Alexandra J Harmon
Field-reading course. Survey of major problems and literature concerning indigenous peoples of North America and their descendents.
Exposure to the principal types of literature and significant historiographical issues in the field. Survey of historical developments that resulted in the emergence, and the continuing diversity, of a U.S. population known collectively as Indians. Significant portions of this course address issues in the history of colonialism and the history of ethnicity and nationality.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Graduate status and some courses in history or other disciplines that require analytical writing on the general subject of human affairs.
Class assignments and grading
Some common short readings and an entire book every week but one. During some weeks all students read the same book; during alternate weeks each student's assigned book is different from the others. Each week a student writes either a book review or a short essay in response to a question about the reading. All students write a final, longer, analytical essay. Reviews and final papers are graded on a 4-point scale for focus, clarity, depth of analysis, and appropriate supportive use of sources.