Indigenous Studies (INST) 480

Comparative Indigenous Models of Government: International Models (Revision 1)

INST 480

Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None. There are no prerequisites for INST 480, but students are likely to find INST 203 or INST 205, or their equivalents from another institution, helpful.

Centre: Nukskahtowin

INST 480 is not available for challenge.

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INST 480 uses case studies from around the world to discuss traditional models of Indigenous government from an international perspective, to show the effects of the imposition of Western government systems on these models, and to explore contemporary efforts by Indigenous peoples to envision and develop self-government.


Indigenous Studies 480: Comparative Indigenous Models of Government: International Models consists of the eight units listed below.

  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: The Iroquois Confederacy
  • Unit 3: The Navajo Nation
  • Unit 4: The Maori Nation
  • Unit 5: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples
  • Unit 6: The Mapuche Nation
  • Unit 7: Inuit Peoples
  • Unit 8: Comparative Analysis of Emerging Systems of Indigenous Governance


To receive credit for INST 480, you must achieve a grade of 50 per cent on the final examination, and a minimum overall course grade of D (50 percent). The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 10%
Assignment 4 40%
Final Examination 30%
Total 100%

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.

Course Materials


Alfred, T. (2009). Peace, power, righteousness: An Indigenous manifesto (2nd ed.). Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.

Other materials

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

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 13, 2010.