HWST107_syl_sp_11_revised - Dr Jonathan K Osorio Spalding...

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Dr. Jonathan K Osorio Spalding, Room 155, M,W 1:30pm to 2:45pm [email protected] SYLLABUS FOR HWST 107:HAWAI'I: CENTER OF THE PACIFIC SECTION 008: SPRING 2011: 2 TIMES PER WEEK This course will provide an overview of Hawaiian and Pacific Islander culture, history, geography, and politics, as much as possible, from a Native perspective. The student will be encouraged to confront and analyze a number of different sources; books, film, music and lectures, in order to examine how some Native peoples of the Pacific view their own past, present, and future. In the Hawaiian culture, knowledge is acquired through kuleana (responsibilities). By learning about n ā mea Hawai‘i, (things Hawaiian) we take on the responsibilities to the ā ina (land) and the people who have produced that knowledge. Throughout the course we will contemplate our own kuleana as students, teachers, and people who call Hawai‘i home. Upon successful completion of HWST 107, the student should be able to: Demonstrate knowledge of Pacific geography and the origins and patterns of migration and settlement of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Understand the similarities and differences between the cultures and histories of Pacific peoples through the study of their languages, religious traditions, artistic accomplishments, material culture and political economic development. Demonstrate a native understanding of physical environments and its role in shaping culture, as well as the effects of increasingly altered environments in the modern period. Explore the importance of land to island civilizations and trace the cultural importance of land historically, from ancient chiefdoms, through European colonization and contemporary challenges arising through the loss of lands. Demonstrate knowledge of the comparative effects of colonization on Pacific peoples and the similarities and differences of nationalist movements throughout the Pacific. Demonstrate a familiarity with a variety of texts that make up the knowledge embodied by Pacific peoples, including oral traditions, primary and secondary literature, as well as visual and tactile expressions of their cultures. Demonstrate a familiarity with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and its potential to resolve political differences in a peaceful manner.
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READINGS All readings will be posted on Laulima, so there is no need to buy a reader. If you would like to buy texts for the class, please see the Bibliography at the end of the syllabus. CLASS ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY - ROLL WILL BE TAKEN AND 3 POINTS TAKEN OFF FOR EACH UNEXCUSED ABSENCE. GRADES : ATTEND. 100 POINTS EXAM 1 = 100 POINTS EXAM 2 = 100 POINTS FINAL = 100 POINTS PAPERS = 100 POINTS TOTAL = 500 / 5 = GRADE FOR THE CLASS RE: EXAMS: There will be three exams. Each will cover one portion of the course. There will be at least one question from each reading assignment, film, guest speaker and excursion.
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