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 Course Title:   History of Latin America (D)

 Title Abbreviation:   HISTORY LATIN AMERICA(D)

 Department:    HIST

 Course #:    220

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

A survey of the history and culture of Latin America from pre-colonial societies through the present.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Social Sciences  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. understand the major issues, cultural, sociological, and economic, confronting the peoples of Latin America.
  2. become familiar with the history of the region as a whole and individual nations as case studies (which will include the historically constructed nature of human differences ascribed to the area).
  3. form clearer, reasoned viewpoints about Latin American events and the factors contributing to those events.
  4. develop a sensitivity for the cultural differences and alternative viewpoints in this part of the world.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and issues associated with the diverse perspectives of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and culture.
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.1 Understand the impact of their own and other’s actions on local/global communities and environments and how those communities/environments affect them in turn.

Course Contents

  1. Pre-Columbian societies
  2. The colonial legacy
  3. Independence movements
  4. The struggle for nationhood
  5. Economic relationships: colonialism, neocolonialism
  6. Gritos and caudillos: the military in Latin America
  7. The Cold War and the War on Terrorism
  8. Migrations from rural to urban centers
  9. The role of the US in Latin American affairs
  10. The prospects for the future of Latin America