Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 270 Effective Fall 2015

Course Number:
HST 270
Course Title:
History of Mexico
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Course Description

Surveys Mexican history from pre-Columbian to modern times. Focus on post contact history: the Spanish conquest, colonial Mexico, independence and its aftermath to contemporary times. Emphasizes on social, political and cultural developments and contributions by a diversity of Mexico's peoples. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

After successful completion of HST 270 the student will be able to: 

· Use critical thinking to analyze historical information and connect the past with the present.
· Identify culturally-grounded practices, values and beliefs and explain how they influenced people€™s actions in the past and the extent of
their impact today.
· Articulate an understanding of the actions of indigenous people, Europeans and Africans in the course of Mexican history.
· Communicate effectively in analytical, fact based discussions regarding issues in the history of Mexico.
· Recognize the historical contributions of different groups (ethnic, national, gender, religious) that interacted in Mexico in order to
appreciate the cultural diversity of the Mexican nation.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The SAC expects that instructors will assess student learning throughout the term using a variety of methods.  The SAC encourages instructors to consider the following in determining the achievement of course outcomes: 

  • Analyze primary and secondary sources of information.

  • Individual or team oral presentations.

  • Use of written papers to analyze historical topics or issues.

  • Participation in, and contribution to, all class and team discussions and activities.

  • Quizzes, exams, and exercises

  • Evaluate different interpretations of the same event

  • Associate past events to contemporary times.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content


  • Exploration and conquest

  • Acculturation

  • Changing political and economic structures

  • Cultural development, literature, art

  • Conflict and cooperation

  • Religion and philosophy

  • Ways of Life


  • Criollo society

  • Independence

  • Religious pluralism

  • Self-understanding (world view)

  • Mi Patria


  • Role and status of the Catholic church

  • Ethnicity, gender and social class

  • Inter- and intra-ethnic controversies

  • Central vs. federal government systems

  • Political €œplans€

  • Acculturation

  • Constitution making

  • Modernism


  • Critical thinking

  • Evaluate interpretations of historical events

  • Effective communication orally and in writing

  • Analyze the causal relationship between two or more historical events

  • Problem solving

  • Working collaboratively with others

  • Clearly articulate thoughts to a given audience

  • Close reading of primary and secondary sources by drawing on prior knowledge