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HI 370 The American Indian
Stricker, Leslie A.


HI 370 THE AMERICAN INDIAN Fall, 2004 Leslie Stricker, Instructor of History WPAFB, Area B, Building 50, Room Telephone: (937) 434-4397 E-mail: Jeffrey_Stricker@yahoo.com Oct - Dec 14 , 2004 Thursday Evenings, 1730-2230 Hours Credit Hours: 3 Prerequisite: None PARK UNIVERSITY 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. PARK UNIVERSITY VISION STATEMENT Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society. 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 STRICKER EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: The instructor’s educational philosophy is to make history come alive for the student as much as possible. The instructor will present history through classroom lectures, discussion, examination, film, pictures, writings, music and readings. At all times the instructor encourages student participation in discussions, presentations, questions, answers, the sharing of personal experiences and research. COURSE OBJECTIVES: On completion of this course, student should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the facts, trends and arguments related to important issues and developments in the history of Antebellum American History. Students will gather and record factual information from classroom lectures, instructional films and independent research materials, demonstrate an ability to organize and learn collected information, be able to analyze various perspectives and to evidence a written proficiency in various subjects related to Antebellum American History. COURSE TEXTBOOK: ACADEMIC HONESTY: 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. 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 the 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 agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency. I will take attendance at approximately 6:00 pm and again at 9:30 pm during each class. Students must be present at both times to be counted as present for the class. INCOMPLETE POLICY: An incomplete indicates that the student’s course work was not completed during our 9 week semester 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. When is it justified? 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. a death in the family Missed work must be completed within 60 days of the last class date and in time for the instructor to grade and submit for a grade. Students with any unexcused absences during the course of the term are not eligible for an Incomplete. Students who do not contract their instructor regarding their absences are not eligible to take the final. Students with an excused absence for the final must submit written documentation regarding the reason for their absence. STUDENT CONDUCT Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms 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 the class under the influence of drugs or alcohol, 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. LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: Class assignments are due at the beginning of class period. 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 to receive a passing grade for the class. COURSE ASSESSMENT: Students are expected to attend and participate in classroom lectures and discussions and complete required reading materials. Student’s grade for the course will be determined on the basis of scores received from one research paper, one oral presentation of basic facts and findings from their research paper, two midterm examinations and one final examination. Examinations. Course examinations will consist of identifications, definitions, short answer, multiple choice, true-false, matching, short essay, matching, fill in the blank, essay, sequences and/or lists. Examination questions will cover material provided in classroom lectures, films and textbook readings. Students may supplement that information with information gathered from the textbook, instructional films and outside research. Students will have 90 minutes from the beginning of the examination period to complete each test. The final exam is not comprehensive. Research paper. Students will be required to research and write one 5-8 page, typed 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 entries unless prior approval has been received from the instructor regarding your subject. At least three (3) references must be from sources other than internet websites. Footnotes can be listed at the bottom of the page, within the text or on a separate footnote page. Title, bibliography and/or footnote pages are not considered part of the page count. An informational sheet on the research paper will be distributed later in the term. Oral reports. 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. 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 as well as the other students. Instructor and students should be allowed to speak without interruption. Unnecessary noise and personal conversations prevent others from thinking, concentrating or hearing. The classroom is no place for rudeness to one another or to someone’s ideas or opinions. 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students 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: www.park.edu/disability. COURSE TOPIC/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS: Date Subject Book Oct 14 Course Introduction, Review of Syllabus Chap 1-2 Discussion: Intro. to Native Americans Film: “More than Bows and Arrows” Oct 21 Discussion: Northeastern Tribes Chap 3 Film: “America’s Great Indian Nations” Oct 28 Examination One Chap 4 Discussion: Ohio Valley & Southeastern Tribes Film: “Tecumseh” Nov 4 Discussion: California and Great Basin Chap 5 Film: “How the West Was Lost” Nov 11 Discussion: Southwest and Arctic Tribes Chap 6 - 7 Film: “Nanook of the North” Nov 18 Examination Two Chap 8-10 Discussion: Subarctic, Northwest and Plateau Tribes Film: “In the Land of the War Canoes” Nov 25 THANKSGIVING - NO CLASS Dec 2 Discussion: Plains Indian Tribes Chap 11-13 Film: “The West” Dec 9 WRITTEN REPORTS DUE Chap 14-18 Film: To Be Announced ORAL REPORTS TBA Final Exams (Oral Report Presentations, if additional time required) Dates for lecture subjects and films are approximate. Films are subject to availability. GRADING PLAN: Grades will be awarded for course work as follows: Midterm Exam 1, 25%; Midterm Exam 2, 25%; Research Paper, 15%; Oral Report, 10%; Final Examination, 25%. Percentages required for 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 of the above assignments will result in a failing grade for the course. You must compete every assignment on the syllabus in order to pass this course. Students who arrive late for a class are responsible for getting any missed announcements, assignments and/or handouts from the instructor that they might have missed. If at any time the student has any questions regarding any aspect of the course, please feel free to contact me at the phone number or e-mail address listed above. If there is no answer, please leave a message and numbers where you can be reached and I will return your call as soon as possible. Should you wish to receive a graded copy of your Final Examination, please bring a stamped self-addressed envelope to the instructor before taking the final exam. Stamped envelopes will be accepted at any time during the term. If your employer requires submission of grade verification for this course, please inform the instructor and bring a stamped self-addressed envelope. Grade verifications will be sent no later than the Friday following the final examination unless otherwise notified.