SRJC Course Outlines

5/25/2024 1:28:00 AMHIST 8.2 Course Outline as of Fall 1981

New Course (First Version)

Discipline and Nbr:  HIST 8.2Title:  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
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
Untitled document
Development of the Western Hemisphere from revolutionary origins to present time with emphasis on Latin America:  organizing the new nations; political, economic, social and cultural forces; international ties that bind the hemisphere together.  Special attention to contemporary Latin America.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Development of Latin America from revolutionary origins to present.
(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
 D4Gender Studies  
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:
Untitled document
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 time and space.
6.  Identify and employ atypical and non-traditional source materials
   such as fiction, music, cinema and sport to study Latin American
   popular culture.
7.  Examine the contributions of women, racial and ethnic minorities,
   and other under represented 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 Latin
   America are to some degree unique and explore the causational
   rationale that underwrites this alleged uniqueness.
11. Value the awareness that informational and intepretive knowledge
   of Latin American history can be programatically employed in one's
    everyday life as an individual and as a citizen.

Topics and Scope
Untitled document
I.    The Post-Revolutionary Decades
     A.  The Aborted Social Revolution
     B.  The Failure of Liberalism
     C.  The Rise of Caudillos
II.   Latin America:  The Mid-Nineteenth Century
     A.  The Rise of Oligarchial Government
     B.  Initiation of Export-Import Growth, 1880-1900
     C.  Stability Achieved:  Expansion of Import-Export Growth,
     D.  Neo-Colonialism:  Economic Dependence
III.  The Twentieth Century:  New Options?
     A.  The Breakdown of the Oligarchy
     B.  New Ideologies:  Socialism and Communism
     C.  The New Revolutionaries
         i.   Villa
         ii.  Zapata
         iii. Cardenas
         iv.  Castro
         v.   Allende
     D.  Import-Substituting Industrialism, 1930-60s
     E.  The Changing Role of the U.S. in Latin America
     F.  Stagnation in Import-Substituting Growth, 1960s to Present
     G.  The Rise of Modern Totalitarian Regimes
     H.  Women and Minority Interests in Society
IV.   A Framework for Comparison:  Emphasis on Four National Histories
     A.  Mexico        B.  Argentina
     C.  Brazil        D.  Chile

Untitled document
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 exminations.

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
0 - 0%
Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 20%
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:
Untitled document
E. Bradford Burns:        Latin America:  A Concise Interpretive History,
                         5th Edition
Thomas E. Skidmore
and Peter H. Smith:       Modern Latin America
Frederick B. Pike:        Spanish America, 1900-1970:  Tradition and
                         Social Innovation
Ralph L. Woodward, Jr.:   Positivism in Latin America, 1850-1900
Jay Kinsbruner:           The Spanish-American Independence Movement
June E. Hahmer:           Women in Latin American History:  Their Lives
                         and Views
Carlos Fuentes:           The Death of Artemio Craiz
Luis M. Garfias:          The Mexican Revolution:  A Historical Politico-
                         Military Compendium
    Annual Editions:  Readings in Latin American History

Print PDF