B CUSP 116
Addresses an important social issue through an interdisciplinary perspective; builds creative and critical skills of writing, analysis, and quantitative reasoning; and explores, through scientific methods, one aspect of the natural world. Offered: W.
Course subtitle: "Weaving Cultural & Ecological Diversity" This inquiry course will help students understand the connections between Native American cultures and a variety of ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest. They will ultimately consider the degree to which cultural diversity is dependent on ecological diversity. Examples of this connection will be covered, with a focus on Native Americans living along the Northwest Coast. The entry point to the student's independent inquiry will be a cultural item of woven plant or animal material. Students will investigate the ecological context and cultural context of the item and consider how changes in one context have affected the other in the last two centuries. The course will emphasize development of skills in research, writing, and oral communication.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures, readings, guest speaker, research training by the library staff, and guided individual research during class time, as well as independent research outside of class.
Class assignments and grading
The research project is undertaken in five components - item description, cultural context, ecological context, changes in ecology, and changes in culture. These components are then synthesized in a final research paper and poster. A foundation for the research projects is provided through lectures that cover case studies, readings and written reading responses, and DVDs that tell the stories of individual Native American artists.
Most of the grade is based on the written assignments described above. Short quizzes cover the foundation material (lectures, assigned readings, and DVDs) Participation is required (and credit awarded) for class discussions, individual conferences, research exchanges, and the final poster session.