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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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRalph Newmark

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesMajor research essay and Primary and Secondary document reviews.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have completed 60 1st Year points


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

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Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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.
02. Discuss disciplinary skills as articulated in readings and as modelled in lectures.
03. Identify and assimilate sources, lines of argument and evidence, and schools of thought on a history topic.
04. Identify some ways historians show continuity and change the contexts in a past.
05. Identify some ways historians use the present to shape their interpretations of the past.
06. Investigate aspects of the historiography on a historical topic and frame a response in any one of a variety of history genres.
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.
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.

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