New Course: Indigenous Studies I (INST 203)

Are you undecided as to which Athabasca U course to register in next? What about studying a bit of history blended with anthropology, with a dash of political science sprinkled overtop?

Although this may sound like a culinary arts course, Athabasca University’s newest course, INST 203, doesn’t teach cooking — but it does introduce you to the exciting world of Aboriginal studies.

You’ve likely heard of the French and Indian War, the Indian Act, the British North American Act of 1867, but, like me, it’s possible you’ve never really had the opportunity to fully discover their niche in Canadian history.

Indigenous Studies I (INST 203) will lead you through Aboriginal history in Canada, beginning with the first European settlers on Canadian soil. You’ll learn the reasons behind the conflicts between Europeans and Aboriginals; you’ll also have the chance to delve in depth into the treaties, acts, and other policies proposed by the Canadian government toward Aboriginal peoples. Why were all the treaties made? What exactly do treaties like the Indian Act and the Constitution Act of 1982 consist of? INST 203 (Indigenous Studies I) will enable you to satisfy your knowledge on important issues like these.

Indigenous Studies I (INST 203) consists of three units, each of which contains several sections. You’ll first discover the terminology associated with Aboriginals and treaties; you’ll be able to explore the Indian Act in detail.

The second section delves into the myriad of treaties proclaimed by the Canadian government with Aboriginal peoples — a thorough section which will effectively answer all your questions concerning Aboriginal-related treaties. The final unit explores the part the Metis have played in history. You’ll gain answers to questions such as: Who exactly were the Metis? What was their contribution to Canadian history?

The course closes with a section discussing the impact of the Metis in Canadian politics and judicial system.

Your marks in Indigenous Studies I (INST 203) are calculated by three exercises (worth 15%, 20%, and 25%, respectively), which focus on your knowledge and insight on certain key areas of the course. In addition, the remaining portion of your mark (40%) is achieved through completing a final exam.

Why not try a blend of Aboriginal studies with history, anthropology, and political science? It’ll surely be a rewarding learning adventure.

Check out the course syllabus at: http://www.athabascau.ca/html/syllabi/inst/inst203.htm

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