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HIST 310 - American Indian History
Spring 2021, Section 01

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000512 HIST 310 01 American Indian History
01/11 - 05/03
6:30pm - 7:30pm
4.0 Open Jurss, Jacob
Remote Teaching No In-Person Location: z MnSCU Metropolitan State University

Meeting Details
1/11/2021 - 5/3/2021 W 6:30pm - 7:30pm n/a Jurss, Jacob

  • Racial Issues Graduation Requirement
  • Online Participation Required First Week of Class.
  • Note: This is a completely online course, not an independent study. Course has required synchronous online meetings. To participate in the course, students must have access to a microphone, camera, and internet. Students will have to access D2L. May require remotely proctored exams that require a webcam and microphone. Intermediate computer/Internet skills required. For online learning and course access information go to
  • Converted Due to COVID-19

Location Details
Offered through: Metropolitan State University.
Campus: Metropolitan State University. Location: z MnSCU Metropolitan State University.

Seat Availability
Status: Open Size: 32 Enrolled: 27 Seats Remaining: 5

Prerequisites (Courses and Tests)
[WRIT 131 - Writing I]
  • Requires minimum credits: 30

Full refund is available until January 15, 2021, 11:59PM CST.
Adding course is closed. Dropping course is closed.
The last day to withdraw from this course is April 12, 2021.

Tuition and Fees (Approximate)

Tuition and Fees (approximate):

Tuition -resident: $965.56
Tuition -nonresident: $1,970.00
Approximate Course Fees: $148.44

Course Level

General/Liberal Education Category
  • Upper Division Liberal Studies
  • Racial Issues Graduation Requirement

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Goal
  • Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
    • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
    • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
    • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
    • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  • Goal 07 - Human Diversity
    • Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
    • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
    • Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
    • Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
    • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

History 310 is a general survey of the history of Native North American nations from pre-contact to the contemporary era. The course makes use of readings, lectures, films, group projects, community investigation, and class discussion to introduce students to the rich diversity of Native North American societies and cultures. American Indian tribes are soveregn nations. Students will explore how Euro-Americans used the construct of race as a tool during the process of settler colonialism to diminish and erase tribal sovereignty and avoid recognizing tribes┬┐ inherit power as politically sovereign entities. Throughout this relationship the legalistic erosion of tribal sovereignty was paired with genocidal policies including wars of removal, forced assimilation through the use of boarding schools, and other acts of ethnocide that continue to contribute to contemporary issues in Native Americans communities. Despite these settler colonial actions, tribal governments and Native American peoples continue to survive, persist, and work for cultural revitalization. Class discussions will address, among other issues, the impact of settler colonialism, including how the concept of race homogenized the over 500 distinct culturals and histories into a single concept of ┬┐American Indian,┬┐ the responses of individuals, communities, and institutions to historical and contemporary forms of racism that still affect descendents today, and contemporary issues including efforts to diminish Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), environmental racism, and the impact of historical trauma. Students will be given the opportunity to explore Twin Cities' resources and take a turn at leading a class discussion. Significant focus is given to issues of race and racism.

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