Integrative Approach to Teaching the Undergraduate Geography Course Aboriginal Peoples of the United States and Canada
Gordon, Jeffrey J.
Many Canadian and American academics teach about Aboriginal peoples within their own countries. However, students are left with an inaccurate and incomplete understanding if they learn only about Aboriginal peoples in the United States without including overlapping cultures in Canada and vice versa. Differences and similarities between Canadian and U.S. relationships with Aboriginal peoples need delineation. The retirement of a faculty member who taught Geography 337: American Indian led to a major course restructuring. Issues of geography, terminology, semantics, perceptions, politics, and pedagogy all factored into a shift to incorporate Canadian content. The resulting course transformation included a name change to Aboriginal Peoples of the United States and Canada, a revised course description, and corresponding revisions to course content and approach. These necessary modifications were instituted to reflect a more accurate northern North American reality.Show more [+] Less [-]