HI370 The American Indian

for S1HH 2008

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HI 370 The American Indian


S1HH 2008 PA


Stricker, Leslie A.


Senior Instructor - History


M.A. History, Wright State University
B.A. History, Northern Kentucky University

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Semester Dates

January 7, 2008 - March 9, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:30 PM

Credit Hours



Hurtado and Iverson. Major Problems in American Indian History. 2nd edition.
     New York:  Houghton Mifflin Publishers.

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Course Description:
Using Indian and white sources, this course attempts to reconstruct life 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:
The Instructor's educational philosophy includes making history come alive for the students as much as possible.  The Instructor will present history through classroom lecture, discussion, examination, film, pictures, maps, writings, music, artifacts and readings.  At all times the Instructor encourages student participation in discussions, presentations, questions, answers and the sharing of personal experiences and research.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the basic values and social structures of the following tribes: Sioux, Iroquois, Winnebago and Pueblo Indians;
  2. Explain the dynamics of social and structural change within a tribe resulting from outside pressures;
  3. Compare the nature of the conflict between Indians and “American” cultures; and
  4. Develop a sense of the aesthetics of American Indian cultures, art, decoration, myths, and music.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the facts, trends, theories and arguments related to important issues and developments in Native American History.  Students will display proficiency in their ability to research, organize, analyze, evaluate and interpret various basic research materials and present and report on same.  Students will also be able to discuss various theories and perspectives regarding incidents during that period of American history as well as interpret, explain, and justify their own theories.  Students will integrate and appreciate the experiences of diverse participants of the time period.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Students are expected to participate in classroom lectures and discussions and complete required reading materials.  Students grade for the course will be determined on the basis of scores received from two quizes, one final, one research paper, and one oral presentation.
Quizes and Final:  Quizes and final examination will consist of short essay, definitions, short answer, matching, fill in the blank, sequences, identifications, lists, true/false and multiple choice.   Test questions will cover material provided in the classroom lectures, discussions, informational films, and required readings.  Students may supplement the material with data gathered from the textbook, informational films, and outside research.  Students will have 90 minutes from the beginning of class to complete each test.  If the student is late for class, the student cuts into their examination period.  It will not be extended unless it is the result of an excused absence.
Term Paper:  Students will be required to research and write on 5-8 page term paper on a subject related to Native American History.  Subject matter must receive prior approval from the Instructor.  Unapproved papers will not be accepted.  Papers must contain a bibliography of at least five (5) entries unless prior approval has been received from the Instructor regarding your subject.  An informational sheet on the term paper will be distributed later in the term.
Oral Report: Students will be required to give a 5-6 minute oral presentation of the facts and information detailed in their term papers.  This is not to be a reading of your paper, but rather a quick summary of the facts and ideas presented in same.
NOTE:  The use of encyclopedias or Wikipedia in any assignment or discussion will result in the loss of points on that assignment or discussion.


Grades will be assigned for course work as follows: Quiz 1, 25%, Quiz 2, 25%, Final Exam, 25%, Term Paper, 15%, Oral Report 10%.  Percentages required for a grade of A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%.  A grade of F will be assigned to students receiving less than 60 percentage points.  Earned final grade percentages will not be rounded up or down.  Failure to complete and turn in any assignment will result in a failing grade for the course.  Grades are not awarded by the Instructor, they are earned by the student.
Students must complete every assignment before the end of the term in order to pass the course.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Class assignments are due at the beginning of the class period for which they are due.  Assignments turned in late will be penalized 10% of the grade earned for each day the assignment is late.  Missing assignments will receive a zero.  All assignments must be completed before the end of the term to receive a passing grade for the course.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students in the classroom are encouraged to ask questions, contribute their knowledge and experiences and share ideas and information during class time.  However, it is necessary to maintain an atmosphere of respect at all times for the Instructor and other students.  Instructor and students should be allowed to speak without interruption.  Unecessary noise and personal conversations prevent others from thinking, concentrating and hearing.  The classroom is no place for rudeness to one another or towards another person's ideas or opinions.
Faculty members are expected to remove from their classroom students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom.  Such behavior includes but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending class under the influence of alcohol or drugs, use of cell phone during class, speaking with others while class is in session and other various forms of interruption, etc.  Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension or expulsion from Park University.  Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion from Park University.
Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior toward administrative personnel or support staff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Dates for lecture topics and films are approximate and up to the discretion of the Instructor.  Films are subject to availability.

January 9

Intro, Intro to Native Americans

"More than Bows & Arrows"

Chapters 1-3
January 16

Northeastern Tribes

"America's Great Indian Nations"

Chapters 5-6
January 23

Examination One

Ohio Valley & Southeastern Tribes
"Trail of Tears"
Chapter 7
January 30

California & Great Basin

"How the West was Lost"

Chapter 8

February 6


Southwest & Artctic Tribes

"Nanook of the North"

Chapters 4 & 9
February 13

Examination Two

Subarctic, Northwest & Plateau
"In the Land of the War Canoes"
Chapter 10
February 20

Plains Indian Tribes

"The West"

Chapters 11-12
February 27

Written Reports Due

Oral Reports Given
Wounded Knee
Chapters 13-15
March 5 Final 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86
Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence Park University will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, papers, homework or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades, suspended and/or expelled from Park University.

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
Plagiarism is the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one's original work.  This sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation or sources should consult their instructors.  Students are responsible for the work they turn in.

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
Students who miss or arrive late for classes are responsible for obtaining any missed announcements, assignments and/or handouts from the Instructor that they might have missed.

Student who miss or arrive late for classes need to obtain any notes they might have missed from another student.

Incomplete Policy - An incomplete indicates that a student's course work was not completed during our 9-week semested through no fault of the student.  An incomplete allows a student 60 days from the last day of classes to make up any missed course work before a grade is issued.  An incomplete is justified for the following three reasons with appropriate supporting paperwork.
1. TDY - must be accompanied by official TDY orders
2. Sickness or hospitalization - must be accompanied by a note from a doctor and/or work supervisor
3. Death in the family.

Missed work must be completed within 60 days of the last class and in time for the Instructor to grade work and submit same.


Students who do not contact their Instructor regarding their absences are not eligble to take the final exam.  Students with an excused absence for the final must submit written documentation regarding the reason for their absence.

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. 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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