History of Mexico
Course Number: HST 270
Transcript Title: History of Mexico
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Surveys Mexican history from pre-Columbian to modern times. Focus on post contact history: the Spanish conquest, colonial Mexico, independence and its aftermath to contemporary times. Emphasizes social, political and cultural developments and contributions by a diversity of Mexico's peoples. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
After successful completion of HST 270 the student will be able to:
- Use critical thinking to analyze historical information and connect the past with the present.
- Identify culturally-grounded practices, values and beliefs and explain how they influenced people’s actions in the past and the extent of their impact today.
- Articulate an understanding of the actions of indigenous people, Europeans and Africans in the course of Mexican history.
- Communicate effectively in analytical, fact based discussions regarding issues in the history of Mexico.
- Recognize the historical contributions of different groups (ethnic, national, gender, religious) that interacted in Mexico in order to appreciate the cultural diversity of the Mexican nation.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Analyze primary and secondary sources of information.
- Individual or team oral presentations.
- Use of written papers to analyze historical topics or issues.
- Participation in, and contribution to, all class and team discussions and activities.
- Quizzes, exams, and exercises
- Evaluate different interpretations of the same event
- Associate past events to contemporary times.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Exploration and conquest
- Changing political and economic structures
- Cultural development, literature, art
- Conflict and cooperation
- Religion and philosophy
- Ways of Life
- Criollo society
- Religious pluralism
- Self-understanding (world view)
- Mi Patria
- Role and status of the Catholic church
- Ethnicity, gender and social class
- Inter- and intra-ethnic controversies
- Central vs. federal government systems
- Political “plans”
- Constitution making
Competencies and Skills
- Critical thinking
- Evaluate interpretations of historical events
- Effective communication orally and in writing
- Analyze the causal relationship between two or more historical events
- Problem solving
- Working collaboratively with others
- Clearly articulate thoughts to a given audience
- Close reading of primary and secondary sources by drawing on prior knowledge