Reservation-Based, Community-Determined Program: Contemporary Indian Communities in a Global Society - Tulalip

Fall 2013, Winter 2014 and Spring 2014 quarters

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This program teaches from a Native-based perspective within the context of the larger global society. Students at all reservation sites follow the same curriculum with opportunities to focus on local tribal-specific issues. This program will prepare students to understand the structural inequalities of wealth and economic development. Students will also examine social problems in Native communities through multiple methods and perspectives. Students will understand the impacts of social and political movements, both past and present, by comparing Indigenous societies in the world.

The theme for fall quarter is "Indigenous Pathways to Rich and Thriving Communities." Students will examine the field of community and economic development and explore contemporary economic development issues in tribal communities. Students will study the values, vision and principles that guide community and economic development efforts, the process of development, and change strategies such as asset building and community organizing. The course will focus on the promotion of equity and address critical issues such as poverty, racism and disinvestment.

"Building Healthy Communities" is the theme for winter quarter. During this quarter, students will examine the field of social problems and social policies in a wide range of areas. Students will explore the underlying drive that guides efforts to identify and resolve social problems that challenge society at large and tribal communities in particular, and review the process of building healthy communities and how change strategies are implemented. 

The theme for spring quarter is "Comparing Indigenous Societies through Social and Political Movements." Students will use a variety of methods, materials and approaches to interpret, analyze, evaluate and synthesize the impact of indigenous peoples' history and policies on 21st century Indigenous societies. Students will focus on movements and activism that changed Indigenous societies at various levels of the social/political landscape from local to international.

Over the program year, students from all sites meet thirteen Saturdays on campus at the Longhouse. Through case study and other methods, the curriculum is enhanced and supported. Students participate in workshop-type strands and an integrated seminar that increases writing skills and broadens their exposure to the arts, social sciences, political science and natural science, and other more narrowly defined fields of study.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

public administration, political science, social sciences, human services, education, law and tribal administration and government.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening and Weekend

Advertised schedule: students attend classes at the tribal sites and four Saturdays per quarter at the Longhouse


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Internship Possibilities

internships are encouraged

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Registration Information

Credits: 12 (Fall); 12 (Winter); 12 (Spring)

Class standing: Junior–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 12


Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (12 credits): 10231
Jr - Sr (1-16 credits): 10232

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Accepting New Students

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (12 credits): 20199
Jr - Sr (1-16 credits): 20200

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Accepting New Students

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (12 credits): 30178
Jr - Sr (1-16 credits): 30179

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