Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 218 Effective Summer 2015
- Course Number:
- HST 218
- Course Title:
- Native American Indian History
- Credit Hours:
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- Special Fee:
Course DescriptionCovers history of American Indians in what is now the United States from pre-Columbian times to the present, exploring the cultural diversity among Native peoples, tribal sovereignty, conflicts and accommodations with European Americans, historical roots of contemporary Native American issues and an increased level of awareness of the cultural heritage of the United States. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion students will be able to:
· Articulate an understanding of the key events in native American history and use critical thinking to valuate historical developments and their impact n American Indian-European American relations.
·Recognize the historical contributions (political, economic, cultural, racial, social, gender, religious) of different American Indian peoples within the larger context of American history.
· Identify culturally-grounded assumptions which have influenced the perceptions, behaviors and policies of nations and people in the past and assess how culture affects human beliefs and behaviors.
· Communicate effectively through historical analysis.
· Connect key interrelated developments from diverse Native American and European American communities to provide a multicultural context for critically examining American history.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources
- Evaluate different interpretations of past events and construct your own interpretation
- Think critically about the relationships between past and present events and issues
- Compare and contrast the experience of American Indians with various Europeans and Africans.
- Demonstrate college-level communication skills: listening, speaking, and writing
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources:
- Connect evidence to its relevant historical context
- Recognize and evaluate the perspective of the creator of written, artistic, or other evidence
- Assess the motivation and purpose of evidence
Evaluate different interpretations of past events and construct your own interpretation:
- Identify an historians thesis and supporting evidence
- Evaluate the arguments used to support different interpretations of historical issues
- Develop your own thesis and historical interpretation and use evidence to support it
Think critically about the relationship between past and present events and issues:
- Recognize and identify historical roots and parallels to current issues
Compare and contrast the experience of American Indians with various Europeans and Africans:
- Listen to and appreciate the experience of students from different backgrounds
- Engage in private and public discussions that involve the construction of fact-based arguments regarding issues in American Indian history
- Assess the contributions of various American Indian tribes to American society
- Recognize diversity within the historical context
Demonstrate College-level communication skills: listening, speaking, and writing
- Communicate effectively in writing about a historical topic
- Communicate in writing an understanding of historical processes and an evaluation of how concepts of values change over time
Clearly articulate thoughts and ideas to a particular audience:
- Work collaboratively with other students to evaluate and understand historical events
- Work collaboratively with others in discussions, debates, or role plays
- Present information in oral presentations
Themes, Concepts, Issues
- Indigenous cultures
- Population decline
- The Indian barrier to westward expansion
- Manifest Destiny
- Removal and assimilation
- Treaty making
- Role of religion
- Red Power
- Gender roles