BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

FNWS-105 - Political Economy & First Nations Women - 3.00 Credits

FNWS-105 - Political Economy & First Nations Women - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
The purpose of this course is to analyze and understand how the political economy acted upon First Nations women's lives prior to residential schools and examine means of becoming active within today's political economy.
Part of the:
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 060, or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples or permission of instructor.
    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:

  • familiarity with the pre-contact economy of First Nations women;

  • gain knowledge and a critical understanding of how the residential schools contributed to loss of traditional economic practices;

  • to be able to analyze how the Indian Act, various amendments to the Act, and other legislation affected the political economy of First Nations women;

  • be able to compare and contrast the political economy of various First Nations communities;

  • gain an understanding of how health standards can be improved to increase First Nations women's role in the political economy;

  • identify strategies that will enable the participation of First Nations women in determining political action;

  • determine strategies to restore a position of equality in the family and community through policymaking, training and affirmative action;

  • enhanced communication skills by way of classroom discussions pertaining to First Nations women's participation in today's political economy;

  • 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:
  • Classen, Cheryl. (1997). Women In Prehistory: North America And Mesoamerica. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

  • Klein, Laura F. ed. (1995). Women and Power in Native North America. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.
  • Maracle, Lee. (1996). I Am Woman, A Native Perspective on Sociology and Feminism. Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers.

  • Warry, W. (1998). Unfinished Dreams: Community Healing And The Reality Of Aboriginal Self-Government. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • 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