MONTEZUMA TO ZAPATA - A HISTORY OF MEXICO

HIS3MOZ

2020

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

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


SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEmma Robertson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 60 credit points of level 2 subjects or coordinator's approval

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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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmma Robertson

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1600 word (equiv.) online quizzes40 02, 03, 05
1600 word essay40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
800 word take home exam20 03, 05