North American Indians and the West

Ref: C2338787

Native American Indians were important in the settlement of the West. Various immigrant groups found the West a place that would fill their hopes and dreams. By examining how the West moved at the end of the nineteenth century there will be an opportunity to learn more about how each group of settlers impacted on the lives of the Native American Indians. Mormons, homesteaders, ranchers, miners and railway workers all met and interacted with tribes such as the Lakota Sioux and the Mandans. The impact of the American Army on the Sioux towards the end of the nineteenth century will be examined as will changing government policies The culture of the Plains Indians and their interaction with the environment will be part of the course.

Course aim

An introduction to how Native American Indians affected the settlement of the West in the United States after the American Revolution and ending with the close of the Frontier.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand the culture of the Plains Indians
  • Assess the impact of settlement of the West on Native American Indians
  • Develop an appreciation of the reasons for settlement of the West
  • Evaluate the role of the government on the lives of the Native American Indians

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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North American Indians and the West Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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