite: One of FNIS 100, FNSP 200, FNIS 210, FNSP 210, FNIS 220, FNSP 220 or instructor permission.
Instructor: Lightfoot, Sheryl
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 452 101 (3) Indigenous Social Movements
This course will examine settler-colonization and decolonization through an intersectional lens that foregrounds the ways in which Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities have sought to theorize and overcome the legacy of dispossession, displacement, slavery and genocide through a diversity of critical frameworks and intellectual traditions.

~Prerequisite: One of FNIS 100, FNSP 200, FNIS 210, FNSP 210, FNIS 220, FNSP 220 or instructor permission.
Instructor: Coulthard, Glen
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 relationship between Indigenous legal traditions and Canadian 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. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. David Gaertner at david.gaertner@ubc.ca.

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

 

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