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ETHS 231 Global Native and Indigenous Studies

This course serves as an introduction to higher level offerings focusing on Native perspectives and experiences. Self-expression, self-definition, and self-determination, including and beyond the Native North American context, provide the basis of comparison in order to make visible Native experiences around the world. Significant focus is given to issues of race and racism.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 22, 2015 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Summarize the different points of view on Indigenous identities within Indigenous communities, academics, mainstream communities, and governments compared to U.S. contexts, including social, cultural, national, racial-ethnic, and linguistic standpoints
  • Compare and contrast social and political contexts focusing on U.S. First Nations and First Nations across the world, including sovereignty, racism, and white supremacy
  • Recognize the diversity within world-wide Indigenous communities
  • Explain ways that Native nations in the U.S. and outside the U.S. pursue self-expression, self-definition and self-determination even in the midst of racism, settler-colonial displacement, and historical and contemporary social and cultural injustices
  • Show how multiple sources of interdisciplinary knowledge form the foundation for Indigenous/Native Studies both within and outside of a U.S. context
  • Examine through various theories the application and continuation of racism and colonialism as well as neocolonialism and decolonialism both in the U.S. and outside the U.S.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

Goal 8: Global Perspective

  • Describe and analyze political, economic, and cultural elements which influence relations of states and societies in their historical and contemporary dimensions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.
  • Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.
  • Understand the role of a world citizen and the responsibility world citizens share for their common global future.

Summer 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
21 Global Native and Indigenous Studies Vaughan, Margaret AM Books for ETHS-231-21 Summer 2024 Course details for ETHS-231-21 Summer 2024