BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

INST-145 - Nsyilxcen Studies: Social Foundations - 3.00 Credits

INST-145 - Nsyilxcen Studies: Social Foundations - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course is an introduction to Okanagan Social Foundation. It gives a fundamental overview of the concepts and worldview contained in key Okanagan language words and stories (Captikwl). Students are introduced to the roles and responsibilities of individuals as Syilx within their society in relation to the land, to community and to family in the key areas of the use and protection of land and resources, the protection and service to community: the strength of family and roles within family and how each relates education, economics, political and spiritual practice.
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  • Prerequisites : INST 060, or permission of instructor.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Masters Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • use the in-depth meanings of the Okanagan language words to describe social roles, relationship and responsibilities of the Syilx people to the land& living creatures, to community, to family and to each other;

  • in current context apply the foundational concepts of Okanagan Syilx society;

  • draw on how the Okanagan oral stories (Captikwl) provide direction in values and social function within Okanagan Society;

  • connect the roles and responsibilities of Syilx people to the land, to community and family;
  • apply the basic concepts in relation to land and resource use and protection;
  • express the role of the Syilx individual within their family, community and society; and,
  • identify the role of education, economics, politics and spiritual practice.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Webber, J. Okanagan Sources (current edition). Penticton BC: Theytus Books.

  • Derickson, D.; Young-Ing, G.; Armstrong, J. We Get Our Living Like Milk From the Land (current edition). Penticton BC: Theytus Book.
  • Okanagan Tribal Council. Kouskelowh - A Trilogy of Okanagan Stories (current edition). Penticton BC: Theytus Books.

  • Other Resources:
  • Cline, W; Commons, R.S.; Mandelbaum, M.; Post, R.H.; and Walters V.W.; ed. by Spier, L. The Sinkaietk or Southern Okanagan of Washington (current edition). Menasha, Wisconsin: George Banta Publishing Company.
  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
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