Inuit History I

Program: Inuit studies 0902X
Term: Fall
Course code: HIS6100

Over the past century, from the origins of Inuit people to early 1900's, Inuit culture has been transformed from an isolated and completely independent hunting culture to one that is integrated with the southern industrial world. Students explore the nature of Inuit culture and society before its encounter with non-Inuit people (Qallunaat) and examine some of the major external influences that initiated the process of change.

In this course, students will learn about the early stages of outsiders coming into the North, i.e., explorers, whalers, missionaries and traders.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the process archaeologists use to develop theories of the past.
  • Compare traditional and personal views and beliefs about the origins and development of Inuit culture with current archaeological theories.
  • Describe some of the major characteristics of Inuit culture and society before contact with Qallunaat.
  • Describe the nature of Qallunaat activity in the Arctic from 1500 to 1900 AD.
  • Explain the Inuit response to early interaction with Qallunaat and the resulting changes in Inuit culture.
Learning Activities
  • group discussions and debates concerning the origin and validity of ideas related to the origin of Inuit culture
  • critical comparisons of personal views and beliefs with those of southern scientists
  • reading assignments and group discussions on various aspects of early Inuit culture
  • research (locating, interpreting, synthesizing, evaluating, summarizing) from a variety of sources regarding particular aspects of early Inuit culture
  • oral presentations on research topic
  • seminars on effective essay writing