ABS Aboriginal Studies Program Courses
An introduction to Canadian Aboriginal studies and the Aboriginal world view, including language, culture, history, politics, economics, sociology, and science. A focus on critical thinking, the introduction of new perspectives, and community context.
An introduction to the Ojibwa language, including the syllabic writing system.
An introduction to one of the languages of the Iroquoian language family.
An introduction to one dialect of Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit,
including aspects of other dialects and the syllabic writing system.
An exploration of traditional environmental education and its relevance in contemporary Aboriginal society, with a focus on the process of environmental education as well as on theory and conceptual understanding.
A study of the language and culture of an Aboriginal people of Ontario through exploration of oral history, from creation stories until present times, including the role of oral history and methods for studying oral history through accounts told by elders.
Examination of the historical interplay of Aboriginal language and cultures in Canada. Particular focus is on the language and culture of a First Nation in Ontario.
Further study of the Ojibwa language with emphasis on speaking and writing.
An introduction to aboriginal crafts, including basketry, textile work, beading, leather work, with concentration on technical, theoretical, esthetic and cultural aspects.
This course explores Aboriginal views of environment and resource management from pre-European contact times through to the present from an Aboriginal perspective. Emphasis will be placed on the emerging role of Aboriginal people in environmental and resource management in Canada. Topics to be covered include: history of Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relations, Aboriginal world view and philosophy, Aboriginal environmental ethics and principles, and current environmental issues confronting Aboriginal people. (Offered by Aboriginal Studies and the Geography Department)
A critical survey of contemporary Native Canadian musical practices ranging from “traditional” musics to more recent popular musical expressions.
An introduction to the evolution of Indigenous theatre in North America, examining traditional oratory, ceremony, community responsibility, and social construct and their impact on current Indigenous theatre.
An introduction to laws of Aboriginal societies, focusing on the Nishnabe, as seen through legends and teachings.
The history of the Indian Act from its creation to the present.
An instructor-supervised group project in an off-campus setting. See page 40 for details.
An overview of the relationship between Indigenous peoples and their environment, including an exploration of cultural, historical, and contemporary aspects of Indigenous environmental philosophy; the nature, control and transmission of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), and historical uses of TEK in managing the environment.
An investigation of the social, political, economic and cultural dynamics of colonization with the goal of understanding the internal complexities and conflicts within the Aboriginal world and in relationship to Western civilization, examined through the study and writing of creative non-fiction.
An examination of issues about the health of Aboriginal people in Canada, providing an understanding of present day health issues from the perspective of their historical and political context and effects of health care policy. (Offered by the Faculty of Pharmacy)
Supervised independent research on a topic agreed on by the student and the supervisor before enrolment in the course. Available only when someone is willing and able to supervise.
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