required readings

weekly reports: (35%)

Each week, students will write a 1 page paper that synthesizes the readings, and connects them to weekly themes in class. Weekly Reports are due by midnight on, Friday uploaded onto Canvas. The report will respond to all three of the following prompts:

Identify at least one concept, event, claim, or proper noun mentioned in the readings that is unfamiliar to you. Use Reference Tools on the Internet or in the library to look up information about it and report your findings, along with the source(s) of any information you find. Anything that could be answered with a fact-check, quick definition, or basic research might be included under this prompt. Be sure to indicate when you are quoting directly from another source by using quotation marks.

Identify one of the Questions or Themes raised in earlier weeks that one of the assigned readings helps to answer. Then explain why you think this source sheds light on this specific question.

Connect at least one of the readings to the lectures from the week they were assigned. How do the readings complement or contradict or expand on topics discussed in class?

The entire report will be no more than about one typed, single-spaced page.

exam 1 (20%)

The midterm.

film reaction (25%)

We will together watch two feature length films this semester, La Otra Conquista and Zama. Students have to option to write a 3-5 page analysis on either one of these films, the first which treats the question of the spiritual conquest of Nahuatl civilization, and second of which treats the vanity, ambition, and capriciousness of late colonial rule. Screen dates will be announced in class.

exam 2 (20%)

Exam on the second half of the semester. This exam is scheduled by the university for Tuesday, December 10 at 2:45-4:45pm.