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Community Development and Indigenous Cultures (AMIS 1120)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: In this course you will be introduced to the concept of community from indigenous perspectives through nonprofit organizations, private consulting firms, advocacy groups, and government. You will examine the interconnected political, economic, and physical environments of social and cultural groups that maintain an identity, with a focus on Native American reservation and off-reservation communities. This course will include a service-learning component with a community different from your own.

Topical Outline:
1. Interconnected functions of community
2. Community and indigenous cultures
3. Native Americans and community
4. Holistic worldview of community
5. Service learning in community research and analysis

Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the interconnected political, social, economic, and physical functions of communities
2. Develop an understanding of community problem-solving related to the functions
3. Acquire a sense of how indigenous culture impacts communities. Students will reflect upon their own cultural experience in the broader community
4. Understand how reservation and urban Native American communities function. Students will examine the interconnection between urban and reservation communities

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052

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