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2021-2022 Lane Community College Catalog 
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ANTH 232 - American Indian Studies

3 Credit(s)

Second term of a three-term sequence of Anthropology courses dealing with native cultures of North America, focusing on the people and cultures indigenous to the Central and Southwestern states of America. Kiowa, Mandan, Navaho, and Zuni cultures are emphasized. Course design as described for ANTH 231  and may be taken out of sequence.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior: Analyze and identify the main cultural and social characteristics Native American cultures in the Plains and Southwestern areas of the U.S., as well as the cultural beliefs, institutions, and practices which differentiation and integrate these two cultural areas
2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live: Compare and contrast Plains and Southwestern native cultural forms with one another and with modern contemporary religious, political, economic, and social beliefs and practice; noting the cultural diversity as well as the unity within and between these two native cultures
3. Understand the role of individuals and institutions within the context of society: Compare and contrast the communal and collective socio-cultural patterns of traditional Plains and Southwestern Indian cultures with the individualistic, atomistic socio-cultural patterns of modern America
4. Assess different theories and concepts, and understand the distinctions between empirical and other methods of inquiry: Introduction and discussion of competing theories of the origin of "civilization"; the forces and factors contributing to the way given native cultures in North America developed. Analysis of the fit of these theories to what is known about Plains and Southwestern Indian cultures
5. Utilize appropriate information literacy skills in written and oral communication: In-class discussion and evaluation of course readings; term papers and take-home essay exams focusing on data and argument explication and evaluation
6. Understand the diversity of human experience and thought, individually and collectively: Identify cultural themes and patterns in Plains and Southwest Indian religion and mythologies, and their symbolization of differing world views, comparison and contrast of such with modern American religion and mythology
7. Apply knowledge and skills to contemporary problems and issues: Links Plains and Southwestern Indian subsistence, economic, and ecological practices and beliefs with their impact on the environment and the ecology, and the relevance of these to modern cultural ecology

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