Comparative Diasporas I: Indigenous Perspectives
(Proposed course for Seattle Central Community College)
Instructor: Tracy Lai, History
Office: room 4132
Office hours: as scheduled during a given quarter and by appointment
Office phone: (206) 587-6958 (accepts voice mail messages)
e-mail: email@example.com (please identify yourself/course in subject line)
Lecture Hours: 5
Lab Hours: 0
Meeting Times: MWF 11:00-12:20
Prerequisites: ENG 101 eligibility
Course Description: This course surveys the diasporas of indigenous peoples throughout the Americas and the Pacific. By focusing on selected groups such as native Hawaiians, Samoans, Chamorros, Iroquois, Navajo, Cherokee and Northwest Coast Indians, students can compare the migrations in political, economic, social and historical contexts from comparative perspectives.
• to strengthen critical thinking skills in oral and written discourse;
• to actively engage in learning activities including research, reading, writing, discussion and collaboration;
• to examine through selected case studies how dependent relationships are cultivated and reinforced;
• to increase knowledge of how movements for autonomy and independence are organized and sustained;
• to connect the historical themes to contemporary issues;
• to emphasize the scholarship and voices from the communities being studied;
• to compare, contrast and relate experiences of indigenous peoples from pre-contact to the current era of globalization.
Program Outcomes for History:
• to distinguish and appropriately use primary and secondary historical materials;
• to write history research essays using Turabian style for footnotes and bibliography;
• to organize notetaking from lecture, film/video, seminar discussion and research;
• to discuss historical subjects in an informed, substantive, collegial manner;
• to summarize and synthesize a variety of materials in short answer and short essay in-class writing;
• to develop collaborative skills in group activities such as in seminar, presentations and other projects.
Americans with Disability Act: If you need course adaptations or accommodation because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with your instructor, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with your instructor as soon as possible.
• to increase knowledge regarding the comparative diasporas of indigenous peoples, past and present;
• to enhance critical thinking skills in oral and written discourse;
• to strengthen intercultural communication skills through practice, feedback and structured, evaluated activities;
• to build global competencies specifically in the following areas: increasing understanding of different political and economic systems while acknowledging economic interdependence; realizing that challenges facing our world cannot be solved by the same kind of thinking and actions that created them and recognizing that one's own culture, religion, and values are not universally shared.
Methods of Instruction:
This class relies upon collaboration among class members and inquiry as a process for developing historical understanding. Class schedule will include 2-3 lecture/discussions which address the themes and texts. Other sessions will involve videos, small group activities, field trips, and guest speakers.
Textbooks for purchase at SCCC Bookstore:
Carter, Lee D., Ed. Guam History: Perspectives. University of Guam, 1997.
Churchill, Ward. A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the
Americas 1492 to the Present. City Light Books, 1998.
Dougherty, Michael. To Steal a Kingdom. Island Style Press, 1992.
Perdue, Theda and Michael D. Green, Eds. The Cherokee Removal: A Brief History
with Documents. Bedford Books, 1995.
Supplementary Reading in library and/or excerpted for individual use in Reader for purchase:
Archuleta, Margaret. Ed. Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School
Experiences. Heard Museum Shop, 2000.
Brandao, Jose Antonio. Your Fyre Shall Burn No More: Iroquois Policy Toward
New France and its Native Allies to 1701. Bison Books Corporation, 2000.
Brugge, David M. The Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute: An American Tragedy.
University of New Mexico Press, 1999.
Chappell, David A. Double Ghosts -- Oceanian Voyagers on Euroamerican Ships.
M. E. Sharpe, 1997.
Davidson, Art. Endangered Peoples. Sierra Club Books, 1993.
Daws, Gavan. Shoal of Time, a History of the Hawaiian Islands. University of
Hawai'i Press, 1989.
Dudley, Michael Kioni and Keoni Kealoha Agard. Call for Hawaiian Sovereignty.
Na Kane O Ka Malo Press, 1993 (reprint).
Galliard Frye, Carolyn Demeritt and Vine Deloria. As Long as the Waters Flow:
Native Americans in the South and the East. John F. Blair Pub., 1998.
Goodman, James. The Navajo Atlas: Environments, Resources, Peoples and
History of the Dine Bekeyah. University of Oklahoma Press, 1987.
Harmon, Alexandra. Indians in the Making: Ethnic Relations and Indian Identities
Around Puget Sound. University of California Press, 1998.
Hauptman, Laurence M. Conspiracy of Interests: Iroquois Dispossession and the
Rise of New York State. Syracuse University Press, 1999.
Hereniko, Vilsoni. South Pacific Islanders. Rourke Publications, 1987.
Jahoda, Gloria. The Trail of Tears. Wings Press, 1995 (reprint).
Kemf, Elizabeth, Ed. The Law of the Mother: Protecting Indigenous Peoples in
Protected Areas. Sierra Club Books, 1993.
Klein, Laura and Lillian Ackerman, Eds. Women and Power in Native North
America. University of Oklahoma Press, 2000.
Kluge, P. F. The Edge of Paradise: America in Micronesia. Random House, 1991.
Koppel, Tom. Kanaka: the Untold Story of Hawaiian Pioneers in British Columbia
and the Pacific Northwest. Whitecap Books, 1995.
Kramer, Augustin. Theodore Verthaaren (Translator). The Samoan Islands: an
Outline of a Monograph with Particular Consideration of German Samoa:
Constitution, Pedigrees and Traditions. University of Hawai'i Press, 2000.
Liliu'okalani. Hawai'i's Story by Hawai'i's Queen. Charles E. Tuttle, 1991 (reissue).
Lytle, Clifford M. and Vine Deloria, Jr. The Nation Within: the Past and Future of
American Indian Sovereignty. University of Texas Press, 1998 (reissue).
Niezen, Ronald. Spirit Wars: Native North American Religions in the Age of
Nation Building. University of California Press, 2000.
Perdue, Theda. Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835.
University of Nebraska, 1999.
Richter, Daniel K. The Ordeal of the Longhouse: Peoples of the Iroquois League in
the Era of European Colonization. Omohundro Institute of Early American
Rogers, Robert F. Destiny's Landfall: A History of Guam. University of Hawai'i
Shoemaker, Nancy. Negotiators of Change: Historical Perspectives on Native
America Women. Routledge, 1995.
Souder, Laura Marie Torres. Daughters of the Island: Contemporary Chamorro
Women Organizers on Guam. 2nd Edition. University Press of America,
Stannard David E. American Holocaust -- the Conquest of the New World. Oxford
University Press, 1992.
Wilkenson, Charles. Fire on the Plateau: Conflict and Endurance in the American
Southwest. Island Press, 1999.
Willens, Howard P. and Deanne C. Siemer. National Security and Self-Determination,
U.S. Policy in Micronesia, 1961-72. Praeger Publisher, 2000.
Wright J. Leitch and James Merrell. The Only Land They Knew: American Indians
in the Old South. Bison Books Corp., 1999.
Stolen Waters. Producer: Na Maka O Ka'Aina. 1996.
Tatau: What One Must Do. Producer/Director: Micah Van Der Ryn. 1996.
The Voyage Home: Hawai'iloa's Northwest Voyage. Producer: Williams
Chamoru Dreams. Producer, Eric Tydingco. 1995.
Storytellers of the Pacific. Program #1 Identity. Program #2 Self-Determination.
Kinaalda: A Navajo Rite of Passage. Lucerne Media.
Pacific Studies Initiative (1997-98), East-West Center and Center for Pacific Island Studies is interested in coordinating a film festival and speakers tour to be hosted at Seattle Central Community College.
books and reading materials as assigned
binder/folder to organize course materials
Student Assignments (separate handouts to describe each):
Weekly reading assignments and seminar journals
Two in-class exams including short answer concepts/terms and short essay
One collaborative project with research paper and presentation components
Mid and Final Self-Assessment essays
"Exit" notes as appropriate
Peer evaluations and feedback
Tentative Weekly Schedule of Assignments:
Weekly reading assignments and seminar journal writing; Films/Guests TBA
Week 3: Project Proposals
Week 6: Exam I
Week 7: Project Progress Reports; Mid quarter Self-Evaluation
Week 9: Project Progress Reports
Week 10: Final Self-Evaluation and Course Evaluation
Week 11: Student Presentations and Research Essays due
Finals Week: Exam II
• Student Assistance Center offers free workshops on study and college survival skills. Room 1106, 587-3852.
• SCCC Library has excellent reference librarians. Even if our library does not have the source you are looking for, you may be able to borrow through inter-library loan or go to a different library. The electronic databases also give you a broad range of resources. Room 2101.
• College-Wide Tutoring System is a free program which can assist in many subjects, including writing and speech. Room 2103. Sign up first at Student Assistance Center.
• Form study groups with your classmates. Research and review together saves time and helps to clarify your understanding.
• Seattle Public Library, King County Libraries and University of Washington Suzzallo Library have excellent reference librarians. You do not need a UW student ID to use materials in the library. Seattle Public and King County Libraries issue free borrower cards.
• If you have paid the technology fee, Student Computing Center offers short courses on computer use, individual tutoring, reserved use of computers and student e-mail accounts.
• Sample papers on reserve in library and in Seattle Central Community College Journal of History.
• Make every effort to be here everyday on time. This is not a correspondence course. Please inform the instructor of illness/emergencies. Continual absences will result in a lowered gradepoint.
• There is no extra credit.
• Late work accepted only by prior consultation with instructor.
• Grading: see separate handouts for requirements of individual assignments. Below is a continuum of basic characteristics as related to final gradepoints.
These descriptions are examples meant to help you achieve the gradepoint that you are working towards.
Grades & Assignments: Grades will be based on evaluation of 4 areas. The percentage of the final gradepoint is indicated in parentheses.
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