Spring 2022 - EDUC 495 D200

Special Topics

Indigenous Literatures, Literacies, & Learning

Class Number: 8251

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    This will be announced prior to the beginning of each term.



Sections will deal with major issues of present concern. Subjects to be discussed will be announced during the term prior to that in which the course is to be offered. The exact assignment of units (3,4,or 6) for the special topics offering will be announced prior to the beginning of each term. A maximum of 12 units in education special topics courses may be used toward a bachelor of education degree or a bachelor of general studies (EDUC) degree. Variable units: 3, 4, 6.


In this course, students will engage with a wide range of Indigenous literatures that can be used in middle school and secondary classrooms. Course content will include opportunities to explore learning from Indigenous stories, Indigenous literacies, the role of storytelling in sharing knowledge, and the complexities associated with teaching Indigenous literatures.

Please note: This course is being offered remotely. Enrolled students are expected to attend classes using Zoom during the scheduled class time. Exceptions are: February 1, February 8, March 15, and March 22 when classes will take place asynchronously. 



  • Learn from Indigenous stories;
  • Explore a range of Indigenous texts that can be used in grades 6-12;
  • Develop an understanding of how principles used to evaluate Indigenous resources and how these can be applied in different contexts;
  • Describe how to respectfully bring Indigenous literatures and literacies into classrooms;
  • Reflect on the ways in which Indigenous stories can entertain, educate, and heal; and
  • Examine the role of storytelling as an Indigenous pedagogy.


  • Learning Reflections 60%
  • Discussion Posts 25%
  • In Class Activities 10%
  • Reading Group Notes 5%



Students will also be required to access other books (i.e., picture books, novels, graphic novels) through SFU library or local libraries or purchase them from local bookstores.


Hanson, A. J. (2021). Literatures, Communities, and Learning: Conversations with Indigenous Writers. Wilfred Laurier University Press.

ISBN: 9781771124508

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.