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NAS201 Intro Native American Studies

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Provides interdisciplinary, historical, and contemporary perspectives on the social, political, legal, economic, environmental, and cultural issues of Indigenous Peoples of the United States. Examines the Native Nations of the United States from antiquity to the present and future. Explores Indigenous languages and worldviews. Analyzes effects of invasion and colonization with an emphasis on survival, political self-determination, and tribal sovereignty. Examines U.S. Federal Indian law and policy, Native citizenship and enrollment, methods of tribal governance, and Native American arts and cultural expressions. Prerequisite: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available. (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide.)

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24691SE Remote
from 10 to 11:50am

From April 2 through June 12, 2021
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Instructor: Blake M Hausman
Tuition: credit Fees: $0

Course details: CRN 24691

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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.

No additional technology requirements beyond that. If you can access the course website in D2L, and if you can access your PCC email, then you have the technology necessary to complete this class.

If you prefer to use Microsoft Word to write documents, then you will need to have your own copy of that program. But you could also use Google Docs, which is available to everyone through the PCC Google suite. You also have the option of making audio or video recordings for your work in NAS 201, instead of writing them. Ultimately, you will need to use a computer application for doing the coursework in NAS 201, but you can choose which application you use and which kind of media you prefer to work in.

Instructor comments:

Osiyo / Hello!

NAS 201 is a course that introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of Native American / Indigenous Studies. 

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

It's been an honor for me to help develop the Native American Studies program here at PCC. Only three years ago, we did not have any NAS courses at PCC. Now in 2021, we have multple! I was the professor for the first section of NAS 201 at PCC in winter 2019, and spring 2021 will mark the 4th time that we've run this course at the college.  

There are two required books for the class: Yakama Rising by Michelle Jacob (a work of Indigenous social science), and The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (a fictional novel).

In addition to these two books, we will read, view, and listen to a range of additional materials (articles, chapters, films, podcast, TED talks, interviews, etc.) -- all of which will be available for free through our course website.

We aim to recognize and celebrate the remarkable diversity and vitality of Indigenous people in this class. To that end, all works studied in our class are produced by Native Americans. 

Coursework will involve brief weekly Surveys, some online Discussions, formal reading/viewing Journals which you will produce throughout the term, a midterm and final Self-Assessment, and a Term Project of your own design (you will have a great deal of freedom in determining your own topic for the Project).

Class will meet on Friday mornings from 10-12 in zoom. The purpose of the weekly zoom meetings is to discuss the course materials for that week, to address questions in real time, and to practice the kind of "active listening" and constructive dialogue which are important parts of what we want you to take away from this class. Students are stongly encouraged to attend class zooms, but attendance will not be required in order to receive a certain grade. Class zoom sessions will be recorded so that students who have other commitments on Friday mornings will be able to view the videos on their own time. 

For students interested in transferring to universities, please know this course can transfer as core credit to all public universities in Oregon and to most universities in the USA. 

Although it's not yet reached this stage... I personally think that this course should be required for all students at all institutions of higher education in the USA :-) Perhaps someday, it will be.

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

Wado / Thank you! -- 

Dr Blake Hausman

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