What will I have to do for the classroom portion?
As part of the field school, students will be enrolled in two courses–HISTORY 2215–History of the People of the Plains: Treaty 7 Field Course and HIST 2210–Travel Studies in Canadian History. Both courses must be taken in order to participate in the field school. The courses combine lectures in a traditional classroom setting with local field trips and a 1.5 week-long trip across southern Alberta. Both of these are 3-credit courses and both count as Cluster 3, Tier 2 General Education requirements. Should students require a different GE cluster or if they have already enrolled in one of these courses, there is the possibility of a student enrolling in a Cluster 2 course, HUMN 2201–Outstanding Lives.
These courses examine the history of Indigenous peoples in what is now southern Alberta. Topics covered will include Indigenous peoples prior to European contact, the events leading to Treaty 7, and the impact of Treaty 7 on First Nations.
Your assignments will include items such as 3 short reflection papers, presentations, and museum exhibit reviews. Students will also take part in service learning activities in which are “a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.”
You will also receive a participation grade for both courses and you will be asked to keep a daily journal about what you see, learn and experience.
Student doing their presentation at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump