CONQUEST OF THE AMERICAS: AZTECS, MAYA AND INCAS

LAS3CAM

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this historically based Latin American Studies subject, students address the discovery and conquest of the Americas as a turning point in history. The New World and its defeated indigenous people were transformed to such a degree that today we have to painstakingly piece together what life was like in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus and the wholesale destruction and plunder of the continent. In this subject students study the Aztecs and Maya of Mexico and the Incas of Peru both before and after the conquest.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRalph Newmark

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have completed 60 1st Year points.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Assimilate historians' lines of arguments in relation to visual materials, placing the arguments and the sources in their contexts.

Activities:
Primary and Secondary document reviews and possibly the Major research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

02. Discuss disciplinary skills as articulated in readings and as modelled in lectures.

Activities:
All
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

03. Identify and assimilate sources, lines of argument and evidence, and schools of thought on a history topic.

Activities:
Major research essay and Primary and Secondary document reviews.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

04. Identify some ways historians show continuity and change the contexts in a past.

Activities:
Major research essay and Primary and Secondary document reviews
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

05. Identify some ways historians use the present to shape their interpretations of the past.

Activities:
Major research essay and Primary and Secondary document reviews
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

06. Investigate aspects of the historiography on a historical topic and frame a response in any one of a variety of history genres.

Activities:
Major research essay and Primary and Secondary document reviews
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

07. Present a properly-referenced talk or multimedia project using primary and secondary sources to frame a line of argument about an aspect of a past.

Activities:
Short talk on proposed major essay and its thesis
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

08. Write properly-referenced essays using primary and secondary sources to frame a line of argument about an aspect of a past, including a bibliography.

Activities:
Major research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Week 25-29, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRalph Newmark

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 25 - 29
One 6.0 hours block mode per week on saturday during the day from week 25 to week 29 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2,500-word research essay" It will be: Mandatory for 3rd year students to devise their own major essay topic, it must be prefaced by a 100 word abstract and also have an annotated bibliography."50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 08
One 500-word primary document review15 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
One 750 word secondary document review25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Plan of major essay (equivalent to 500 words)10 02, 07