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Postgraduate Course: Indigenous Politics, Cultures, and Screen in Canada (SCAN11018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course explores the significance of screen as a medium for understanding Canada's complex relations with its Aboriginal peoples and as a channel for Indigenous self-determination. It examines key turning points in Aboriginal-State relations in Canada through their portrayal on screen. It then considers how different Aboriginal communities use television, film, video and new media to promote national and international understanding of their cultures.
The course is framed by the interdisciplinary, area studies approach of Canadian Studies. It includes an examination of international and national films made about Indigenous communities in Canada; the emergence and output of Indigenous broadcasting companies; the establishment, output and impact of community-based Indigenous production companies in Canada, and the increasing emphasis on screen as a mechanism for engaging Aboriginal youth in the politics of cultural self-determination.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will have had the opportunity to develop key interdisciplinary academic skills and key transferable skills that may assist them in future career development.

- The lectures enable students to develop key skills in absorbing new material, analysing it critically, and appreciating screen as a mechanism for cross-cultural understanding.

- The seminars enable students to apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to issues that are informed by key developments in Canadian Studies. They also enable students to make presentations, review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills practices and thinking on Indigenous screen cultures, and communicate with peers.

- The research project that students undertake prior to their written assignment will enable students to demonstrate initiative and develop core research skills.

- The individual written assessment enables students to develop core skills in writing, analysis and presentation to assist the preparation of a fully referenced journal article, with an abstract summarizing its core argument and research focus. This exercise enables students to develop original and creative responses to questions of Indigenous politics, culture and screen in Canada.
Reading List
Balturschat, Doris. ┐Television and Canada┐s Aboriginal Communities: Seeking Opportunities Through Traditional Storytelling and Digital Technologies. Canadian Journal of Communication 29, 1 (2004): 47-59.

Evans, Michael Robert. Isuma: Inuit Video Art. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008.

Hafsteinsson, Sigurjˇn Baldur and Marian Bredin. Indigenous Screen Cultures in Canada. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2010.

Hendry, Joy. Reclaiming Culture: Indigenous Peoples and Self-Representation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Malloy, John S. A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879-1986. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Pasch, Timothy J. 'Starting Fire with Gunpowder revisited: Inuktitut New Media content creation in the Canadian Arctic.' Etudes/Inuit/Studies, 34, 2 (2010): 61-80.

Roth, Lorna. Something New In the Air: The Story of First Peoples Television Broadcasting in Canada. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005.

Simpson, Leanne and Kiera Ladner, ed. This is an Honour Song: Twenty Years Since the Blockades. Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2010.

Stern, Pamela and Lisa Stevenson. Critical Inuit Studies: An Anthology of Contemporary Arctic Ethnography. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2006.

Timpson, Annis May, ed. First Nations, First Thoughts: The Impact of Indigenous Thought in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2009.
Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Annis May Timpson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4129
Course secretaryMr Fraser Maxwell
Tel: (0131 6)51 1183
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