Indigenous Lands/Sovereignties

Subject Name: 
Critical Social Inquiry
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Hampshire College
This course introduces students to the critical study of settler colonialism in the United States and Canada by focusing on historic and continuing expansion of colonial and federal power into Indigenous territories. We begin in the eighteenth century in the Northeastern part of the continent looking at early treaties in the larger context of Indian-settler relations. We then trace westward expansion in the 19th and early 20th centuries to provide a context for understanding contemporary conflicts over land, resources, and sovereignty and self-determination. This course has no prerequisites but is geared towards students with preparation in Native American Indigenous Studies (NAIS), law and/or legal studies, and/or U.S. empire studies. Topics include law, colonialism, and nation-building; land and memory; law, science, and the emergence of Indigenous legal identities; and environmental justice.
Power, Community and Social Justice Multiple Cultural Perspectives Writing and Research Students are expected to spend 6-8 hours weekly on work and preparation outside of class time.
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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

Indigenous Lands/Sovereignties
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Ashley Smith;Jennifer Hamilton; 02:30PM-03:50PM TU;02:30PM-03:50PM TH Franklin Patterson Hall 106;Franklin Patterson Hall 106