MONTEZUMA TO ZAPATA - A HISTORY OF MEXICO

HIS2MOZ

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will look at the history of Mexico from the contact period to the near present. This history of Mexico is a colourful but also a troubled one, and recurring issues causing problems were the legal status of indigenous Mexicans, the question of the distribution of land and resources, the power of the military, and the infamous 'caudillismo', the one-man rule so typical for many Latin American countries.

In order to investigate these problems, we will examine the conquest with its often fortune-seeking conquistadores as well as Spanish rule over what was then known as New Spain. We will learn about Mexican's turbulent Independence era and the aftermath, with massive land losses, as well as a reform period under its first president of Indigenous ancestry. During the Mexican Revolution we encounter famous men such as Pancho Villa or Emiliano Zapata but in its aftermath also less well-known ones such as Lazaro Cardenas, who expropriated the assets of foreign oil companies in Mexico. We will investigate the uprising by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation and its attempts to finally for themselves resolve some issues which date back to the conquest period. 

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorClaudia Haake

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of History at first year and another 15 credit points of History or another discipline

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Compose a historical narrative grounded in primary sources

Activities:
essay writing, essay practice, tutorial group work
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Make an informed judgement on the reliabilty and usefulness of primary sources found on the web

Activities:
tutorial (group) work, essay practice, online quizzes

03. Assimilate and reflect on course material and write a reflective or critical response to the overarching course themes

Activities:
exam for which students will need to have attended or viewed the lectures, and prepared for through revision of readings etc
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Undertake a self-guided major research project identifying and evaluating core historical questions.

Activities:
Part of the research essay focuses on structure so that research is conducted throughout the semester alongside formative feedback. Second year students should be able to identify and organise relevant research material, and formulate an argument responding to set essay questions that demonstrates an understanding of the question and research material.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Appraise and assess historical questions related to weekly topics

Activities:
online quizzes on weekly readings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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