Adult Education and Community Development and Counseling Psychology

Aboriginal Knowledge: Implications for Education (J. Restoule)
This course will explore Indigenous ways of knowing and knowledge systems and how this knowledge might inform the work of teaching, learning, and research. Course content may include indigenous research protocols, decolonizing methodologies, ethics, and politics of researching and teaching in Aboriginal communities, indigenous knowledge in the academy, intellectual property rights, curriculum development and innovations in Aboriginal education. Traditional teachings from respected Elders may be incorporated into learning. For learners with a research focus, this course enables inquiry into the production of knowledge, from both western and indigenous perspectives. For those interested in education implications, the course provides a footing in the workings and characteristics of indigenous knowing which will aid their pedagogical practices in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal contexts.

Aboriginal Education: Contemporary Policies and Programs (E.Antone)
This course is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of Aboriginal education in Canada. Emphasis is on understanding the influences of policies, programs, and institutions that affect the Aboriginal community in respect to Aboriginal education. One of the major data sources will be the report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. Aboriginal guest speakers will also comment on selected topics. Components of this course will include the Aboriginal world view; contemporary history/politics relevant to Aboriginal Peoples; and Aboriginal education and healing. Treaties were originally signed between First Nations and the Federal Government of Canada. These treaties for the most part have not been honoured. In this course we shall discuss the ways and means to redress this situation as we focus more specifically on issues relevant to Aboriginal education.

Aboriginal World Views: Implications for Education (J.Restoule)
This course provides a deeper understanding of Aboriginal worldviews and an appreciation of how this knowledge can enhance teaching, learning, and research. Learners will examine philosophical views shared by Aboriginal people while honouring a diversity of identities, culture, language, and geographic locations. Course content may include Aboriginal cognitive styles, values and ethics, traditional teachings and indigenous methodologies. This course will promote an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal perspectives and explore strategies for integrating this knowledge into the work of educators and researchers.

Special Topics in Aboriginal Community Learning: Current Issues and Practices (J.Resoule and Staff)
This half course will be taught once a year by a visiting Aboriginal Elder, traditional teacher or community leader. Each visitor will call on his or her particular area of interest and experience to develop a course dealing with current issues of Aboriginal community development, learning, and transformation.
NOTE: Course descriptions will change year to year based on the experience and expertise of the instructor.

Post-Colonial Relations and Transformative Education (R.Ng)
This course examines how gender, race, ability, sexuality and class relations and identities are being re-configured in contemporary societies to produce new forms of inequality and difference in this era of globalization, and how these relations are linked to ecological and economic issues. We begin by interrogating the ambiguity of the term, “postcolonial,” through the lens of the aboriginal peoples in Canada. Each year, we will look at one or two aspects of globalization (e.g., migration, ecological and environmental issue). The potential and possibilities for transformative education are explored in light of the discussion undertaken.

Community Education and Organizing (A.R.Miles)
This course involves the study of a variety of perspectives in critical and community education as they relate to development and social change. Key issues in theory and practice will be examined through the study of classic writing in popular education, community organizing, feminist, socialist, anti-racist, anti-colonial and indigenous education/organizing.

Special Topics in Counselling Psychology: Integrating Traditional Healing Practices into Counselling and Psychotherapy. (S.Stewart, R.Moodly)
This course seeks to define, redefine and identify indigenous and traditional healing in the context of North American and Western European health care. The course will examine cultural healing within the broader economic, social and political practices of health and mental health care in Canada. While the focus is on integrating traditional healing into counseling psychology and psychotherapy the course will draw attention to the use of traditional healing in health care generally. Explorations of the current issues and debates with the contemporary practices of traditional healing will be key features of the course. For example, issues relating to ethics and confidentiality, competence of Indigenous healers, and qualifications and training will be discussed. Through an in-depth analysis of traditional healing of ethnic and cultural groups living in Canada (e.g., Aboriginal, Asian, African, Caribbean) and also through the religious healing practices of some of these communities (e.g., Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic and Jewish), the course will undertake to raise questions regarding the theory, practice and research of traditional healing in psychology and psychotherapy. Discussions will also focus on how ethnic minority individuals and groups construct illness perceptions and the kinds of treatments they expect to use to solve health and mental health problems. In this respect the course is intended to contribute to ethnic minority health care issues. While, the use of traditional and cultural healing practices of indigenous communities represent the central focus, other contemporary alternative health care movements, viz., paganism, New Age Spirituality and healing, transcendental meditation and new religious movements are discussed. The inclusion of these topics will increase the knowledge and capacity of clinical expertise of students studying in this field.

Sociology and Equity Studies in Education

Modernization, Development, and Education in African Contexts
This seminar explores the significance and implication of education (as broadly defined) to the discourse of modernization and development in Africa. The course begins with the interrogation of 'African development' from an African-centred perspective. There is an examination of various theoretical conceptions of 'development' and the role of education and schooling in social change. A special emphasis is on the World Bank/IMF induced educational reform initiatives and the implications ofr 'authentic'/alternative development. The seminar will attempt to uncover the myriad interests and issues about Africa, including contemporary challenges and possibilities. The course critically engages the multiple ways of presenting current challenges of 'development', the interplay of tradition and modernity, contestations over knowledge production in 'post-colonial' Africa, and the roles and significance of Indigenous/local cultural resource knowledges, science, culture, gender, ethnicity, language, and religion for understanding African development. Other related questions for discussion include social stratification and cultural pluralism, formulation of national identity, political ideology and the growth of nationalism, and the search for peace, cooperation and social justice. Although the course basically uses African case material, it is hoped our discussions will be placed in global/transnational contexts, particularly in looking at themes common to many Southern peoples contending with, and resisting, the effects of [neo] colonial and imperial knowledge.

Special Topics in Sociological Research in Education: Indigenous Knowledge and Decolonization, Pedagogical Implications (G. Dei)

Special Topics in Sociological Research in Education: Spirituality and Schooling: Pedagogical Implications in Education (N.Wane)

Special Topics in Sociological Research in Education: Aboriginal Peoples and the Politics of De-Colonizing

Special Topics in Sociological Research in Education: Aboriginal Politics, Communication, and Leadership

Special Topics in Sociological Research in Education: Women and Social Change: Gender, Race and Class in the Caribbean

Special Topics in Sociological Research in Education: Aboriginal Peoples and Citizenship: Decolonizing Perspectives (M.Cannon)
This course explores histories of racism, displacement and legal disenfranchisement that create citizenship injustices for Indigenous peoples in Canada. It aims to highlight a set of decolonizing perspectives on belonging and identity, to contest existing case law and policy, and to deconstruct the normative discourses of law, liberalism and cultural representation that govern and shape current nation-to-nation relationships between Ongwehoweh (real people) and colonial-settler governments. The course is centered on exploring the challenges and contradictions raised by resurgence strategies and reparation involving citizenship injustice from an anti-racist, anti-colonial and indigenous-centered perspective.

Special Topics in Sociological Research in Education: Indigenous Peoples and Medias
Anti-Colonial Thought and Pedagogical Challenge

Curriculum Teaching and Learning

Special Topics in Curriculum: Master's Level: Anti-Racism Education: Interrogating Knowledge Power and Difference in Local and Global Contexts

Special Topics in Curriculum: Doctoral Level: Environmental and Humane Ethics and Education