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Course Content and Outcome Guide for ATH 230

Course Number:
ATH 230
Course Title:
Native Americans of Oregon
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Presents the history of anthropological research and the prehistory, languages and culture areas of Oregon's native peoples. Individual native groups are studied to better depict the life ways of Oregon's major cultural and geographic divisions. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

The Course begins by defining exactly what is an "Indian". It continues in describing the goals of Anthropology. A delineation of the earliest Native/European encounters and descriptions follows. Next, the history of Anthropological research is detailed. The prehistory of Oregon is presented followed by first, a description of the major cultural and geographic divisions and then, the major linguistic phyla spoken within the confines of the State of Oregon. What follows are in-depth descriptions of various specific native groups that best represent a specific region. Finally, a brief description is presented of the present nature and condition Oregon's Indian population.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

Use an understanding of the prehistory of Native Americans in Oregon to better comprehend the diversity of people in the community or the workplace.
Use an understanding of the languages and cultures of Native Americans in Oregon in order to better understand the diversity of people in the community or the workplace.

Course Activities and Design

1. Examine the prehistory of Native Americans in Oregon.

2. Identify Native American language and cultures native to Oregon.

3. Analyze the current social conditions of Native Americans in Oregon.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment strategies may include any of the following:

* exams (take home and in class)

* term papers

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes:

  • Indian
  • Anthropology
  • Prehistory
  • Language versus Culture versus Politics
  • Ethnographic Present

Issues:

  • Origins
  • Languages
  • Distributions
  • Race (sic.)
  • Tribes (sic.)
  • Nations (sic.)
  • Treaty Reservations versus Executive Order Reservations

Concepts:

  • Culture
  • Sociopolitical organization
  • Sociolinguistic organization
  • Culture Ecology
  • Linguistics
  • History

Skills:

  • Study Oregon Indian Anthropology at a College Level
  • Learn the nature and distribution of Oregon's aboriginal sociopolitical and sociolinguistic groups as well as the history of anthropological research