Politics and Society

56:606:621:91 International Relations
T 6-8:40 pm
Hybrid Section–50% online
First seven weeks
Instructor: Professor Rossi

Description: This course seeks to develop students’ skills in understanding how states and non-state actors interact with one another at the international level. Through an examination of the actors, the issues, and events, which transcend national boundaries, we will examine three general themes: What are the strategic choices that confront states? Why do states choose the courses of action they do? How does the international political system structure and shape the beliefs and the courses of action that states follow?

Cultural Diversity

56:606:542:91 North American Indians
W 6-8:40pm
Hybrid Section–50% online
Second seven weeks
Instructor: Professor McCarty

Description: The issues regarding the prehistory, historic and modern issues related to Native North America are among the several topics that will form the core of this course. What are the various migration theories proposed for the original habitation of North American and how do Native Americans feel about these explanation”? How is North American classified by Anthropology in terms of major cultural groupings of Native American nations? What is ‘cultural ecology,’ and is it an effective model for studying North American Indians? How do world views differ between Native Americans and Euro-Americans, and how has this conditioned the treatment of Native Americans? What are some of the pressing issues facing Native Americans today?

This course will explore Native American culture and its many facets from an Anthropological perspective. We will use lecture, discussion, assigned readings and film as part of that exploration. This course provides a fundamental understanding of Native American culture. The First Section of the course, we will discuss approaches to the study of indigenous peoples, prehistory, the various origin theories concerning the aboriginal (now, often referred to as ‘indigenous’) population of the New World, and their regional settlement patterns or “culture areas.” (Technology, subsistence material culture: housing, transportation, weaponry, etc). and also art, religion, and political and social organization. The Second Section of the course will focus on contemporary native peoples and issues. Topics may be condenses depending on the progress of lecture and discussion.

Our main test (Sutton) focuses on the ‘culture areas’ approach with selective ethnographic sketches of traditional culture areas. Outside readings will occasionally be distributed. Your class readings will be supplemented by lecture and video. I strongly encourage your participation.