Description and Goals
Your Guide to Writing a Reading
Federal Indian Policy
* Attendance is required. Contact me if you are ill or must miss class for
medical or family reasons. (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
* Response papers: 2-3 page typed, double-spaced critical responses to assigned materials.
* In class assigned activities
Attendance of all assigned events (in and out of class time).
Midterm self evaluation paper, 5-7 pages.
* A final group or individual project: paper, performance, video.
* Your midterm and final grades will come from your attendance, participation,
and completion of all assignments.
* Attendance: (all absences approved by instructor)
Respectful behavior, language, and body language
No cell phones and no texting during class
ACTIVE participation in class (read the assignment for that day carefully before coming to class and be
prepared to discuss it)
Patience and willingness to learn and a sense of humor--the course material reflects an unfamiliar
A commitment to the course and learning together as a community.
Listening carefully and respectfully, discussing thoughtfully, sharing ideas and valuable
insights you have
Professor's Responsibilities & Teaching Philosophy
* Present an organized set of learning materials
Return assignments in timely manner
* Reserve the right to give unannounced quizzes if I feel a lack of commitment
to the material
Respect all class members as learners
Include multiple ways of knowing and learning
* Have patience and humor--unfamiliar and and challenging material ahead.
I believe both students and teacher are responsible for learning. We are
studying communities and cultures and making our own community in our own
I believe the key to a successful class is mutual responsibility. We are all learning
I expect you to be as committed to our course as I am, and I am excited to learn
If you have any problems of any kind and would like to talk to me, please email
me or come by my office. You are paying for my services and I want you to get
your money's worth.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Where Afraid to Ask,
Lewis and Clark Through Indian Eyes, Alvin M. Josephy, Editor
available at UI Bookstore and/or Amazon.com
Articles on Reserve for this class at UI Library eReserve
On your computer, go to ui library home page and click "Reserve", go to courses
and click on "I" for ISEM. Click on our tribal cultures class link, click on the
article you want, then enter username (reserve) and password (Fy4dh), download,
print and read the article.
You are expected to be honest and don't cheat; to have a personal code of
ethics that denotes pride in self. Academic dishonesty usually means plagiarism. Plagiarism is presenting another person's ideas,
words and writings as your own. It is a serious offense that can cause you to
fail a course, and in some places, be expelled from school.
To avoid plagiarism: use quotation marks
when you are using someone else's direct words and put their name and page number in
parentheses at the end of the sentence. If you paraphrase--put the other
person's words in your own words, you do not have to use quotation marks but you still
must put the
original author's name in parentheses or refer to them in your text.
Equal Access, Disability Accommodations
If you have a documented disability I will make all accommodations possible
to help you succeed. All disabilities must be documented by the Disabilities
Office. They will give you a form for your instructors to sign.
Feel welcome to visit or email me if you have any questions about the course!