Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) 304

Issues in Aboriginal Women's Health and Wellness (Revision 1)

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Revision 1 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version

WGST 304 replaces WMST 304

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: WMST 304. (WGST 304 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for WMST 304).

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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WGST 304 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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WGST 304 looks at a variety of topics related to Aboriginal women's health and wellness. Aboriginal women's health and wellness issues will be examined across physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual dimensions, giving credence to both animate and inanimate matter and to the creator, who is considered to be at the centre of all that exists. The Aboriginal way of knowing, being, and living (Aboriginal epistemology) is central to understanding Aboriginal women's health and wellness issues. The holistic nature of an Aboriginal world view is present in all course units.


  • Unit 1: Introduction to Aboriginal Women's Health and Wellness
  • Unit 2: Aboriginal Women's Health in a Historical Context
  • Unit 3: Aboriginal Cultures, Identity, and Health
  • Unit 4: Aboriginal Women's Familial Issues and Health
  • Unit 5: Contemporary Aboriginal Women's Health and Wellness Issues
  • Unit 6: Long-term Effects of Colonization on Aboriginal Women's Health and Wellness
  • Unit 7: Aboriginal Women's Health and Healing Ways
  • Unit 8: Conclusions: Where Do We Go from Here?


To receive credit for WGST 304, you must achieve a minimum, overall grade of "D" (50 percent) or better for the entire course. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1: Three Short Essays 15%
Assignment 2: Mid-term Take-home Test 30%
Assignment 3: Research Proposal and Outline 20%
Assignment 4: Research Paper 35%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials


Anderson, K., & Lawrence, B. (Eds.). (2003). Strong women stories: Native vision and community survival. Toronto: Sumach Press.

Carter, S. (1999). Aboriginal people and colonizers of Western Canada to 1900. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Waldram, J. B., Herring, D. A., & Young, T. K. (2006). Aboriginal health in Canada: Historical, cultural, and epidemiological perspectives (2nd ed.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Other materials

In addition to the textbook, the course materials include a study guide, and a course manual.

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 WGST 304 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) or greater on the research essay to be eligible to write the challenge examination. A cumulative average of 50 per cent on both activities is required. Credit is awarded on a pass/fail basis only.

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, November 25, 2008.