2012-2014 Catalog

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
FNS 101Beginning Ojibwa Language4.00
For beginning students in Ojibwa language. Introduction to the phonetics, pronunciation, and rhythm of the Ojibwa language. A standardized spelling system and basic vocabulary will be used; focus on oral fluency.
General Education Attributes:
HHE World Lang, Culture, Philos
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
FNS 110Survey of First Nations Culture3.00
Examination of traditional and contemporary First Nations culture. Includes the legends, religion, poetry, music, design, dance, oratory, and history of tribal groups in North America.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
HHE World Lang, Culture, Philos
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
FNS 151Introduction to Tribal Administration3.00
Introduction to the basics of First Nations law and tribal governments, and how federal Indian policy has affected development of tribal governments that exist today. Cross-listed as POLS 151.
General Education Attributes:
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
FNS 189Indian Studies Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
FNS 201Intermediate Ojibwa Language4.00
Speaking and comprehension of basic Ojibwa speech patterns. Development of rudimentary reading knowledge, conversational skills, and elementary grammar. Emphasis on vocabulary development and cultural perspectives. No prerequisite.
General Education Attributes:
HHE World Lang, Culture, Philos
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
FNS 223First Nations History I3.00
Examination of the history and culture of the First Nations people from their origin to the Dawes Act of 1887. Cross-listed as HIST/FNS 223. Code 1.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
FNS 224First Nations History II3.00
Examination of the history and culture of the First Nations people from 1887 to the present. Special attention given to the federal government's role in administering Indian policy. Cross-listed as FNS/HIST 224. Code 1.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
HH Humanities-History
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
FNS 230First Nations Myths and Legends3.00
Introduction to the oral tradition of First Nations people. Explores traditional stories and legends told by native peoples for generations. Students will understand the meaning they provided past generations of people and how their message is carried into the modern world.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
HHE World Lang, Culture, Philos
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
FNS 242First Nations Values and Spiritual Beliefs3.00
Examines a broad range of First Nations religious beliefs as they relate to the various cultural values of First Nations in North America. Emphasis on the spiritual significance of First Nations ceremonies and their relationship to the environment. Traditional teachings of First Nations will be examined as they relate to the lifestyles of First Nations people historically and today.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
HHE World Lang, Culture, Philos
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
FNS 289First Nations Elective1.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-S course.
FNS 304First Nations Literature3.00
Examines literature by and about First Nations people. Students read novels, short stories, and poetry by First Nations authors. Students will be made aware of how this literature differs from traditional western literature in content and theme. Also covers traditional stories that contemporary First Nations literature is based on.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
FNS 307Ojibwa Culture3.00
Examines various aspects of the Ojibwa culture in depth. A hands-on approach, with students going into the field and participating in lab activities such as wild ricing, sugar bush, drum and dance, and others. Can be repeated up to six credits.
FNS 324First Nations Wisconsin History3.00
History of the native peoples of Wisconsin from prehistoric times to the present. Major emphasis on the six federally recognized tribes in Wisconsin. Cross-listed as FNS/HIST 324. Code 1.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
FNS 368Cultures of Mesoamerica3.00
Investigates current and past cultures of Mesoamerica such as Nahua/Aztec, Zapotec and Mayan. Employs archaeological, historical, and ethnographic data in a lecture, readings, film and discussion format. Cross-listed as ANTH/HIST/FNS 368. ANTH 101 highly recommended. Code 4.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
FNS 386Social Work Practice with American Indian Families3.00
Addresses social work practice issues related to contemporary American Indian family life, including recognition of the importance of American Indian tribal contexts; development and implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act; impact of sovereignty and other social policy issues on American Indian families; and effective approaches to use when helping American Indian families. Offers an opportunity to better understand and work more effectively with American Indian families. Open to non-majors and can be used as a General Education diversity requirement. Cross-listed FNS/SOW 386.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
FNS 389First Nations Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
FNS 410First Nations Law3.00
Examines the unique relationship between indigenous tribes of the United States and the United States government through the context of tribal sovereignty. Explores the impact of the Supreme Court and the court's interpretation of legislation and judicial decisions of the past. Also explores the future of the domestic dependent nations status and tribal sovereignty.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of FNS 151 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
FNS 430Contemporary Issues in First Nations Society3.00
Study of the problems faced by First Nations tribes in different parts of the country along with their relationships to local and national governments. Insight into the life and culture of First Nations in the contemporary world, and the political and tribal issues, which impact on the role of First Nations in today's society.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
FNS 460The Study of First Nations Women3.00
Exploration of the First Nations woman's social roles and lifestyles from a variety of tribal cultures in North America. Focuses on traditional and contemporary values and roles of First Nations women. Cross-listed as FNS/WST 460.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
FNS 480First Nations Society and Culture: Field Research3.00
Teaches basic social science research techniques and how they apply to the First Nations community. Group or individual field research projects will be completed during the semester.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
FNS 481Counseling the First Nations3.00
Explores counseling theory and application techniques from a First Nations perspective. First Nations world view and linear vs. holistic thinking are principle topics. Group and individual counseling is addressed and practiced. Designed for people in helping professions that deal with First Nations clients. Cross-listed as COUN 481/681.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
FNS 486Special Topics1.00 - 4.00
In-depth study of specialized current topics in First Nations Studies selected by the instructor. May be repeated for credit when instructor and/or topics are different. Instructor's approval required.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
FNS 489First Nations Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
FNS 490Independent Study1.00 - 4.00
Supervised independent study and/or research in First Nations Studies. Instructor's approval required.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms

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