Socio-Technical Approaches to Contemporary Issues: The Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

Overview

These resources are designed to provide an overview of Native American rights, environmental justice issues, and the recent (2016-2017) protests regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline in your classroom. While all of these resources (an individual reading and response assignment, a small group news review discussion assignment, and a Prezi) may be used together as an entire module designed to aid understanding of socio-technological approaches, they may also be used separately as learning enhancement aids.

These resources are designed to provide students of all levels with:

  1. An introductory understanding of the protests,
  2. An awareness of the rights of indigenous people,
  3. A contemporary example of what can happen when technological innovations conflict with the needs of individual and community stakeholders.

 

Learning Outcomes

Develop Skills & Knowledge

  • Students will be able to evaluate how decisions impact the sustainability of communities.

Structure Deep Learning Experiences

  • Students will be able to communicate effectively with the public about creating sustainable communities.

Build Long-Lasting Values and Beliefs

  • Students will develop and manifest personal values and beliefs consistent with their roles as responsible members of local, national, international, and/or professional communities.

 

Instructions

Facilitator Note: All resources are designed to be used either individually or together as an entire module.

  1. Individual reading and response exercise should be completed individually prior to class
  2. Discuss responses together in class
  3. Small Group news review discussion
  4. Group presentations
  5. Allow remainder of class for discussion about what students have learned

 

Audience

These materials are suitable for all majors and all class years.

 

Tools

  1. MS Word documents (Dr. Rebekah Greene) including course planning guide, individual reading and response assignment, small group news review discussion assignment, and resources for further reading
  2. Online Prezi regarding Native American rights (Dr. Ruth Yow).
    • Offline PowerPoint version also available here.

 

Time

  • Individual reading and response exercise (approx. 1 hour)
  • Class discussion of responses (approx. 50 minutes)
  • Small Group news review discussion assignment (approx. 30 minutes)
  • Group presentations (20 minutes total, allow 5 minutes per group)
  • Prezi (approx. 20 minutes). Allow remainder of class for discussion about what students have learned.

 

Materials

  • Computer with internet connection
  • Access to printer for readings and discussion responses

 

Related SLS Big Ideas

 

Keywords

Environmental justice, rights, indigenous people, water quality concerns