All AIIS courses meet the WVC Diversity Requirement except AIIS 240, which is pending approval.
This course explores American Indian/Indigenous education from multiple perspectives, beginning with traditional Indigenous educational systems, then following through colonial, federal, and contemporary education institutions. Impacts of these differing pedagogies are evaluated through the lens of education as both a tool of assimilation as well as a tool of empowerment.
Analyze American Indian and Indigenous representation in film through the eras of American cinema. Presentation of storylines, images, language, people, and places are explored from classic westerns through contemporary Indigenous-produced films. The ongoing impacts of the full range of these films are assessed within diverse audiences and collective society.
Explore the historical and contemporary roles and influences of Indigenous women in North America. Their diverse experiences are considered from both the individual and collective perspectives, beginning within traditional communities, through Euro-American colonization, and into contemporary efforts to decolonize the position of Native women in both Native and mainstream societies.