Governments and Indigenous Spaces (HIST*3390) | College of Arts

Governments and Indigenous Spaces (HIST*3390)

Code and section: HIST*3390*01

Term: Winter 2021

Instructor: Brittany Luby


Course Format: 

A blend of asynchronous learning, meaning you schedule the place at and time during which you will complete guided activities, and synchronous learning during which Dr. Luby engage class participants online in real time.

Sample Work Week:

  • Read 2 articles and an accompanying primary source (estimated 3 hours per week)
  • Participate in two Q&A sessions (estimated 2 hours per week)

Course Synopsis:

HIST*3390 examines how colonial and neo-colonial governments interacted with Indigenous societies by restricting social, economic, and cultural activities. It will explore the day-to-day impacts of colonial and neo-colonial governments on Indigenous spaces. Engagement with case studies will deepen student understanding of both bureaucratic violence and Indigenous survivance.

Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

  • Seminar Panel Questioner - 20% 
    • During your assigned week, you will stimulate scholarly conversation by acting as a questioner. You are required to compose five (5) questions directly related to the assigned readings. Questions may relate to method, content, and/or sources. All questions must be open-ended and easy to understand on first reading.
    • To ensure you are positioned to support panel discussants, you are to produce an adjoining answer key with Chicago-style citations. 
    • This assignment is due 72 hours before your assigned panel. This will allow Dr. Luby to curate the list. The curated question list will be circulated to all team members 24 hours before the live discussion.
  • Seminar Panel Discussant - 20%
    • During your assigned week, you will participate in a topical debate as an “expert” panelist. 
    • You will be required to answer questions posed by Seminar Panel Questioners and the audience. Dr. Luby will moderate the panel discussion and help to manage the flow of questions.
    • You will also be required to build on the responses of your peers. As an “expert” panelist, you must be able to link your answers to the assigned readings. Be sure to bring a copy of the text to seminar.
    • Each panel will consist of at least two (2) participants. Remember: you will be supported by a peer during the live discussion.
  • Audience Participant - 10% 
    • As an audience participant, you will earn 1% per student-directed panel. Audience members have an important role in creating a healthy, comfortable environment for discussion. Your job is to help Seminar Panel Discussants succeed. For example, you may use online reactions (e.g., “Thumbs Up) to acknowledge an important contribution. You may also request further clarification (if it is not asked for by the Seminar Questioner).
  • “What Makes A Good Article?” - 20%
    • This assignment, which consists of a series of prompts, invites you to critically analyze an award-winning article. It will help you to develop the skills needed to evaluate your own research.
  • Research Essay Outline and Bibliography - 10%
    • Your research essay outline should include your argumentative statement (or thesis) based on your preliminary research. Your essay outline should include major and minor points as well as supporting quotations. Chicago-style citations are required. An outline for a 12-page research essay is typically 6 pages long.
    • For the bibliography, you are required to identify at least two (2) primary sources and eight (8) peer-reviewed articles and/or chapters in scholarly anthologies. It is assumed that short bibliographies will expand in response to feedback before the final essay submission.
    • If you are unfamiliar with the outlining process, Dr. Luby recommends you familiarize yourself with this example.
  • Final Research Essay - 20%
    • Write a 3000-word research essay that expands on your essay outline. If you are using 12-point Times New Roman font, 3000 words is approximately twelve (12) pages double-spaced.
    • You will require a total of at fourteen (14) sources to round out your study. More specifically, you are required to include: 3 primary sources; 1 scholarly monograph (book); 10 peer-reviewed articles and/or chapters from scholarly anthologies.

Advice for Incoming Students:

  • Bring a copy of the assigned reading and your notes to the weekly Q&A to help you ground the discussion.
  • Proofread your assignments (this includes footnotes) before submission.

Texts and/or Resources Required Include All or Parts of:

Lane, Phil, Judie Bopp, Michael Bopp, et al. Sacred Tree: Reflections on Native American Spirituality. Twin Lake, WI: Lotus Press, 2004.

*Please note this is a preliminary web description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.