Explores cultures and peoples from specific geographic regions of the world. Broadly considers social, gendered, economic, and political changes in ecological and historical context, focusing on precolonial, colonial, and contemporary societies and globalization. Sections: A. North America, B. Latin America, C. Middle East and North Africa, D. Sub-Saharan Africa, E. Southeast Asia. May be repeated barring duplication of subject.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated up to unlimited times.
Equivalent(s): ANTH 500W
Only listed campus in section: Durham
Attributes: World Cultures(Discovery)
Instructors: Alexandra Martin
Additional Course Details:
Native people of North America have diverse histories beginning in time immemorial. In this course, our aim is to develop an understanding of Indigenous peoples, their diversity, their histories, and their living cultures. We begin by exploring the first peopling of the New World and surveying Indigenous history through European colonization and subsequent oppression and culture change after the 15th century. We will consider the impacts Native American/European contact has had on both Indigenous and Euro-American cultures, and how this relationship impacted fundamental aspects of the construction of the United States. We will examine perspectives from diverse academic disciplines and multimedia about Native peoples. Throughout the course, we will examine personal and Tribal identities, including dimensions of nation, education, family, authenticity, gender, and sexuality, how these developed over time, and how they are being produced and reproduced today. We will also reflect on the ways Indigenous people have been and continue to be studied and future directions for such studies, particularly considering the relationship between Native Americans and anthropologists.
This class is cross-listed with the Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor and with Women's and Gender Studies!