ANTH-140: North American Indians

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: ANTH-140 North American Indians

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours, Offered as needed

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): (or Co-requisite:) Students must complete any developmental requirements in English (see Proficiency in Math and English) prior to taking this course or enroll in ENGL-101 and BE-102 at the same time as this course

Course Description in college catalog:

An introduction to the discipline of anthropology while focusing on the diversity of native American cultures throughout their long history in North America. Cultures to be analyzed include the Arctic, Plains, Eastern Woodlands, Northwest Coast, the Southwest, and the Aztec and Mayan societies. The effects of European contact on the native cultures and the problems facing American Indians today are discussed.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  2. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Students will understand anthropological texts effectively through readings in the textbook and ancillary documents and articles on Native American peoples.

2. Students will critically evaluate anthropological theories and research on the lives of Native American peoples.

3. Students will construct written essays, responses and or papers demonstrating the use of evidence-based information in drawing conclusions about issues relevant to the understanding of the history and contemporary lives of Native Americans.

4. Students will be able to analyze interdisciplinary research on the lives of Native American populations, drawing on studies from anthropology, ethnic studies, economics, history, religion and gender.

5. Students will be able to evaluate and explain a wide range of anthropological accounts of the role of Native American peoples in U.S history.

6.  Students will evaluate anthropological accounts of the role of colonization, slavery and immigration on the lives of Native American populations.

7.  Students will analyze and discuss contemporary social stratification among Native Americans, including the ways race, class, gender, sexual orientation and religious practices influence the lives of contemporary Native American populations.  

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Students in this course are evaluated on the basis of exams and written assignments, including a research paper.

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Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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