Fall 2021 - INDG 222 D100

Selected Topics in Indigenous Studies (3)

Introduction to Public Policy

Class Number: 3903

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 9655, Burnaby

  • 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 introduces students to federal and provincial state policies impacting the lived experiences of Indigenous peoples both historically and contemporarily. In this course, we explore several topics including governance, land, resources and extraction, social policy, environment, economic development, health, child welfare, as well as the experiences of Two Spirted peoples and Indigenous women. This course attempts to build a foundation for understanding key debates within the field of Canadian Indigenous Policy.

The subject matter for this course is broad and covers various issues experienced within Indigenous communities. The course outline is designed to provide an overview of selected topics so that you can do further research and thinking on these themes.

Prerequisites: Indigenous Studies 101


  • Midterm 1 20%
  • Midterm 2 20%
  • Participation 20%
  • Critical Reflection X2 20%
  • Take home exam 20%



Course materials will be distributed through internet links, or material posted on CANVAS.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods 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 fall 2021 term.