Native American Studies Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

The Native American Studies Diploma Course provides insight into the individual lives and histories of the Native Americans – offering a broad view of not just what happened to them but who they were collectively as a people. You’ll discover their varying cultures, traditions, and spiritual beliefs, as well as the relationships between their various tribes and nations and with the European colonisers.

The Native American Studies Diploma Course begins with an examination of the various theories surrounding the origin of the first American people. You’ll be introduced to the Theory of Beringia, learn about the Kennewick Man, and discover theories offered by various Native American tribes.

We then move on to learn about the different Native American tribes based on the regions they inhabited and the languages they spoke, along with some other differentiators.

As much as the tribes differed in many ways, the way they practised their religions shared many elements. You’ll explore the Native American’s deep relationship with nature, as well as certain practices such as Totemism and Vision Quests. We also introduce you to some of the traditional objects and symbols that feature in the lives of Native Americans.

It is impossible to talk about the history of Native Americans without discussing that of colonisation. The course discusses the attempts of Sir Walter Raleigh to create the first English colony on American land, the founding of Jamestown, the arrival of the Mayflower, and the indigenous people who helped early colonists survive.

You’ll be introduced to Hiawatha, one of the most important and progressive Native Americans of his time, his relation to Deganawida, the Great Peacemaker, and how together, these two men created a lasting peace amongst long-warring tribes. We also examine the basis of the Iroquois constitution and how it influenced democracy in America.

You’ll discover what it meant to be a Native American woman and how their essential womanhood was seen as a strength, not a weakness. You will also learn about some of the most important Native American women in history, including Sacagawea, who was key in helping white Americans journey into the Wild West. You’ll also learn the true story of Pocahontas and how she featured as a key figure in the beginnings of colonised America.

The Native American Studies Diploma Course introduces you to more true legends: Geronimo of the Apache Nation and Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse of the Sioux Nation.

The course concludes with an exploration of the tragedy at Wounded Knee - one of the final showdowns between Native Americans and the dominant white settlers - and the events that surrounded and led up to it.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand how Native American people are defined
  • Know the many different tribes that lived across North America
  • Have a broad overview of shared elements within Native American spirituality, including Animism, Totemism, and Vision Quests
  • Be aware of the importance of dance to Native American religion
  • Comprehend the depth of influence that colonisation had on Native American culture
  • Have a deeper knowledge of individuals who were key to Native American and American history, including Hiawatha, Squanto, Pocahontas, and Sacagawea
  • Know the histories of some of the great Native American leaders and warriors including Geronimo, Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse
  • Understand what Native American women were like during the times of colonisation
  • Be familiar with a few lesser-known Native American heroes and heroines
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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Evidence of People in America
  • Part 2: How the First People Arrived
  • Part 3: Cultural Bias within Theories
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Tribal Features, Names and Language
  • Part 2: Arctic and Sub-Artic People and Northeast Nations
  • Part 3: Southeast Nations and People of the Great Plains
  • Part 4: Southwest and the Great Basin People and Northwest Nations
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Native American Spirituality
  • Part 2: Native American Spiritual Beliefs
  • Part 3: Understanding Totemism, Vision Quests and Spiritual Journeys
  • Part 4: The Importance of Dance and Warrior Culture
  • Part 5: Shamanism
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Dreamcatchers and the Power of Trees
  • Part 2: The Crafting of Talking Sticks and Prayer Sticks, the Relevance of Colour and Peace Pipes
  • Part 3: War Paint and the Meaning Behind the Symbols
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Sailing to the New World
  • Part 2: The Founding of Jamestown
  • Part 3: The Expansion of English Settlements
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Story of Hiawatha and the ‘Noble Savage’
  • Part 2: The Iroquois League
  • Part 3: The Romanticising of Native Americans
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Autonomy of Women
  • Part 2: Significant Native American Women
  • Part 3: Sacagawea of the Shoshone
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Power of Pocahontas - Saving John Smith, the Kidnapping of Pocahontas and Marriage to John Rolfe
  • Part 2: Pocahontas in England and her Death and Legacy
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Geronimo, the Apache Freedom Fighter
  • Part 2: The Apache Wars
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Significant Men in Native American History
  • Part 2: From Jumping Badger to Sitting Bull
  • Part 3: Crazy Horse and the Great Sioux War of 1876-77
  • Part 4: The Battle of Little Bighorn and Sitting Bull’s Final Years
  • Module 10 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Events Leading Up to Wounded Knee
  • Part 2: The Rise of the Ghost Dance
  • Part 3: The Events of Wounded Knee
  • Conclusion: The Legacy of the Native American People
  • Module 11 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

The history of North America is often detailed from the arrival of the first colonists and told through the tales of European settlers and pioneers. While these are important stories, this course is for you if you’d like to understand the indigenous people of North America, whose histories, though entwined with that of white immigrants, paved an initial path that was spiritually and culturally very different to that of the later European colonisers.

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The Native American Studies Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

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The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

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