Intended for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners, this course will explore indigenous ways of knowing and how they can benefit all students. Topics include historical, social, and political issues in Aboriginal education; terminology; cultural, spiritual and philosophical themes in Aboriginal worldviews; and how Aboriginal worldviews can inform professional programs and practices, including but not limited to the field of education.
This course is appropriate for anyone with an interest in learning (or learning more) about Aboriginal history and world views. No prior knowledge is required.
Each week, students will be introduced to relevant readings and resources (most publicly available on the Internet).
Each week will focus on a topic, with several short videos (5 to 20 minutes each) featuring Jean-Paul Restoule and, for some topics, guests, as well as one or two readings. Each video will include 1 or 2 integrated quiz questions. There will also be a short writing assignment or quiz each week, as well as opportunities for on-line discussions.
Students who successfully complete the class will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by the instructor.