BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

FNWS-205 - First Nations Women & Popular Culture - 3.00 Credits

FNWS-205 - First Nations Women & Popular Culture - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course will examine and analyze how the media using various visual and written expressions, has been a conduit for shaping and transforming the public's perception of First Nations' women. Students will evaluate and critique visual and written representations of First Nations women and examine First Nations women's representations of themselves.
Part of the:
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 060, or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples or permission of instructor. Recommended prerequisite FNWS 100.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 Per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze the issues and implications of gender stereotypes as related to First Nations women;

  • Identify the relationship between representation to issues of authority, appropriation, production, meaning, and commodification;

  • Understand visual and written expressions as acts of resistance to patriarchal social structures;

  • The ability to interpret and provide analysis of the social meanings and construction of femininity and womanhood in works of representation;

  • 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:
  • Acoose, Janice. (1995). Iskwewak ¡VKah¡¦ Ki Yaw Ni Wahkomakanak: Neither Indian Princesses Nor Easy Squaws. Toronto: Women's Press.

  • Brant, Beth. (1988) A Gathering of Spirit, A Collection by North American Indian Women. Ithaca, NY: Firebrand Books.

  • Hooks, Bell. (1992). Black Looks: Race and Representation. Toronto: Between the Lines Press.
  • A reading package will be available for student purchase in the bookstore
    „h Dumont, Marilyn. (1996) A Really Good Brown Girl. London. Ont.: Brick Books.

  • Other Resources: Material may be drawn from the bibliography attached to this document.
    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.
    Academic Honesty: As with any other public institution, the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology considers plagiarism a serious offence. Plagiarism is the act of presenting the ideas or works of another as one¡¦s own. This applies to all materials including essays, work term reports, laboratory reports, seminar presentations, computer programs, research projects and results, and statistical data. The use of such material either directly or indirectly without proper acknowledgement (i.e., footnotes or endnotes) is contrary to the norms of academic behaviour and is subject to severe penalties, up to and including expulsion from the class or the institution. If in doubt about correct practices, ask your instructor.