ENG240 Intro to Native American Lit

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Studies literary arts and cultural expressions by Native American authors. Considers Native American literatures in their national, historical, cultural, geographical, political, and legal contexts. Prioritizes Indigenous experience, worldview, and intellectual traditions in the study of Native literatures. Prerequisite: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 or equivalent placement. Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide).

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List of classes for ENG240 Intro to Native American Lit
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31405 Web


From June 22 through August 15, 2020
Textbooks for CRN 31405
< $40
Instructor: Blake M Hausman
Tuition: credit Fees: $0
For information, contact the department at 971-722-6281 (Office) or 971-722-6255 (Office) or 971-722-6145 (Dept Chair).

Course details: CRN 31405

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You will need the basics for an online course -- a computer or tablet with Internet access, and a word processing program for composing your own writing.

Instructor comments:

Osiyo / Hello! ENG 240 is a 200-level literature course focusing on works of writing produced in English by Native American / Indigenous writers working within the what is now the United States. 

My specialty as a researcher and teacher is Native American / Indigenous literatures. I'm a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, I earned a PhD in English from UC Berkeley with an emphasis on Native literatures, and I'm a founding instructor of Native American Studies at PCC. I've published fiction and scholarship within this field, and as a teacher I hope to inspire future generations of writers/audiences to create/read new Indigenous stories.

There are two required books for the class: The Round House by Louise Erdrich (a novel), and the anthology New Poets of Native Nations (poetry). All other course readings. viewings, and audio recordings will be available for free through our course website.

FYI - We'll use "labor-based contract grading" in this course, an approach to assigning and grading student work in a college English class that is meant to more be inclusive and equitable than standard numerical grading practices. This means that your overall grade is determined by how much you apply yourself and put in the work (the "labor") necessary to participate in this course, not by whether or not you meet predetermined standards of MLA style and "standard edited American English" grammar. More simply put -- grammar is not part of the grade for this time. Rather, it's all about your effort and your willingness to put in the time and do the work.

The work for each week is assigned with the idea that this 4-credit course, like any 4-credit course, will require roughly 8-12 hours of work each week. Included in "the work" is the amount of time it will take you to read the literature and to respond to the readings through your own writing. 

If you want to learn more about the remarkable diversity of Native American literatures, and if you can put in the time and effort this course requires, then you can and will succeed in ENG 240.

Please contact me if you have any questions about this course: blake.hausman@pcc.edu. Wado / Thanks!

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Web Prerequisite | Start Guide for Online Learning:
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The Start Guide is not required for Hybrid or Remote Courses but strongly recommended. To learn more, go to https://www.pcc.edu/osg