SRJC Course Outlines

5/25/2024 1:14:11 AMHIST 33 Course Outline as of Fall 1981

New Course (First Version)

Discipline and Nbr:  HIST 33Title:  HISTORY OF MEXICO  
Full Title:  History of Mexico
Last Reviewed:3/9/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Study of Mexico from the pre-Columbian era to the present; political, economic, and social institutions.


Recommended Preparation:
Completion of ENGL 100B or ENGL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Study of Mexico from the Pre-Columbian era to the present; political, economic and social institution.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Completion of ENGL 100B or ENGL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Social and Behavioral Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 DSocial ScienceFall 1996
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 1996
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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The student will:
1.  Relate lecture materials, audio-visual presentations and textual
   readings into a coherent base for time study of (Mexican) history.
2.  Recognize that history is not dogma; that it is a process of
   interaction between factual soruces and those who interpret them.
3.  Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills in a series
   of objective tests, written examinations and critical papers
   that probe Mexico's past.
4.  Apply historical learning to in-class discussions of past
   controversies and contemporary concerns.
5.  Integrate geographic knowledge with historical study--the study
   of human interaction transcends both space and time.
6.  Identify and employ atypical and non-traditional pedagogy, to
   include lecture and textual source materials, such as literature,
   fiction, music, audio-visual and/or cinema and sport to study
   Mexican society and culture.
7.  Examine the contributions of traditional societies, women,
   racial and ethnic groupings and other non-traditional groups
   so as to formulate a working knowledge of Mexican ideals and
8.  Question own values and popular myths, as well as conventional
   historical analysis.
9.  Synthesize the ideas of past and current historians and (from
   this synthesis) develop own means of addressing fundamental
   historical inquiry as to causation and consequence.
10. Debate the claim that the heritage and institutions of Mexico
   are, to some degree, unique and therefore underdeveloped, vis-a-vis
   the United States, and explore the causational rationale that
    underwrites this alleged uniqueness.
11.  Value the awareness that informational and interpretive
    knowledge of our neighbors history can be pragmatically
    employed in one's everyday life as an individual and as a

Topics and Scope
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1.  Pre-Colombian Mexico
   A.  The First Mexicans
   B.  Mexico's Golden Age:  The Classical Period
   C.  Times of Trouble:  Post-Classic Mexico
   D.  The Rise of the Barbarians
   E.  Aztec Society and Culture
2.  The Spanish Conquerers
   A.  The Spanish Invasion
   B.  The Fall of Tenochititlan
   C.  The Settlement of New Spain
3.  The Colony of New Spain
   A.  The Imperial System Entrenched
   B.  The Colonial Economy
   C.  The Colonial Church
   D.  Colonial Society:  Race and Social Status
   E.  Culture and Daily Life in New Spain
4.  Reform and Reaction:  The Move to Independence
   A.  The Bourbons Restructure New Spain
   B.  Society and Stress in the Late Colonial Period
   C.  The Wars for Independence
   D.  The First Mexican Empire
5.  The Trials of Nationhood, 1824-55.
   A.  The Early Mexican Republic, 1824-33
   B.  Santa Ana and the Centralized State
   C.  The Loss of Texas and the War with the United States
   D.  Society and Culture in the First Half of the Nineteenth
6.  Liberals and Conservatives Search for an Operative System
    of Government
    A.  From Ayutla to the Reform
    B.  The French Intervention
    C.  The Restored Republic, 1867-76; Nascent Modernization
    D.  Society and Culture in the Middle of the Nineteenth
7.   The Modernization of Mexico, 1876-1910
    A.  The Making of the Porfiriato
    B.  The Process of Modernization
    C.  The Costs of Modernization
    D.  Society and Culture During the Porfiriato
8.   The Revolution:  The Military Phase, 1910-20
    A.  The Liberal Indictment
    B.  The Overthrow of Diaz
    C.  Madero and the Failure of Democracy
    D.  Huerta and the Failure of Dictatorship
    E.  The Illusionary Quest for a Better Way
    F.  Society and Culture During the Age of Violence
9.   The Revolution:  The Constructive Phase, 1920-40
    A.  Alvaro Obregon Cautiously Implements the Constitution
    B.  Mexico Under Plutaro Calles
    C.  Cardenas Carries the Revolution to the Left
    D.  Society and Culture From Obregon to Cardenas
10.  The Revolution Shifts Gears:  Mexico Since 1940
    A.  From Revolution to Evolution
    B.  The Institutionalized Revolution:  1946-58
    C.  Adolfo Lopez Mateos:  The Lull Before the Storm, 1958-64
    D.  Mexico Since 1964:  The Tensions of Development
    E.  Society and Culture Since World War II

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1.  Regular attendance and extensive notetaking in class is
   expected and assumed.
2.  Read and study appropriate chapters in text and anthologies.
3.  Read and write papers in response to assigned or approved texts
   and/or articles.
4.  Participate in discussions as directed by the instructor.
5.  Prepare for scheduled quizzes.
6.  Prepare for extensive in-class mid-terms and final examinations.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 80%
Written homework, Reading reports, Essay exams, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 20%
Written and/or oratory skills
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 30%
Multiple choice
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Meyer, Sherman: The Course of Mexican History, Oxford Unv. Press, 1979
Reed, John: Insurgent Mexico, International Publishers, 1969, NY
Gerasi, John: The Great Fear in Latin America, Collier Books, 1965, NY
Womack, John Jr.:  Zapata and the Mexican Revolution.  Vintage Books,
  1968, Random House, NY
Fuentes, Carlos:  The Death of Artemio Cruz, Farrer, Straus, 1964, NY

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