Pretty easy, overall.
This class helped me learn so much about some of the struggles the Native American community has experienced and why they are at where they are today. Our specific TA, Kaitlin, had us do one reading per class (sometimes they were long, but all good reads) and reflect with a brief forum post. We do some easy essays, and had many deep group discussions and presented them to the class. We all really grew during that short time, and it was one of my favorite classes I've ever taken during my four years here at Davis.
We start at the beginning when Native Americans meet the first white settlers. We gradually see treaty after treaty broken as they are forced to move, while the Native Americans on the west coast are treated like slaves to build the missions. It takes everything we've learned in our elementary school and instead of putting it in euphemisms, it gives us the harsh reality that most people try to hide. It taught me to own up to what injustices have happened in the communities, and that I need to be an ally to help them get their rights back, while also respecting their tradition as their own, not mine. I still have so much to learn, but it opens up an entire different world.
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Advice for students:
Do your readings or group work will be awkward and meaningless. The readings are actually fun so it's really not too bad to do them. I liked to do them in advance, if needed. Also, try to do all your forum posts in the beginning of the quarter. My TA only required 13 so by the end of the quarter, I had done all of them so I could focus on other classes work instead of writing forum posts.