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HI 370 The American Indian
Coleman, Marshia


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CourseHI 370 The American Indian
SemesterF2LL2004
FacultyColeman, Marshia
TitleInstructor, Adjunct Faculty
Other Phone501-796-4155
E-Mailp369823@pirate.park.edu
marshiac@yahoo.com
Semester DatesOctober 11 - December 5, 2004
Class Days------S
Class Time9:00 - 2:00 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1970

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

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

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, 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 marshiac@yahoo.com. 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.

 Class Activities 
Meeting - 1Class OrientationWounded Knee (pp xi - 102)
History (pp 69 - 221)(midterm)
Meeting - 2Book Selected for Book Review -- Instructor OKWounded Knee (pp 103 - 146)
Meeting - 3Midterm ReviewWounded Knee (pp 147 - 272)
Meeting - 4Midterm Exam 
Meeting - 5Research -- book reviewWounded Knee (pp 273 - 314)
History (pp 222 - 399)(final)
Meeting - 6 Wounded Knee (pp 273 - 390)
Meeting - 7Book Reviews (10 minutes max.)
Written book review due.
Final Review
Wounded Knee (pp 391 - end of book)
Meeting - 8Final Exam 

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.  
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


Attendance is required. If you must miss a class, please call me or the Park University office and leave a message or e-mail me at marshiac@yahoo.com.

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

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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