BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

INST-308 - Indigenous Women: Perspectives - 3.00 Credits

INST-308 - Indigenous Women: Perspectives - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
The course examines the roles of Indigenous women, historically, traditionally, and in contemporary context. The course will examine the global themes in Indigenous women's current political situation, the history of activism and social struggles to transcend the colonial legacy that continues to constrain them. However, a majority of the course will focus on Canadian Indigenous women. Themes and issues relating to the historical and contemporary experiences, gender issues; evolution and political function of stereotypes of Indigenous women; history of Canadian legislation regulating Indigenous identity; relevance of feminist analysis; and history of activism. The course will also discuss current issues and concerns as they are constructed, reported on, and circulated in popular culture including the National Inquiry into Murdered Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and the #MeToo movement.
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  • Prerequisites : FNWS 208, 3 credits of 200 level INST or HIST, 3rd year standing or permission of Department Head
    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:

    Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to: 

    • gain insight into the beliefs, values and traditional roles of Indigenous women;

    • gain an awareness of the differences in cultural beliefs between western Canadian society and Indigenous people as these differences relate to contemporary issues that affect Indigenous women;

    • demonstrate an understanding of how colonialism has impacted Indigenous identity;

    • recognize indigenous women’s roles in activism;

    • identify and assess how Indigenous women continue to combat social struggles that impact their communities;

    • engage in critical debates from a range of theoretical perspectives;

    • think critically about how core concepts of gender and sexuality shape research inquiry;

    • identify and evaluate culturally and historically specific constructions of genders and sexualities; and

    • effectively communicate ideas in writing and in-class discussions with peers.

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