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Course Description

This capstone course provides students in the Indigenous Environmental Governance certificate program the opportunity to apply their learning from previous courses towards a culminating experiential learning experience. At the onset of the course, students will be introduced to more advanced research and research ethics issues, including an overview of some Indigenous research methods. Students will have the opportunity to apply these methodologies, as well as prior learning in the program, towards an independent culminating experience, such as an independent study or community-engaged learning research project related to environmental governance in Indigenous communities, nations, territories, and elsewhere.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to: 
  1. Describe key principles and issues in research ethics; 
  2. Compare and assess the strengths and weaknesses of a range of research methods; 
  3. Test appropriate research approaches; 
  4. Explore components of community-university research agreements; and 
  5. Organize and complete an independent research project.

Course Topics

  • Indigenous Research Methodologies. 
  • Research Methods
  • Community-University Collaborations
  • Research Ethics:
  • Independent Research and Analysis. 
  • Sharing Results.

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): GEOG*3210, INDG*1000, POLS*3340, SOC*2280


Assessment Item Weight
Assignment 1 15%
Assignment 2 15%
Assignment 3 15%
Assignment 4 15%
Research Project 40%
Total 100%


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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