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    Feb 04, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog
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ANTH& 210 - Indians of North America:CD

5.0 Credits
Introduction to American Indian and Indigenous Studies, a field of research grounded in the study of American Indian and Indigenous peoples with the goal of fostering individual and community wellness, political self-determination, cultural revitalization, and cross-cultural understanding.
Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs)
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Outline the cultural contributions of indigenous peoples to the history and society of the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America.
  2. Identify and describe major indigenous cultural groups in North America.
  3. Define anthropology and culture.
  4. Distinguish cultural anthropology from archaeology, linguistic anthropology, archaeology and other social and natural sciences.
  5. Conduct participant observation and service-learning with tribal communities.
  6. Explain the value of participant observation and service-learning as research tools in cultural anthropology and the social sciences.
  7. Describe and discuss the significance of relationships between indigenous social systems and the ecosystems in which they participate.
  8. Define traditional ecological knowledge and explain its significance for contemporary societies.
  9. Explain the theory of evolution and its impact on humans and their cultures.
  10. Reflect orally and in writing on the value of service as a means of making a difference in a community.
  11. Identify the crucial role of culture in the sustainability of indigenous societies.
  12. Outline the historical conditions that led to tribes, First Nations and other forms of social and political organization in native communities.
  13. Explain how indigenous societies are impacted by modern states and globalization.
  14. Define ethnocentrism and cultural relativism.

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