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Decolonizing Discourses: An Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies
AMST 285
Fall 2016
Section: 01  

This class offers an introduction to the field of Native American and indigenous studies (NAIS) and its interdisciplinary approaches to the study of indigenous nations, cultures, peoples, and histories in the United States and around the world. Work in NAIS employs a range of critical perspectives to address histories of colonialism, settler colonialism, and decolonization; the mistreatment and misrepresentation of indigenous peoples and cultures; and the crucial role of indigenous peoples and tribal nations in shaping contemporary global cultures. We will explore critical issues facing Native communities, including legal and cultural identities, revitalization, environmental racism, transnationalism, indigenous feminisms, gender and sexuality, and indigenous sovereignty. In the process of interrogating these topics, we will read scholarship that introduces us to different methods of studying these issues and provides a solid basis in the history of Native North America and the global indigenous movement. In addition to reading foundational works in NAIS, we will draw on work in cultural studies, history, anthropology, settler colonial studies, critical race and ethnic studies, and literature, to understand how scholars have tried to make sense of the past, present, and future of indigenous communities in the United States and around the world.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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