History (HIST) 370
The Metis (Revision 3)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Humanities
Prerequisite: Three credits in either Canadian history or Native/Indigenous studies are strongly recommended but not required.
Precluded Course: As HIST 370 and INST 370 are cross-listed—courses available under two different disciplines—one may not be taken for credit if credit has already been taken for the other. Neither HIST 370 nor INST 370 may be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for NTST 370.
HIST 370/INST 370 has a Challenge for Credit option.
HIST 370/INST 370 traces the historical development of Canada's Metis from the period of the fur trade to the present. It includes discussion and debates about the origins of Metis nationalism, the validity of Metis land claims, and the character of Metis struggles for social justice from the Seven Oaks rebellion of 1816 through the two Northwest rebellions to the present.
It also examines the changes in the lives of Metis women that occurred as a result of the impact of churches, education, and racism. Throughout there is an attempt to examine the evolving character of Metis societies and the impact of Euro-Canadian government policies on these societies.
- Introduction and Unit 1: Metis History and Identities
- Unit 2: Metis Rights and the Law
- Unit 3: Leadership and the Metis People
- Unit 4: Metis Culture
To receive credit for HIST 370/INST 370, you must complete all of the assignments, achieve a mark of at least 50 percent on the final examination, and obtain a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent). The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:
The final examination 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.
St. Onge, Nicole, Carolyn Podruchny, and Brenda Macdougall, eds. Contours of a People: Metis Family, Mobility, and History. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2012. (Contains six of the readings.)
Campbell, Maria. Halfbreed. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1973.
The course materials include Course Information, a Study Guide, a Digital Reading Room (DRR), and access to videos and online articles.
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 for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
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, November 9, 2016.
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Updated October 31 2018 by SAS