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HIST 434 - American Indian History to 1795


Description:
Discussion and lecture course on Native North American history from 1492 to the founding of the American Republic, and an introduction to the discipline and practice of ethnohistory, which combines traditional historical analysis with ethnographic concepts and research methodologies. HIST 434 and HIST 534 are layered courses, students may not receive credit for both.

Credits: (5)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop analytical thinking and writing skills.
  • Understand and appreciate cultural differences in American history, and the variety of Native American experiences.
  • Understand the dynamics of cultural interaction between Native and Europeans/Euro-Americans; and to grasp the myriad strategies for survival adopted by Native peoples in the face of the gradually encroaching Euro-American political hegemony.
  • Overcome stereotypes of Indians as impediments to “civilization” or “progress,” and learn to view Native Americans as active participants in American history rather than passive observers or victims while Europeans and Americans “made” history.
  • Comprehend basic principles of ethnohistorical approach and research: cultural change and/or continuity over time; syncretism; multiple causation with respect to historical events; and seeing culture as adaptive and responsive rather than static.
  • Map historiographic treatment of Native Americans and integrate American Indian history into the mainstream American historical narrative.
Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
1/17/2013



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