Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies

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Considering the growing interest in reconciliation across the country, the area of Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies is an increasingly important field in Canada.

Our certificate program appeals to a wide variety of learners, including current and prospective university students and those interested in the public, not-for-profit and non-governmental sectors. It is designed for those who are interested in learning about the history, cultures, languages, beliefs and experiences of Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples.

The objective of the program is to provide foundational knowledge for understanding historical and contemporary experiences of Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples – from the origins of first peoples and their complex histories over the proceeding millennia, to present movements and the growing desire for reconciliation between governments and Aboriginal and Indigenous societies.

Courses will cover subject areas such as archaeology, anthropology, history, literature and political science.

Regulations for the Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies

To be eligible for the Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies, students must complete the following:

  • Three credit hour foundation theory course at the 1000 level (normally at beginning of program)
  • Three credit hours in a theory course at the 3000-level (normally at the conclusion of the program)
  • At least one course that emphasizes the origins and histories of Aboriginal and Indigenous people (past)
  • At least one course that emphasizes contemporary issues of Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples (present)
  • Three credit hours in Archaeology 1005
  • Fifteen credit hours chosen from Table 1, including a minimum of three credit hours from “past” column and a minimum of three credit hours from the “present column
  • A minimum three credit hours in Law and Society 3012 or 3014

 

Table 1: Courses for the Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies
Theory Courses Past Courses Present Courses
  • Archaeology 1005 (required foundation course)
  • Law and Society 3012, 3014
  • Archaeology 2481, 3290, 3291, 3510, 3588, 3590
  • Archaeology/History 3520, 3525
  • History 2800, 3765
  • Anthropology 2414, 3070, 3240,
  • English 2160
  • Linguistics 2060
  • Political Science 3830

 

Table 2: Suggested Course Sequencing for the Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies
First 3 credit hours: Archaeology 1005
Next 15 credit hours: Complete an additional five courses selected from Table 1, including at least one 'past' course and at least one 'present' course
Last 3 credit hours: Choose from Law and Society 3012 or Law and Society 3014 (certificate total is 7 courses)

Program Coordinator

For more information students are invited to contact the Program Coordinator. Please see http://www.mun.ca/hss/about/contact/coordinators.php for current contact information.