University of Victoria

Course Syllabi

Indigenous Governance Core Courses IGOV 520 (1.5): Indigenous Governance A critical reading of important works in the field, an intellectual framework for understanding key questions and contemporary conflicts within Indigenous societies, and a critical perspective of the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the state.

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IGOV 530 (1.5): Indigenous Research Methods A perspective on the methods and approaches used in the study of indigenous issues, providing the basic tools and methods used for conducting applied research, as well as an exploration of the practical, ethical, and political issues involved in conducting research in Indigenous communities.

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IGOV 540 (1.5): Indigenous Resurgence An introduction to the values and principles that emerge from Indigenous cultures and an examination of the ways in which traditional worldviews and Indigenous social and political have changed in response to colonialism and capitalism.

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IGOV 550 (1.5): Indigenous Peoples and Self DeterminationA focused analysis of current processes to decolonize the relationships between Indigenous peoples and states (as well as other colonial entities), with particular emphasis on questions of land tenure, sovereignty, nationhood, self-determination, and treaty-making in a comparative context.

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IGOV 575 (3.0): Mentorship All students must register ina Mentorship concurrentlywith their core courses in the first two semesters of their program. Mentorshipsinclude regular meetings with a faculty member intendedto help guide the student's research and support professional development. Students will be expected to complete two research papers as part of the requirements of the Mentorship.


Our Programs

Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance (MAIG)

The Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance (MAIG) is an interdisciplinary program focused on traditional structures and ways of governance and encompassing the values, perspectives, concepts, and principles of Indigenous political cultures. Through teaching and research that respects both western and Indigenous traditions, methods, and forms of knowledge, students are provided with a strong foundation of basic and applied scholarly research with an emphasis on the nature and context of Indigenous governance and Indigenous-State relations in Canada and internationally.

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PhD Degree by Special Arrangement

The Faculty of Graduate Studies along with the Indigenous Governance Program (IGOV) offers the selected opportunities for students to pursue a PhD degree by Special Arrangement. The Special Arrangement degree program is available for Indigenous Governance students, as the program does not currently offer a regular Ph.D. degree program. For more information about this program.

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IGOV is a part of the Faculty of Human and Social Development (HSD).

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