LA306 Hist and Culture of Mexico

for F2A 2007

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LA 306 Hist and Culture of Mexico


F2A 2007 BE


Bunkowski, Lisa M.

Office Location

Austin Campus

Office Hours

after class and by appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

512-233-5857 (FAX)


Class Days


Class Time

5:10 - 7:50 PM

Credit Hours


A Concise History of Mexico, 2nd Edition, by Brian R. Hamnett. Cambridge University Press (2006). ISBN-10: 0521618029.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Supplemental readings will be posted in our course eCompanion site.

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Course Description:
The historical portion of this course is designed to familiarize the student with both the prehistory and history of Mexico, 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 Mexico of today through and 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 Mexican society. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Course material is presented utilizing a variety of methods including assigned readings, lecture, discussion, and films. Students are evaluated based on competency standards and demonstrated improvement in written assignments, discussion, and exams.

Class Assessment:
Class assessment will be through discussion, weekly written assignments, a mid-term quiz, a research project, and a final exam.


 Participation in Weekly Discussions

  40 points

 Weekly Writing Assignments (Weeks 2-8)

  70 points

 Midterm Quiz (in Week 4)

 100 points

 Local Connections Assignment (Week 5)

 40 points

 Research Project (in Week 6 & 7)

 100 points

 Final Exam (in Week 8)

 150 points

 Total Points for Term

 500 points


We will begin and end each session with a 'One Minute Paper' exercise based on the assigned readings in the text book and our class discussion. The format will be explained in class. Your participation will be worth up to 5 points each session. Points will only be deducted for failure to participate in a substantive manner (you will need to demonstrate that you read the assigned materials and were engaged in the class discussion).

Weekly Writing Assignments: Supplemental readings will be posted on our course eCompanion site for Weeks 2-8. For the weekly writing assignments, you are to read the materials and respond to the questions for each. The readings, instructions and grading criteria are posted online on our course eCompanion site.

Midterm Quiz:  The midterm quiz will cover the materials in chapters 1-4 of our text book and lecture, discussion, and supplemental materials from Weeks 1-4. The quiz is worth 100 points, and will consist of multiple-choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank, and short-answer-essay type questions. A study guide for the exam will available on the course eCompanion site.

Local Connections Assignment: For this assignment, you are to attend a local event or exhibit related to Mexican history and/or culture. For example, this can be a historical museum exhibit, or an authentic cultural activity –such music, art, dance, film or food festival. Your review should be completed on the critical review form (with grading criteria) posted online on our course eCompanion site. (due in Week 5) 

Research Project:
The core assessment instrument for LA306 is a research paper and oral presentation based on this research.  Students will investigate a topic that reflects issues, policies, debates or events pertinent to the history of Mexico. Presentations should include a multi-media component. Written reports, examining a comparison and/or contrast of your topic must be a minimum of 8 pages and include examination of the historical context. Oral presentations of 15 minutes will be spoken, not read, and may include information not included in the report. Presentations should allow time for questions. The assessment of this project includes student meetings with the professor at designated times during the semester. The paper is due at the end of Week 6; the presentations will be given in class during Week 7.

Grading Criteria for the Research Project:

Statement of Thesis (5 points): Introduction paragraph with clear statement(s) of thesis/purpose and outline of major points

Your Evaluation (50 points): Comparison and/or contrast of a historical topic that reflects issues, policies, debates or events pertinent to at least three Latin American countries

Oral Presentation (25 points): Multimedia component supports each of the three main sections of the paper. Responds effectively to questions from instructor and peers

Conclusion (5 points): Conclusion paragraph that reiterates key points and summarizes your overall conclusions about the topic

Writing Mechanics (5 points): Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling, Written in your own words; Paper Format (length, proper documentation & style); Works Cited or Reference page    

Conferences with Instructor (10 points): Initial topic selection, and in-progress conference

Total Possible: 100 points

Final Exam
: The final exam will be comprehensive and will be worth 150 points. It will be a two-hour, closed-note, closed-book exam. It will include multiple-choice, matching, and short answer essay questions. This exam will cover material from Weeks 1-8. A study guide for the exam will available on the course eCompanion site.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All work is due on the due date. If you will miss work and need to submit late (due to an emergency), make arrangements with the instructor ahead of time. Late work will penalized 10 percent per day late unless prior arrangements have been made.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The fundamental objective of this course is to learn. That means we must all work together and learn from each other. In order to accomplish this, we must treat each other with respect. Everyone will have the opportunity and freedom to express their ideas. Be sure to review the Park Student Code of Conduct.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1

Chapter 1. Mexico in perspective

Discussion Participation

Week 2

Chapter 2. The pre-Columbian era

Discussion Participation & Weekly Writing Assignment

Week 3

Chapter 3. The European incursion, 1519-1620

Discussion Participation & Weekly Writing Assignment

Week 4

Chapter 4. New Spain, 1620-1770: Spanish colonialism and American society

Mid-term Quiz, Discussion Participation & Weekly Writing Assignment

Week 5

Chapter 5. Destabilisation and fragmentation, 1770-1867

Local Connections, Discussion Participation & Weekly Writing Assignment

Week 6

Chapter 6. Reconstruction, 1867-1940

Research Project due, Discussion Participation & Weekly Writing Assignment

Week 7

Chapter 7. The monopoly party, 1940-2000

Research Presentations, Discussion Participation & Weekly Writing Assignment

Week 8


Chapter 8. The Fox administration, 2000-2006

Chapter 9. Cultural developments since independence

Final Exam, Discussion Participation & Weekly Writing Assignment

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

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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