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HST 132 LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY II

HST 132 Latin-American History II

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  HST 132 Latin-American History II

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 about 1830 to the present.  Emphasis is on the colonial heritage, the shaping of Latin American culture, and the role of neo-colonialism.  Special attention is given to the Caribbean nations and to present models of social, cultural, and economic development adopted by Latin American nations.  It is recommended that HST 131 be taken before HST 132.

General Education Goals: HST 132 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 132 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 factors that led to the establishment of independence movements to colonial rule in Latin-America;
  2. identify and evaluate the economic, political, social, and intellectual challenges that new governments in Latin-America, after colonial rule, had to contend with;
  3. evaluate the impact of the events leading up to the Spanish-American War and the impact of that War on 20th-century Latin-America societies;
  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 after 1830. (Note: The concentration is determined by the instructor of the course.)