BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

FNWS-100 - Intro to First Nations Women Studies I - 3.00 Credits

FNWS-100 - Intro to First Nations Women Studies I - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, this introductory course explores the role of First Nations women and their contributions to society from a historical perspective. Topics will include an overview of women's traditional roles in politics, law, family, reproduction, health and illness, science, culture and philosophy. A significant emphasis will also be placed on identification and utilization of effective research resources and development of successful learning strategies.
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  • Prerequisites : ENGL 060, MATH-057 , or English 12 or English Studies 12 and/or English First Peoples 12; and/or Foundations of Math 11; or permission of instructor
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 Per week/per semester
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes:
  • compare and contrast the roles of First Nations women historically and contemporarily;

  • analyze, interpret and evaluate First Nation thought, beliefs, values and cultural customs as a reflection of First Nation philosophy;

  • explain First Nations women's role in the use and protection of natural resources;

  • summarize how the social, political, legal, and cultural changes impacted on the First Nations women, families and communities structures;

  • understand and explain oppression and other barriers, as they relate to the lives of First Nation women;

  • develop critical reasoning skills by way of classroom discussions and analyzing selected articles;

  • undertake directed research;

  • gain greater writing skills;

  • develop greater critical analytical skills;

  • work effectively and collaboratively in a group setting;

  • apply a knowledge of research methods and practices;

  • improve research skills using a variety of research instruments;

  • undertake directed research; and

  • work effectively and collaboratively in a group setting.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Miller, C.P. Chuchryk. (1996). Women of First Nations, power, wisdom and strength. Winnipeg, MB: University of Manitoba Press.
  • Bishop, A. (1994). Becoming an ally, breaking the cycle of oppression. Halifax, NS: Fernwood Publishing.
  • Jones, L.B. and A. Jones. (2000). College writing, keeping it real. Toronto, ON: Longman Inc.
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 5th Edition.li>
  • Other Resources:
  • Anderson, K. (2000). Recognition of being, reconstructing Native womanhood. Toronto, ON: Second Story Press.
  • Goulding, W. (2001). Just another Indian, a serial killer and Canada's indifference. Calgary, AB: Fifth House Ltd.
  • 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.