BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

ADCT-105 - Sociology of Aboriginal Communities - 3.00 Credits

ADCT-105 - Sociology of Aboriginal Communities - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
The course is designed to provide students with the conceptual tools and knowledge for understanding the nature of Aboriginal communities today. Aboriginal people have many different ways of approaching, understanding and talking about issues and specific world views which result from living in an enclosed society. This course will provide students with the opportunity to examine and discuss present day issues through the lens of significant contemporary, historical and legislative events.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Foundational Skills in Counselling Certificate - Certificate Completion Plan
  • Indigenous Holistic Wellness and Addictions Diploma - IHWA Courses
  • Course offered:
  • Fall 2024 (September - December)
  • Prerequisites : Program Admission
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 Per week.
    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 should be able to:
  • Identify leadership systems in Aboriginal society and organizations;

  • Describe the changes that have taken place and that continue to take place in aboriginal communities;

  • Examine the social and political changes in aboriginal communities and identify some of the consequences of the changes;

  • Understanding of colonization and decolonization as it pertains to Aboriginal communities;

  • Describe the changing roles of men and women in the social, political, economical and spiritual areas of aboriginal communities;

  • Examine the policies that impede, impact and hinder growth in aboriginal communities;

  • Develop writing skills;

  • Understand and practice ethical considerations related to the course; and

  • Work effectively and collaboratively in a group setting and one on one.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Ross, Rupert, 1996, Returning to the Teachings, Exploring Aboriginal Justice. Penguin Books Canada Ltd. 10 Alcorn Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4V 3B2.

  • Cornell, Stephen and Kalt, Joseph P. 1995. What Can Tribes Do. Third Printing, American Indian Studies Center, 3220 Campbell Hall, 405 Hilgard Avenue, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1548.

  • Ponting J. Rick, 1986. Arduous Journey; Canadian Indians and Decolonization. McClelland and Stewart Limited, The Canadian Publishers, 481 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2E9.
  • Hylton, John H. 1994. Aboriginal Self-Government in Canada; Current Trends and Issues. Purick Publishing, P.O. Box 23032, Market Mall Postal Outlet, Saskatoon, SK Canada S7J 5H3.
  • Other Resources: McFarlane, Peter: Brotherhood to Nationhood.
  • Armitage, Andrew; Comparing the Policy of Aboriginal Assimilation; Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.u>
  • Sams, Jamie; The 13 Original Clan Mothers.
  • Compton,Beulh and Gelaway; Social Work Process, 1994.
  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Late Assignments: All assignments are to be handed in at the beginning of class on the date they are due. Late assignments will be assessed at 5% per day penalty. Assignments not submitted within one week of the due date will not be accepted. Every effort should be made to have assignments in on the due date. Assignments will not be graded after the due date without a written agreement negotiated between student and instructor. If you know that you will be unable to hand in your assignment on time, you should discuss it with your instructor at least one week in advance of the due date. Extensions are only given in compelling medical or personal circumstances; documentation may be required.
    Papers: Papers should be type written. Students should make every effort to acquaint themselves with a computer in a writing program; watch for workshops offered by Student Services which will equip you with the tools you need for researching and writing on a computer. Papers should be completed on 8.5x11 inch white or recycled paper and should secure a single staple in the upper left hand corner. Papers should carry the date submitted rather than the date due. Students should keep a hard copy of their paper or a photocopy of their paper before handing in.
    Attendance: Attendance at lectures is critical because much information on the various topical areas, as well as, the assignments is disseminated in class. Lace of attendance will definitely be reflected in your overall grade. Students are expected to excuse their absences, in advance of the class, through other students or the instructor. Students with (3) three or more absences maybe required to withdraw from the class and/or face disciplinary action.
    Academic Honesty: As with any other public institution, the Nicola Valley Institution of Technology considers plagiarism a serious offence. Plagiarism is the act of presenting the ideas or works of another as ones own. This applies to all materials including essays, work term reports, laboratory reports, seminar presentations, computer programs, research projects and results, and statistical data. The use of such material either directly or indirectly without proper acknowledge (i.e. footnotes or endnotes) is contrary to the norms of academic behaviour and is subject to sever penalties, up to and including expulsion from the class or the institution. If in doubt about correct practices, ask your instructor.
    Appeal of Grade: Students wishing clarification regarding the grading of specific assignments or any student dissatisfied with an assigned grade should first discuss the matter with the instructor. If asked to do so the instructor will reassess the grade; the grade may or may not be changed. If, after the review, the student remains dissatisfied they may continue the appeal process as set out by the NVIT program calendar.

    Education Council approved September 2001.
    Current Course Offerings:
    ADCT-105-V1     24 Nov 2024 - 14 Dec 2024