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Undergraduate Course: Indigenous Politics, Culture and Screen in Canada (SCAN10056)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) 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 Indigenous Nations in Canada
The complex history of Indigenous-state relations in Canada
The changing politics of Indigenous self-determination in Canada
Constitutional recognition of Indigenous nations
Indigenous Land Claims through Blockades and Negotiation
The Movement for Comprehensive Land Claims in Canada
Canada confronts its complex history of residential schooling
The Growing Significance of Urban Aboriginal Communities in Canada
Inuit culture and screen
Screen and Indigenous self-determination in Canada.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Anthropology courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The group presentation enables students to develop key skills in team work, collaborative research and public presentation.
  4. The individual written assessment enables students to develop core skills in research, writing, analysis and presentation, including the preparation of an abstract summarizing their core argument.
Reading List
Balturschat, Doris. "Television and Canadażs 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, Sigurjón 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.

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.

Timpson, Annis May, ed. First Nations, First Thoughts: The Impact of Indigenous Thought in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2009.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course will provide students with opportunities to develop skills appropriate to careers in journalism, screen/cultural industries, and non-governmental organizations.
KeywordsIndigenous self-determination, Canada, Aboriginal-State relations, Television, Film, Video, New Medi
Course organiserDr Annis May Timpson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4129
Course secretaryMs Lisa Kilcullen
Tel: (0131 6)51 5997
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