BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

FNWS-103 - First Nations Women and Colonization: Race, Class and Gender - 3.00 Credits

FNWS-103 - First Nations Women and Colonization: Race, Class and Gender - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
The purpose of this course is twofold. First, this class will examine concepts of race, class and gender. Secondly, this course will examine theories of dominance and its relation to the societal status of First Nations women. Further, this class will examine the national themes in the lives of First Nations women in their current political and social struggles.
Part of the:
  • UNIVERSITY TRANSFER Department
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 060, or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples or permission of instructor.
    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 completion of this course, the student will demonstrate knowledge, skills and/or attitudes in the following:
  • Gain an understanding of theories of dominance and their relationship to the societal status of First Nations women;
  • Describe political struggles of First Nations women in relation to human rights and funding;

  • Explain how prejudice and discrimination combine to create a vicious cycle of persistent beliefs and persistent practices of racism;

  • Examine the social, economic, and religious dimensions of race, gender and class as it impacts upon First Nations women;
  • Gain knowledge and assessment skills of the criminal justice system and the affect of racism on First Nations women;
  • Analyze documents, which outline the current political and social struggles of First Nations women on the national scene;
  • Demonstrate familiarity of the before and after effects of the residential school on social class and poverty on First Nations women;
  • Ability
  • to undertake directed research;
  • Gain greater writing skills;
  • Develop greater critical analytical skills; and
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a group setting.

  • Text and Materials:
  • Razack, Sherene. (1998). Looking White People in the Eye: Gender, Race and Culture in the Courtrooms and Classrooms. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

  • Hill, Barbara-Helen. (1995). Shaking the Rattle: Healing the Trauma of Colonization. Penticton, BC: Theytus Books.

  • Bishop, Anne. (1995). Becoming an Ally, Breaking the Cycle of Oppression. Halifax: Fernwood Publishers.

  • Sterling, Shirley. (1992). My Name is Seepeetza. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntrye.
  • Other Resources:
  • Additional material as identified by instructor may be used and/ or drawn from the program bibliography.
  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Late Assignments: All assignments are to be handed in at the beginning of class on the date they are due. Late assignments will be assessed a 5 % per day penalty. Assignments not submitted within one week of the due date will not be accepted.
    Every effort should be made to have assignments in on the due date. Assignments will not be graded after the due date without a written agreement negotiated between student and instructor. If you know that you will be unable to hand your assignment in on time, you should discuss it with your instructor at least one week in advance of the due date. Extensions are only given in compelling medical or personal circumstances; documentation may be required.
    Papers: Papers should be typewritten if possible but hand-written papers may be accepted. Papers with illegible writing will not be graded. Students should make every effort to acquaint themselves with a computer and a writing program; watch for workshop offered by Student Services which will equip you with the tools you need for researching and writing on a computer. Papers should be completed on 8½ x 11 inch white or recycled paper and secured with a single staple in the upper left hand corner. Papers should carry the date the paper was submitted rather than the date it was due. Students should keep a hard copy of their paper or a photocopy of their paper before you hand it in.
    Attendance: Attendance at lectures is critical because much information on the various topical areas, as well as, the assignments is disseminated in class. Lack of attendance will definitely be reflected in your overall grade. Students are expected to excuse their absences, in advance of the class, through other students or the instructor. Students with three ( 3) or more documented absences may be required to withdrawn from the class and/or face disciplinary action.