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|Discipline and Nbr:
Mesoamerican Origins of Latino Culture
|Units||Course Hours per Week|| ||Nbr of Weeks||Course Hours Total
|Maximum||3.00||Lecture Scheduled||3.00||17.5 max.||Lecture Scheduled||52.50
|Minimum||3.00||Lab Scheduled||0||17.5 min.||Lab Scheduled||0
| ||Contact DHR||.50|| ||Contact DHR||8.75
| ||Contact Total||3.50|| ||Contact Total||61.25
| ||Non-contact DHR||0|| ||Non-contact DHR Total||0
Title 5 Category:
AA Degree Applicable
Grade or P/NP
00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:
| ||Total Out of Class Hours: 105.00||Total Student Learning Hours: 166.25||
Ancient civiliations of Mesoamerica as the cultural foundation for Latino American peoples in the United States today. This class examines religious ideas, monumental architecture, art, writing systems, astronomy calendrics, the nature of city and social life, agricultural and food practices, the cultural and environmental impact of Spanish contact and colonial periods, and the distribution of Mesoamerican cultural traditions throughout much of the United States today.
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Schedule of Classes Information
Ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica as the cultural foundation for Latino American peoples in the United States today.
(Grade or P/NP)
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Not Certificate/Major Applicable
Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
|Associate Degree:||Effective:||Fall 1981||Inactive:||
American Cultures/Ethnic Studies
|CSU GE:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||C2||Humanities||Fall 2009||
| ||C1||Arts||Fall 2007||Fall 2009
| ||C2||Humanities|| ||
| ||C1||Arts||Fall 1988||Fall 2007
|IGETC:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||3B||Humanities||Fall 1981||
|CSU Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1981||Inactive:||
|UC Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1981||Inactive:||
Students completing this course will be able to:
1. Comprehend and demonstrate knowledge of the basic terms and concepts
used in the study of ancient and comtemporary cultures.
2. Demonstrate basic knowledge of the origin and development of the
ancient civilization of Mesoamerica and how that cultural tradition has
influenced and contributed to contemporay Latino cultures in
Mesoamerica and the United States.
3. Evaluate the early artistic, architectural, political, and
philosophical achievements of the indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica.
4. Comprehend indigenous ecological adaptations and the environmental
impact of the Spanish invasion.
5. Analyze and understand the interaction among diverse cultures in
ancient Mesoamerica and their continued legacy for cultural patterns
that extned into the United States today.
6. Comprehend how the impact of the Spanish invasion still relates to
contemporary ethnic relations, especially regarding religion and class
issues, in both the United States and Mesoamerica.
7. Discuss material, compose essays and respond to examinations regarding
Topics and Scope
1. The Mesoamerican culture area and tradition.
2. Fluctuating borders and social geography of Mesoamerican/Latino-
American culture in North America.
3. Hunters and gatherers: The first human settlers in Mesoamerica.
4. Agriculture and food: The development of the farming village way of
5. The Preclassic Period: The foundations of civilization; "Mother
Culture" of the Olmecs.
6. The Classic Period: Great cities, statified society, and the rise of
the state. Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Tajin, city states of the Maya.
7. The Post Classic Period: Empires and conquest. The Toltecs, Mexica
Aztecs, and Post Classic Maya kingdoms.
8. The Spanish contact and invasion: Syncretism of cultural traditions.
9. Mesoamerican legacies: influences, contributions, and symbols in
contemporary cultures of Mexico and Central America and the United
1. Students will read and study assignments in textbooks for each class
2. Students will be expected to take extensive notes on lectures, slides,
and class discussions.
3. Students will write one or more papers on assigned topics.
4. Students will visit the Jesse Peter Museum to complete 2 or 3
assignments based on exhibits of ancient and contemporary Mesoamerican
5. Students will prepare for scheduled quizzes and exams.
6. A series of assignments in the Jesse Peter Museum will be added in
order to strengthen the writing component and enhance existing course
content. A minimum of 8 hours per semester will be required.
Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Representative Textbooks and Materials:
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
25 - 33%
|Written homework, 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%
|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
67 - 75%
|Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Geography/Identification||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
0 - 0%
Michael Coe, MEXICO, 1994, Thames and Hudson, New York.
Michael Coe, THE MAYA, 1999, Thames and Hudson, New York.
Muriel Weaver, THE AZTECS, THE MAYA, AND THEIR PREDECESSORS, 1993,
Academic Press, San Diego.
R. E. W. Adams, PREHISTORIC MESOAMERICA, 1991, University of Oklahoma