Courses

The following is a list of courses that can be used towards a Specialist, Major, or Minor in Aboriginal Studies. The list includes courses offered by the Indigenous Studies Program as well as relevant courses offered in other programs within the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Course Timetable

Group A

Aboriginal Studies Courses

INS200H1 Introduction to Indigenous Truth and Resilience  [24L/12T]

This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the historical and contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada, with an emphasis on local lands and peoples. The course will explore Indigenous resilience, relationships with settlers and settler states, and principles and ethics of Indigenous Knowledge. Tutorials will focus on critical discussion and experiential learning.

Exclusion: 

ABS200H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

INS201Y1 Introduction to Indigenous Studies: Foundations, History and Politics  [48L/24T]

This course is designed to introduce students to the ideas, methods and themes of the discipline of Indigenous Studies. The development of the field of Indigenous Studies in Canada will form an important focusin the first half. The second part of the course will address “history and politics,” including an overview of the historical processes of diplomacy, alliances, and treaty-making.

Exclusion: 

ABS201Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1); Society and its Institutions (3)

INS205H1 Indigenous Worldviews, Spiritual and Healing Traditions  [24L]

This course will discuss the relationship between spiritual philosophies, beliefs, traditions and practices that contribute to meaning in Indigenous communities. This course will emphasize traditions and teachings and understanding the role of spirituality historically and within contemporary Indigenous societies, including governance, treaties, environment, culture, healing and everyday life.

Prerequisite: 
Exclusion: 

ABS205H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities

Breadth Requirement:  

Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

INS210Y1 Introduction to Anishinaabemowin  [72L]

An introduction to the Anishinaabe language, including the syllabic writing system.

Exclusion: 

ABS210Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INS215Y1 Introduction to an Indigenous Language of Canada  [72L]

This course will offer an introduction to one of Canadas Indigenous languages, including its writing system. Speaking skills will be emphasized.

Exclusion: 

ABS215Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INS220Y1 Introduction to an Iroquoian Language  [72L]

An introduction to one of the languages of the Iroquoian language family.

Prerequisite: 

ABS220Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INS230H1 Introduction to Inuktitut  [24L]

An introduction to one dialect of Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit, including aspects of other dialects and the syllabic writing system.

Exclusion: 

ABS230H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INS231H1 Elementary Inuktitut  [24L]

This course builds on the introduction to Inuktitut from INS230H. Emphasis will be placed on developing grammatical complexity and vocabulary in students oral skills, as well as dialect and cultural awareness.

Prerequisite: 
Exclusion: 

ABS231H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INS240Y1 Ecological Interactions: Intro to Aboriginal and Western Sciences  [48L/72P]

Introduction to methodologies and applications of Aboriginal and Western sciences, with an emphasis on environmental change, animal behaviour, evolution, sustainable practices, and implications of intrinsic ecological connections. Exploratory labs, often outdoors, develop literacy and skills in each paradigm as well as critical thought, creative reflection, and synthesis of knowledge.

Prerequisite: 
Exclusion: 

ABS240Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Living Things and Their Environment (4)

INS250H1 Indigenous Environmental Science and Practice (Formally:  Indigenous Environmental Education)  [24L]

This course is a study of the ecological and scientific teachings of Indigenous peoples. The course provides and overview of Indigenous peoples’ relationships with the natural world in historical and contemporary environmental issues and their implications for Indigenous Peoples and others.

Prerequisite: 
Exclusion: 

ABS250H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

INS261H1 Contemporary Challenges Facing Indigenous Communities  []

This is a survey course focusing on the contemporary challenges faced by Indigenous peoples in Canada. In this course students research specific challenges facing Indigenous communities today. This includes specific challenges that arise out of the broader topic areas of language and culture, land rights, economics, governance, youth, education, health, social services, environment, violence, healing, community development, repatriation of cultural property, and decolonization.

Prerequisite: 
Exclusion: 

ABS261H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

INS300Y1 Worldviews, Indigenous Knowledges, and Oral Tradition  [48L]

A study of the languages and culture of Indigenous peoples through exploration of oral histories, from creation stories until present times, including the role of oral history and methods for studying oral history through accounts told by elders.

Prerequisite: 

5 FCE including INS201Y1, plus one additional INS full course equivalent

Exclusion: 

ABS300Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INS301Y1 Indigenous Language and Culture  [48L]

Examination of the historical interplay of Indigenous languages and cultures in Canada. Particular focus is on the language and culture of an Indigenous people of Ontario.

Prerequisite: 

5 FCE including INS201Y1, plus one additional INS full course equivalent

Exclusion: 

ABS200Y1; ABS301Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INS302H1 Aboriginal Representation in the Mass Media and Society  [24L]

A survey of historical and contemporary representations of Indigenous people in the mass media. Introduction to basic techniques for evaluating, analyzing, and understanding the construction of Nativeness as it is communicated through film, television, and other media. Examination of racial stereotypes and the role of mass communication in perpetuating and challenging stereotypes, cultural appropriation, Indigenous media production, impact of media portrayal of Indigenous peoples.

Prerequisite: 

8 FCE including INS201Y1, plus one additional INS full course equivalent

Exclusion: 

ABS302H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INS310Y1 Anishinaabemowin II  [72L]

Further study of the Anishinaabe language with emphasis on speaking and writing.

Prerequisite: 
Exclusion: 

ABS310Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INS322H1 Indigenous Narratives of Empowerment  [24L]

This course explores Indigenous decolonization and empowerment by analysing comparatively theoretical and literary debates that focus on issues of sovereignty, gender, grass-roots activism, and anti-racism. It analyses several emerging paradigm approaches to this set of debates including intersectional critical-race theory, Indigenous feminisms, and decolonization practices in theorectial and literary texts.

Prerequisite: 

8 FCE including INS201Y1, plus one additional INS full course equivalent.

Exclusion: 

ABS496H1 Indigenous Narratives; ABS322H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INS331H1 Aboriginal Music: Technical and Theoretical Aspects  [48L]

Contemporary and historical musical theory of sacred spiritual ceremonial music and social-public performance practices of Indigenous people of North America. This course will have a participatory emphasis on the music of the Haudenosaunee (Longhouse People ) of the Great Lakes.

Prerequisite: 

8 FCE including INS201Y1, plus one additional INS course equivalent

Exclusion: 

ABS330Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities course

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INS340Y1 Aboriginal Health Science  [48L/48P]

This course is themed in six-week quarters addressing four aspects of Western Science (basic, applied, clinical and population health). Within each quarter, the Western Science theme is examined holistically using Indigenous Science and the four aspects of the Medicine Wheel (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual).

Prerequisite: 

8 FCE including INS201Y1, plus one additional INS full course equivalent

Exclusion: 

ABS340Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Living Things and Their Environment (4)

INS341H1 North American Indigenous Theatre  [24L]

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.

Prerequisite: 

8 FCE including INS201Y1, plus one additional INS full course equivalent

Exclusion: 

ABS341H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INS350H1 Indigenous Health Systems  [24L]

An overview of Indigenous health systems, internationally, nationally, provincially and locally, with a focus on Ontario. Discussion of health models and strategies, policy, legislation, jurisdictional issues, Indigenous health initiatives.

Prerequisite: 

8 FCE including INS201Y1 or INS200H

Exclusion: 

ABS351H1; ABS350H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

INS351Y1 Indigenous Legends & Teaching  [24L]

An introduction to laws of Indigenous societies, focusing on the Anishinaabe, as seen through legends and teachings.

Prerequisite: 

5 FCE including INS201Y1, plus one additional INS full course equivalent

Exclusion: 

INS351Y1 Aboriginal Legends and Teachings; ABS351Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INS352H1 Indigenous Leadership, Policy and Practices in Canada  [24L]

A historical and contemporary overview of leadership and politics in First Nation, Inuit and Metis communities in Canada. This course will focus on pre-contact governance structures, contemporary effects of colonization, and processes and strategies for decolonization. Various policy initiatives from Indigenous organizations will be examined.

Prerequisite: 

5 FCE, including INS201Y1 and one additional INS designator full course equivalent.

Exclusion: 

ABS352H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

INS353H1 First Nations Politics in Canada  [24L]

This course examines recent trends in First Nations politics and their effects on the social, economic and political lives of First Nations Peoples. It provides students with an in-depth understanding of the socio-political and cultural context for First Nations societies in contemporary settings. It explores the legacies of the Indian Act, the tabling of the 1969 White Paper and responses to it, the emergence of current Indigenous political movements, Constitutional issues, and First Nations citizenship.

Prerequisite: 

5 FCE, including INS201Y1 and one additional INS designator full course equivalent

Exclusion: 

ABS353H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

INS354H1 Indigenous Governance and Self-Determination  [24 L]

This course examines the theory and practice of Indigenous governance and self-determination in Canada and abroad. It studies forms of Indigenous governance and self-determination past, present and future, with a special section on Aboriginal self-government agreements in Canada.

Prerequisite: 

INS353H1 or equivalent or permission of instructor

 

 

Exclusion: 

ABS354H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

INS355H1 Current Issues in Indigenous Environment and Health  [24L]

This course will examine current views about Indigenous peoples’ health and relationship to environment. The course will focus on Indigenous people’s perceptions of health and contemporary health systems, including policy, politics and practices.

Prerequisite: 

8 FCE, including INS201Y1, plus one additional INS designator course

Exclusion: 

ABS355H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

INS360H1 Politics and Process of Reconciliation in Canada  [24L]

This course uses relationship-building methodologies to develop skills to examine and explore the concept and processes, practice and promises of reconciliation. Through class discussion/seminars, guest speakers, and comparative readings in: Canadian and Indigenous colonial history; the findings of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls for Action; the Human Rights Tribunal Decision (Cindy Blackstock decision, January 26, 2016) on the Welfare of Indigenous Children; the rise of Indigenous solidarity movements in Canada , students will examine reconciliation and determine whether it is a different process than ‘decolonization’.

Prerequisite: 

INS201Y1, or permission of instructor

Exclusion: 

ABS360Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

INS371H1 Topics in Indigenous Literatures  [24S]

This seminar provides an in-depth examination of Indigenous literatures in a comparative context. Content in any given year depends on the instructor.

Prerequisite: 

8 FCE, including INS201Y1

Exclusion: 

ABS371H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INS372H1 Special Topics in Indigenous Language  [36S]

This seminar provides an indepth examination of Indigenous language revitalization efforts in Canada and internationally. Content in any given year depends on the instructor. See Aboriginal Studies website for more information.

Prerequisite: 

8 FCE, including INS201Y1 and INS210Y1/​INS220Y1/​INS230H1 and INS231H1

Exclusion: 

ABS372H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INS390H1 Research and Ethics in Indigenous Studies  [24S]

This course examines research approaches, strategies, methods and techniques used in Indigenous studies. It explores a range of topical issues including research ethics and protocols, intellectual property rights, research agreements and community-based research. This course includes the study of quantitative, qualitative and Indigenous methodologies. Critically examines research theories, methodologies and practices used by academic disciplines to study Indigenous peoples. Decolonized research methodologies will form a focus of this course.

Prerequisite: 

8 FCEs, including INS201Y1 and at least one additional INS designator full course equivalent

Exclusion: 

ABS390H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

INS402H1 Traditional Indigenous Ecological Knowledge  [36L]

An overview of the relationships between Indigenous peoples and their environments, including an exploration of cultural, historical, and contemporary aspects of Indigenous environmental philosophies; the nature, control and transmission of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), and historical uses of TEK in managing the environment.

Prerequisite: 

10 FCE, INS201Y1, plus two additional full-course equivalents in INS

Exclusion: 

ABS402H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

INS403H1 Indigenous Peoples and the Urban Context  [24S]

Critically examines Indigenous peoples’ experiences, encounters and interactions in urban areas in Canada. This course explores the historical and contemporary conditions of Indigenous peoples, including urban governance and the development of Indigenous organizations. This course will focus on youth perspectives and how traditions, cultures and knowledges are expressed in urban settings.

Prerequisite: 

10 FCEs, INS201Y1 plus two additional full-course equivalents in INS

Exclusion: 

ABS403H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

INS404H1 Anishinaabewin Intellectual Traditions, Narrative and Culture  [24S]

An examination of oral narratives with an emphasis on the significance of language. This course will give students an indepth understanding of Anishinaabewin philiosophies, teachings and values.

Prerequisite: 

10 FCE, including INS201Y1 and at least two additional INS designator full course equivalents.

Exclusion: 

ABS404H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INS405H1 Indigenous Thought & Expression: Creative Non-fiction  [24S]

An investigation of (Anishnaabe, Iroquoian, Athapaskan, Salish), examined through the study of research and writing of creative-nonfiction.

Prerequisite: 

10 FCEs, INS201Y1 plus two additional full-course equivalents in INS

Exclusion: 

ABS405Y1; INS405H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities

Breadth Requirement:  

Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

INS407H1 Indigenous/Canadian Relations in Environmental and Resource Management  [36L]

This course will explore the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canadian society from pre- European contact to the present. The relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada shapes historical and current views of environmental and resource management in a variety of ways. Economic, environmental, political, social and cultural aspects will be discussed. This course will be offered in conjunction with JPG1419, a graduate course in the Department of Geography and Program in Planning.

Prerequisite: 

Completion of at least 14 FCE, including INS201Y1 and at least two additional INS designator full course equivalents or GGR321H1. Permission of the instructor is required.

Exclusion: 

ABS407H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

INS460H1 Indigenous Theory, Research and Methods (Formally:  Methodology in Aboriginal Studies)  [36L]

This course explores the basis of Indigenous knowledge and how that translates into research theory and methodology. Students will design a research project, consider Indigenous research governance and conduct an ethics review. This is a service learning course. This course is only open to students enrolled in a Specialist or Major in Indigenous Studies.

Prerequisite: 

10 FCEs, including INS201Y1 and INS390H1, and at least one additional INS designator full course equivalent.

Exclusion: 

ABS460Y1; ABS460H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

INS491Y1 Topics in International Indigenous Studies  [48S]

This seminar provides an in-depth examination of Indigenous studies in international contexts. Content in any given year depends on the instructors. See Indigenous Studies website for more detail. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: 

INS201Y1 and two additional INS designator full-course equivalents.

Recommended Preparation: INS360Y1

Exclusion: 

ABS491Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

 Humanities; Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

INS493H1 Independent Experiential Studies  []

Students design and implement an independent experiential Indigenous studies research project in consultation with an Indigenous organization and a faculty supervisor. Enrolment requires written permission from a faculty supervisor and Director of Indigenous Studies. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: 

10 FCEs, completed INS390H1 and enrolled in a major or specialist program in Indigenous Studies

Exclusion: 

ABS493H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

INS494Y1 Independent Experiential Studies  []

Students design and implement an independent experiential Indigenous studies research project in consultation with an Indigenous organization and a faculty supervisor. Enrolment requires written permission from a faculty supervisor and Director of Indigenous Studies. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: 

10 FCEs, completed INS390H1 and enrolled in a major or specialist program in Indigenous Studies

Exclusion: 

ABS494Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

INS495Y1 Independent Research  []

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. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: 

INS201Y1 plus one additional INS designator full-course equivalent

Exclusion: 

ABS495Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

INS496H1 Independent Research  []

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. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: 

INS201Y1 plus one additional INS designator full-course equivalent

Exclusion: 

ABS496H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

INS497H1 Independent Research  [TBA]

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. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: 

INS201Y1 plus one additional INS designator full-course equivalent

Exclusion: 

ABS497H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

INS498Y1 Independent Research  []

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. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: 

INS201Y1 plus one additional INS designator full-course equivalent

Exclusion: 

ABS498Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities; Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

None