HISTORY 347 - Latin America: The Colonial Period
Fall 2023, Section 001 - Issues in Race & Ethnicity
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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When Christopher Columbus and his sailors landed in the Bahamas in 1492, they inadvertently began the largest exchange of peoples, plants, and pathogens the world had ever seen. The ancient and complex societies of the Aztecs, Inkas, and Maya soon confronted the prospect of violent conquest and demographic catastrophe. Spain and Portugal not only claimed vast territory, but began the forced transport of west African peoples to provide labor for agriculture and mining that transformed landscape and society across the Americas.

Colonial Latin America emerged as a hybrid world of wealth and of devastation. This course explores the institutions that secured those inequalities, while tracing stories that reflect life in a diverse empire. You will learn about individual people and places, from nuns like the poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and craftsmen like the Afro-Brazilian sculptor Aleijadinho, to the rebels Tupac Amaru and Micaela Bastidas.

Course Requirements:

There will be an in-class mid-term exam; and a final exam with a take-home component. Grading will also reflect preparation for and participation in discussion.

Intended Audience:

The course is designed for students at all levels, and does not require prior background in history.

Class Format:

It includes two lectures a week, and one discussion section (you may opt for a Spanish-language section)


HISTORY 347 - Latin America: The Colonial Period
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
Note: History and joint program graduate students should register under History 557.001.
002 (DIS)
 In Person
Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
003 (DIS)
 In Person
Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
004 (DIS)
 In Person
W 2:30PM - 4:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
Note: Section 004: Registration for one additional credit (UC 390) is available after classes begin.

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