AIS 403 - Globalization and Indigenous People

Globalization is a term often heard and read in academic circles and in national news, but less often understood by the average person. However, because it is the world political, economic, and social system currently in place as the next evolution of capitalism, everyone should have a basic notion of the definition, and what effects it has and will continue to have on the lives of everyone.

Indigenous People of the world are the human population most adversely affected by globalization and the group that has the most experience in sometimes resisting, sometimes adapting, and sometimes creating a syncretism of responses to changing world situations. This course first gives an introduction to the history, politics, and economics of globalization, then moves on to discuss both the benefits and challenges of globalization through the perspectives of global Indigenous peoples.