2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

The Meaning of Difference

Winter 2012 quarter

John Gates federal Indian law, international indigenous human rights
Fields of Study
Native American studies, cultural studies and law and government policy

In this half-time program, we will explore cultural, social, and legal issues related to defined "differences" in contemporary American society including race and ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, gender, and disability.  We will also explore specific issues related to sovereignty in contemporary America from the perspective of Native American activists and scholars as well as Native Hawai'ian sovereignty proponents who envision political independence from the United States of America.  Grounding for our explorations will come from the texts The Meaning of Difference by Karen E. Roseblum and Toni-Michelle C. Travis and The Ten Worst Cases in Indian Law by Walter Echo-Hawk.  Readings will examine intercultural, cross-cultural, historical, and interdisciplinary themes that are a part of the authors’ constructions of difference.  These texts will be supplemented with additional readings, U.S. Supreme Court decisions, lectures, videos, and music.

Advertised Schedule
5:30-9:30p Mon/Wed
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
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