Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Relate lecture materials, audio-visual presentations and textual
readings into a coherent base for time study of (Mexican) history.
2. Distinguish between dogma and history, which is the analysis of a
series of interpreted events.
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
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. Conclude that informational and interpretive knowledge of our
neighbor's history can be pragmatically employed in everyday
life as an individual and as a citizen.
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
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. Institutionalizing the Revolution 1940- to 1994
A. From Revolution to Evolution
B. The Institutionalized Revolution: 1946-1958
C. Adolfo Lopez Mateos: The Lull Before the Storm, 1958-1964
D. Mexico- 1964-1994: The Tensions of Development
E. The Growing Illegal Drug Trade and Its Effects-1960-2002
F. The Effects of Globalization
11. Dismantling the Revolution-1994 to 2002
A. Chiapas-Revolt of the Zapatistas
B. The Growing Illegal Drug Trade and Its Effects-1994 to 2002
C. The Effects of Globalization-1994 to 2002
D. Election of Vincent Fox and Defeat of the PRI
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