SRJC Course Outlines

6/17/2024 4:42:50 PMHIST 8.1 Course Outline as of Spring 2013

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HIST 8.1Title:  LATIN AMERICA TO 1830  
Full Title:  History of Latin America from Pre-Columbian to 1830
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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An introductory survey of Latin American history from pre-Columbian times to the independence movements of the early 19th century.  This course will examine the history of Indigenous societies before European colonization, the development of the European colonial system and the complexity of the independence movements from Europe.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An introductory survey of Latin American history from pre-Columbian times to the 1830s.  This course will examine the history of Indigenous societies, the development of the European colonial system and independence movements from Europe.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
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: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.  Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills by utilizing methods of inquiry used by historians and other social and behavioral scientists.
2.  Utilize and recognize that history is a process of interaction between factual sources and those who interpret them.
3.  Integrate  geographical knowledge with cultural and historical knowledge to understand the development of modern day Latin American countries.
4.  Examine, evaluate, and discuss the experiences, roles, achievements, and contributions of the Indigenous and African American people in Latin America from the Pre-Columbian era to the 19th-century wars of independence.
5.  Examine and evaluate European colonial, social, political, economic, and cultural institutions in the shaping of Indigenous, Black, Mestizo, and Mulatto communities in Latin America.
6.    Analyze the historical roots of racism, and the impact on ethnic conflict in Latin America.
7.   Examine the role of Latin American women in their struggle for equality.

Topics and Scope
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I.    Historical Background
     A.  Introduction to the Indigenous societies - Mexica (Aztec),
           Mayan, and Quechua (Inca) prior to European settlement
     B.  Participation of women in Indigenous societies
II.  Spanish Conquest
     A.  European and Indigenous societies collide
     B.  Establishment of the slave system in the Caribbean
     C.  Hernan Cortez, Mexico, and history of Quetzalcoatl
III.  The Colonial Period
     A.  Development of a caste socio-economic system
     B.  Participation of Mulattoes and Mestizos in
          Colonial Spain and Portugal
     C.  Conversion to Christianity and the destruction of Indigenous institutions
IV.   Independence Movements
     A.  Criollo discontent with the economic and political system
     B.  Women's intellectual and societal participation within the Indigenous
            Mestizo, Black, and Mulatto communities
V.    Building New Societies in Latin America
      A.  Internal political and economic conflicts between conservative
           and liberal ruling classes
      B.  Emergence of the Mestizo middle class and the struggle for equality

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1.  Weekly text reading assignments, approximately 80 pages, or 1-2 chapters in text and anthologies.
2.  6-10 pages out of class writing will be assigned over the semester.  
     These assignments may be reaction papers, analytical essays, or research papers.  
     The assignments will critically and historically interpret primary and secondary sources.  
3.  Analysis of text readings, lectures, films, and in-class writing exercises.
4.  Participate in discussions as directed by the instructor.
5.  Two in-class essay exams and one final examination.
6.  An assigned book review of 4-6 pages.

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
30 - 50%
Analytical, expository essays, reviews, research papers including primary and secondary sources
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
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Essay exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Attendance and participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Autobiography of a Slave.   Manzano, Juan Francisco.   Wayne State University Press:  1996 (Classic)
The Broken Spears:  The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico.  Leon-Portilla, Miguel; Kemp Lysander; and Klor de Alva, J. Jorge.  Beacon Press:  Boston.  2006
Born in Blood and Fire:  A Concise History of Latin America.  Casteen, John Charles.  W. W. Norton and Company:  2011.
Born in Blood and Fire:  Latin America Voices, An Anthology.  Casteen, John Charles.  W. W. Norton and Company:  2011
A History of Latin America, Volume I, Ninth Edition.  Keen, Benjamin and Haynes, Keith.  Wadsworth Cengage Learrning:  2009
The Mangy Parrot:  The Life and Times of Periquillo Sarniento Written by Himself for His Children.  de Lizardi, Fernandez; Jose, Joaquin.  Sheridan Books:  2005.  (Classic)
A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies.   De las Casas, Bartolome.  2009

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