Course Descriptions

Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

INDG: Indigenous Studies

Some courses in Indigenous Studies are offered in relationship with the En'owkin Centre, as noted below. For more information on the Centre and the courses offered with the UBC Okanagan campus, please refer to

INDG 100 (3) Introduction to Decolonization: Indigenous Studies
Provides students with an overview of the discipline of Indigenous studies including the history, cultures, and experiences of Indigenous people. [2-0-1]
INDG 102 (3) Introduction to Indigeneity: Ways of Knowing
Introduces students to the concept of Indigenous Knowledge through a holistic and relational approach to land and people. Provides a foundation to key perspectives and traditions in the arts, health, social justice and governance. [3-0-0]
INDG 201 (3) Okanagan Indigenous Peoples' Historical Perspectives
Indigenous historiography as demonstrated through Okanagan traditional oral techniques for documentation of knowledge; an indigenous peoples' approach to orality and the maintenance of social, ecological, and land-based practice. Offered in relationship with the En'owkin Centre. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INDG 100.
INDG 202 (3) Okanagan Concepts and Frameworks
Indigenous perspectives as demonstrated through Okanagan theory and practice; a systems-based indigenous peoples' approach to landscape and ecology. Offered in relationship with the En'owkin Centre. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INDG 100.
INDG 203 (3) Indigenous Peoples' Historical Perspectives
Overview of the historical and contemporary socio-economic, political, cultural, and ecological perspectives of indigenous peoples. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INDG 100.
INDG 210 (3) Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
Overview of the contemporary socio-economic, political, cultural, and environmental characteristics of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INDG 100.
INDG 295 (3/6) d Indigenous Studies: Special Topics
An examination of selected topics in Indigenous studies. Consult the program brochure for this year's offerings and specific prerequisites. Credit will be granted for only one of INDG 295 or INDG 395.
Prerequisite: INDG 100.
INDG 301 (3) Examining an Indigenous Methodology: En'owkinwixw
Understanding an indigenous strategy of community discourse as a methodology for inquiry, a technique of examination employing sequential stages of critical analysis in a whole-systems approach. Offered in relationship with the En'owkin Centre. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INDG 100 and third-year standing.
INDG 302 (3) Indigenous Governance
Critically examines various traditional Indigenous governance models and the Indigenous response to European attempts to establish political control. Issues such as land ownership, sovereignty, justice, treaty making, and the roles of women in Indigenous governance will be explored. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INDG 100 and third-year standing.
INDG 303 (3) Indigenous Studies Theory and Methodology
Conceptualizations from an Indigenous perspective are central to this course. Includes an analysis of current conceptual paradigms within the social sciences, humanities, and performing arts, with a consideration of their appropriateness and applicability for Indigenous studies. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INDG 100 and third-year standing.
INDG 304 (3) Indigenous Studies Field Methods
Research strategies and research techniques used in Indigenous studies and related disciplines. These elements will be applied to various topical issues including intellectual property rights, research ethics, oral histories, ethnographic research, and the use of statistics (both descriptive and inferential). [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INDG 100 and third-year standing.
INDG 305 (3) Indigenous Justice
Decolonial Indigenous concepts, principles and historical consciousness of justice and anti-violence praxis in community-and-land based contexts. Locating agency with Indigenous peoples and Indigenous justice practices, the course puts primacy on ways that Indigenous peoples have engaged in and continue to enact justice. Revitalization of Indigenous knowledge informs ethical and moral issues addressed in relation to healing, and collective transformation. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INDG 100 and third-year standing.
INDG 306 (3) Indigenous Land Rights
Legal theories under British Law or its historical derivations that have been used to justify the colonization of Indigenous peoples. Legal arguments and anthropological evidence raised by Indigenous groups to challenge those theories. Particular reference is paid to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INDG 100 and third-year standing.
INDG 307 (3) Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Shows how human life depends on complex systems of cultural knowledge about the natural world. Indigenous people's biological classification and nomenclatural systems, ethnobiology, and Indigenous explanatory models of environmental systems and the application of this knowledge in practice. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INDG 100 and third-year standing.
INDG 308 (3) Indigenous Culture, Heritage, and Intellectual Property
Indigenous Peoples' cultural heritage in the Americas and other continents. Many manifestations of Indigenous cultures will be discussed, as well as the many complex issues that have arisen regarding Indigenous heritage in the colonial and neo-colonial periods such as, customary laws, misappropriation, misrepresentation, repatriation, and legal protection and regulation. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INDG 100 and third-year standing.
INDG 309 (3) Indigenous Perspectives on Health
Introduction to current thinking about Indigenous peoples' health, and especially Indigenous peoples' perspectives on health and contemporary health systems. Includes a critical examination of concepts of health within the context of ongoing processes of colonization. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INDG 100 and third-year standing.
INDG 310 (3) Indigenous Women's Perspectives: Gender, Nation, State, Resistance
Historical realities of the salience of states and nations in the lives of Indigenous women. Indigenous methods, de-colonial historical analysis, and gender theory are used to analyze Indigenous women's and peoples' resistances to invasion, colonization, occupation, settler states, and dispossession. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INDG 100. GWST 100 recommended.
INDG 401 (3) Research Applications
The planning of research projects from the perspective of Indigenous cultures and values. Topics include project development, community relations and ethics, and identification and acquisition of appropriate resources. [0-0-3]
Prerequisite: INDG 100 and third-year standing.
INDG 404 (3) Indigenous Peoples United Nations and Global Issues
Focuses on Indigenous Peoples' common experience of colonialism, non-recognition, conflicts with nation states, and decolonization. Also covers Indigenous Peoples' international engagement and lobbying in various UN forums, including The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: and third-year standing.
INDG 405 (3) Indigenous Education: History and Revitalization
Indigenous perspectives on language and cultural shifts through the critical lenses of Indigenous knowledge and insider views on historical education policies; language and knowledge loss and consequences; revitalization and recovery; and transformational community development through Indigenous education and community empowerment. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INDG 100 and third-year standing.
INDG 420 (3) Indigenous Perspectives on Food, Place, Identity, and Biodiversity
Overview of the contemporary geopolitical, agricultural, and environmental connections between identity, food, place, and cultural and biological diversity from the perspective of Indigenous peoples. North/south flows of genetic resources and key international and regional conventions and agreements are highlighted. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INDG 100 and third-year standing.
INDG 440 (3) Residential Schools and Reconciliation
The history of the Indian Residential School (IRS) is placed within the context of colonization and the official Canadian Government policy of assimilation. The IRS legacy will be placed in the context of issues confronted by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INDG 100 and third-year standing.
INDG 450 (3) Indigenous Women, Activisms, Feminisms
Examines Indigenous women’s feminist activisms and theory in historical and contemporary contexts. Emphasizing resistance against colonization, dispossession, violence and ecological destruction as well as development of strategies and models based on Indigenous concepts and consciousness. Emphasizes relationship building and empowerment between Indigenous women beyond borders. [0-0-3]
Prerequisite: INDG 100 and third-year standing.
INDG 481 (3) Directed Studies: Readings in Indigenous Studies
Supervised investigation of an assigned topic in Indigenous studies. Independent reading and analysis, and a major term paper. Normally, students may take INDG 481 only once for credit.
Prerequisite: INDG 100. 3 credits in INDG 200- or 300-level courses, permission of the unit head and third-year standing.
INDG 495 (3/12) Advanced Topics in Indigenous Studies
With permission of the program advisor, students may take and receive credit for this course more than once. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INDG 100. 3 credits in INDG 200- or 300-level courses, and third-year standing.

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