History 317

HIST 317
National Latin America

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HIST 317
National Latin America
Three hours lecture: (3)

Prerequisite: Three hours of History at the 100 level.

A general survey of Latin American history from the creation of independent nations until the present. Emphasis on the economic modernization process and its consequences.

Detailed Description of Content of Course
1. The Geography, Population, and Cultural Areas of Latin America
2. The Independence Movements
3. The Development of National Economic, Religious, and Social Institutions
4. The Development of National Politics
5. Selected Latin American Nations in the Contemporary World

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course is conducted through the lecture/discussion method.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

1.    Students will practice thinking critically and analytically about historical issues, acquire a broader knowledge and deeper understanding of pertinent historical events and processes, and cultivate a familiarity with the concepts of historical argument and interpretation.
2.    Students will develop disciplinary research skills by designing strategies to locate and analyze primary and secondary source evidence, processing and organizing the resultant data, and composing proper citation and bibliographical entries.
3.    Students will apply their critical thinking, research, and compositional skills to the creation and presentation of thesis driven essays that discuss, for example, historical social, economic, political, and/or cultural developments and that address issues such as the causes and consequences of historical change and continuity.
4.    Students will be able to understand and interpret the region's historical and contemporary concerns.

Assessment Measures

Knowledge and understanding of the material covered in this course will be measured using an array of assessment tools that may include, among other things, class attendance and participation, written examinations, formal writing assignments of various types, and informal writing assignments. All exercises are designed to expand the student's ability to evaluate historical events and to develop his or her ability to compose persuasive arguments.

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Review and Approval
Date Action Reviewed by
October  2010 Reviewed and Approved by Sharon Roger Hepburn