Course Objectives & Requirements
HIST 430 Field Experience
Prairie Earth, Prairie Homes
The main concentration of work, obviously, is during the fieldwork phase, 24-31 July 2011. This is experiential learning on site, working on the restoration of the Hutmacher farmstead, and touring a variety of other earth building sites across western North Dakota. Prior to this, there is some preliminary study and online discussion, and after the fieldwork, we require participation online in assessment of the course. Further details are given in tables below.
Here are the objectives of the course. On completion, students should be able to
1. Articulate the role and rationale for earth buildings in the historical culture of the Great Plains
2. Identify and describe the five types of earth building traditions on the plains
3. Demonstrate mastery of techniques for restoration of earth buildings