Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) 304
Issues in Aboriginal Women's Health and Wellness (Revision 2)
WGST 304 replaces WMST 304
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Area of Study: Social Science
Precluded Course: WMST 304. (WGST 304 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for WMST 304).
WGST 304 has a Challenge for Credit option.
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 center 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 wholistic 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?
|Assessment Activity||Credit Weight||Date Due|
|Assignment 1: Three Short Essays||15%||After Unit 2|
|Assignment 2: Midterm Take-home Test||30%||After Unit 4|
|Assignment 3: Research Proposal and Outline||20%||After Unit 7|
|Assignment 4: Research Paper||35%||After Unit 8|
|Total||100% of final grade|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Anderson, K., & Lawrence, B. (Eds.). (2003). Strong women stories: Native vision and community survival. Toronto: Sumach Press.
Fontaine, T. (2010). Broken Circle, In Broken circle: The dark legacy of Indian residential schools: A memoir. (pp. 21–37). British Columbia: Heritage House Publishing Co.
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.
The balance of the course is delivered online using a Student Manual, Course Information, and Study Guide.
Challenge for Credit Overview
The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
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 percent 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 2, October 8, 2014.
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