SRJC Course Outlines

5/25/2024 1:05:28 AMHIST 8.1 Course Outline as of Fall 1981

New Course (First Version)

Discipline and Nbr:  HIST 8.1Title:  THE AMERICAS  
Full Title:  The Americas
Last Reviewed:1/28/2019

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
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Catalog Description:
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Development of the Western Hemisphere during colonial times with emphasis on Latin America:  pre-Columbian setting, European backgrounds, exploration and discovery, colonial institutions and revolutionary era.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Pre-Columbian & colonial Latin America.
(Grade or P/NP)

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 2008
 DSocial ScienceFall 1981Fall 2008
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 1981
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 students will:
1.  Relate lecture materials, audio-visual presentations and textual
   readings into a coherent base for study of history.
2.  Recognize that history is not dogma; that it is a process of
   interaction between factual sources 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 Latin America's past.
4.  Apply historical learning to in-class discussions of past
   controversies and contemporary concerns.
5.  Integrate geographic knowledge with historical study--the human
   story moves through both space and time.
6.  Identify and employ atypical and non-traditional source materials
   such as fiction, music, cinema and sport to study Latin Americcan
   popular culture.
7.  Examine the contributions of women, racial and ethnic
   minorities, and other underrepresented groups to the formulation
   of Latin American ideals and institutions.
8.  Question their 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 their own means of addressing fundamental
   historical questions of causation and consequence.
10. Debate the claim that the heritage and institutions of the Latin
   American countries are to some degree unique and explore the
   causational rationale that underwrites this alleged uniqueness.
11. Value the awareness that informational and interpretive knowledge
   of the Western Hemisphere nation's history can be programatically
    employed in one's everyday life as an individual and as a citizen.

Topics and Scope
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I.    New World Civilizations
     A.  Pre-Colonial America:  A Survey of the Three Major
         Indian Cultures
     B.  Aztec
     C.  Maya
     D.  Inca
II.   The Colonial Foundations, 1492-1880s
     A.  The European Context
     B.  Spanish America:  From Conquesto to Colony, 1492-1600
     C.  Spanish America:  The Transformation of Colonial Society,
     D.  Portugese America:  A Different World?
     E.  Colonial Economies
     F.  The Church
     G.  Social Stratification
III.  The Roots of Independence:  18th Century Reform
     A.  The Colonial Response
     B.  Achieving Independence
         i.   Mexico - Hidalgo, Morelos, Irurbide
         ii.  Northern South America - Bolivar and Sucre
         iii. Southern South America - O'Higgins, and San Martin
         iv.  The Brazilian Path to Independence
IV.   The Pull of the International Economy, 1850-1880s
     A.  The Dependency Paradigm
     B.  The Development Paradigm

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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 books
   and/or articles.
4.  Participate in discussions as directed by the instructor.
5.  Prepare for scheduled quizzes.
6.  Prepare for extensive in-class mid-term 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 - 60%
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
10 - 20%
Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 10%
Ind. or grp oral/writ pres.
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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E. Bradford Burns:       Latin America:  A Concise Interpretive History,
                        5th Edition.
Thomas Skidmore &
Peter H. Smith:          Modern Latin America
Ralph L. Woodward, Jr.:  Positivism in Latin America, 1850-1900
Jay Kinsbruner:          The Spanish-American Independence Movement
                        Women in Latin American History:  Their Lives
June E. Hahner:          and Views
                        Annual Editions:  Readings in Latin American

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