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 Aboriginal Studies Program as well as relevant courses offered in other programs within the Faculty of Arts and Science. For information about the ABS program requirements, click here. If you require counselling and/or information about this program, please contact aboriginal.studies@utoronto.ca.

Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Course Timetable

ABS Course Cal - July 15

Group A

Aboriginal Studies Courses

ABS201Y1 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 focus in 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- Introduction to Aboriginal Studies

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

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

ABS205H1 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 Aboriginal Spirituality

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities course

Breadth Requirement:  

Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

ABS210Y1 Introduction to Anishinaabemowin  [72L]

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

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities course

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

ABS215Y1 Introduction to an Indigenous Language of Canada  [72L]

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

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Humanities course

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

ABS220Y1 Introduction to an Iroquoian Language  [72L]

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

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities course

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

ABS230H1 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.

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities course

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

ABS231H1 Elementary Inuktitut  [24L]

This course builds on the introduction to Inuktitut from ABS230H. Emphasis will be placed on developing grammatical complexity and vocabulary in students oral skills, as well as dialect and cultural awareness.

Prerequisite: 
Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities course

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

ABS240Y1 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: 
Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Living Things and Their Environment (4)

ABS250H1 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: 
Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

ABS261H1 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 of 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: 

ABS201Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

Breadth Requirement:  

Social Science Course

ABS300Y1 Worldviews, Indigenous Knowledges, and Oral Tradition  [48L]

A study of the languages and culture of Aboriginal 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 ABS201Y1, plus one additional ABS full course equivalent

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

ABS301Y1 Native 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 ABS201Y1, plus one additional ABS full course equivalent

Exclusion: 

ABS200Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

ABS302H1 Aboriginal Representation in the Mass Media and Society  [24L]

A survey of historical and contemporary representations of Aboriginal 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, Aboriginal media production, impact of media portrayal of Aboriginal peoples.

Prerequisite: 

8 FCE including ABS201Y1, plus one additional ABS full course equivalent

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

ABS321H1 Indigenous Visual Expression  [24L/12P]

This course presents an overview of expressive Indigenous visual art. Through visual expression, students will learn about the histories, geographies, cultures and traditions of various Indigenous peoples and communities. The course will focus on theoretical and technical aspects of historical and contemporary practice of visual art.

Prerequisite: 

10 FCE including ABS201Y1, plus 2 additional full course equivalents in ABS

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities course

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

ABS322H1 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 ABS201Y1, plus one additional ABS full course equivalent

Exclusion: 

ABS496H1 Indigenous Narratives

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

ABS330Y1 Aboriginal Music: Technical and Theoretical Aspects  [48L]

Contemporary and historical musical performance practices of Aboriginal people of North and South America.

Prerequisite: 

8 FCE including ABS201Y1, plus one additional ABS full course equivalent

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities course

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

ABS340Y1 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 ABS201Y1, plus one additional ABS full course equivalent

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Living Things and Their Environment (4)

ABS341H1 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 ABS201Y1, plus one additional ABS full course equivalent

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities course

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

ABS350H1 Indigenous Health Systems  [24L]

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

Prerequisite: 

8 FCE including ABS201Y1, plus one additional ABS full course equivalent

Exclusion: 

ABS351H1 Aboriginal Health Systems

Distribution Requirement Status: 

Social Science

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

ABS351Y1 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 ABS201Y1, plus one additional ABS full course equivalent

Exclusion: 

ABS351Y1 Aboriginal Legends and Teachings

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

ABS352H1 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 ABS201Y1 and one additional ABS designator full course equivalent.

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

ABS353H1 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, First Nations citizenship, self-governance and land claims.

Prerequisite: 

5 FCE, including ABS201Y1 and one additional ABS designator full course equivalent

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

ABS355H1 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 ABS201Y1, plus one additional ABS designator course

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

ABS360H1 Politics and Process of Reconciliation in Canada  [24L]

This course will explore the concepts, processes and practices of reconciliation in Canada. Students will critically examine the context and politics surrounding reconciliation discourse.

Prerequisite: 

8 FCE including ABS201Y1 plus one additional ABS designator full course equivalent

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

ABS371H1 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. See Aboriginal Studies website for more details.

Prerequisite: 

8 FCE, including ABS201Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities course

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

ABS372H1 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 ABS201Y1 and ABS210Y1/ABS220Y1/ABS230H1 and ABS231H1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

ABS390H1 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 Aboriginal peoples. Decolonized research methodologies will form a focus of this course.

Prerequisite: 

8 FCEs, including ABS201Y1 and at least one additional ABS designator full course equivalent

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

ABS402H1 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, ABS201Y1, plus two additional full-course equivalents in ABS

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

ABS403H1 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, ABS201Y1 plus two additional full-course equivalents in ABS

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

ABS404H1 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 ABS201Y1 and at least two additional ABS designator full course equivalents.

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

ABS405H1 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, ABS201Y1 plus two additional full-course equivalents in ABS

Exclusion: 
Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities course

Breadth Requirement:  

Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

ABS407H1 Aboriginal/Canadian Relations in Environmental and Resource Management  [36L]

This course will explore the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canadian society from pre- European contact to the present. The relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal 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 ABS201Y1 and at least two additional ABS designator full course equivalents or GGR321H1. Permission of the instructor is required.

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

ABS460H1 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.

Prerequisite: 

10 FCEs, including ABS201Y1 and ABS390H1, and at least one additional ABS designator full course equivalent.

Enrolment Limits: This course is only open to students enrolled in a Specialist or Major in Aboriginal Studies

Exclusion: 

ABS460Y1 Methodology in Aboriginal Studies

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

ABS491Y1 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 Aboriginal Studies website for more detail.

Prerequisite: 

ABS201Y1 and two additional ABS designator full-course equivalents.

Recommended Preparation: ABS360Y1

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

Society and its Institutions (3)

ABS493H1 Independent Experiential Studies  [TBA]

Students design and implement an independent experiential Indigenous studies research project in consultation with an Aboriginal organization and a faculty supervisor. Enrolment requires written permission from a faculty supervisor and Director of Aboriginal Studies.

Prerequisite: 

10 FCEs, completed ABS390H1 and enrolled in a major or specialist program in Aboriginal Studies

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

None

ABS494Y1 Independent Experiential Studies  [TBA]

Students design and implement an independent experiential Indigenous studies research project in consultation with an Aboriginal organization and a faculty supervisor. Enrolment requires written permission from a faculty supervisor and Director of Aboriginal Studies.

Prerequisite: 

10 FCEs, completed ABS390H1 and enrolled in a major or specialist program in Aboriginal Studies

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

None

ABS495Y1 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.

Prerequisite: 

ABS201Y1 plus one additional ABS designator full-course equivalent

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

None

ABS496H1 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.

Prerequisite: 

ABS201Y1 plus one additional ABS designator full-course equivalent

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

None

ABS497H1 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.

Prerequisite: 

ABS201Y1 plus one additional ABS designator full-course equivalent

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

None

ABS498Y1 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.

Prerequisite: 

ABS201Y1 plus one additional ABS designator full-course equivalent

Distribution Requirement Status: 

This is a Humanities or Social Science course

Breadth Requirement:  

None