BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

ENGL-212 - Discourse and the Colonization of Indigenous Social Spaces - 3.00 Credits

ENGL-212 - Discourse and the Colonization of Indigenous Social Spaces - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course will examine the role of colonial and neo-colonial discourses in colonizing Indigenous social spaces, i.e., the spaces of Aboriginal communities, sacred sites, and traditional territories. Viewed as an aggregate of texts produced during the course of colonial and neocolonial expansion, colonial discourse may include within this definition: explorer journals, traveler accounts, administrative reports, naturalistic records, newspaper articles, scholarly studies, tourist guidebooks, literary inventions, etc. Beginning with the assumption that social-cultural geographies are interpreted and controlled through representations of space, this course will explore how colonial discourses have imposed upon indigenous spaces ethnocentric meanings through the mode of textual representations.
Part of the:
  • UNIVERSITY TRANSFER Department
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 110,
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Masters Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • acquire, comprehend, and utilize both in writing and in speech the specialized vocabularies of “discourse analysis” and “cultural geography”;
  • understand the mechanisms by which discourse – or textual representations of space – colonize social space;
  • summarize both in writing and in speech the main arguments of post-colonial critical texts on the ideological representations and colonization of Indigenous spaces;
  • identify the major tropes, themes, values, and rhetorical strategies of Indigenous and non-Indigenous discourses on social space;
  • write discourse analyses – with a high degree of perceptiveness, incision, clarity, and detail – on Indigenous and non-Indigenous texts that represent Indigenous social spaces; and
  • analyze the neocolonial qua neoliberal discursive constructions of global spaces.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Banting, Pamela, Ed. Fresh Tracks: Writing the Western Landscape. 1998.


  • Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. Penguin Books, 1999.


  • Schnick, Irvin C. The Erotic Margin: Sexuality and Spatiality in Alteritist Discourse. London and New York: Verso, 1999.


  • Spurr, David. The Rhetoric of Empire: Colonial Discourse in Journalism, Travel Writing, and Imperial Administration. London and Durham: Duke University Press, 1996.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
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