Fall 2021  |  AMIN 5409 Section 001: American Indian Women: Ethnographic and Ethnohistorical Perspectives (21886)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
AMIN 3409 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
Off Campus
Enrollment Status:
Open (4 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Comparative survey of ethnographic/ethnohistorical writings by/about American Indian women.
Class Description:
Comparative survey of ethnographic/ethnohistorical writings by/about American Indian women.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Graduate students
Learning Objectives:
American Indian Women addresses this SLO by offering students a broad understanding of the social roles of American Indian women across a diversity of tribal nations and in differing historical eras. It examines the social and cultural forces that shaped American Indian women¿s lives in the eras pre-dating prolonged European and Euroamerican contact as well as examining the impact that United States federal policy and Euroamerican social education movements has had on American Indian women¿s gender roles. The course also examines the ways in which historical knowledge about American Indian women is constructed and how it differs depending on who is producing it, for what purpose they are producing it, and in what era it is being produced. Euroamerican understandings of American Indian women¿s roles in their communities may not be how American Indian women understand themselves. In examining contrasting views of how American Indian women have been viewed and discussed, students gain insight into differing philosophies of what gender roles may be and, just as critically, how those roles may be misrepresented depending on the social and philosophical perspectives of different writers in differing historical eras. Students gain a sense in this process of the importance of historical and social context in shaping knowledge.
Student Option
Exam Format:
Students¿ work in the class will be evaluated on an oral presentation concerning one of the course readings and two critical papers. These assignments expect students to critically evaluate writings about American Indian women and place them in their proper theoretical and historical contexts as well as challenging students to apply their own critical thinking and writing skills to the task of representing and interpreting the complex and changing ways that material forces, social formations, and ideological constructs have intersected in the ways American Indian women have experienced their lives in different times and places. Through this critical engagement with historical texts student gain a first-hand experience with inquiring into the way sources, and the questions they pose, shape the understanding of the past. Students¿ understanding of these ideas will be assessed on rubrics created by faculty teaching the course. The rubrics assess the depth and thoroughness of student engagement with course lectures, discussions, and readings and their ability to engage the critical concepts of the course in their work as well as assessing the clarity with which they express their understanding.
Class Format:
Discussion and Lecture
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 July 2019

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