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NS103 Canadian Indigenous Language Immersion for Adult Beginners Course Page

Description: An introduction to a Canadian indigenous language in an immersion context. No prior knowledge of the focus language is assumed. Note: This course cannot be used as a substitute for NS 152 nor does it prepare the student for NS 105. A student completing this course may still earn credit in NS 152 at a later date. Not for credit in Faculty of Native Studies degree programs.

NS110 Historical Perspectives in Native Studies Course Page

Description: A thematic introduction to the historical relationships, colonial contexts, and social, economic, political and cultural patterns that have shaped the contemporary situation of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Not open to students with credit in NS 210. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

NS111 Contemporary Perspectives in Native Studies Course Page

Description: An introductory survey of current issues affecting Aboriginal peoples in Canada and their efforts to confront their colonial relationships with and within Canadian society. Not open to students with credit in NS 211. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

NS152A Introductory Cree Course Page

Description: A general introduction to Plains Cree (Y dialect) grammar and vocabulary, with practice in speaking and work in the language laboratory. No prior knowledge of Cree is assumed. Not open to students with matriculation standing in Cree. Note: Students cannot receive credit for NS 152 and NS 153.

NS152B Introductory Cree Course Page

Description: A general introduction to Plains Cree (Y dialect) grammar and vocabulary, with practice in speaking and work in the language laboratory. No prior knowledge of Cree is assumed. Not open to students with matriculation standing in Cree. Note: Students cannot receive credit for NS 152 and NS 153.

NS190 Academic Writing and Research in the Context of Native Studies Course Page

Description: An introduction to research and writing skills necessary in an academic environment, with an emphasis on how these methods are used in the discipline of Native Studies. Enrollment by Faculty consent only.

NS200 Aboriginal Canada: Looking Forward/Looking Back Course Page

Description: For students from faculties outside the Faculty of Native Studies with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relationships, particularly those in Alberta. Consists of a survey of historical and contemporary relationships between Aboriginal peoples and newcomers, with the aim of expanding the understandings held by many Canadians about these relationships. Not designed for Native Studies majors. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

NS201 Aboriginal Canada: Looking Forward/Looking Back Course Page

Description: For students from faculties outside the Faculty of Native Studies with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relationships. Consists of a survey of historical and contemporary relationships between Aboriginal peoples and newcomers, with the aim of expanding the understandings held by many Canadians about these relationships. This course will be delivered online. Not open to students with credit in NS 200. Not designed for Native Studies majors. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

NS221 Our Land, Our Life: Dene Self-Determination In Theory and In Practice Course Page

Description: This land-based hands-on course explores through the lens of Indigenous political theorists the historical and ongoing movement for Dene self-determination in Denendeh (NWT), and the processes of colonization and decolonization, land-claims and colonizer-First Nations relationships. Hunting, fish netting and moose hide tanning ground theory in protocols and practice of Dene Laws. Co-taught by professors, leaders and Elders at Dechinta Bush University only. Pre-requisite: Consent of the Faculty

NS240 Introduction to Aboriginal Legal Issues Course Page

Description: This course is designed to give students an introduction to the development of Aboriginal rights law in Canada. It examines the colonial context of Canadian constitutional law, identifies sources of Aboriginal law, discusses the Treaty and Aboriginal rights and the nature of the fiduciary obligations of the Crown to Aboriginal peoples. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

NS252A Intermediate Cree Course Page

Description: Introduction to more complex grammatical structures; translation to and from Cree; reading of selected texts; oral practice, including conversation and work on individual projects. Prerequisite: NS 152 or 153.

NS252B Intermediate Cree Course Page

Description: Introduction to more complex grammatical structures; translation to and from Cree; reading of selected texts; oral practice, including conversation and work on individual projects. Prerequisite: NS 152 or 153.

NS260 Contemporary Native Art Course Page

Description: An introduction to the study of contemporary North American Native artists with emphasis on the philosophical and cultural statements made through their artistic expression. Special attention will be placed on living Canadian Native artists.

NS280 Selected Topics in Native Studies Course Page
No description available for this course.
NS290 Introduction to Research and Inquiry Course Page

Description: Basic research skills and concepts required in Native Studies will be developed by exploring secondary sources.

NS314 History of Indians of Western Canada Course Page

Description: A survey of the evolution of Indian/European and Canadian relations in western Canada. Emphasis is on Indian historical perspectives and analyzing events and issues relevant to the various Indian groups of western Canada, including treaties and the history and development of reserves. Prerequisites: NS 110, 111 and 240 or 290 or consent of the Faculty.

NS320 Aboriginal Governments and Politics Course Page

Description: The description, analysis, and principles of various Aboriginal governments will be examined. The relative merits of constitutional, legislative, and administrative options for realizing Aboriginal self-government will be compared. A study of the international and Canadian examples of local and regional Aboriginal governments in practice will be an important focus of this course. Prerequisites: NS 110, 111 and 240 or 290 or consent of the Faculty. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

NS330 Native Economic Development Course Page

Description: This course will review underlying factors which affect the economies of Native communities and examine different approaches to Native Economic development, including community, corporate and entrepreneurial business approaches. The Native perspective to Native Economic Development will be a principal theme. The objective of the course will be to assess approaches to the identification, planning, and implementation of economic development strategies for Native communities. Prerequisites: NS 110, 111 and 240 or 290 or consent of the Faculty. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

NS335 Native People and the Fur Trade Course Page

Description: Perspectives on the economic, cultural, and geographical aspects of the Native fur trade will be explored and examined critically. The influence of the changing relationships between Aboriginal peoples and mercantile trading interests will be assessed through lectures and seminars. Prerequisites: NS 110, 111 and 240 or 290, or consent of the Faculty.

NS340 Aboriginal Legal Issues Course Page

Description: A critical overview of Aboriginal legal issues, with particular reference to Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Includes an introduction to customary law and emphasizes the Constitution Acts of Canada, selected federal and provincial legislation, treaties, and major court cases. Prerequisites: NS 110, 111 and 240 or consent of the Faculty. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

NS345 Management Issues in Native Communities Course Page

Description: The course introduces the major management issues commonly faced by contemporary Native communities, public administration, and business organizations as a result of their unique cultural, social, economic, demographic, and political environment. Students will acquire an orientation to the management process and to modern management theory and practices. In addition, opportunities will be made to develop and practice the managerial skills involved in diagnosis, analysis and resolution of management issues frequently encountered in Native organizations. Prerequisites: NS 110, 111 and 240 or 290 or consent of the Faculty. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

NS352A Advanced Cree Course Page

Description: An intensive course designed to enable students to acquire considerable facility both in oral communication and in writing, employing both Roman and syllabic orthography. Prerequisite: NS 252.

NS352B Advanced Cree Course Page

Description: An intensive course designed to enable students to acquire considerable facility both in oral communication and in writing, employing both Roman and syllabic orthography. Prerequisite: NS 252.

NS355 Native Oral Traditions and Indigenous Knowledge Course Page

Description: This course considers oral traditions as aspects of broader, culturally-defined systems of knowledge, in which stories are vehicles for encoding and transmitting knowledge about the people, their culture, and their history. It focuses on new academic and community-based approaches, as well as the complementarity of oral traditions/Indigenous knowledge and Western science. Students will explore the evolving roles of oral traditions for contemporary Native peoples. Prerequisites: NS 110, 111 and 240 or 290 or consent of the Faculty.

NS361 Challenging Racism and Stereotypes Course Page

Description: This course refutes the concept of "race" as a biological reality and traces the European origins, development, and persistence of racism, stereotypes, and discrimination directed at Aboriginal peoples of North America. Prerequisites: NS 110, NS 111 and NS 240 or NS 290 or consent of the Faculty.

NS362 Aboriginal Women Course Page

Description: An interdisciplinary approach to understanding historical and contemporary experiences of Aboriginal women. Examines the ways in which Aboriginal women have resisted and been shaped by colonialism and other contemporary racialized gendered practices through an exploration of community, race, gender, sexuality, identity, representation, and activism. The course also considers the ways in which Indigenous knowledge shape alternative ways of conceptualizing and politicizing history, identity, place, self-determination, land rights, resources and wellbeing. Prerequisites: NS 110, 111 and 240 or 290 or consent of the Faculty.

NS370 The Métis: The Emergence of a People Course Page

Description: An examination of the factors responsible for the emergence of Métis communities in different areas at different times, with the emphasis on Canada. The development of Métis people together with lifestyles that serve to distinguish them from others will receive much attention. Where applicable, comparisons with similar experiences elsewhere in the world will be made. Prerequisites: NS 110, 111 and 240 or 290 or consent of the Faculty.

NS372 Métis Politics Course Page

Description: An examination of various Métis political debates: identity, recognition, nationalism, political organizing, self-governance structures, constitutionalization of rights, and theories of Indigenous politics. Prerequisites: NS 110, 111 and 240 or 290 or consent of the Faculty. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

NS376 Native Demography and Disease Course Page

Description: This course focuses on the historic epidemic diseases that devastated Native communities following the arrival of Europeans in this hemisphere. Students will study evidence for health and disease and for the size of the Native population before contact, the epidemiology and impacts of infectious diseases that accompanied Europeans to the Americas, and the transition to a different disease profile in the 20th century. Native and European approaches to well-being and disease will be considered. Prerequisites: NS 110, 111 and 240 or 290 or consent of the Faculty.

NS380 Selected Topics in Native Studies Course Page

Description: Prerequisites: NS 110, 111 and 240 or 290 or consent of the Faculty.

NS390 Research Methods in Native Studies Course Page

Description: A survey of different disciplinary methods for conducting Native Studies research and data analysis, this course will also review and critique strategies and techniques applied by social science researchers with Indigenous peoples. Prerequisites: NS 110, 111 and 290 or consent of Faculty.

NS403 Selected Topics in Native Studies Course Page

Description: Prerequisite: One 300-level NS course or consent of the Faculty. Sections may require payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

NS404 Selected Topics in Native Studies Course Page

Description: Prerequisite: One 300-level NS course or consent of the Faculty.

NS420 Negotiation Strategies Course Page

Description: An exploration of the theory and practice of negotiation and mediation from different perspectives, including perspectives from the dominant society and Indigenous peoples. The strategies of litigation, and coercion to overcome conflict and achieve settlements of disputes will also be examined. These negotiation theories will then be applied to concrete dispute situations in Canada, including multi-party disputes over land, governance, development of resources and the environment. This course will be taught in a seminar format. Prerequisite: *3 in any NS 300 level or consent of the Faculty. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

NS430 Aboriginal Governance and Partnership Capstone Course Page

Description: This course synthesizes and integrates the range of knowledge and analysis from previous Aboriginal governance courses, and normally includes a practical component to enhance the interplay of the theory and actual practice of governance. Prerequisites: *6 from the list of required and elective courses for the Certificate in Aboriginal Governance and Partnership [refer to the Native Studies Certificates section of the calendar], or consent of the Faculty. NS 390 is also recommended. Students intending to complete the Certificate in Aboriginal Governance and Partnership should complete all other Certificate requirements first. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

NS435 Management of Aboriginal Natural Resources Course Page

Description: The application of knowledge of resource management to the traditional Native economic activities, especially hunting, fishing and trapping. Conservation problems that developed with the spread of the commercial economy will be analyzed by examining Aboriginal and European approaches to resource management. The uses of conservation to rationalize the re-allocation of traditional resources are examined. Prerequisites: Any *6 in HGP 250, 355, REN R 205, 260 or AUGEO 324, or one 300-level NS course or consent of the Faculty. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

NS440 Indigenous Treaties and Agreements Course Page

Description: An exploration of the historical and contemporary issues associated with treaties. Pre- and post-1867 Indian treaties and modern agreements in Canada will be examined. Prerequisite: One 300-level NS course or consent of the Faculty.

NS441 Indigenous Land Claims and Agreements Course Page

Description: An exploration of the historical and contemporary issues associated with Indigenous land claims agreements. The background negotiations, and implementation of modern agreements in Canada will be the focus of this course. Prerequisite: One 300-level NS course or consent of the Faculty. NS 440 is also recommended.

NS476 Perspectives on Aboriginal Health and Well-Being Course Page

Description: A critical overview of the literature and contemporary health issues affecting Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Special focus is on the meanings of health, socio-economic and environmental determinants of health and the socio-political landscape of Aboriginal health research and healthcare policy. Prerequisites: NS 376 or consent of the Faculty.

NS490 Community-Based Research Course Page

Description: A seminar exploring the issues in the area of community-based research. The course will be organized primarily around the examination of case studies. Methodological concerns will focus on the political, cultural, ethical, and practical aspects of conducting community-based research in conjunction with Native groups and communities. Prerequisite: NS 390.

NS498A Honors Paper or Project Course Page

Description: For students in the Honors program in Native Studies in their final year. Prerequisite: NS 390.

NS498B Honors Paper or Project Course Page

Description: For students in the Honors program in Native Studies in their final year. Prerequisite: NS 390.

NS499 Research Project Course Page

Description: The research project is designed to provide students with a variety of options for carrying out their own research. The specific route taken will depend upon the resources of the Faculty, opportunities available in the community, and the skills of the student. While the program is intended to be flexible, the main route around which students may design their projects will be research conducted in conjunction with a local Aboriginal organization or community. Prerequisite: consent of the Faculty of Native Studies. Normally consent will not be given without credit in NS 390.

NS503 Directed Readings in Native Studies Course Page

Description: Sections may require payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

NS504 Directed Advanced Readings in Native Studies Course Page

Description: Prerequisite: NS 503 or consent of the Faculty.

NS520 Theoretical Perspectives in Native Studies Course Page

Description: This seminar introduces students to the history of and various theoretical concepts deemed important to the discipline of Native Studies.

NS550 Research Practicum in Native Studies Course Page

Description: Students must undertake a 30-hour research project in consultation with an Aboriginal organization or community chosen in coordination with the Practicum Coordinator.

NS590 Community-Based Research Course Page

Description: This seminar explores issues in the area of community-based research using case studies and teaches some relevant field research skills using hands-on exercises. Methodological concerns focus on the political, cultural, ethical and practical aspects of conducting community-based research in conjunction with Native groups and communities.

NS599 Selected Research Topics in Native Studies Course Page
No description available for this course.
NS620 Advanced Theoretical Perspectives in Indigenous Studies Course Page

Description: This course engages students with theoretical concepts seminal to the discipline of Indigenous Studies. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the Indigenous Studies theoretical field and will be able to specifically identify theory relevant to their explicit research project. Through Indigenous theory, students will be able to identify ethical issues in relation to research with Indigenous communities.

NS655 Professional Seminar Course Page

Description: This professional development course helps develop the intellectual independence transferable to employment within and outside the academy, including the creativity to solve complex situations through the exercise of responsibility and autonomy. From an Indigenous Studies perspective, this course introduces students to career development and professional issues within the academy, and the public and private sectors. Students will work on developing their research and writing skills to a level that will satisfy peer review and merit publication. Students will work on orally communicating complex ideas cogently, clearly and effectively. Students will work on the technical skills required for writing for different audiences and within the PhD process including, in particular, the preparation of comprehensive and candidacy examinations, as well as completing a dissertation in a timely manner.

NS690 Advanced Indigenous Methodologies Course Page

Description: This course gives students a thorough conceptual understanding of the key methodological principles and research concepts seminal to the discipline of Indigenous Studies. Students will gain proficiency in Indigenous methodologies and the skills to comprehend, design, and implement method relevant to their specific research area, including the use of existing Indigenous methods and the creation of new methods to answer complex research problems. Students will be able to articulate methodological strategies to produce meaningful research 'with' as opposed to 'on' Indigenous communities. Students will begin to develop the skills to carry out advanced research within academic, community and/or applied settings.