May 15-Aug 04, 2017
Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s): Josh Mori

Course Description

Earn an on-line NAS Graduate Certificate

This course is intended to accommodate a variety of disciplinary interests, its relevancy to each inspiring a high level of student investment in the course. Students will apply their knowledge (attained throughout the course) of a wide spectrum of activist movements to a final project that will be built with a specific community in mind, and with a focus on a pressing, contemporary issue (e.g., pesticides, suicide, housing, jobs, etc.). More motivated students will have the(optional, hopefully grant subsidized) opportunity to travel to Kaua’i during the summer, post class completion, to take part in a 2-week cultural immersion seminar led by a group of Hawaiian activists and cultural practitioners, including the course instructor, Iokua 'Josh' Mori.

The course provides an opportunity, especially for students who are oriented toward activism and learning from Indigenous traditions, to apply lessons from historical examples of positive change to contemporary conditions, while also becoming culturally attuned to a variety of indigenous and other place-based communities ( each other’s as well as those portrayed in required reading and viewing assignments). Fully engaged students will come away from this course with a deep historical grounding in how 'grassroots' (carefully defined) activism has worked across a variety of cultures, times and places; and, students will take away a set of tools (e.g., in understanding the arts of protest, lobbying, legislative reform, etc.) for cultivating positive change in and with their own or adopted communities.

Meeting Place and Times

Online – Co-convenes with NASX 491 – Activism & Indigeneity: A Comparative Study


Josh Mori.
Josh is a graduate of the MSU Native American Studies Master’s program. He has taught several courses for the NAS Department as an adjunct faculty member, including an earlier version of this course, NAS 480 Empowering All People, and NASX 105 Introduction to Native American Studies. Mori held the position of Montana Apprenticeship Program Coordinator for the last four years and now lives on the west side of Kaua’i where he is very involved in the local activist movements as well as running an academy training Hawaiian culture based athletes. Other current projects and collaborations include IWI Indigenous Warrior Institute, 501c3 non-profit and IWI summer camp with Matika Wilbur of Project 562.


Bachelor’s Degree and NASX 4XX or 5XX (any other 400- or 500-level NAS course or equivalent, e.g., upper division history, political science, or anthropology courses dealing with Indigenous peoples).

Time Commitment:

10-12 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books/Materials

  • All required course books will be requested through Renne Library and held in Reserve for any local student access. Other media used in the course is available online, or will be uploaded in PDF or other formats.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

For More Information

For course information: Please contact Josh Mori,

How to Register

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