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Alexandra J Harmon
HSTAA 517
Seattle Campus

Field Course in American Indian History

Field-reading course. Survey of major problems and literature concerning indigenous peoples of North America and their descendents.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Alexandra J Harmon
Date: 01/20/2009