Reality Check: Indian Images and [Mis]Representations

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Winter 2018
Credits per quarter

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Native American studies, history, women's studies

This program will address historic and contemporary images and misrepresentations of Indians in a variety of media. Indian images from films, photographs, language, mascots, popular culture, and commercial interests will be deconstructed and analyzed for meaning, significance, power, representation, and issues of authenticity. Colonialism, U.S./Indian history, geopolitics, and economics will be decolonized through the lenses of Native resistance, Native sovereignty, and Native political and economic issues. Essential to this exploration will be an investigation of the dynamics of "self" and "other."

Learning will take place through readings, seminars, lectures, films, and workshops. Students will improve their research skills through document review, observations, and critical analysis. Students will also have opportunities to improve their writing skills through weekly written assignments. Verbal skills will be improved through small-group and whole-class seminar discussions, and through individual final project presentations. Options for the final project will be discussed in the syllabus and in class.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: art, cultural studies, education, geography, history, media studies, Native studies, and political science.

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia

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Advertised schedule:

First class meeting: Monday, January 9th at 9am (Sem II D3109)