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Credit points: 15

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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorClaudia Haake

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning Activitiesessay writing, essay practice, tutorial group work and online quizzes on weekly readings

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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


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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Compose a historical narrative grounded in primary sources
02. Make an informed judgement on the reliability and usefulness of primary sources found on the web
03. Assimilate and reflect on course material and write a reflective or critical response to the overarching course themes
04. Undertake a self-guided major research project identifying and evaluating core historical questions.
05. Appraise and assess historical questions related to weekly topics

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