HIST-140 : Latin American History I: Ancient Times to Independence (1500 BC - 1825) (formerly HI-140)

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: HIST-140 Latin American History I: Ancient Times to Independence (1500 BC - 1825) (formerly HI-140)

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): ENGL-101

Co-requisites (if any): ENGL-101

Course Description in college catalog:

The course is a survey of Latin American and Caribbean history from pre-Columbian times through the age of exploration, conquest, and colonization. The course will examine the social, political, economic and cultural institutions of the Aztec, Mayan, and Inca civilizations as well as those of the Spanish and Portuguese, English, French, and Dutch empires. Special emphasis will be given to the conflicts between indigenous and European cultures, their fusion and the emergence of a new and distinct Latin American Civilization.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Students will critically evaluate historical evidence related to the evolving relationships among individuals, social groups, states, and empires in ancient, pre-conquest, and colonial Latin America

a. Differentiate between primary and secondary historical source material.

b. Identify how historical moments shape perspectives.

2. Students will identify and explain the cause and effect relationships surrounding significant moments of historical change in Latin America from the pre-contact period through 18th century.

a. Define difference between cause and effect.

b. Identify relationships between specific historical causes and effects.

3. Students will identify and evaluate the major social, cultural, political, and economic causes and effects of significant moments of historical change, including the emergence of civilization in Latin America, the formation of pre-conquest empires, the impact of European contact and conquest, conflicts between Native Americans and Iberian powers, the introduction of African slavery, and the development of colonial society in Latin America. 

a. Define difference between different kinds of change in society.

b. Provide examples of both change and continuity over time in social, political, economic, and cultural history and its relationship to significant moments of historical change as referenced above.

c. Evaluate different significance of different types of change.

Program-specific outcomes

FLEXIBLE CORE 2B U.S. Experience in its Diversity Outcomes.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Exam, Historiographic Papers and Quizzes

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
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