HI370 The American Indian

for F1LL 2005

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Course Number: HI 370

Course Title: The American Indian

Instructor: Marshia A. Coleman

Term Dates: August 15 - October 8, 2005

Meeting Time: Monday and Wednesday 6 -9 p.m.

Resident Center: Little Rock AFB

Park University

E-mail: marshiac@yahoo.com


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Academic Honesty: Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism-the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work-sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.

Attendance Policy: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”, An incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from the agencies not mentioned above will be report to the appropriate agency.

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I. Course Description

Using Indian and white sources, this course attempts to reconstruct life in selected Indian tribes before the onslaught of the whites and studies the conflict between Native Americans and Euro-American cultures.

II. Goals of the Course

The American Indian is an introduction to the history and culture of North American Indians from 1492 CE to the present. It focuses on selected cultures, episodes, personalities, and themes which shed light on the American Indian experience.

Learners in the course will be expected to have a good understanding of the following concepts and processes by the end of the semester:

* Cultural diversity of North American Indian populations at the time of European contact

* Varieties of contacts and relationships between Indians and Europeans

* Development and implementation of US government polices toward Indians

* Indian resistance and accommodation strategies

* Cultural attitudes toward Indians in American society

III. Learning Objectives

1. Learners will explain the dynamics of social and structural change within a tribe resulting from outside pressures;

2. Learners will explore the nature of the conflict between Indian and “American” cultures;

3. Learners will develop a sense of the aesthetics of American Indian cultures, art, decoration, myths, music;

4. Learners will develop an understanding of the importance of value concerns in human life, and the ability to distinguish them from factual matters becoming sensitive, appreciative and critically aware of differing value systems.

IV. Course Arrangement

Various pedagogical techniques will be used including lectures, small group discussions and films. Learners are expected to read all assigned material prior to class and be prepared to participate in class discussions.

VI. Course Requirements

Requirements for successfully completing the course:

* reading assignments - completed prior to class

* outside readings - two book reviews - written and oral presentation to class

BOOK REVIEW - Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and one book your choice. Written book review paper typed - font 12 double-spaced three pages minimum.

* Midterm - essay questions

* Final - essay questions

* Attendance is required for academic success.

VII. Textbook List REQUIRED

Major Problems in American Indian History second edition Edited by Albert Hurtado and Peter Iverson

VIII. Supplemental Resource Materials List

Native American History, Judith Nies, Ballantine Books. New York, 1996.



Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, Dee Brown, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1970.

Masterpieces of American Indian Literature: Five Great Works by Men and Women including The Spiritual Classic Black Elk Speaks, edited by Willis G. Regier, MJF Books, New York, 1993.






X. Class Policies

Attendance is required. If you MUST miss a class please call the Park Office and call me at 501-796-4155 and leave a message or e-mail me at marshiac@yahoo.com .

Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park University will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park University.

All make-up exams will be at the Park University Office during regular office hours. I will choose all essay questions from the essay question pool.

If you miss a test, you have 5 business day to make it up. You will be required to make up the test in the Park office during normal business hours. I reserve the right to give a test that is different from the one that was given in class. This does not apply to the research paper. I will not except the research paper late.

LATE book reviews will not be accepted. Arrangements may be made to turn in book reviews early - oral presentation and written paper.

Learner must complete a midterm exam, a final exam and two written and oral book reviews.

Midterm exam 100 points

Book Reviews written and oral presentation 200 points

Final Exam 100 points

Grading Policy:

A = 400-360 points B = 359-320 points

C = 319-280 points D = 279 -240 points F = 239 - 000 points

If you need me at any time during this course, call me. My home number is 501- 796-4155. My e-mail is marshiac@yahoo.com . If you need help with your book reviews feel free to bring it to class or e-mail it to me. I will be happy to help. All Park University policies will be enforced during this class.




Marshia J