BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

FNWS-201 - Unruly Women: First Nations Women and The Justice System - 3.00 Credits

FNWS-201 - Unruly Women: First Nations Women and The Justice System - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course will address the social, political and economical and psychological inequities that result in selective criminalization and incarceration of First Nations women. The continuum between victimization and criminalization will be the focus.
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:
  • Ability to assess and interpret the relationship between racism, sexism and the problem of internalization in relation to the criminalization of First Nations women;

  • Identify the correlation between poverty and crime;

  • Familiarity with the statistical picture of violence against First Nations women and children today;

  • Able to demonstrate an understanding that violence is a learnt response based on socially constructed power relations;

  • Develop analytical skills to determine why residential school survivors resist authority and control;

  • Identify alternative strategies to reduce and eliminate intimate violence;

  • Understand the social control process in relation to First Nations women from criminal incarceration to psychiatric intervention;

  • Ability to discuss the structural and discursive processes in the social construction of crime and punishment;

  • Identify methods of decarceration that addresses the restoration of balance in First Nations communities;

  • 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:
  • McGillivary, Anne and Brenda Comaskey. (1999). Black Eyes All the Time, Intimate Violence, Aboriginal Women and the Justice System. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

  • Ross, Luana. (1998). Inventing The Savage: The Social Construction of Native American Criminality. Austin: University of Texas Press.

  • Additional material, as identified by instructor may be used and/ or drawn from the program bibliography.
  • Other Resources:
  • Ryan, Joan. (1995). Doing Things the Right Way, Dene Traditional Justice in Lac La Martre , NWT. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.
  • 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.
    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.