AIS 202 A: Introduction To Contemporary Experience In Indian America

Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 1:20pm
Location: 
LOW 106
SLN: 
10187
Instructor:
Scott Pinkham

Syllabus Description:

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AIS 202 A Winter 2015
Introduction to Contemporary Experience in Indian America
Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30am-1:20pm, LOW 106
Scott Pinkham, Lecturer 301 Loew Hall
spinkham@uw.edu/ 206.221.7769
Office Hours by appointment

Description:

This course will cover issues of concern to today’s American Indian/Alaska Natives. Topics will include identification, demographics, government relations, treaty rights, and representation, as well as cultural and social issues contemporary American Indian/ Alaska Natives face. History and background on U.S.-Indian relations will be covered for reference. Lectures will be designed to provide for student interaction and comments, with one or more classes reserved for classroom debates on current topics. 

 

Readings:

Required Textbooks-

  • Rawls, James, Chief Red Fox is Dead: A History of Native Americans Since 1945
  • Reyes, Lawney, Bernie Whitebear: An Urban Indian's Quest for Justice
  • Wilkinson, Charles, Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations

Optional Textbook-

  • Axtell, Horace/Aragon, Margo, A Little Bit of Wisdom: Conversations with a Nez Perce Elder

Handouts (available on course website)-

  • As cited in General Schedule/Announced in class.

Web Resources-

 Grading:

Assignments and associated points (subject to change) are as follows:
Assignment Points Per Number Drop Total

Assignment Points Per Number Drop Total
Quiz 20 5 1 80 
Exams 50 3 0 150 
Participation 1 20 1* 20
Debate 25 1 0 25
Research Project 125 1 0 125
      TOTAL 400

 

Due dates and further information will be announced in class and/or in respective handouts. Late assignments deducted 10% each day they are late unless prior arrangements have been made. 

If all assignments are turned in and complete, grades will be calculated based upon points earned. 230 points earned from the assignments above are required to pass the class with a 0.7. Anything below (prior to adding extra credit) will result in a 0.0. Those with 230 or more points can add extra credit points (15 maximum) to their total points and use to following grading scale: 

Points, Grade Points, Grade Points, Grade Points, Grade Points, grade
<230, 0.0 260+, 1.3 295+, 2.0 330+, 2.7 365+, 3.4
230+, 0.7 265+, 1.4 300+, 2.1 335+, 2.8 370+, 3.5
235+, 0.8 270+, 1.5 305+, 2.2 340+, 2.9 375+, 3.6
240+, 0.9 275+, 1.6 310+, 2.3 345+, 3.0 380+, 3.7
245+, 1.0 280+, 1.7 315+, 2.4 350+, 3.1 385+, 3.8
250+, 1.1 285+, 1.8 320+, 2.5 355+, 3.2 390+, 3.9 
255+, 1.2 290+, 1.9 325+, 2.6 360+, 3.3 395+, 4.0

Extra credit opportunities will arise during the quarter and could be done in class with no prior advance notice.  One opportunity for extra points is to volunteer at the UW Winter Powwow on Saturday, January 24, 2015 or the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ opening on March 12 or 13, 2014.

Catalog Description: 
Survey of contemporary Native American people, cultures, and issues. Focus on modern experiences through readings from Native-American autobiographies, contemporary narratives and literature, and reports of important topical issues, e.g., water rights, Indian gaming, treaty law.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Other Requirements Met: 
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
December 8, 2017 - 3:22pm