Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: 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
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
Learning Outcomes: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 U.S. government policies toward Indians
* Indian resistance and accommodation strategies
* Cultural attitudes toward Indians in American society
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, and 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.
Course Assessment: Requirements for successfully completing the course:
* Reading assignments completed prior to class
* Outside readings -- a book review -- written and oral presentation to class
* Book Review: Native American -- book must be approved by the instructor; written book review typed, 12 or 14 font, three double-spaced pages minimum
* Midterm Exam (essay questions)
* Final Exam (essay questions)
Attendance is required for academic success.
Learner must complete a midterm exam, a final exam, and a written and oral book review.
Grading: Midterm Exam -- 100 points
Book Review (written and oral) -- 100 points
Final Exam -- 100 points
A = 300 - 270 points, B = 269 - 240 points, C = 239 - 210 points, D = 209 - 180 points, F = 179 - 000 points
If you need assistance at any time during the course, call me. My home number is 501-796-4155; my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need help with your book review, feel free to bring it to class or e-mail it to me. I will be happy to help.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late book reviews will not be accepted. Arrangements may be made to turn in the book review early -- oral presentation and written paper.
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 101
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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