SRJC Course Outlines

7/19/2024 6:18:03 PMHIST 33 Course Outline as of Fall 2021

Changed Course

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 Scheduled06 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 Mexican social, political and economic history from the Pre-Columbian era to the present.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Study of Mexican social, political and economic history from the Pre-Columbian era to the present.
(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 1996
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 1996
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Identify and analyze the major cultural, economic and political centers in Mesoamerica before the European conquest in 1421.
2. Recognize and define the factors leading to the Spanish colonization during the 300 hundred years of Spanish rule in Mexico.
3. Analyze the revolutionary movements in modern Mexican society.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should 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 critical thinking skills to assess and distinguish between the factual and interpretative
    sources of information and analysis of Mexico's historical events.
3. Analyze Mexico's social, economic, political and cultural independence and revolutionary    
     movements that created one institutionalized party system.
4. Assess contemporary Mexican history in comparison to the past.
5. Integrate geographic knowledge with cultural and historical knowledge as to how the Mexican
    experience moves through both time and space.
6. Identify and employ innovative and non-traditional source materials such as literature, music,
     cinema, and art to analyze race relations and Mexican colonial and independent history to
     define their national identity.
7. Examine, evaluate, and discuss the experiences, roles, achievements, and contributions of
     women and ethnic groups to the Mexican society.
8. Evaluate Mexican social, political, and economic policies in the shaping of the     
     marginalization, exploitation, and oppression of Indigenous communities and
     women in Mexican society.
9. Analyze the student movement and the Zapatista rebellion as the first postmodern revolution
    in Latin America.

Topics and Scope
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I. Pre-Columbian Civilizations
    A. Mesoamerica societies: Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan and Toltec
    B. Aztec arrival to the Valley of Mexico; unwanted newcomers, 1270
    C. Rise of the Aztec Empire: Aztec philosophy and thought, 1325-1520
II. European Society and Religion
    A. Columbus encounter with the Arawak people: 1492
    B. Development of the encomienda system
    C. Hernan Cortes arrival to Mexico and the Quetzalcoatl legend
    D. The Fall of Tenochtitlan: establishment of New Spain
III. New Spain, the Jewel of Spain
    A. New Spain: social, economic, political and religious systems
    B. The formation of a class and caste society
    C. Indigenous conversion to Christianity
    D. The role of the Catholic Church in New Spain
IV. Demise of the Spanish Empire
    A. The Bourbon movement to restructure the colonies
    B. Mestizo and Indigenous social and economic unrest
    C. Criollo political discontent and their failure to gain independence
    D. Mestizo and Indigenous caste and class war of Independence  
V. A Nation is Born, Conservatives vs Liberals: 1821-1876
    A. Criollo v Mestizo civil wars for political and economic power
    B. The role of the church in the Mexican post independent society
    C. U. S. war against Mexico: 1846-1848 and The French intervention:  1855-1860
    D. Chicano movement:  the development of a Mexican cultural national identity
    E. Benito Juarez: Laws of Reform to bring stability and progress to Mexico
VI. Porfirio Diaz and the Liberal Laws: 1876-1910
    A. Uneven economic development in Mexico
    B. Open door economic policies and the U.S. investments
    C. The hacienda system: Indigenous labor in the peonage system
    D. Urban and rural social discontent
VII. The Mexican Revolution: 1910-1917
    A. The Magonista movement and the Liberal Party
    B. Francisco I. Madero and the elite's rebellion
    C. Francisco Villa, Pascual Orozco and the Army of the North
    D. Venustiano Carranza, Alvaro Obregon and the Constitutionalist Army
    E. Emiliano Zapata and the Indigenous Army of the South
    F. The Role of Women in the Revolution
VIII. The Victory of the Constitutionalist Army:  the Mexican Constitution of 1917
    A. The emergence of the middle class
    B. Alvaro Obregon and the creation of the new man: The Cosmic Race:  1920s
    C. Plutarco Elias Calles and the caudillismo: a turn to the right
    D. The church rebellion and the Cristero War
IX. Cardenismo and the Age of Populists' Reforms: 1934-1940
    A. Lazaro Cardenas and the execution of the Mexican Constitution
    B. Land reform: The Ejido system
     C. Nationalization of the oil, land and natural resources
    D. Labor, social, and educational reforms
X. The Formation of the Institutional Political Party (PRI)
    A. The institutionalized revolution and a turn to the right
    B. PRI party and the political corruption: 1940-2000
    C. Union organizing and social discontent
    D. Student movement, Olympic Games and Ordaz' students' massacres: 1968
XI. Post Modern Revolutionary Movements: 1971-1994
    A. Student and intellectual response to the 1968 massacre: guerrilla movements
    B. Emergence of the organized left and the formation of the Revolutionary Democratic
         Party (PRD)
    C. National Liberation Zapatista Army, (EZLN): Maya rebellion in Chiapas
    D. Emergence of right wing political party: National Action Party (PAN)
    E. PAN and PRI alliance to defeat the EZLN and PRD

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1. Weekly reading assignments of approximately 25-50 pages a week. These assignments will be
    both primary and secondary sources.
2. 1500-4000 words of out-of-class writing will be assigned over the semester. These
    assignments may be response papers, analytical essays, and/or research papers. The
    assignments will critically interpret primary and secondary sources.  
3. One to two midterm(s) and a final. At least two of these exams will be held in class.  Exams
    must include essays with optional objective questions.
4. Regular attendance and participation
5. Optional objective quizzes and oral presentations
6. Written homework

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%
Response papers, analytical essays, and/or research paper
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 - 65%
Midterm(s), Essay Exams, and Final, Optional objective quizzes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 20%
Attendance and Participation, Optional oral presentations

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Aztec Thought and Culture. Leon-Portilla, Miguel. University of Oklahoma Press. 1963  (classic)
Broken Spears. Leon-Portilla, Miguel. Beacon Press. 2010 (classic)
The Chiapas Rebellion:  The Struggle for Land and Democracy.  Gilly, Adolfo. Duke University Press. 1998 (classic)
The Course Of Mexican  History, 10th ed.  Meyers, Michael, William Sherman, And Susan Deeds. Oxford University Press. 2019
Las Soldaderas: Women of the Mexican Revolution. Poniatowska, Elena. Cinco Puntos Press. 2006 (classic)
Massacre in Mexico. Poniatowska, Elena. Viking Press. 1975 (classic)
The Mexican Revolution. Gilly, Adolfo.  New Press People's History. 2006 (classic)
The Underdogs: Mariano Acuela. WW Norton & Company. 2014 (classic)
Mexico From the Olmecs to the Aztecs: 8th ed. Coe, Michael D. Javier Urcid, et al. 2019

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