Spring 2021 - REM 406 D100

Indigenous People and Co-management (4)

Class Number: 5932

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    2:30 PM – 4:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    REM 356 and 75 units.



Introduces several basic co-management models, a framework for analyzing conditions which permit co-management institutions to develop and thrive, the dilemmas of communities involved in co-management and the challenges for governments working with them, with special but not exclusive attention to Canadian Indigenous communities.


COURSE THEMES: What is shared, non-exclusive ownership? How can and should we build resource management in ecological realities and cultural preferences for altruism? This course examines systems of rules for controlling access, use, and distribution of biophysical and sociocultural resources. The goal is to enable and empower course participants in creating and reforming rules that are just, equitable, legitimate, and appropriate in ecological, cultural, and institutional contexts.

COURSE FORMAT: Synchronous & Asynchronous


By completing all course requirements, students will be able to:

  1. Identify, describe, and evaluate types and developmental stages of co-management.
  2. Analyze attributes of resources (e.g., fish, forests, wildlife, water, parks, etc.) in relation to the givens and the constraints of co-management.
  3. Describe the roles that Indigenous and other place-based communities play in co-management, and the types of co-management institutions that are most appropriate for them.
  4. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of different kinds of co-management arrangements, especially in the context of broader governance issues affecting co-management success.
  5. Identify and evaluate literature on co-management pertinent to essential theoretical and practical questions.



  • Attendance and Class Participation (see Course Requirements & Grading) 30%
  • Required Readings (see Course Requirements & Grading) 20%
  • Team Project (see Course Requirements & Grading) 25%
  • Individual Term Project (see Course Requirements & Grading) 25%


COURSE STRUCTURE: This interactive and participatory course provides opportunities for discussion, problem-solving, and sharing ideas with the involvement of the instructor, guests and all students. Each unit will include readings and other learning materials, to be discussed in class. Preparation for weekly discussions is critical to successful learning.  Class will also include dynamic learning activities. Students will form into teams to work on a topic of mutual interest and prepare a film, website, policy brief, or report to share their findings and recommendations for action.

CANVAS COURSE CONTAINER: The Canvas course site contains everything needed to succeed in the course meetings:  Reading materials, lecture notes / lecture slides, and instructions for assignments are organized by week.  It is the responsibility of each student to check and use the Canvas site and bring issues and discrepancies to the instructor’s attention.



  1. Attend and participate in every class meeting unless excused in advance—30% of Mark
  2. Complete required readings in advance of the class meeting—only one reading required for most classes—20% of Mark (via reading comprehension quizzes)
  3. Complete team project: Co-teach one class meeting on a team topic—25% of Mark
  4. Complete individual term project: Prepare and present to the class your term project on an aspect of co-management of particular interest you—25% of Mark



There is no textbook for this course. All the required readings will be available on the course Canvas site or posted as web links. Other materials such as videos may also be assigned to view before class, also available on Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 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).