Culture and Society
Dr. Antonio de la Cova
Office: Sycamore Hall 043
COURSE OBJECTIVES: An understanding of the political, cultural and social development of Mexico. Emphasis on synchretism, the convergence of Mesoamericans, Europeans and Africans, and their contributions to the region's growth and development. Significant attention will be given to the influence of the United States in this region.
READINGS: You are expected to read all of the texts assigned to this course and the homework assigned readings. Questions regarding the texts and homework will appear on the exams. The texts available at the bookstore are:
Mariano Azuela. The Underdogs. (1996)
Colin MacLachlan & William Beezeley. El Gran Pueblo: A History of Greater Mexico (2004)
David Lorey. The U.S.-Mexican Border in the Twentieth Century (1999)
OTHER MATERIAL: Documentaries and overhead projections presented are part of class lectures, requiring taking notes on these occasions. Homework will be assigned from the Latin American Studies web page.
GRADING: Your grade will consist of three exams with an essay component and a research paper. The exams will cover material from the readings, lectures and presentations. There will be no "Extra Credit." The final grade is:
First exam 15%
Second Exam 25% Third Exam 30%
Research Paper 30%
A = 100-90; B+ = 89-87; B = 86-80; C+ = 79-77; C = 76-70; D+ = 69-667; D = 66-60; F = 59-0
RESEARCH PAPER: Choose your own topic related to this course. Eight to ten pages in body length, typed, double-spaced, with standard margins, without illustrations. Include at least three citations from the Latin American Studies web site, three books and three academic journals. A late paper will lose ten points. Turn in a paper copy and one on disk or by e-mail.
MAKE-UP EXAMS: It will only be given if you have a valid physician's excuse or a verified family emergency. Makeups are different and considerably more difficult than the regularly scheduled test.
ATTENDANCE: The roll will be taken at every class. Absenses totaling 8 classes (20% of the course) will result in an F for the course.
CLASSES LECTURE TOPICS ASSIGNED READINGS Sept. 5-6 Introduction and study guides MacLachlan, xi-46 Olmecs Mystery of the Olmec Sept. 9-13 Mayas MacLachlan, 47-84 Aztecs The Maya Finally Speak Hernan Cortes and the conquest The Enigma of Aztec Sacrifice Film: God, Gold, and Glory The Hernan Cortes Expedition Sept. 16-20 Imperial Administration MacLachlan, 85-136; Lorey,1-23. Colonial Church The Encomienda Geography, Race and Class Myth Versus Miracle Film: From Independence to the Alamo Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Sept. 23-27 Independence Movement (1810-1821) MacLachlan, 137-183. The Iturbide Monarchy Psychological Warfare in Hidalgo Revolt Origins of Federalism in Mexico The Life of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna First Exam. Research paper prospectus and bibliography due. Sept. 30- Texican Revolution MacLachlan, 184-210; Lorey,24-34. Oct. 4 The War of the Northern Invasion Myth, Blood, and Ink The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo The Yellow Rose of Texas Film: Battle for North America The Battalion of Saint Patrick Oct. 7-11 Benito Juarez and Liberal Reform MacLachlan, 211-246;Azuela,1-52;Lorey,35-52. Maximilian and French Intervention Conservatives vs. Liberals The Porfiriato Napoleon III and Mexico Film: Revolution and Rebirth Porfirio Diaz Oct. 14-15 The Mexican Revolution MacLachlan, 247-293;Azuela,53-105;Lorey,53-76. The Punitive Expedition Mexican Revolution Chronology The Plan de Ayala
Oct. 21-25 Cristero rebellion MacLachlan, 294-337;Azuela,106-161;Lorey,77-92. Lazaro Cardenas populism Anti-Clerical Who Led a Catholic Rebellion Bracero program Cardenismo: Juggernaut or Jalopy? Second exam Bracero Timeline Oct. 28- Film, Music, and Popular Culture MacLachlan, 338-376;Lorey,93-116. Nov. 1 Art and Literature Diego Rivera: Sleeping with the Enemy Society Octavio Paz, Mexico's Literary Giant Film: Food for the Ancestors Mexicans Mark Day of the Dead Nov. 4-8 Tlatelolco Massacre MacLachlan, 377-415;Lorey,117-152. Migration and the Border For Many in Mexico, Bribes a Way of Life Economic crisis and NAFTA The 1968 Mexican Student Movement Film: The Mexican-Americans Mexico Becomes World's Anteroom Nov. 8 Research paper due
Nov. 11-15 U.S.-Mexico Relations MacLachlan, 416-478;Lorey,153-182. Zapatista rebellion Unusual battle lines form around jungle Fall of the PRI A Crowning Defeat: Mexico as the Victor Third examThe preceeding schedule and procedures in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.