Course Abstract Details

HIST-130, Latin American History

Credits: 3

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

HIST-130, Latin American History, introduces major themes, people and ideas in Latin American history and culture from 1492 to the present. It focuses on the initial contacts between Europeans and Indians, the development of political ideologies in Latin America, and the relationship between the United States and Latin American countries, particularly Cuba. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099 and placement into ENGL-101. Credit by exam available. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information

MAJOR COURSE OBJECTIVES:    Upon completion of this course students will be able to:   

1. summarize and explain the events, people, and ideas in Latin American history from 1870 to the present in order to show a clear, concise understanding of their effects on both Latin America and the wider world (GE1, GE2, GE6, PG1, PG2, PG4) 

2. communicate orally by discussing primary documents, including fiction and journalism from and key issues in Latin America from 1492 to the present (GE2, GE4, PG1, PG4) 

3. demonstrate informational literacy; i.e. know when there is a need for information, and to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand (GE2, GE4, PG1. PG4) 

4. express themselves in formal writing, by authoring papers such as essays, analyses, book reviews, or bibliographies that offer a clear and supported position on a complex subject or event (GE1, GE2, GE4, PG1, PG2, PG4, PG5) 

5. demonstrate a basic familiarity with the terms and practices involved in the study of international relations by examining foreign affairs and the international system through authoring one or more essays on the relationship between the United States and Latin America (GE1, GE2, GE6, PG1, PG2, PG4, PG5) 

6. think critically, from analyzing the successes and failures of the past and explaining and predicting how people with values and mindsets different from our own handle similar circumstances (GE2, GE6, GE7, PG1, PG2, PG4, PG4) 

7. make historical connections by recognizing contemporary behaviors, actions, and policies that demonstrate how people fail to learn lessons from past successes and failures in Latin American history (GE2, GE7, PG1)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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