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

If the graduate section of the course is full, please email directly to be placed on the wait list.


Graduate students may enrol in the following courses offered in 2017W:

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.*


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.

Instructor: TBA


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.

Instructor: Hunt, Sarah

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.

Instructor: Nason, Dory


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.

Instructor: Mack, Johnny


FNIS 553W 101 (3) New Media Practices and Applications
Designed as a compliment to FNIS 533F–which is based in the theory of Indigenous new media–FNIS 553W 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 553W 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.

Instructor: TBA