Please note: These courses are subject to change. The most up-to-date information can be found in the MSVU Academic Calendar.
EDUC 5212 | INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGES AND CURRICULUM
A study of how Indigenous knowledges relate to the school curriculum. The course will focus on antiracist and anticolonial teaching and concepts from Indigenous knowledges that can inform pedagogy and curriculum. A key component will be the creation of curriculum that can be used in the classroom.
WOMS 4406/BUSI 4406 | MANAGING DIVERSITY: GENDER AND OTHER ISSUES
Prerequisite: at least 10.0 units of university-level courses
A seminar course that examines issues faced by women and minority groups in the work place. Topics include discrimination based on gender and other factors, a comparison of men and women in organizations, legal implications of discrimination and managing diversity. Note: Students who have received credit for BUSI 4407 may not take this course for credit.
HIST 1121 | CANOES AND COLONIALISM: A HISTORY OF CANADA TO CONFEDERATION
An introduction to the history of Canada from the pre-contact period until Canadian Confederation in 1867. Special emphasis will be placed upon political, economic, and social factors which have contributed to the growth of the Canadian nation and a national identity. Note: Students who have received credit for HIST 1120 may not take this course for credit.
HIST 1122 | CONSOLIDATION AND CONFLICT: A HISTORY OF CANADA FROM CONFEDERATION
An introduction to the history of Canada from the Canadian Confederation in 1867 to the present day. Special emphasis will be placed upon political, economic, and social factors which have contributed to the growth of the Canadian nation and a national identity.
HIST 2210 | NORTH AMERICAN ABORIGINAL HISTORY
A survey of North American Aboriginal history from the pre-encounter era to the twentieth century. Key themes include: Aboriginal roles in colonial wars, state policies of assimilation, including Indian Residential Schooling, and Aboriginal resistance.
HIST 2222 | CANADIAN WOMEN IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
An examination of the participation and contribution of women in Canadian history from the sixteenth century to the modern feminist movement. Topics may include earlier forms of sexual stereotyping, famous Canadian women, women at work in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and Nova Scotian women.
HIST 2225 |CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY
An introduction to Canadian environmental history. This course surveys the evolving relationship between Canadians and the environment from the time of pre-encounter until the present day. It investigates the ways in which we have shaped our environment and the ways in which our environment has affected our history.
HIST 3320 | SELECTED TOPICS IN NORTH AMERICAN HISTORY
A combined lecture-seminar course on a selected topic in North-American history. The course will focus on the history of First Nations of Atlantic Canada.
HIST 3323 | HISTORY OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN IN CANADA
A survey of the historical experiences of Indigenous women in Canada from the pre-encounter era to the twenty-first century. The course explores how the public and private lives of Indigenous women were shaped by colonial policies and how Indigenous women resisted such policies.
CANA 1101/POLS 1101 | CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON CANADIAN SOCIETY
An introduction to the history, economy, geography, politics, culture and demographics of Canada. This interdisciplinary course examines the ongoing process of constructing the Canadian nation from Canada’s past to the contemporary period, and from the local to the global context.
POLS 1102/CANA 1102 | CITIZENSHIP, IDENTITY AND DIVERSITY IN CANADA
An introduction to the diverse communities of Canada. This interdisciplinary course explores the themes of equality, ethnicity, nationality, gender, class, region, religion, sexual orientation, and ability.
POLS 2202/CANA 2202 | PEOPLE, POWER AND POLITICS IN CANADA
An introduction to core liberal democratic values at the heart of Canadian society and the chief links between citizens and their governments. Such topics as Canadian political culture, political participation, the role of the mass media, political parties and interest groups in shaping decision-making are addressed, and alternatives for change are assessed. (Also listed under Public Policy Studies)
POLS 2530/SOAN 2530 | CANADIAN SOCIAL POLICY
An introduction to current debates and practices around social policy in Canada. The course critically analyses competing ideas about the role of government in meeting a range of social needs, and examines policy impacts in areas such as: social services, income security, child welfare, health care, post-secondary education, and housing.
POLS 3301/CANA 3301 | CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN POLICY ISSUES
An examination of contemporary issues and debates in Canadian society. The course considers various cultural, social, economic and political factors and their significance for understanding current policy problems in Canada. Note: Students who have received credit for CANA 3305 may not take this course for credit. (Also listed under Public Policy Studies)
POLS 3361/WOMS 3361 | WOMEN, SOCIAL POLICY AND THE WELFARE STATE
An examination of social policies and issues of particular importance for women, including the history of the welfare state, women’s caring role in the family, the feminization of poverty, homelessness, and the impact of race and class on women’s experiences of the welfare state. (Also listed under Canadian Studies and Public Policy Studies)
POLS 4401/CANA 4401 | SEMINAR ON CANADIAN ISSUES
An interdisciplinary senior seminar, in which students will explore in-depth selected topics in Canadian society, politics, and culture applying contemporary theoretical approaches in the field. Students will be expected to conduct independent research.
SOAN 3651 | INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN A SETTLER STATE: CANADIAN CONTEXT
Critical examination of Indigenous Peoples’ experiences of European imperialism and colonization in the Canadian context. This course focuses on issues arising from colonization such as genocide, ethnocide, and the territorial displacement of Indigenous Peoples and their effects on indigenous Peoples’ lifeways and their struggles for resurgence and self-determination.
SOAN 3652: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN A SETTLER STATE: ATLANTIC CANADA
An exploration of Indigenous Peoples’ experiences with imperialism and colonization in Atlantic Canada. Focal areas include imposition of the settler state on Mi’kmaq and other Indigenous cultures and ongoing struggles for self-determination. The impact of court decisions on issues like treaty implementation and resource use will also be discussed.
ENG 2209 | INTRODUCTION TO INDIGENOUS LITERATURES AND CULTURES
This course will provide an introduction to the varieties of Indigenous peoples of North America with an emphasis on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit literatures and cultures. Key concepts within Indigenous Studies will provide students with foundational understandings and insights for future and more advanced explorations of the vast range of Indigenous literatures, including short stories, novels, graphic novels, film, and poetry.
ENGL 3305: CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
The study of a particular topic in literature for children and/or adolescents, with an exclusive focus on Indigenous children’s literature.
ENG 3310 | INDIGENOUS LITERATURES
An interdisciplinary course considering a range of Indigenous literatures by Indigenous authors, artists, and directors across an array of mediums and genres to broader cultural concerns experienced by Indigenous peoples of North America, including but not limited to the effects of settler colonialism, forced assimilation, and intergenerational trauma as well as issues of identity, kinship, and survivance. This course explores a range of literatures, including short stories, novels, plays, graphic novels, poetry, and film. Semester offerings are thematically organized, for example: Indigenous Futurisms or Survivance and Healing of the Residential School.
ENG 3311 | INDIGENOUS FEMINISMS AND SEXUALITIES
The primary focus of this course will be the intersectional consideration of Indigenous feminisms and sexualities at the interstices of race and class. What are Indigenous feminisms? How are Indigenous feminisms different from other forms of feminism? Is there more than one form of Indigenous feminism? Why study Indigenous feminisms? What does the term Indigenous sexualities mean, and what does it encompass? How are Indigenous feminisms and Indigenous sexualities influenced by and performed at the intersections of race and class in North America? How is sexual violence institutionalized and institutionally weaponized and deployed to preserve settler and patriarchal positionality. These contested issues provide a springboard into the complex realm of Indigenous expression. As these topics broadly encompass an array of Indigenous experience, expression, and scholarship, this course will consider specific areas, forms, and issues within each area. However, regardless of the focus, the course will consistently employ an Indigenous epistemology and an Indigenous critical framework. The course will also place Indigenous feminist and sexuality theories in dialogue with their contemporaries of the Western-European canon.
CULS 1101 | AN INTRODUCTION
This course uses visual culture to undertake a critical study of modern/postmodern society. It considers core issues and practices of representation; commodification; power; media; science; globalization, (in)equality; and responsibility. You will learn how to read cultural codes and to analyze complex social realities, and to articulate them in clear, understandable language.
EDUC 5602 | SPECIAL TOPICS: INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND THE CURRICULUM
An exploration of how Indigenous knowledge can be integrated into the school curriculum. The course will focus on story work, telling stories through film and electronic means, and curriculum resources for the classroom.