Applied Indigenous Studies Undergraduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

AIS  101 INTRODUCTION TO INDIGENOUS STUDIES (3)

Studies indigenous peoples historically and contemporaneously, using case studies drawn from diverse cultures. Also traces indigenous studies as a field, with methods and content distinct from the disciplines that contribute to it.  Letter grade only. CUE

 

AIS  201 AMERICAN INDIAN EXPRESSION (3)

Surveys art, literature, journalism, and modern works that constitute Native American expression and contribution to the American aesthetic tradition.  Letter grade only. CUE

 

AIS  202 ROOTS OF FEDERAL AMERICAN INDIAN POLICY (3)

Surveys basic concepts and ideologies surrounding modern U.S. federal Indian policy, emphasizing stereotypes, historical controversies, and cultural differences.  Letter grade only. SPWE

 

AIS  210 CURRENT AMERICAN INDIAN GOVERNMENT (3)

Provides overview of the development of modern tribal governments, their powers, and the problems they face; includes historical examination of North American indigenous societies. Cross-listed with POS 210.  Letter grade only. CUE

 

AIS  232 MUSEUMS AND AMERICAN INDIANS:  COLLECTING, DISPLAYING, AND REPATRIATING INDIGENOUS CULTURES (3)

Introduction to museum anthropology and current developments in tribal and non-tribal museums, with special attention to ideology of display and politics of repatriation.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.

 

AIS  255 "AUTHENTIC INDIAN":  GENDER AND INDIGENOUS REPRESENTATION (3)

Examines the relationship and negotiation of gender and culture as they are represented within and concerning Indigenous peoples/communities.  We will focus on U.S. forms of representation in popular experiences, e.g., literature, film, media.  Cross-listed with ES 255 and WGS 255.  Letter grade only. AHIE

 

AIS  290 FOUNDATIONS OF INDIGENOUS ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: LAW, POLICY AND MOVEMENTS (3)

This course examines perspectives on environmental justice, the history of the environmental justice movement, policy and law, contemporary issues, and current struggles of indigenous peoples for environmental justice world wide.  Letter grade only.

 

AIS  299 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.

 

AIS  301W COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR APPLIED INDIGENOUS STUDIES (3)

This is the required junior-level writing course for AIS students.  It assists students with developing the communication skills needed by professionals working in indigenous communities and organizations.  Students will develop skills in writing any of the following: policy, business plans, environmental impact statements, research reports, grants, and other documents as required.  They will also develop oral and non-verbal communication skills which will focus on culturally sensitive communication.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: ((ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+)) and AIS 101 and 6 units AIS - Applied Indigenous Studies coursework and Junior Status or higher) or International Exchange Student Group JWRT

 

AIS  304 INDIGENOUS-STATE RELATIONS:  COMPARATIVE GLOBAL CONTEXTS (3)

As a critical approach to the study of Federal Indian Law, this course will examine the basic principles of Indian Law in the United States in a comparative context, utilizing both other British-influenced legal systems (Canada, New Zealand, Australia) as well as those of other former colonial powers, such as Spain and France.  The course would include an introduction to Federal Indian Law as usually conceived.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  Sophomore Status or higher SPWG

 

AIS  320 AMERICAN INDIAN POLITICS AND POLICY (3)

Examines the development of political and policy relationships between Native American nations and the U.S government, using a political, social, economic, and cultural context. Cross-listed with POS 320.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: POS 110 or International Exchange Student Group CU

 

AIS  325 "SISTER NATION":  INDIGENOUS WOMEN IN THE U.S. (3)

This course focuses on a deeper theoretical and an applied understanding of how Indigenous women understand themselves, their communities, and responsibilities.  We utilize and demand a comprehension of Western and Indigenous knowledge systems.   Cross-listed with ES 325 and WGS 325.  Letter grade only. CUE

 

AIS  350 RESEARCH ISSUES IN APPLIED INDIGENOUS STUDIES (3)

The course introduces students to the ideological, political, and practical issues involved in managing and conducting research with indigenous communities.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  AIS 101 and one 200- or 300-level AIS-Applied Indigenous Studies course

 

AIS  380 INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE (3)

Letter grade only.

 

AIS  399 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within a program of study.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.

 

AIS  404 INDIGENOUS NATION-BUILDING (3)

Introduces literature on indigenous nation-building, including professional capacity-building in an indigenous context, public-private collaboration, and models of indigenous sovereignty and self-determination.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: (AIS 301W and Senior Status) or International Exchange Student Group

 

AIS  408 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE (1-12)

Individualized supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization. Involves providing reports for a cooperating tribe or agency.  Pass-fail only.  May be repeated for credit.  Department consent required. Prerequisite: Junior Status

 

AIS  450 INDIAN HEALTH:  ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE, PROMOTION AND POLICY (3)

This seminar addresses healthcare systems, policy and health conditions unique to Native Americans.  Students study environmentally related illness and health environments as a whole.  The class will consider innovative healing and illness prevention strategies.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  Junior Status or higher

 

AIS  460 APPLIED INDIGENOUS CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (3)

This course explores the developments in the working relationships of Indigenous peoples and archeologists in cultural resource management (CRM).  Tribal CRM strategies and case studies across Indian country will be reviewed.  Cross-listed with ANT 460.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  ANT 365    ETNC

 

AIS  470 TRADITIONAL ETHNOBIOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (3)

This course addresses traditional ethnobiological knowledge of wild foragers and farmers, and explores case studies of indigenous communities interacting with parks, endangered species regulators and environmentalists.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  Junior Status or higher

 

AIS  490C INDIGENOUS NATIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY (3)

Involves a senior capstone project that applies the concepts of capacity-building for indigenous nations in the current era.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  AIS 404 or International Exchange Student Group CAP

 

AIS  497 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-6)

Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation.  Pass-fail only.  No repeat limit.  

 

AIS  499 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area.  Letter grade only.  No repeat limit.