History | Latin American Culture & Civilization I
H211 | 0381 | Morris
Above section carries culture studies credity
Above section meets with LTAM L300
This course surveys Latin American culture and society from the
outset of European colonial expansion in the Americas until the
emergence of independent nations in the region in the early 19th-
century. Encompassing a vast and diverse area, we study the
formation of a new social order in the Americas as men and women
from Europe, Africa and Asia struggled for place and position among
the native societies of these continents during the three centuries
that Spain and Portugal ruled over them. Giving priority to the
unique experiences of individuals and communities, we directly
engage their testimonies to understand their dynamic colonial
societies and the legacies they bequeathed to the independent
nations that we survey in the second course of this sequence on
Our main goals in this course are best expressed through the six
famous interrogatives that we will ask again and again as we solve
the puzzles of Latin America’s colonial history:
Who participated in making Latin America’s societies?
What cultural and social tendencies defined colonial Latin America?
When did the myriad and diverse peoples of this colonial world
create distinctly Latin American societies?
Where did these societies emerge and flourish?
Why did Latin America throw off colonial rule?
How has its colonial history continued to shape Latin America?
The Following Required Texts are available at IU Bookstore and TIS
Colonial Spanish America, edited by Kenneth Mills, William B. Taylor
The Penguin History of Latin America by Edwin Williamson
The Relation of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
Grades will be calculated according to the following values
I. Attendance and Participation: 20%
II. Homework: 40%
III. Midterm: 20%
IV. Final: 20%
I. Your attendance and participation are as a basic and
necessary part of this course as is mine. Your attendance should be
regular and punctual and your participation should be informed by
the readings. Within those parameters, I am very open to different
learning styles and will do whatever is necessary to make you
comfortable to participate in class.
II. In the weekly Homework assignments, you will respond to
questions about the readings in 3-5 typewritten pages. There will
be a total of four assignments, and I will hand out each on the
corresponding Monday and will collect the work on that Friday or the
following Monday. We will not have homework assignments during the
weeks of the Midterm and Final examinations.
III-IV. The Midterm and Final examinations will be written in a blue
book during the class period. They will combine short answer and
The basic measures of your work will be:
•Your mastery of the main themes and concepts presented in the
readings and lecture.
• Your clear expression of those themes and concepts according to
the guidelines given in the Homework and Examinations.
• Your effort to refine your ability to write analytically from