Anthropology 308-80, Lozny

William Paterson University

Department of Anthropology

ANTH 308-80,

Native North Americans


Instructor: Ludomir Lozny



Welcome to Native North Americans



Before we start please read this letter carefully and e-mail me any questions you might have concerning the course and its requirements.


Textbooks required


Mark Q. Sutton, An Introduction to Native North America, 3rd edition. Allyn and Bacon 2008, ISBN 978-0-205-51087-0


Wendell H. Oswald, This Land Was Theirs. A Study of Native North Americans, 9th edition. Oxford University Press 2009, ISBN 978-0-19538748-3


The books are available in the WPU bookstore.  You MUST have them!


Textbook suggested


Carl Waldman, Atlas of the North American Indians. Revised edition, Checkmark Books 2000. (not available in the bookstore on campus)


Course description

The course will present a history of North American Indians from the first colonization about fifteen thousand years ago until modern times.  It is arranged chronologically, region by region, from Mexico to the Canadian Arctic. We will explore the diversity of North American Indian cultures.  My intention is to present a comprehensive historical account of the indigenous people of North America not limited to the times of contact with the European colonists.   The class will also examine the role Native Americans have played in the development of the United States.


Teaching Methods

I will use a variety of methods to familiarize the student with the subject of the course. Among them are short writing assignments and the use of visual materials posted on Blackboard, etc. 


Course requirements

Course requirements include studying the textbooks, participation in on-line board discussions, and timely submission of weekly assignments and exams.  You will discuss twelve topics (one each week of classes) and have fourteenth weekly assignments including two examinations (midterm and final). I will be submitting new class materials in the beginning of each week and you will have until Saturday of the week to comply with the requirements. Class materials and the grade book will be updated weekly. All weekly assignments and the exams will consist of short essay questions.  You must submit your assignments on time (late submissions will receive lower grade).  Please save all your writings in Word, rtf, or as txt file before uploading to Blackboard.   


Attendance policy

On-line attendance means that you must submit your assignments on time and participate in on-line discussions which will be graded (one cumulative grade for all twelve discussions).  Please familiarize yourself with Blackboard before we start the course. In order to take this class and communicate with me effectively you MUST use e-mail address assigned to you by the university (or compatible). I will NOT accept “technical difficulties” as legitimate excuses for missed assignments or late submissions unless caused by Blackboard failures (which occasionally happen).


Academic dishonesty and plagiarism

Academic dishonesty includes any act designed to fraudulently obtain academic credits, grades, or other recognition for you or someone else.  Some examples are cheating on an exam and plagiarism -- the submission of someone else’s work or ideas as your own without properly acknowledging the source or sources.


Evidence of academic dishonesty will result in a penalty grade for this course.  If you have any questions about academic dishonesty, please feel free to ask me.


Best wishes, Ludomir Lozny