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Native America (AMIS 1000)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This class focuses on the historical and contemporary cultures and issues of American Indians on this continent with special focus on Minnesota. You will learn about the earliest cultures in America, clashes with European contact, resistance movements, and legislation and policies. There will be special emphasis on the Ojibwe and Dakota nations. You will also learn about cultural contributions (such as music, literature, agriculture, dance and spirituality) and contemporary issues within Native America. You will develop critical thinking, writing, and speaking skills and apply these skills to specific course content. You will be given opportunities for civic engagement within the local Native American community.

Topical Outline:
1. Early Native American cultures in the United States and contact with other cultures
2. Principles of democracy and Native Resistance across North America
3. Native American Policies throughout Native American history
4. Indian self-determination and Civil Rights/American Indian Movement
5. Native American Contemporary Issues
6. Native American Cultural Contributions

Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate respect and understanding of the issues facing Native American communities on reservations and urban areas
2. Reflect critically on Native American experiences, in particular an understanding of colonization and decolonization
3. Appreciate the commonalities and uniqueness of Native American cultures
4. Understand how Native American cultures have changed and been able to maintain their way of life
5. Conduct research on Native American history and culture
6. Assess, evaluate, and manage information to prepare and present their work effectively

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0100 or completion of ESOL 0042

  • Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Goal 7: Human Diversity