Graduate Courses

First Nations and Indigenous Studies offers courses for graduate students, but at this time we do not have a graduate program.

FNIS 533 Courses

If you are a graduate student who is interested in taking any of our 533 courses, please email cis.arts@ubc.ca with the following information before Friday, July 12th, 2019:

  • Reason you are interested in taking this course
  • How this course relates to your graduate research
  • Courses or work experience with Indigenous content

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 cis.arts@ubc.ca.

FNIS 501A

If you are a graduate student who is interested in taking FNIS 501A, please email cis.arts@ubc.ca with the following information before Friday, July 12th, 2019:

  • Reason you are interested in taking this course
  • How this course relates to your graduate research
  • Courses or work experience with Indigenous content

Please note that this graduate course requires instructor approval and that by sending an email does not mean you are automatically registered. We will be in touch with you after your request has been reviewed.


The following graduate courses are being offered in the 2019 Winter Session:

FNIS 533D 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.

Instructor: Nason, Dory

*If you are a graduate student who is interested in taking FNIS 533D, please email cis.arts@ubc.ca with the following information before Friday, July 12th, 2019:

  • Reason you are interested in taking this course
  • How this course relates to your graduate research
  • Courses or work experience with Indigenous content

Please note that this graduate course requires instructor approval and that by sending an email does not mean you are automatically registered. We will be in touch with you after your request has been reviewed.

FNIS 501A 101 (3) Indigenous 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

*If you are a graduate student who is interested in taking FNIS 501A, please email cis.arts@ubc.ca with the following information before Friday, July 12th, 2019:

  • Reason you are interested in taking this course
  • How this course relates to your graduate research
  • Courses or work experience with Indigenous content

Please note that this graduate course requires instructor approval and that by sending an email does not mean you are automatically registered. We will be in touch with you after your request has been reviewed.