Minor Concentration Indigenous Studies (18 credits)

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Offered by: Institute for Study of Canada     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

The Minor Concentration in Indigenous Studies provides students with a broad, interdisciplinary view of key issues in the historical, social and cultural dimensions of Indigenous life in Canada. Core courses offered within the program will provide interdisciplinary treatments of Indigenous life. The Program will focus on the history of indigenous populations in Canada, Aboriginal art and culture, the experience of indigeneity and gender, and legacies of Indigenous resistance to the Canadian state.

Required Courses (6 credits)

Complementary Courses (12 credits)

A maximum of 3 complementary course credits at the 200-level, and no more than 6 complementary credits in any one discipline.

Anthropology

Canadian Studies

Revision, May 2014. Start of revision.
  • CANS 306 Issues in Native Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Institute for Study of Canada (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Canadian Studies : Past and present achievements and concerns within Native societies across Canada.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Orenda Boucher (Winter)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken Issues in Native Studies as a CANS topics course.

  • CANS 315 Indigenous Art and Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Institute for Study of Canada (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Canadian Studies : An examination of the work of selected First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists in Canada.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Hannah Claus (Fall)

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken or are taking ARTH 315 or have taken "Aboriginal Art and Culture" as a CANS or ARTH topics course.

Revision, May 2014. End of revision.

English

  • ENGL 440 First Nations and Inuit Literature and Media (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : An introduction to Inuit and First Nations literature and media in Canada, including oral literature and the development of aboriginal television and film.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken ENGL 415 or ENGL 419 as "Native Canadian Literature" or as "Inuit Literature".

Geography

  • GEOG 301 Geography of Nunavut (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : An introduction to the physical and cultural geography of Canada's newest territory. The course will emphasize the bio-physical heterogeneity of the natural environment and the cultural and political ecology of the human population.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: George Wenzel (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 3 hours

History

  • HIST 202 Survey: Canada to 1867 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : A survey of early Canada, from periods known mainly through archaeological records to the Confederation era. Social, cultural, economic and political themes will be examined.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Elsbeth Anne Heaman (Fall)

    • Fall

  • HIST 223 Natives of the Americas (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : The history of the indigenous peoples of the Americas on the eve of contact with Europeans and through the period of colonization.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • HIST 303 History of Quebec (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Covering Quebec history from New France to contemporary times, this course will include themes like ethnic relations, citizenship, gender and material culture. It is of particular interest to students in Education who foresee teaching about Quebec.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Robert Jarrett Rudy (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: HIST 202/HIST 203

    • The ability to read French is helpful but not mandatory

  • HIST 309 History of Latin America to 1825 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : The social, cultural, and economic aspects of Latin America and the Caribbean in the colonial period. Topics include: pre-Columbian and hispanic cultures in conflict, plantation empires, and the transition to independence. The sequel to this course is HIST 360.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert (Fall)

    • Fall

  • HIST 333 Natives and French (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Encounters between indigenous peoples and French newcomers in Canada and other parts of North America, 16th - 18th century. Through an examination of exploration, Catholic missions, trade, military alliances and colonization, the course focuses on the motives, outlooks and actions of both natives and Europeans.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Catherine Desbarats (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: Any course in history or permission of instructor

  • HIST 361 The Canadian West (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Topics include indigenous history, the fur trade, immigration and ethnicity, economic development, environment, and regional political movements and cultures.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Daniel Rueck (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: HIST 202 or HIST 203 or permission of instructor

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken HIST 362

  • HIST 363 Canada 1870-1914 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : This course will examine social, economic, political and cultural aspects of Canadian society between 1870 and 1914. Topics covered will include aboriginal peoples, European settlement of the West, provincial rights, the national policy, social reform movements, industrialization, immigration and the rise of cities.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Robert Jarrett Rudy (Fall)

  • HIST 408 Colonialism and Native Peoples (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : The nature and consequences of encounters between American native peoples and Europeans.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: HIST 202

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken 101-580D

Interdisciplinary Field Course

  • IDFC 500 Indigenous Field Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    IDFC : This 4-week intensive course (3 weeks McGill, 1 week Kahnawake, Mohawk Territory) provides an opportunity for Social Work, Law, Medicine and Anthropology students to learn about Haudenosaunee cultures and worldviews, with particular emphasis on linkages to students' practice areas. Attention given to effects of Canadian policies on contemporary Aboriginal society.

    Terms: Summer 2015

    Instructors: Nicole Ives, Michael Loft, Kirsten Anker (Summer)

    • Restrictions: The course is only open to students in Social Work, Anthropology, Law and Medicine or by permission of the instructor. Not open to students who have taken IDFC 380.

    • This intensive course is offered over 4 weeks. Weeks 1, 2 and 4 are held at McGill. Week 3 consists of living in Kahnawake for 6 days. This field portion of the course may involve rugged field conditions and varying weather for which students must be prepared and equipped.

    • A fee of $381 is charged to all students registered in IDFC 500 Aboriginal Field Course, a course that has a field experience in week 3 in Kahnawake. The fee covers food, activities, land use, and other site expenses.

    • **This course will be held on May 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28 & 29.

Law

  • CMPL 500 Aboriginal Peoples and the Law (3 credits)

    Offered by: Law (Faculty of Law)

    Overview

    Comparative Law : Current legal topics relating to native peoples, including the concept of aboriginal title, and constitutional aspects of contemporary land claims. Aspects of Canadian law relating to native peoples, their constitutional status, and hunting and fishing rights.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Kirsten Anker (Fall)

  • CMPL 500D1 Aboriginal Peoples and the Law (1.5 credits)

    Offered by: Law (Faculty of Law)

    Overview

    Comparative Law : Current legal topics relating to native peoples, including the concept of aboriginal title, and constitutional aspects of contemporary land claims. Aspects of Canadian law relating to native peoples, their constitutional status, and hunting and fishing rights.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • CMPL 500D2 Aboriginal Peoples and the Law (1.5 credits)

    Offered by: Law (Faculty of Law)

    Overview

    Comparative Law : See CMPL 500D1 for course description.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Political Science

  • POLI 372 Aboriginal Politics in Canada (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : The relationship of aboriginal politics to larger debates and literatures within political science, such as citizenship theory, federalism, and collective action. Subjects covered include Canada's treaty history, constitutional changes, and aboriginal political development.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Christa Scholtz (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: At least one course in Canadian politics such as, POLI 221 or POLI 222 OR Permission of the instructor.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken POLI 372 prior to W06.

Social Work

  • SWRK 345 First Peoples' Issues and Social Work (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : An analysis of Canadian policies and legislation, their impact on First Peoples and on social work practice. Historical overview of European-Canadian and First Nations, Métis and Inuit relations. This course carries an additional charge of $8.25 to cover the cost of transportation to attend a lecture at the Kahnawake Longhouse. The fee is refundable only during the withdrawal with full refund period.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Michael Loft (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: SWRK 220

    • A field trip fee of $8.65 is charged to all students registered in this course.

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