Indigenous Studies (INST) 301

Indigenous Education (Revision 1)

INST 301 course cover

Revision 1 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None

Centre: Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research

INST 301 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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INST 301 introduces Indigenous education through the perspectives of Indigenous scholars, researchers, and others who offer Indigenous ways of teaching and knowing inherent to Indigenous philosophy and systems of knowledge. You are introduced to Indigenous education as a framework for holistic and lifelong learning as practiced by Indigenous ceremonialists, scholars, knowledge holders, and community members. Elements of Indigenous philosophy are examined within the context of a participatory and experiential knowledge system, as are principles and processes of significance in coming to know, and ways of knowing, engaging, and being, as practiced by Indigenous peoples in North America.


Indigenous Studies 301: Indigenous Education is presented in ten units:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Indigenous Education
  • Unit 2: Indigenous Philosophy and Systems of Knowledge(s)
  • Unit 3: Native Science, Medicine Power, and Public Education
  • Unit 4: Indigenous Approaches to Storytelling
  • Unit 5: Teaching, Learning, and Sharing Indigenous Knowledge(s)
  • Unit 6: Aboriginal Students and Residential Schools
  • Unit 7: Indigenous Knowledge and Indigenous Education
  • Unit 8: Developing Curriculum and Policy for Aboriginal Learners
  • Unit 9: Collective Memory, Indigenous Knowledge, and Change
  • Unit 10: Lifelong Learning, Social Policy, and Indigenous Education


To receive credit for Indigenous Studies 301: Indigenous Education, you must hand in six assignments, and achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent).

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Assignment 4 Assignment 5 Assignment 6 Total
15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 25% 100%

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

Course Materials


Bopp, Judie et al. (2004). The Sacred Tree: Reflections on Native American Spirituality. Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press.

Other Materials

Your course materials contains a study guide and reading file. All other materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, 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.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the INST 301 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

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 1, July 10, 2012.