Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Potential Courses (subject to student and committee modification)

ANS/RD 401   Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders (3 Credits)  Study with prominent Native tradition-bearers in Native philosophies, values and oral traditions. Traditional knowledge elicited through the cultural heritage documentation process. Analysis of existing interactions between cultural traditions and contemporary American life as experienced by Native elders. (Prerequisites: HIST 110, ANTH 242 and upper-division standing.)

ANS/ED 461   Native Ways of Knowing (3 Credits)  Focus on how culture and worldview shape who we are and influence the way we come to know the world around us. Emphasis on Alaska Native knowledge systems and ways of knowing. (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.)

ANTH/NORS 670   Oral Sources; Issues in Documentation (3 Credits) Preparation for recording and use of oral resources. Examines how meaning is conveyed through oral traditions and personal narratives and the issues involved with recording and reproducing narratives. Includes management of oral recordings, ethical and legal considerations, issues of interpretation and censorship and the use of new technologies to access and deliver recordings. (Prerequisite: At least one undergraduate ANTH course and one undergraduate HIST course, or permission of instructor.)

CCS/ED 611  Culture , Cognition and Knowledge Acquisiton (3 credits)  An examination of the relationship between learning, thinking and perception in multicultural contexts.  Particular emphasis will be on the implications of these relationships for schooling.  Content will focus on cultural influences on perception, conceptual processes, learning, memory and problem solving.  Content will also reflect concern for practical teaching problems.  (Prerequisite: ED 610 recommended.)

CCS 612  Traditional Ecological Knowledge (3 credits)  Examines the acquisition and utilization of knowledge associated with long-term inhabitation of particular ecological systems and adaptations that arise from the accumulation of such knowledge. Attention will be given to the contemporary significance of traditional ecological knowledge as a complement to academic fields of study. (Prerequisite: graduate standing or approval of the instructor.)

PSY 602  
Native Ways of Knowing (3 Credits) 
Covers the appropriate and valid ways of describing and explaining human behavior by using the social context, culture and history of indigenous groups. Includes indigenous approaches to values, health, the interconnection of family and community; the nature of spirituality and indigenous healing; and the importance of elders and spiritual healers. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: Admittance into the psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor.)

PSY 606  
Native Ways of Healing (3 Credits) 
Explores healing from a variety of Native perspectives, particularly from an Alaska Native perspective. Emphasizes the preparation and education of healers, their roles and work and integration within the community. Students will have the opportunity to examine the possible integration of clinical and community psychology with indigenous approaches to healing. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or permission of instructor.)

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