HIST 690 (02) - Seminar: Historical Expl

Seminar: Historical Expl

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2023 - Full Term (01/24/2023 - 05/08/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   10  
CRN: 55325
Seminar in one of the fields listed below: A) American History, B) Atlantic History, C) Canadian History, D) Latin American History, E) Medieval History, F) European History, G) History of Islam, H) Ancient History, I) East Asian History, J) African History, K) Middle Eastern History, L) Historiography, M) Russian History, N) World History, O) British History, P) New Hampshire History, Q) Historical Methodology, R) Irish History, S) History of Science, T) Maritime History, U) Museum Studies. Course meets the History requirements for Group I, II, or III, depending on the topic. May be repeated barring duplication of subject.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated up to unlimited times.
Equivalent(s): HIST 701
Instructors: Cynthia Van Zandt, Lila Teeters

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/24/2023 5/8/2023 T 9:10am - 11:00am HORT 422
Additional Course Details: 

Indigenous Sovereignty &  the United States: Key Issues

Current issues surrounding Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the use of Native Americans as sports team mascots, protests over water rights, conflicts over monuments from Mount Rushmore to Plymouth Rock, protests over violence against Native Americans and the ways the criminal justice system treats Indigenous Americans, all have been informed by the past.  This course contextualizes many of these issues by introducing Native American history through the lens of identity and sovereignty.   


We will study changing US policies towards Indigenous peoples from the beginning of the U.S. period to the present. U.S. federal policy provides the chronological framework of the course, but Indigenous perspectives are an integral part of every unit.  Students will read works written by Indigenous writers and watch videos by and featuring Native American perspectives for each topic covered. Each student will complete a research project on a topic of their choice.  Among the key issues we will explore together are: removal and reservations, treaty obligations, Indigenous resilience and survival, boarding schools, adoption, and foster care, and recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. This course satisfies the Group I requirement for the History Major and counts toward the Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor (NAIS).