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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 415N - Native American Culture

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course provides a general overview of the traditional cultures of American Indian cultures and societies in North America. The course will focus upon examining the rich complexity and diversity of American Indian societies through the study of social structures, political systems, religious beliefs, and cultural practices of various tribal groups. There will be a particular emphasis on Native American oral traditions (e.g., myths, legends, oratory, and songs) and how these reflect the world views of the cultures that created them. Students will also be introduced to the anthropological methods and theories that are used to study American Indian cultures. (prereq: None) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the various American Indian tribes that have inhabited and continue to inhabit North America
  • Understand something about the rich cultural, social, and linguistic differences that characterize aboriginal societies that inhabit the continent
  • Develop an appreciation for how folklore is a key element for understanding the mentalities that are the superstructures of cultures

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • No course topics appended.

Patrick Jung

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