BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

FNWS-213 - The Politics of First Nation - 3.00 Credits

FNWS-213 - The Politics of First Nation - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
Using an historical and a contemporary perspective, this course will assess and analyze social structures, social processes and cultural themes in relation to First Nations' women's health. Further, the politics of First Nations' women's health and healing issues will be examined. Additionally, the health practises of First Nations' women in both pre- and post - contact cultures will be used to frame discussions of appropriate health practises for First Nations' women today.
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  • Prerequisites : ENGL 060, or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples or permission of instructor. Recommended prerequisite FNWS 100.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Masters 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:
  • Able to compare and contrast the health status of First Nations women in pre- and post- contact cultures;

  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret and assess indicators of First Nations women’s health status: statistical data, fertility patterns, population demographics, and psycho-socio factors;

  • Interpret and analyze the cumulative effect of ecological changes, sequential epidemics, communicable and chronic non-communicable diseases, in relation to the health of First Nations women;
  • Identify the constitutional, legislative and treaty basis for health services for First Nations;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the structural barriers effecting the delivery of First Nations Health services;
  • Comprehend the role of First Nations women as active practitioners in community health;
  • Familiarity with various health and wellness models;
  • Ability to undertake directed research;
  • Gain greater writing skills;
  • Develop greater critical analytical skills; and
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a group setting.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Kelm, Mary Ellen. (1998). Colonizing Bodies: Aboriginal Health and Healing in British Columbia 1900- 1950. Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • Waldram, J. D. Herring and T. Young. (1995). Aboriginal Health in Canada, Historical, Cultural and Epidemiological Perspectives. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Morrisseau, Calvin. (1998). Into the Daylight: A Wholistic Approach to Healing. University of Toronto Press Inc.
  • Additional material, as identified by instructor may be used and/ or drawn from the program bibliography.
  • Other Resources:
  • Pijoan, T. (1993). Healers On The Mountain; Traditional Native American Stories for Cleansing, Healing, Testing and Preserving the Old Ways. Little Rock: August House.
  • Additional material may be drawn or placed on reserve from the bibliography attached to this document.

  • 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 a 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 your assignment in 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 typewritten if possible but hand-written papers may be accepted. Papers with illegible writing will not be graded. Students should make every effort to acquaint themselves with a computer and a writing program; watch for workshop 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 8½ x 11 inch white or recycled paper and secured with a single staple in the upper left hand corner. Papers should carry the date the paper was submitted rather than the date it was due. Students should keep a hard copy of their paper or a photocopy of their paper before you hand it in.
    Attendance: Attendance at lectures is critical because much information on the various topical areas, as well as, the assignments is disseminated in class. Lack 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 three ( 3) or more documented absences may be required to withdrawn from the class and/or face disciplinary action.