Spring 2022 - HSCI 210 D200

Special Topics in Health Sciences (3)


Class Number: 5762

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 9660, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Will vary according to topic.



Selected topics in areas not currently offered within the undergraduate course offerings.


Students will develop a foundation of knowledge about Indigenous peoples that encourages respectful, collaborative and ethical relationships with Indigenous peoples and communities. This will be acheived through a combination of reflexive practices, guest speakers, instructor-led lectures, self-directed learning, and small group activities.


When students leave this course, they should be able to:

  • Describe key issues for Indigenous peoples in Canada and in BC that impact ongoing practices of Indigenous self-determination in health and well-being
  • Develop a tailored action plan to support Indigenous health and well-being that aligns with their own social location and values
  • Identify how colonization impacted Indigenous relationships with land and land-based practices
  • Identify Indigenous strategies of resistance to colonization
  • Identify processes of colonization when and where they see them
  • Strategize how to interrupt colonization as anchored to one’s social location



This course uses labour-based grading, so your final grade will reflect the effort you put into the class. Grades will be based on weekly assessments (including quizzes on comprehension of reading, attendance, and participation in person in class, and journaling) and a final project. In person class attendance will be mandatory and there will be no online option for this class. Students who are unable to attend class will not be able to pass the class.



Students will be required to review this website in advance of the class:

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


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.