AIS 202 A: Introduction To Contemporary Experience In Indian America

Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 1:20pm
Location: 
LOW 201
SLN: 
10196
Instructor:
Scott Pinkham

Syllabus Description:

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AIS 202 A Winter 2016
Introduction to Contemporary Experience in Indian America
Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30am-1:20pm, LOW 201
Scott Pinkham, Lecturer 348 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

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
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 posted in the course calendar with any changes/additions announced in class 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 percentage out of 400 points. A 96% or higher will earn a 4.0 grade and a minimum 60% is needed to pass the class with a 0.7. 

Percentage/Grade Percentage/Grade Percentage/Grade Percentage/Grade Percentage/Grade
96.0%, 4.0 88.4%, 3.3 80.7%, 2.6 73.1%, 1.9 65.5%, 1.2
94.9%, 3.9 87.3%, 3.2 79.6%, 2.5 72.0%, 1.8 64.4%, 1.1
93.8%, 3.8 86.2%, 3.1 78.5%, 2.4 70.9%, 1.7 63.3%, 1.0
92.7%, 3.7 85.1%, 3.0 77.5%, 2.3 69.8%, 1.6 62.2%, 0.9
91.6%, 3.6 84.0%, 2.9 76.4%, 2.2 68.7%, 1.5 61.1%, 0.8
90.5%, 3.5 82.9%, 2.8 75.3%, 2.1 67.6%, 1.4 60.0%, 0.7
89.5%, 3.4 81.8%, 2.7 74.2%, 2.0 66.5%, 1.3 <60.0%, 0.0


Extra credit opportunities will arise during the quarter and could be done in class with no prior advance notice.  One outside class extra credit opportunity is to volunteer at the UW Winter Powwow on a Saturday, January 23.  Other Native/Indigenous events on campus during the quarter maybe used as well, but must be approved in advance.

Additional Details:

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 will come from contemporary narratives and literature, web sources and reports on American Indian/Alaska Native issues.

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to American Indian/Alaska Natives contemporary and social issues. Topics will include identification, demographics, government relations, treaty and water rights, Indian gaming, and treaty law.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Credits: 
5
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
December 8, 2017 - 3:22pm