2016 MAS 10A Syllabus - MAS 10A 2016 Section#7 8 Fall...

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MAS 10A Fall Semester, 2016 Section #7 & 8 Mexican Americans in the Development of U.S. History and Government From Indigenous Civilizations to the Civil War Satisfies lower division GE requirements in American Institutions (F1, 2, and 3) and Social Science (D2 and D3) Professor Gregorio Mora Torres, PhD Meeting Days, T-Th, 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Office: Clark Hall 229B Office Hours: T-TH, 3:15 P.M.-4:15 pm. Telephone: 924-5472 Email: [email protected] COURSE DESCRIPTION This course seeks to examine the multiethnic and multicultural history of the United States from colonial time to the Civil War. It will look at the major historical events and issues from the perspective of Mexican Americans. The major events to be covered will be the Spanish/English colonial experiences, the implantation of slavery, the U.S. Government’s treatment of Native Americans, the industrialization of the American economy, the westward movement, race relations, US-Mexico wars, and the Civil War. It will also focus on understanding the American political system as well as the workings of the US and California constitutions. COURSE GOALS 1 To demonstrate the complex multiracial and multicultural origins of the United States as well as its development as a young, expanding nation. 2 To show the differences in settlement patterns and experiences between the English and Spanish colonies of the North American continent. 3 To demonstrate the development and evolution of the United States political system and its institutions as well as the U.S. and California constitutions and show how they have impacted the dominant European Americans and racial minorities. This goal will be accomplished through class lectures, class discussions, and discussion of pertinent readings.
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4 To help students to write well-researched and clearly written essays on major American or Chicano historical or social, economic, or cultural issues. 5 To have students write at least 2500 words in a language and style appropriate for the course. The students’ writing will be graded for grammar, clarity, conciseness, coherence, and evidence of scholarly research. STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES (SLOs) 1. Students shall be able to identify and analyze the social dimensions of society as a context for human life, the processes of social change and social continuity, the role of human agency in those social processes, and the forces that engender social cohesion and fragmentation. (D2- 3) Students will achieve this SLO through their writings in the journals and in the short essays component of midterm and final examinations. 2. Students will be able to place contemporary developments in cultural, historical, environmental, and spatial contexts. (D2-3) Student will be able to accomplish this objective through their writings in the journal and in the term paper assignment.
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