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ANTH 237 - Native North American Cultures | GEUS

A regional, historical and topical survey of aboriginal North American cultures.

Credit 3 hrs May not be repeated for additional credit
Grade Mode Normal (A-F) Course Rotation Fall and Winter

Class-Level Restriction Undergraduate standing

This course introduces students to the diverse political economic and belief systems of indigenous North American cultures (primarily within the U.S. but also in Canada) and the historical and modern impacts of European colonial and U.S. government policies toward Native American peoples. Emphasized throughout the course are the differences among Euro-American political economies and associated ideologies and those of different Native American cultures. Students will learn and understand the historic creation and modern perpetuation of social intolerance, institutionalized racism, ethnocentrism, stereotyping and exclusion. In addition to outlining the causes and consequences of ethnic cleansing, genocide and refugee migrations in North America, the course also explores institutionalized attempts at forced “westernization” of Native Americans through reservation-allotment, missionaries, educational systems and other policies resulting in impoverishment, erosion of social organizations, and loss of culture. Students develop awareness and explanations for alternative cultural identities and values by comparing the varying social experiences and civil rights movements of Native Americans with those of other minority groups.
Updates Course Rotation added 12/2014

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