At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:
- Examine complex evolving identities of contemporary Native American women and more clearly understand their ongoing struggles against a centuries-old legacy of colonial disempowerment.
- Identify and discuss relationships between common themes, current events, and issues of importance that arise in the course given their social, political, religious, historical, and regional contexts in tribal communities—informed by critical reading of literature in the field.
- Articulate thoughtful questions that lead others to higher levels of thinking.
- Critically discuss dimensions of diversity through an indigenous framework.
- Effectively engage in scholarly discourse with indigenous women from federally recognized local tribal communities.
- Exhibit the ability to translate new knowledge into a meaningful final critical reflective essay, project, or presentation.
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Course Goals and Requirements
Reading assignments: Students must complete all readings prior to attending class. Make sure to bring your marked-up individual copies of all readings to the appropriate class meetings (preferably with your color highlighted key quotes from the text, summarizing important ideas in the margins, and/or listing your questions you want to ask or pose to our group). Either print them out (double-sided recommended) or have your digital copies available.
Journal writing: You will be expected to spend approximately 30 minutes writing a response once you have completed an assigned reading. Sometimes you will receive a specific journal prompt for assigned readings and sometimes you will be free to choose your focus. This informal weekly writing is meant as a tool for you to pause and think deeply about what you have just read, explore ideas you may have never considered before, and/or discover parts of yourself you may or may not have known before. Go beyond reporting what you think you know and challenge yourself to be opened in a new way.
Field trips: We will be taking a few field trips to explore local federally recognized tribal communities. Make sure to submit your Fall Term class schedule, including your extracurricular commitments, to me no later than the end of the first week of classes. We will need to confirm times/dates asap before calendars quickly fill. Students who cannot attend any of the field trips can elect to complete an alternate assignment. Further details will be provided in class.
In-class speaker responses: After each of our guest speakers, students will write brief responses which may be passed on to the guests. These will be written and collected in class. You will be given specific prompts or open-ended response opportunities after each visitor. These responses will count toward your overall course participation.
Extra credit: There are no limits to extra credit opportunities. In order to receive extra credit a student must attend once current event or site, and write an analytical essay (400-600 words) discussing the following (maximum of 10 points per effort): 1. How did the experience/place provide a concrete example of some idea or aspect described in our course readings or discussions? 2. What additional learning did you gain from the experience? Make sure to include the date/time and a photo of yourself at the event or location.
Formatting: All written assignments must be typed, double-spaced, using 1” margins all around, 12-point font, proper paginations, proper heading (including course number), and stapled. Papers must include citations and a complete and appropriately formatted list of references immediately following text (including specific course readings and additional resources used).
Final Critical-Reflective Essay or Interdisciplinary Project/Presentation: There will be no final exam in this course. Instead, students will have an opportunity to complete a Critical-Reflective Essay (8-10 pages) OR do an interdisciplinary Project/Presentation on a topic of their choice. Each will serve as a comprehensive account and reflection of your learning in this course. You will be required to submit one draft (week 5) and one final version during the last week of class.