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HST 131 LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY I

HST 131 Latin-American History I

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  HST 131 Latin-American History I

Credit Hours:  3.0            Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grades of “C” or better in ENG 096 and RDG 096

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course surveys the history of Latin America from the pre-Columbian period to about 1830.  It focuses on pre-Columbian civilizations, the conquest, the establishment of the Spanish and Portuguese empires, the evolution of Latin culture, the struggle for independence, and the first attempts at modernization and intellectual independence in Latin America.

General Education Goals: HST 131 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Category:  Historical Perspective.  The corresponding General Education Goal is as follows:  Students will understand historical events and movements in World, Western, non-Western, or American societies and assess their subsequent significance.  HST 131 also addresses the General Education Integrated Course Goal: Information Literacy, which is as follows: Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. identify the unique characteristics of pre-Columbian Latin-American societies and the geographical conditions that promoted or discouraged the development of these early civilizations in the Western hemisphere;
  2. describe the economic and political structures and character of the civilizations built by the first Americans and evaluate their subsequent influence on the development of later civilizations in Latin-America;
  3. assess the relationship and impact of European colonization, the Atlantic Slave Trade, and resistance to these of the native populations in the Western world;
  4. recognize, in a comparative sense, the various cultures that developed in Latin-American areas such as Mexico, South America, Central America and the Caribbean; and
  5. describe the struggles and contributions of Latin-American achievers in American society before 1830.