HIST 245 - Latin American History
(HUMD, GEIR, GEEL, GCP)
A brief historical survey from Cortes to Castro: Latin America’s triple origin in Iberia, Africa, and Indian civilization; the conquest and three centuries of colonial existence as determinants of nationality and culture; the political break with Europe and the development of independent national life. Emphasis on economic development, agrarian reform, and 20th century movements for political and social change in the major states and upon relations with the United States. Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101 /ENGL 011 , READ 120 . Three hours lecture/discussion each week.
3 semester hours
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:
- Think historically about the major forces (events, institutions, ideas) that have shaped modern Latin American history and culture.
- Apply that knowledge to the analysis of the present.
- Highlight the similarities and differences in the European experience of Migration and settlement.
- Trace the Native American, Spanish, Portuguese, and African roots of the peoples of Latin America.
- Describe the historical roots of his/her own national experiences and contrast with experiences of others.
- Construct a cogent argument on the basis of historical information.
- Develop awareness of the changing nature of historical interpretation and demonstrate the ability to make independent judgments about conflicting historical interpretations.
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