LA305 Hist & Culture of Lat America

for S2F 2008

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LA 305 History and Culture of Latin America


S2F 2008 QU


Dr. Marijane E. Peplow


Assistant Professor

Daytime Phone

(703) 684-6927


Semester Dates

17 March - 18 May 2008

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:30 PM

Credit Hours


 Keen, Benjamin & Keith Haynes, A HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA, Vols 1 & 2, Seventh Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company,  2004  ISBN 0-618-31852-6   

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Course Description:
The historical portion of this course is designed to familiarize the student with both the pre-history and history of Latin America from the Paleolithic period to the present. It will be a combined anthropological and historical approach that will enable the student to better understand the Latin America of today through an awareness of the historical process that has largely shaped its present. The cultural portion will combine an ethnological and sociological approach in an effort to increase student awareness of the present state of Latin American culture. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
  The instructor's educational philosophy is based on interactive/disputatious learning, i.e. it will engage the student in analytical, ,appreciative study of the course material via lectures; assigned readings and discuss thereof; quizzes; examinations; classroom writings; term papers presented orally and in writing; group activities; videos, cds, internet, web sites; research using libraries, etcetera, as needed.  All of  this leading the student to a better understanding of the history and culture of our Latin American neighbors. 

Class Assessment:
 This will be accomplished by oral, and written, assignments; quizzes; examinations; and a research paper on a topic chosen by the student and approved by the Professor.

   Grades wil be based onthe following items:
       Class participation & assignments..................30%
       Midterm Exam..............................................15%   
       Final Exam....................................................15%  
       Term Paper:
             Oral presentation.................15 %
              Written presentation............25%

  Letter grades for this course will be calculated as follows:
            90 - 100...A
            80 - 89.....B
            70 - 79.....C
            60 - 69.....D
            59 and below...F


Late Submission of Course Materials:
  Submission of late homework, or papers, must be turned in at the next class meeting unless other arrangements are made with the professor.  Students must talk with the professor about these arrangements.  Classes missed for legitimate reasons such as illness, temporary duty, etcetera, are excusable; however the student is responsible for making up the work missed.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
  If a student will be missing a class due to legitimate reasons (See Late Submission of Course Materials for details thereof.),plans must be made for assignments, etcetera.  If a students knows that a late arrival in class may occur occasionally, let the professor know as arriving late to class can be both disruptive and rude.  Cellular phones and other electronic devices are normally not to be turned on in class with the exception of cellular phones for students on call for duty, and they are asked to put their phones on silent mode.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
  No.               Date                             Topic                                      Assignments
   1            March 19                 Introduction to the class.                   Chapters 1,2,3

   2.           March 26                 Go over assignments.                       Chapters 4,5,6
                                                  Select topics for papers. (**)

   3.            April  2                    Go over assignments.                       Chapters 7,8,9
                                                  CLASS QUIZ.

   4.            April 9                     Go over assignments                        Chapters 10,11,12

   5.            April 16                   Go over assignments                        Chapters 13,14
                                                  Assign dates to begin papers.

   6.            April 23                   Go over assignments.                       Chapters 15,16
                                                 Begin oral presentations of papers.

   7.            April 30                    Go over assignments                        Chapters 17,18
                                                   Continue papers.

   8.            May 7                      Go over assignments.                      Chapters 19,20,21
                                                   Finish oral presentations.
                                                   Review for Final Exam.

   9.            May 14                       FINAL EXAM.

(**) Your paper will use MLA format.  The paper should be eight to ten pages long, approximately, with a cover page and a list of sources used.  You should have at least five (5) sources, three (3) of which should be books, if possible.  Each student is asked to give a three to five minute oral presentation on their paper so that the other students in the class benefit from the work done by each student.  If anyone has difficulty with oral presentations, please speak with the Professor thereon.      

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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