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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. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: My educational philosophy is based on interaction; built on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. I will engage each of you in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.
Learning Outcomes:The primary goal of this course will be to provide students with an even balance of social, cultural, economic, and political history regarding Native Americans in North America. By objectively examining the social paradigms of the past, we can better understand the world as we know it today, understand ourselves better, and make wise choices in the future.
Critical Literacy: demonstrate skill in critical thinking through evaluation of historical interpretations and myths, which direct popular conceptions through the weekly reading précis, course examinations and research paper.
Civic Literacy: demonstrate insight into American social and political systems and into ways for contributing to responsible citizen participatory solutions through course discussions, examinations and the research paper.
Values Literacy: demonstrate skill in evaluating changing social norms and their historical effects through course discussion, examination, reading précis and research paper.
Aesthetic Literacy: demonstrate insight into the interplay of artistic interpretation with social conflict, technological and ethical questioning through the course discussion, reading précis, examinations and research paper.
Course Assessment: Course assessment will be based on the following assignments:
Two examinations which will consist of brief identifications and Three 3-5 paragraph essay questions.
Reading précis and classroom discussion. A two page issue paper is due weeks, 2,3,4,6 and 7. The issue papers serves two purposes, it insures that the student has completed the reading while clarifying their own thinking on the subject and to facilitate the week's discussion. The issue paper topics are listed for each week on the course schedule. The issue paper should be a minimum of two pages and a maximum of three pages typed and double spaced in 12 pt Time New Roman print.
An essential part of the course is in class discussion, I do not lecture in the traditional sense. I will talk and ask questions. The Issue papers are an essential part of your preparation for each class. When I ask a question in class you should be able to use a combination of knowledge gained from the readings, your experience and awareness of the world around you, and logic to answer the question and in fact lead others to make additional comments. If you have questions, which I am not addressing, please feel free to ask them. I may ask to hold them for a while we finish another topic, but your questions matter to my and I will do my best to answer them. Your opinions matter as well. History is much more than merely facts; it is an interpretation of facts, an opinion about those facts. While a historian's opinions may be informed by a wide knowledge of history, the only way they reached that point was by study and by voicing their opinion along the way. A spirited but civil discussion about the topics and issues raised in class is my goal.
A research paper of at least 10 pages and not more than 20 pages. A significant aspect of learning is to perform the task or function being studied. History is more than a (useless) simple list of names and dates. It is a means of analyzing why and how things happen. You will learn by "doing" history through an outside written assignment. The outside written assignment is a typed 10-12 page research paper in 12 pt New Times Roman typeface. You must use at least 5 outside sources, in addition to 5 books and/or articles you may use Internet sources (Internet sources will be properly documented and may not be anonymous websites). The paper will examine a critical question in Native American History between 1500 and 1990. This is an argumentative/persuasive research paper analysing and synthesizing information to come to a conclusion. A research paper implies the use of citation from other authors and sources, to document specific items of fact not commonly known, document your incorporation of other's ideas (their intellectual property) and to lend authority from other scholars in support of your assertions. Therefore the failure to properly cite either with parenthetical notes (MLA) or footnotes (University of Chicago) will result in an automatic failing grade on your research paper. Please consistently use either MLA/APA or University of Chicago style for format, documentation (footnotes), and bibliography or works cited. The Park University standard is the MLA format, however within the history field the University of Chicago style is the accepted format and I will accept either format. Additional guidance on specifically how and when to cite and prepare the documentation can be obtained through any of a number of style guides available in the library. Please notice on the schedule the dates for topic turn-in, source list, outline turn-in and final product turn-in. Late turn-in of the research paper or its components will result in a grade reduction. If you have any questions about this assignment that we do not cover in class, please do no hesitate to see me.
Grading: 50% -- 25% each -- Two examinations
30% Issue Papers and regular class discussion based on the reading assignments.
20% A research paper of 10 pages on a historical topic approved in advance by the instructor.
90-100% = A
80- 89% = B
70- 79% = C
60- 69% = D
0- 59% = F
A is exceptional and an uncommon achievement. B is above the average performance of a 1st or 2nd year college student and is earned by exceeding the standard. C is the average expected of a 1st or 2nd year student and is earned by meeting the standard. D is below average and marginally meets the course standard. F is obviously failing to meet the course standard and is usually only given to a student wanting an F.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade one full letter grade below the scored grade unless prior approval has been coordinated and approved with the instructor.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes. Cell phones and pagers are very distracting and shall be turned off prior to class, if your cell phone or pager goes off during class, I will confiscate it and turn it in to the Parkville Metropark office where you can collect it and explain to the director why your phone messages are more important than your weekly 4 hours of instruction.
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101Plagiarism—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 maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100
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