Graduate Courses

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

FNIS 501 Courses

If you are a graduate student who is interested in taking any of our 501 courses, please email cis.program@ubc.ca with the following information before July 17th, 2020:

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

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 – please email cis.program@ubc.ca with any questions.


The following graduate courses are being offered in the 2020 Winter Session:

FNIS 501C 101: Indigenous Oral History Interviewing: Theory, Method, and Practice

Due to cultural differences and western constructions of history, much of the history of Indigenous communities, organizations, and individuals, especially as understood by them, is not widely known. Oral history is one way of adding to public or community records when there is the desire to do so. This course will consider the theory, methods, and practice for interviewing, organizing, and activating records and the ethics and complexities involved in creating them. Under current circumstances, the uses of internet technology as an alternative method for interviewing will also be a focus.

Prerequisite: One of FNIS 100, FNSP 200, FNIS 210, FNSP 210, FNIS 220, FNSP 220 or instructor permission.
Instructor: Kesler, Linc
Term 1

FNIS 501A 101 (3) Indigenous Theory and Methods 

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.

FNIS 501B 101 (3) Indigenous Social Movements Seminar

Draws on Indigenous and non-Indigenous intellectual traditions to explore the theoretical, cultural, political, economic, and historical bases of Indigenous peoples decolonization struggles in Canada.

Instructor: Coulthard, Glen

FNIS 501F 101 (3) Indigenous New Media

New media and digital storytelling works designed and implemented by Indigenous artists, authors, and programmers.

Instructor: Gaertner, David