Course Syllabus: Introduction to American Indian Studies
Course No.: AIS 100
Instructor: S. Crouthamel; P-8D x2428
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This introductory course is a multidisciplinary study of Native American people. We will focus on a multicultural perspective with an emphasis of the Native American viewpoint of traditional culture and contact with non-Indians. Case studies of traditional cultures will be used to view the kind of changes that one particular group and individuals went through during various historical time periods.
1)Prehistory/Invasion 25 pts
2) Far North/Far West 25 pts
3) SW/Plains/EW 25 pts
4) Contemporary 25 pts
Native American Paper (1 Tribe/Nation) 5-7pgs. 100 pts.
Final Exam 100 pts
Extra Credit: Article, film, or Event Review (1 pg.) +15 pts.
(online option: discussion)
Total 300 pts.
Sutton: An Introduction To Native
A letter grade is based upon the following percentage scale accumulated over the term:
Extra Credit points (max. 15 pts.) are above and beyond the points for the grade. One extra credit article review is the limit. Make up exams must be scheduled outside of class time and completed before the last exam of the term.
A credit/no credit is available and a performance expectation of a 'C' or better equals the credit evaluation.
The student is responsible for the add/drop process
Student Learning Outcomes: A student will be able to…
#1 …label the location of the 10 North American culture geographic regions and distinguish the unique ecosystems in the regions that the traditional American Indian cultures adapted to.
#2…analyze information and demonstrate knowledge of an American Indian culture in a case study format.
#3 … demonstrate their awareness of the significance of American Indian diversity in a global setting through classroom participation.
#4 …identify examples of American Indian traditional knowledge applied to current socio-geopolitical issues.
#5 … design and construct papers and/or presentations reflecting multidisciplinary sources and orientation.
I. Native Americans
A. Culture Areas
D. Research and Anthropology
II. Prehistory of
A. Origins of ‘
B. Paleo-Indians and the Archaic
C. CBS and the Formative
III. European Invasion
A. Early Explorations
B. Columbian Exchange
C. European Colonization
1. Spanish Colonialism and
2. English Colonial Development
3. French and Russian Fur Trade
1. American Indian Status and Manifest Destiny
2. Removal From the East: Trail of Tears
4. Indian Wars and Religious Movements
5. Assimilation Policies and Allotment
6. Biological and Cultural Impact
· Quiz# 1
IV. Native American People
A. The Far North
· Quiz #2
C. Southwest: [Case Study-Hopi]
D. Plains: [Case Study-Cheyenne]
E. Eastern Woodlands
3. Southeast: [Case Study-Cherokee]
· Quiz #3
V. Contemporary Native
A. Post WWII, Termination, Civil Rights
B. Sovereignty and Religious Freedom
· Quiz #4
· Native American Paper
· Final Exam