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Instructor Class Description

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Jeanette M. Bushnell
CHID 250
Seattle Campus

Special Topics: Introduction to the History of Ideas

Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework. Satisfies the Gateways major/minor requirement. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Comparative Knowledges, Indigenous Systems

This CHID-Gateway lecture & discussion course explores knowledge systems and their histories with a focus on knowledges of indigenous peoples of this continent. We will attempt to learn about, understand and possibly begin thinking within systems of knowing other than what we currently use.

Student learning goals

undertake a cognitive exploration of knowledges and related concepts/ideas/words

attempt to perceive our local world from within more than one knowledge system, or discuss if and/or how this is possible

share our insights and knowledge with other learners in the class as we gain new understandings from our studies

research additional knowledge systems, or further research the few systems discussed in class, with additional resources

attempt to make connections between knowledge systems and other aspects of societies

General method of instruction

Discussion with some lecture based on readings. Shared student presentations. Film and on-line sources.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Completeness of assignments, relevance to the readings, clarity of ideas and thoughtfulness. Participation in class discussions. Evidence of your learning and knowledge of authors and topics we discuss for this class.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jeanette M. Bushnell
Date: 05/04/2012