Students will study and be exposed to the princiiple topics in Mexican histroy from pre-hispanic times to the present. Topic will include the Native American; the Iberian; and African background; the conquest; Spanish administration; frontier expansion; the missions, mining, defense.
Mexican independence; the age of Santa Anna; the Reform; the Porfiriato; the 1910 Revolution; the rise and fall of PRI.
Students will achieve a clear, working understanding of the course of Mexican history. They will be asked to demonstate the necesary skills by writing an organized essay exam, demonstrating an understanding of and explaining the historical significance of the important events. Students are expected to use critical thinking skills when discussing writen or oral presentaions.
Students will take three (3) exams.
The students will write a typed 13 page paper, double spaced, unjustified margins, and end notes. Citations must be clear with page numbers and with complete bibliographic references. Bibliography and end notes do not count as a page. Students are expected to consult a wide range or resources and to reflect critical thinking skills and an understanding of the significance and interpretation of events.
Exams are graded on an A to F format.
Term papers are given two grades: one reflecting the structure of the paper, and one the quality of the content in research and writing skills.
Students may chose the style manuel of their choice, but must be consistent.
Term papers are due December 4, 2014. They are considered late after that time and will be penalized one letter grade.
Attendance is mandatory. Students with excessive absenses will be droped from the course.
By enrolling in this course the student expressly grants MSU a "limited right" in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The "limited right" shall include, but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational purpose.