FAQs

Who can register for these courses?

These courses are intended for first and second year undergraduate students from any college or university program around the world. They are designed for students pursuing social sciences degrees, such as Arts and Indigenous Studies, and natural sciences and applied degrees, such as Science, Business, Health Sciences, Education and Engineering, as the primary audiences. 

If you are not currently enrolled in a college or university program, but would like to complete these courses for credit, you can apply to take these courses as an Open Studies student here

Finally, these courses are available for non-credit students who are interested in continuing education. The continuing education option is provided in order for a broad range of students to pursue further learning without project or exam requirements.
How does the fully online/asynchronous learning work?
Asynchronous learning is when instructors prepare course materials for students in advance of students’ access. Students may access the course materials at a time of their choosing and have a high degree of independence. Students engage the course content at different times and from different locations. Advantages of asynchronous learning include greater flexibility and accessibility and enhanced time to engage with the course material.
How can students register?

University of Alberta students can register through their Beartracks account.

For students who are enrolled in programs outside of the University of Alberta (Visiting Students), please email Freda Cardinal at nsadvisor@ualberta.ca for assistance. 

Open Studies students - register here by August 25 for the Fall 2022 term.

Continuing education students - please revisit the website to register for the Fall 2022 term.

Is there a time limit to complete these courses?
Yes, these courses follow the current semester system for Fall 2022 (September 1-December 8) and Winter 2023 (January 5-April 12). You have increased flexibility with asynchronous learning, but the course is aligned with the semester system at the University of Alberta.
What are the fees to take these courses?

Please see this link for a breakdown of associated fees based on your learning pathway.

Continuing education fees are $290/course (plus gst). Non-credit students do not complete projects or exams.

 

How frequently will these courses be offered?
NS 115: Indigenous Peoples and Technoscience and NS 161: Countering Stereotypes of Indigenous Peoples will both be offered in Fall 2022 and Winter 2023. 
Can Combined Native Studies degree students take this course?
These programs do not have room to fit another NS 100 level course unless you would like to complete it as extra to your degree.
I would like to know more about the instructors and course creators.

Countering Stereotypes of Indigenous People is taught and created by Tasha Hubbard, Tracy Bear, Sara Howdle and Molly Swain.


Indigenous Peoples and Technoscience is taught and created by Kim TallBear and Jessica Kolopenuk.
I would like more information on the course descriptions.

NS 161: Countering Stereotypes of Indigenous Peoples

This course explores significant stereotypes created about Indigenous peoples in North America by breaking down a stereotype in every module, investigating how it came to be, and exploring its contemporary impact. Through self-directed learning, you will interact with newly created video lectures and workbook activities to engage the material and apply it to your communities and workplaces. You will be provided with reflection prompts and space to track your self-care as you learn to assess and deconstruct stereotypes found in films, texts, images, and conversations. This course will provide you with foundational knowledge, critical analysis skills, vocabulary and strategies to help you constructively engage colleagues, family members, and friends about Indigenous stereotypes in order to dismantle them.

NS 115: Indigenous Peoples and Technoscience

This course introduces students to the relationships between Indigenous peoples, colonialism, and technoscience (science & technology). Drawing on historical and contemporary case studies, we will explore the roles of Indigenous peoples in technoscience as being treated as objects or subjects of inquiry, as collaborators in research projects, and as scientists themselves. You will learn to critically analyze scientific knowledge production while understanding its connections to the institutionalization of science and technology fields; bioethical policies; and national science programmes. Through self-directed learning, you will engage with videos, key disciplinary readings, and remote activities to guide you through Indigenous-driven approaches to science and technology. Holding relations and a respect for Indigenous self-determination at its core, this course prepares you to consider what science and technology mean for Indigenous peoples and, in turn, what Indigenous knowledges can mean for the transformation of science and technology fields

How are undergraduate students evaluated?
Both courses evaluate students through a series of online exams that are conducted throughout the term. 
Can I access the course material once the term is finished?
No, course material will not be available to students when the term ends.