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Course Number:
ATH 230
Course Title:
Indigenous Cultures and Communities of Oregon
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0

Course Description

Examines the past and contemporary cultures, environments, and languages of Oregon's Indigenous peoples. Covers the values, beliefs, kinship, marriage customs, politics, economics, and technology of Indigenous peoples of Oregon. Considers the impact of colonialism, assimilation, reservations, treaties, government policies, and other factors impacting historical and contemporary Indigenous peoples of Oregon. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Describe past and contemporary cultures of Indigenous peoples in Oregon from an anthropological perspective.
  2. Discuss the values, beliefs, languages, kinship, marriage customs, politics, economics, environments, and technologies of the Indigenous peoples in Oregon from an anthropological perspective.
  3. Describe how colonialism, assimilation, racism, boarding schools, reservations, government policies such as Termination, and other factors have impacted historical or contemporary Indigenous peoples of Oregon.
  4. Discuss power structures and social justice issues related to Indigenous peoples of Oregon from an anthropological and cross-cultural perspective.

Social Inquiry and Analysis

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to apply methods of inquiry and analysis to examine social contexts and the diversity of human thought and experience.

General education philosophy statement

General Education courses in anthropology encourage students to develop skills and abilities in critical thinking and cross-cultural analysis. These courses introduce students to anthropological concepts, theories and methods of inquiry, explore the cultural interconnections between individuals and social institutions, analyze cultural systems and structures of power, and use the comparative method to study the diversity of human thought and experience. This class focuses on the topic of Indigenous peoples of Oregon.

Course Activities and Design

Course Activities may include any of the following:

  • lectures
  • discussions
  • guest speakers
  • museum  visits
  • presentations
  • field experiences

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment strategies may include any of the following:

  • *exams (take home and in class)
  • quizzes
  • short papers
  • oral presentations
  • term papers
  • field projects

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes:

  • Indigenous tribes
  • Language and Culture
  • Tribal Politics
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Issues:

  • Origins
  • Languages
  • Termination
  • Tribal lands
  • Assimilation
  • Citizenship
  • Treaty Reservations versus Executive Order Reservations

Concepts:

  • Culture
  • Sociopolitical organization
  • Socio-linguistic organization
  • Culture Ecology
  • Linguistics
  • History

Skills:

  • read and write at the college level