Fall 2020 - INDG 222 D200

Selected Topics in Indigenous Studies (3)

Intro to Indigenous Digital Media

Class Number: 7080

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 9 – Dec 8, 2020: Fri, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Vary according to topic. Consult course outline on prerequisite(s) of each topic offering.



Topics will vary from term to term depending on faculty availability and student interest where the body of work may not otherwise be covered in-depth in regular courses.


This course will introduce students to the emerging fields of new media and the digital humanities from an Indigenous Studies perspective. Throughout the course, students will develop an understanding of the tools and approaches associated with the digital humanities, and how these can be used to innovate new ways of sharing, representing, and accessing Indigenous content and knowledges. In so doing, they will also acquire an understanding of the importance of respectful and ethical approaches to Indigenous digital media, and the need of ensuring that Indigenous community protocols can be followed in new media and digital humanities projects.

Using public domain works of Indigenous literature as our source texts, we will work with digital humanities tools including JuxtaCommons (for textual comparison), ArcGIS story-maps (to explore the connections between story and place), and Voyant (for textual analysis) to explore the possibilities of these tools within the context of Indigenous Studies. Students will also participate in various virtual workshops offered through SFU Library’s Research Commons/Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL).  

As a remote learning offering, students will be required to participate in weekly online discussion forums, and will also have the option to meet virtually during our weekly scheduled course time (Fridays, 2:30-5:20pm) for an informal “check-in” and conversation.


  • Thoughtful Participation and Engagement 20%
  • Twitter Research 10%
  • Digital Humanities Tool Review 15%
  • Reading Responses (2 over the semester) 20%
  • Digital Project & Reflection 35%

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).