(Shared Places): Tribal Cultures and Histories
isem 101 (42)  

Description and Goals
Course Themes
Course Requirements
Class Schedule
Your Guide to Writing a Reading
Indigenous Aesthetics
Indian Humor
Historical Trauma
Federal Indian Policy


Course Requirements:
* Attendance is required. Contact me if you are ill or must miss class for medical or family reasons. (email me at janjohn@uidaho.edu)
* 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.

Student Responsibilities
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 world view
* 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 classroom.
* I believe the key to a successful class is mutual responsibility. We are all learning together.
* I expect you to be as committed to our course as I am, and I am excited to learn with you.
* 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, Anton Teuton 
Product Details

Lewis and Clark Through Indian Eyes, Alvin M. Josephy, Editor 

both are available at UI Bookstore and/or Amazon.com

Articles on Reserve for this class at UI Library eReserve
Username: reserve
Password: Fd73gb
Library:  http://uidaho.edu/library

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.

Academic Honesty
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!