Native American Cultures and Health
AMS/ANT/NAS 340 - PHA 341 Fall 2012
Rev. Raymond A. Bucko, S.J., Ph.D., Victoria F. Roche, Ph.D.
Friday 1:00 – 2:50 PM
Criss Health Sciences Center L61
This course allows students to learn first hand about the cultures and health care practices of Native Americans by participating in seminars offered by Native tribal and spiritual leaders, healers, and others who work with Native populations in promoting wellness and pride in culture, and through professional and community-related service and research activities. Students will engage with SPAHP students enrolled in the Pharmacy version of this course, “Learning through Reflective Service: Native American Experience” (PHA 341). Enrolled undergraduate students will engage in service with Omaha based health agencies and attend group reflection sessions.
Native American cultures are rich in value-centered beliefs and traditions about life and health. Students should gain personally, professionally and spiritually from hearing the experiences of those who work intimately with Native peoples, and exchanging ideas with them.
1. Describe the demographics, history and culture of common Native Americans tribes.
2. Analyze Native American beliefs about disease and wellness and healing, traditions, health disparities and needs through interaction with Native health care professionals, teachers, and healers, those who work with Native populations, and others with interest/expertise in Native Americans
3. Document reflecting thinking about issues related to course content and experiences through journaling
4. Evaluate the current cultural, economic and health-related quality of life of Native Americans
5. Stimulate the desire to advocate for underserved populations through the recognition of current health care and economic disparities.
6. Stimulate decision to select additional opportunities for service to Native Americans or other medically underserved and/or disadvantaged populations
7. Explore the concept of vocation in directing one’s life’s work
Lectures, guest speakers, reading assignments, service experiences, reflective writing.
Active Learning Requirements
Discussion with seminar speakers and fellow students, on-site service activities, reflections on service and/or class
* Undergraduate students are required to attend all class sessions
* Undergraduate students will engage in a service experience for 3 hours a week at one of two Omaha Native Clinics:
The Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center, 2602 J Street, Omaha, NE 68107 - Phone 402 733-3612 - Contact Person - Candy Shott. - I am still working with them
The Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition, 2240 Landon Court, Omaha, NE 68102 - Phone: (402) 346-0902 - Contact Person - Darrell Wells for Elder program (X 212) and Anita Wisecup (X 219) for Youth program- Monday evening for Youth Night, Tuesday evening, or days Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for other programs..
Students are required to arrange their own time scheduels with the center and arrange their own transportation to and from the center. The Urban Indian Health Coalition is walking distance from Creighton. The Fred LeRoy Center requires bus or car transportation. You are required to attend every session and my not work more than your allotted three hours in a week.
* Undergraduate students write weekly reflections on their field and lecture experience. These are due no more than 48 hours after your service engagement.
* Undergraduate students will occasionally meet with Fr. Bucko to discuss progress in the course, your paper research and your field placement.
* Undergraduate students will submit a 10 – 15 page scholarly research paper on some aspect of Native American Health and Healing.
If you have any special learning needs or are in circumstances which necessitate special consideration, please contact me at the beginning of the semester. If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact me within the first week of class and also contact Denise Le Clair, Assistant Director of the Office of Disability Accommodations (280-2166). Students who believe that they have a disability that may influence their academic performance, but who have not yet had the disability documented, should immediately contact the Center for Health and Counseling at 280-2735. The Center for Health and Counseling is located in the Harper Center Room 1034.
In the event of disruption of normal classroom activities due to an H1N1 flu outbreak, the format for this course may be modified to enable completion of the course. In that event, you will be provided an addendum to this syllabus that will supersede this version.
This course will be graded utilizing the standard University grading scale. Satisfactory completion of course requires that students attend all class sessions unless excused by instructors, complete all course requirements (journaling, class discussion, Macy/Winnebago/Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center service experience, quizzes over readings, research project and paper), and complete the on-site service experience. Students who fail to complete all journal assignments or the required service experience, have more than one excused absence or who do not participate regularly in class discussion will have their final grade lowered by one letter grade. Engaging in any unprofessional behavior such as breaking the rules of the organization that hosts your service component, cheating, or disrespectful behavior in class or in your placement, or more than two absences will result in assignment of a F grade. Your final paper must be handing in on time. You will lose a half letter grade for each 12 hour period that your paper is late.
Given perfect attendance and fidelity to your seervice learning placement, your grade depends on a successful seminar paper. Your professor will work with you on this but you must be proactive, giving him drafts and incorparing all comments and suggestions you deem worthy. The best strategu for the paper is to work on it throughout the semester. Drafts will be accepted for correction up to Noon November 30 2012.
Grading Scale:Letter Grades are assigned as follows:
Journal reflections and Service: 20% of course grade
Class Participation: 20% of course grade
Research paper 60% of course grade
A 100 – 90
B+ 89.9 – 85
B 84.9 – 80
C+ 79.9 – 75
C 74.9 – 70
D 69.9 – 65
Students are required to adhere to the requirements of integrity as outlined in the Creighton University Creighton College of Arts & Sciences Committee on Academic Policy, Discipline, and Appeals. Students are expected to interact with each other in a way which will enhance the learning experience of all and which is never destructive of other persons. Because of the importance of acknowledged collaboration, students are required to cite all assistance, including that gained from peers. Students must never plagiarize work or cheat on quizzes or exams. The professor maintains an audit policy for papers submitted in this course to both reward extraordinary performance and to guard against misuse of sources. Infringements of academic integrity will result in penalties up to and including your failing the class and the incident being reported to the academic dean. Creighton College of Arts and S ciences provides a guide to the culture of scholarship which includes information on what constitutes plagiarizing.
Note that the class will meet for 30 minutes each week to reflect on your field experience and to discuss the progress of your research paper. We will arrange a time that is mutually convenient.
Creighton Hall 433
Tuesday 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Wednesday 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Thursday 8:00 - 9:20 AM
And by appointment
Home: 3115 (please do not call after 9:00 PM)
Key Dates :
Nov 30 Noon – End of opportunity to submit a draft for Review to Fr Bucko
Dec 7 – last class
Dec 10 Noon – Final Seminar Paper due - submit one copy to the course drop box and send one copy file attached to email@example.com
Note:please fill out the course evaluation when asked to do so by emais!
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