North American Indian History, 1830 to the Present

Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. History of Native Americans from contact to present, with emphasis on historical dimensions of culture change, Indian political processes, and continuity of Native American cultures. Focus on selected Indian peoples in each period. P/NP or letter grading.

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Overall Rating 4.8
Easiness 4.0/ 5
Clarity 5.0/ 5
Workload 3.7/ 5
Helpfulness 4.9/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Spring 2020 - Madley is a great professor and lecturer. The class is exactly what I hope for in a history class. Madley makes the lectures and materials engaging. He wants to challenge preconceived notions of "American Indian history," both in the mainstream view and in academia. I found the lectures really informative. Although you don't really need to watch them for the essays, Madley promoted the critical thinking that will help when writing the essay. Definitely give them a listen! Because of the circumstances of this quarter, the final was made optional, so I can't give input on the contents of it. There are four essay prompts, spaced out every two weeks. You are required to submit 2, and they make up 50% of your grade. Don't do what I did and wait until the last two to start... way too stressful, although its manageable with the amount of material you're given. I felt that my TA was great for grading these. He was clear with the expectations for the essays, and he actually sent back edits and suggestions! The required readings include a textbook and a few books, as well as some documentaries. You need to cite from these readings for the essays. Each essay prompt has the sources you can/need to use, so I found it helpful to read and watch with the intention of doing the essay. Ultimately, if you aren't doing the essay for those sources, you don't need to read the books/chapters for that week, although I found them interesting. I don't know if the final had questions or prompts from each of these, so you might need to do all of them anyways.
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