Course Descriptions

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

BIO 133 ETHNOECOLOGY
3 UNITS
3 hour lecture

Ethnoecology is the study of the dynamic relationship between people, biota and their environment. Through the scientific study of the principles of ecology, students use their knowledge and scientific reasoning to assess the impacts of humans on Earth’s natural systems. This course will focus on the ecological and cultural basis of indigenous land management; particular attention will be paid to the environmental stewardship of the Kumeyaay/ Diegueño people of Southern California and Northern Baja California. Local field trips and restoration projects in Cuyamaca College’s nature preserve will provide opportunities for working directly with natural habitats.

AA/AS GE, CSU, CSU GE, IGETC, UC


BIO 134 ETHNOBOTANY

3 UNITS
(formerly GEOG 132)

3 hour lecture

Ethnobotany is the scientific study of the relationships that exist between peoples and plants, from the perspective of their traditional medicinal, cultural and utilitarian uses. Focusing on the Kumeyaay/Diegueño people of southern California, students will utilize the principles of scientific inquiry and modern plant biology to classify native plants, identify their anatomical

structures and phytochemical composition and to relate this information to how plants were woven into the culture of indigenous populations and how plants were used to sustain, heal and protect their people. The historical uses and modern applications of this knowledge will be evaluated. Local field trips will provide opportunities for identification and scientific study of the plants in their natural habitats. Not open to students with credit in GEOG 132.

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BIO 135 ETHNOBOTANY/ETHNOECOLOGY LAB
1 UNIT

Prerequisite: “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in either BIO 133 or 134 or concurrent enrollment

3 hour laboratory

Laboratory experiments to complement BIO 133, Ethnoecology and BIO 134, Ethnobotany. Basic concepts in cell biology, plant taxonomy/ identification, plant anatomy, plant physiology, and ecology will be covered. Students will utilize the tools of scientific inquiry to examine the relationship between plants, people and the environment using hands-on experiences. The labs will feature lessons in plant morphology, plant ecology, phytochemistry, and traditional preparation and uses of plants. Particular attention will be paid to the plants and plant communities within the Kumeyaay/Diegueño ethnobotanical region of Southern California.

AA/AS GE, CSU, CSU GE, IGETC, UC


HISTORY

HIST 132 KUMEYAAY HISTORY I: PRECONTACT – 1900
3 UNITS
3 hour lecture

Historical survey of the Kumeyaay Nation from prehistoric times to 1900. Attention is given to Kumeyaay perspectives of Kumeyaay and non-Kumeyaay cultures. Kumeyaay oral history will be incorporated with discussions of the Creation Story, bird songs, ceremonies, religion and peon games. Overview of tribal sovereignty and Kumeyaay independence, laws pertaining to Native Americans in the United States, and early assimilation policies of the United States and Mexico.

AA/AS GE, CSU, CSU GE, IGETC, UC


HIST 133 KUMEYAAY HISTORY II: 1900 – PRESENT
3 UNITS
3 hour lecture

Historical survey of the Kumeyaay Nation from 1900 to the present. Attention is given to Kumeyaay perspectives of Kumeyaay and non- Kumeyaay cultures. Specific segments include: The Mission Indian Federation, The Indian Relocation Act, The Termination Era and PL 280, Indian Activism, Indian Self-Determination, and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and contemporary Tribal Governments. The modern history of the Kumeyaay Nation including participation in the Mission Indian Federation, impact of Public Law 280, and the growth leading to the creation of current Indian Gaming in San Diego County will be examined. Overview of contemporary tribal sovereignty and Kumeyaay independence, laws pertaining to Native Americans in the United States, and the termination policies of the United States.

AA/AS GE, CSU, CSU GE, IGETC, UC


HUMANITIES

HUM 116 KUMEYAAY ARTS AND CULTURE
3 UNITS
3 hour lecture

This course is a survey of arts and culture of the Kumeyaay Nation in what is now commonly known as San Diego and Imperial Counties and Baja California. Students will study Kumeyaay art, music, dance, games, related literature, philosophy, religious beliefs and traditions. Kumeyaay humanities will be studied in the broader context of world cultures. Guest lectures by Kumeyaay elders and experts will be integrated into the course. Field trips to various cultural sites and events are a required component of this class.

AA/AS GE, CSU, CSU GE, IGETC, UC


NATIVE AMERICAN LANGUAGES

NAKY 120 KUMEYAAY I
4 UNITS
4 hour lecture

Introduction to the Kumeyaay language and the culture of its speakers. Facilitates the practical application of the language in everyday oral communication at the beginning level. Since the focus is on basic communication skills, the class will be conducted in Kumeyaay as much as possible. While becoming familiar with the Kumeyaay speaking world, students will learn structures that will enable them to function in Kumeyaay in everyday contexts.

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NAKY 121 KUMEYAAY II
4 UNITS
Prerequisite: “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in NAKY 120 or equivalent

4 hour lecture

Continuation of NAKY 120. Students will continue to develop oral skills based on practical everyday situations and contexts.

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NAKY 220 KUMEYAAY III
4 UNITS
Prerequisite: “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in NAKY 121 or equivalent

4 hour lecture

Continuation of NAKY 121. Students will develop increasingly advanced oral, listening and speaking skills in the Kumeyaay language.

AA/AS GE, CSU, CSU GE, IGETC, UC