HIS 3326-01W: Colonial
3:30-4:45pm Spring 2006
Dr. Colleen A. Vasconcellos
Office: TLC 3202 Phone: 678-839-6043 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: MW 11am-3pm, TR 12:30-2, and by appointment
Text Books: (all on reserve in the library and available in the bookstore)
~Mark Burkholder and Lyman L. Johnson, Colonial Latin America 3rd Edition (
~Leslie Bethel, ed. Colonial
~Bartolomé de las Casas, An Account of the Destruction of the Indies (Penguin)
~Anna Lanyon, Malinche’s Conquest (Allen & Unwin)
*additional readings will be provided during the course of the semester, and they will be either handed out or put on reserve.
Course Description and Learning Outcomes
course on Colonial Latin America covers the Spanish and Portuguese colonial
experience in the new world from 1492 until
The learning outcomes for this course are as follows. Students will develop a basic knowledge of colonial Latin American history and will familiarize themselves with methods of historical inquiry. Students will also improve their writing and critical thinking skills through in-class exam essays, as well as both formal and informal written assignments, class discussion, and careful reading of primary and secondary sources.
NOTE: A “W”
designation after a section number of a 3000- or 4000-level course signifies
that the course is a Writing Across the Curriculum
(WAC) course. WAC accepts as a guiding
principle the idea that writing is a valuable tool for learning and
communication. Therefore, the writing
components of a course so designated are designed to help you learn the
material and communicate what you have learned.
Students are required to take two “W” courses for an undergraduate
degree in the
TURN THEM OFF!!! If you need to have it on for emergency purposes, please set the ring to vibrate only. If I hear it ring, you will be asked to leave the class.
Attendance and Tardiness
I will not be taking attendance in this class. You are all adults. Please keep in mind, however, that excessive absence will affect your class participation grade. Excessive lateness is disruptive to the class, affecting your fellow students as well as me. If for any reason you need to leave early, please let me know ahead of time. In short, come to class on time and stay for the entire class. If you miss a class, I suggest you borrow notes from a classmate. Study groups are also encouraged, and will be of great benefit come exam time.
Students must abide by the
Students who are found to have plagiarized on a paper or otherwise cheated on an assignment will receive a failing grade for the course and their name will be passed along to the Chair of the History Department.
Grading and Assignments
Research Paper (20%) * (WTC assignment)
Paper on de las Casas (15%)* (WTL assignment)
Paper on Malinche’s Conquest (15%)* (WTL assignment)
Mid term exam (15%) (In class-bring blue books)
Final Exam (20%)
Class Participation (15%)
*Specifics of Assignments will be discussed during second day of class
WTC or Writing To Communicate denotes at least one formal writing assignment appropriate to the discipline. I will offer constructive feedback, which will lead to a high quality finished product. The paper will be evaluated on content, form, grammar, and spelling and should represent a sustained effort on the part of the student.
WTL or Writing to Learn exercises will help students realize the idea-generating potential of writing and its value. Primarily, these papers will help students focus their ideas as they prepare to write formal, WTC activities. Further, by completing WTL activities, students will gain practice in the sort of single-draft writing expected of them in exam situations or quick-draft career writing projects.
You must keep up with reading assignments. Students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the material assigned for that day. If you are having difficulty with note taking, reading or the essays, I strongly encourage you to promptly come speak with me so that I can direct you to the appropriate on-campus resource. All writing assignments must be typed in 12 point print with one inch margins. No late papers will be accepted, and I will not accept papers sent by attachment or on disk. Each paper is due at the end of class on the date it is due.
For general help with study skills, writing and
Tentative Class Schedule
Please note that this schedule could change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances.
1/17 The Iberian Context
1/19 Conquest of the
1/24 Conquest of
(on reserve); B&J Ch 2
1/26 Conquest of
1/31 Discussion of Malinche’s Conquest Malinche Paper Due
2/2 Conquest of
2/7 Conquest of
“The Encounter” in Latin America: Conflict and Creation (on reserve)
2/9 Conquest and
Settlement of Colonial
2/14 The Black Legend and The Columbian Exchange
Noble David Cook, Born to Die and Alfred E. Crosby’s Ecological Imperialism (on reserve) Happy Valentine’s Day!
2/16 Discussion of Las Casas Las Casas Paper due
2/23 The Church and
Requirement” (on reserve) Research paper topics due
2/27 Population and Labor Readings: B&J
Ch 4&5 (to page 132);
3/2 MID-TERM EXAM Don’t forget to bring a Blue Book
3/7 The Atlantic Slave Trade
3/14 Watch La Ultima Cena
3/16 Finish La Ultima Cena and discuss
3/20-3/24 SPRING BREAK—NO CLASSES
3/28 Race and Class
in Latin America
3/30 Women and Family in Colonial Latin America
4/4 Colonial Life
in Latin America
4/6 The Latin
4/11 Class Discussion of Research Papers. Bring proposals and bibliographies.
4/13 Late Colonial
Reforms and Revolution
4/25 Presentation of Papers
4/27 Presentation of Papers
FINAL EXAM: The final exam will be in the form of a take home exam. It is due in my mailbox no later than 5p on May 5. The exam will not be accepted without the following pledge followed by the student’s signature: “I have neither given nor received assistance during the course of this exam.”