INS394 - Voices from the Front: Contemporary Indigeneity

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Last revision date Oct 29, 2019 9:09:58 AM
Last review date Oct 29, 2019 9:09:58 AM

Subject Title
Voices from the Front: Contemporary Indigeneity

Subject Description
This course combines classroom discussion, guest lectures, and cultural experiences to raise awareness and help students gain a deeper understanding of varied contemporary experiences. We will explore significant issues related to colonization, justice, the contemporary indigenous experience, gender, through guest speakers, documentaries, current events, podcasts, literature, and art. 

Credit Status
This course is an upper semester social science elective for the Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree and an upper level social science Liberal Studies option for other college degree programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Examine the Principles of Reconciliation described in the TRCC’s findings
-Examine Canada’s role as a colonial power in contributing to the challenges that past and current indigenous communities face
-Explain how the gendered indigenous experience presents unique perspectives and unique challenges
-Analyze the ways in which the Canadian justice system impacts indigenous communities
-Explore how contemporary indigenous perspectives are reflected in cultural artefacts and experiences
-Reframe your understanding of the Canadian historical narrative to be more inclusive of indigenous experiences and perspectives

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.