Anthropology (ANTH) 362

First Peoples of Canada (Revision 3)

ANTH 362 Course website

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study or grouped study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: ANTH 275 or HIST 224 or HIST 225

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ANTH 362 has a Challenge for Credit option.


ANTH 362 provides an introduction to the study of North American Aboriginal peoples: Indian, Inuit, and Métis. As the subject matter of Anthropology 362 includes Aboriginal social organization and traditions, an introductory course in cultural or social anthropology is a recommended prerequisite for this course.


The course consists of the following eleven units.

  • Unit 1: Anthropologists and Images of Aboriginal Peoples
  • Unit 2: Peoples of the Arctic
  • Unit 3: Peoples of the Subarctic
  • Unit 4: Mi'kmaq and Iroquois Indians of the Eastern Woodlands
  • Unit 5: The Crow and Metis of the North American Plains
  • Unit 6: The Ktunaxa and the Secwepemc of the Plateau
  • Unit 7: The Tlingit and the Kwakwaka'wakw Peoples of the Northwest Coast
  • Unit 8: Desert Peoples of the Great Basin and California
  • Unit 9: Navajo and Hopi Peoples of the Southwest
  • Unit 10: The Cherokee and the Natchez of the American Southeast
  • Unit 11: Contemporary Issues for Aboriginal Cultures


To receive credit for ANTH 362, you must complete three telephone quizzes and two essay assignments, achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on each of the examinations, and achieve an overall grade of at least D (50 percent) for the course. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
3 Telephone Quizzes 12%
2 Essays (20% each) 40%
Midterm Exam 24%
Final Exam 24%
Total 100%

The midterm and final examinations for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Morrison, R. Bruce, and C. Roderick Wilson (Eds.). 2004. Native Peoples: The Canadian Experience (3rd ed.). Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.

Oswalt, Wendell H. 2009. This Land Was Theirs: A Study of Native North Americans (9th ed). New York: Oxford University Press.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a course manual, study guide, and a reading file.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information about the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ANTH 362 challenge registration, you must complete both short essay assignments, a midterm exam, and a final exam and receive at least a D (50 percent) on the each of the exams and an overall course grade of D (50 percent). The weightings of each activity are listed below:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 (3 short essays) 25%
Assignment 2 (3 short essays) 25%
Midterm exam 25%
Final exam 25%
Total 100%

Midterm and final exams are each 3 hours long and written at an invigilation Centre.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, August 24, 2007.

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