Sociology 320

Social Change in American Indian Societies

Fall, 2001

 

 

 

 

Class Meetings:  TR  9:30-10:45    BOL B84                                             

Instructor:          Donald E. Green                                  

E-mail:                dgreen@uwm.edu                                

Office:                 706 Bolton Hall                                    

Office Hours:     TR 11:30-12:30 or by appointment

Office Phone:     229‑4259

 

TA:                     Andrea Carroll

Email:                 andreac@uwm.edu

Office:                711 Bolton Hall

Office Hours:     TR 9-9:30

                           W 10:30-12:00 or by appointment

Office Phone:     229-4598

 

Also see my web site at http://www.uwm.edu/~dgreen

 

Reflector Address:  Soc320

 

The Course:  This course examines social change in the economic, political and social structures of American Indian societies from European contact to the present.  Sociological theories of social change are used to explain variation in the degree and pattern of change among native groups in the United States.  The course emphasizes the impact of EuroAmerican economic, political and social institutions on native people, as well as the varied patterns of American Indian responses to these forces of contact.

 

Class Attendance:  Class attendance is strongly encouraged. Your participation in class discussions and other classroom activities will be part of your overall grade.   Regular attendance also affords you the opportunity to ask questions as well as hear lectures that cover material not included in required readings, view videotape presentations and films. 

 

Class Participation:   Class participation is a requirement of this course.  Participation includes contributions to class discussion, involvement in group activities and assignments, and other individual writing to learn assignments throughout the course. 

 

Examinations:  The course will include two multiple-choice examinations.  Each examination will consist of fifty questions. 

 

 

Research Paper:   Students will be required to complete a research paper that utilizes theories of social change to explain Native American responses to western society.  Students are encouraged to discuss the topic of their paper with the instructor prior to its completion.  The structure of the paper will be in the form of a statement of the problem or issue to be addressed, a review of the existing literature on that topic, and a summary or conclusion section.  A more detailed discussion of the paper will be provided by the instructor in class.  Each student also will be required to give a short (approximately five minutes) in class presentation during the last two weeks of  the semester. 

 

Make‑Up Examinations:  Make‑up examinations will be given only for excused absences.  The instructor will determine excused absences. 

 

Grades:  Student grades will be based on the percentage of total points obtained on the two examinations and your class participation.  The breakdown of points in the class is as follows:         

 

                               Exam 1                      50

                               Exam 2                      50

                               Paper                       100

                               Class Participation    50

                               Total Points             250

 

 

 Grades will be distributed according to the following ranges:

 

 

                         94‑100 %    A 

                         90‑93  %     A‑

                         87‑89  %     B+

                         84‑86  %     B

                         80‑83  %     B‑

                         77‑79  %     C+

                         74‑76  %     C

                         70‑73  %     C‑

                         67‑69  %     D+

                         64‑66  %     D

                         60‑63  %     D‑

                          0‑59  %      F

 

 

Please Note:  Distribution of final grades will be based on the highest point total for the class. There will be no extra‑credit opportunities and no deviation from the above breakdowns.

 

 

 

 

 

Required Readings:

 

1. The Return of the Native:  American Indian Political Resurgence  (1988).

Stephen Cornell  (Oxford University Press:New York).

 

2.  American Indian Ethnic Renewal:  Red Power and the Resurgence of  Identity and Culture (1997).  Joane Nagel (Oxford University Press:New York).

 

3.  American Indian Societies:  Strategies and Conditions of Political and Cultural Survival

(1989). Duane Champagne (Cultural Survival, Inc.:Cambridge, MA).  Ch 1 and 8.

 

4.  We Shall Live Again: The 1870 and 1890 Ghost Dance movements as demographic revitalization (1986).  Russell Thornton (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge).

 

 

 

Course Outline

 

Date / Topic /Readings

 

Sept.  4                                      

 Introduction                                     

American Indian Political Resurgence:       

 A New Indian Politics

 1-1

 

Sept.   6

 A Brief History:                                

 Exceptional Beginnings

1-2

 

Sept. 11

Solving the Indian Problem

1-3     

 

Sept. 13

Incorporation and Response

1-4

 

Sept. 18                     

Foundations for Political Resurgence:

Transformations of the Tribe

1-5   

 

Sept.  20

New Music, Partners, and Dance                    

1-6

 

Sept.  25                      

Toward a Supertribal Consciousness                 

1-7

 

Sept.  27                            

The Politics of Indianness                           

1-8

 

Oct.  2

Who Wants What?                                 

1- 9    

 

Oct.  4                                         

 Old Wars, New Weapons                              

1-10     

 

Oct. 9                                           

Return of the Native:                                                                       

Patterns of Political Resurgence                        

1-11

 

Oct.  11                                      

Indian-White Relations Revised 1-12                                                 

Another World is Coming 1-13  

 

Oct. 16  Examination 1

 

 

Oct. 18                                  

American Indian Ethnic Renewal  Intro

Constructing Ethnic Identity

2-1

 

Oct.  23                                         

Constructing Culture                                 

 2-2

 

Oct.  25                                      

Deconstructing Ethnicity                               

2-3

 

Oct. 30                   

Red Power and the Resurgence of Indian Identity:        

Population Growth and Changing Patterns of Identification 

 2-4

 

Nov.  1                          

Politics of American Indian Ethnicity                    

2-5  

 

Nov.  6                                 

Reforging Identity and Culture                            

2-6

 

Nov.  8                                     

Legacies of Red Power :

Renewing Culture and Community                         

 2-7

 

Nov.  13                     

From Termination to Self-Determination                     

 2-8

 

Nov. 15                       

Problematics of American Indian Ethnicity               

 2-9

 

Nov.  20                                        

Forces of Change                                       

3-1

 

Nov.  27                    

Structural Differentiation Theory of Change                

3-8

 

Nov.  29                                          

Paper Presentations Begin                                  

1870 and 1890 Ghost Dance Movements             

4-1,2

 

Dec.  4                                      

Demographic Revitalization                          

4-3,4                

 

Dec.  6                                 

Participation, Depopulation and Recovery        

4-5,6      

 

Dec.  11                                  

Summary, Conclusions and Implications          

4-7                                                 

Research Papers Due

 

Dec.  13                                                  

Examination 2                 

 

Dec.  20                                          

Final Examination

10:00-12:00

 

If you need special accommodations in order to meet any of the requirements of this course, please contact me as soon as possible.