Mexico: From Conquest to Cancún
Summer 2012 Dallas Hall 115 Monday through Friday 12:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Prof. Robert V. Kemper phone: 214-768-2928 email: email@example.com
Course Description: An introduction to the unity and diversity of Mexican society as it has developed through encounters with other cultures – from 16th century conquistadores to 21st century tourists and emigrants. Fulfills the General Education Curriculum requirement for Perspectives, Group VI (Behavioral Sciences) and also fulfills co-curricular requirement for Diversity.
Goals (Student Learning Outcomes):
By the end of the semester, students will be able to:
Bonfil Batalla, Guillermo (1996) México Profundo: Reclaiming a Civilization (translated by Philip A. Dennis). Austin: University of Texas Press. (originally published as México profundo: una civilización negada)
Cahn, Peter (2003) All Religions Are Good in Tzintzuntzan. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Recommended Readings and Data Sets
Recommended readings and data sets will be found on the course web site.
1. In-Class Quizzes (5%; n = 11; worth 0.5% each, total = 5%, after dropping the lowest grade). Normally, these will be open-book and open-notes. No make-ups; each missed quiz will be counted as a “zero” unless adequate and timely medical (or family emergency) documentation is provided.
2. Map Quiz (5%). An in-class closed-book, closed-notes quiz on the states, state capitals, major rivers, and major mountain ranges of Mexico. This map quiz will be scheduled during the class session on Wednesday, 6 June. (see Map Quiz Preparation).
3. Midterm (25%). Two-hour, open-book and open-notes in-class exam on Monday, 18 June. Write two essays (from three choices provided). (see Midterm Preparation Guide.)
4. Field assignment (10%). Visit three “Mexican” restaurants (from approved list on the course web site or with instructor's permission); write a 4 page (1,000 words) comparative analysis: due at class on Wednesday, 20 June. (For details, see Fieldwork Assignment -- Restaurants.) (NOTE: Late papers may be penalized up to one letter grade for any part of a 24-hour period beginning at 2:00 p.m. on dates due.)
5. Sim-tzuntzan Project (25%). Complete two analyses (12.5% each) of the circumstances of local community life. You may do these exercises individually or in teams (no more than two persons per team). Each Exercise should result in a report of 3-4 pages (750-1,000 words), not counting data or images presented in appendices. Due dates: Sim-tzuntzan Exercise 1 and Sim-tzuntzan Exercise 2 are due at the same time -- 12:00 noon Tuesday, 26 June. (also see Aerial Photos and Images). (NOTE: Late papers may be penalized up to one letter grade for any part of a 24-hour period, including weekend days, beginning at 2:00 p.m. on date due.)
6. Final Exam (30%). Take home exam due at 12:00 noon on Friday, 29 June (last day of class). For details, see Study Guide for the Final Exam.
The SMU Student “Code of Conduct”
Students are expected to abide by the SMU Code of Conduct in all matters related to this course, including work inside and outside of the classroom. For details, please see http://www.smu.edu/studentlife/PCL_03_Conduct_Code.asp
Policy on Make-ups, Lateness, and Attendance:
Students are expected to attend all class sessions. If you will not be able to attend a specific session, you must make arrangements with another student to get copies of notes, etc. Assignments must be turned in on time; for each 24-hour period an assignment is late, one full grade will be deducted (e.g., an “A” paper will become a “B” paper). Appropriate medical and family excuses will be accepted in order to establish new dates for assignments. Make-ups for the Final Examination will require substantial justification.
Excused Absences for University Extracurricular Activities
Students participating in an officially sanctioned, scheduled University extracurricular activity will be given the opportunity to make up class assignments or other graded assignments missed as a result of their participation. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the instructor prior to any missed scheduled examination or other missed assignment for making up the work. (University Undergraduate Catalogue)
Altschuler Learning Enhancement Center
Students who require extra assistance with writing, reading, or test-taking should consult the Altschuler Learning Enhancement Center staff. For details, please see http://www.smu.edu/alec/home/
Students needing academic accommodations for a disability must first contact Ms. Rebecca Marin, Coordinator, Services for Students with Disabilities (214-768-4557) to verify the disability and establish eligibility for accommodations. They should then schedule an appointment with the professor to make appropriate arrangements. (See University Policy No. 2.4.) Please see http://www.smu.edu/studentlife/OSSD_Facts.asp
Religiously observant students wishing to be absent on holidays that require missing class should notify their professors in writing at the beginning of the semester, and should discuss with them, in advance, acceptable ways of making up any work missed because of the absence. (See University Policy No. 1.9.)
|31 May (Thursday)||
TOPIC: "Mapping Mexico: Changing Concepts of Space and Place"
TOPIC: "'Insider' and 'Outsider' Views of Mexico"
Video: “The Mexicans through their Eyes” (1992, 59 mins.; IVS 03690)
Readings: Bonfil, vii-xxi; 3-18; also see resources on the course web page -- Maps: Mexico-U.S. Borders
|1 June (Friday)||
TOPIC: Before the “Conquest” – Mesoamerican and Spanish civilizations
Video: “Sentinels of Silence” (1990, 18 mins.; IVS 02573)
Readings: Foster, Culture and Conquest, pp. 10-20, 227-234;
Recommended: Arqueología Mexicana, special edition on “Aztecas” (bilingual Spanish/English texts).
|4 June (Monday)||
TOPIC: From “Conquest” to “Encounter” – Reassessing The Colonial
Video: “The Spanish Conquest of Mexico” (2003, 28 mins.; IDD 01332)
See resources on the course web page -- Europe Meets the Americas
TOPICS: The National Period -- 1810 to 1910
Readings: Bonfil, 61-93; 94-107
See resources on the course web page -- Colonial Mexican Population.
|5 June (Tuesday)||
TOPIC: The Mexican Revolution: From Zapata to the Zapatistas
Video: “The Last Zapatista” (1995, 30 mins.; IVS 06959)
TOPIC: The Population of Mexico 1790 to 1995
Readings: see resources on the course web page -- Mexico: from 1810 to 1910; INEGI Population Statistics;
|6 June (Wednesday)||
MAP QUIZ -- IN CLASS
TOPIC: Ethnic Groups and Ethnicity in the Twentieth Century
Readings: Bonfil, pp. 19-58, 129-149; Royce-Kemper article on ethnic identity.
See resources on the course web page -- Monografías de los Pueblos Indígenas
|7 June (Thursday)||
Topic: Twentieth Century Chronology
Video: "From Boom to Bust: 1940 -1982 (1988, 57 mins.; IVS 01888)
|8 June (Friday)||
TOPIC: Migration and Urbanization in the Twentieth Century: Metropolis, Cities, Towns, and Villages
TOPIC: Mexico City: National Symbol, Local Reality
Video: “Continent on the Move” (1993, 60 mins.; IVS 02921)
Readings: Kemper article, “Mexico City”
|11 June (Monday)||
TOPIC: “The Tarascans [Purépecha]” and the Modern Tarascan Region
TOPIC: Local Communities in the Twentieth Century: The Case of Tzintzuntzan
Video: Foster - Tzintzuntzan (1945); Video: Tzintzuntzan (1991), Foster, Module #1; Foster, Module #2; CREFAL film -- Tzintzuntzan (1961)
|12 June (Tuesday)||
TOPIC: Introduction to the “Sim-tzuntzan Project:” Using GIS to Understand Community Transformation (see Aerial Photos and Images)
Aerial Videos/Photos: Kemper - Tzintzuntzan (2000)
Reading: Foster: Empire's Children, pp. 204-224; Cahn (2003), Preface and chapters 1 and 2
|13 June (Wednesday)||
TOPIC: Social Life: dyadic contracts, families and households, kinship and ritual kinship (compadrazgo), patron-client relationships, social networks, etc.
Readings: Cahn (2003), chapters 3 and 4.
|14 June (Thursday)||
TOPIC: Gender Issues in Mexican Life
Case Study: Zapotec Women in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec
Video: “Blossoms of Fire” (2000, 74 mins.; IVS 07435)
Readings: Matthew Gutmann (1996), The Meanings of Macho, chapter 9 ("Machismo"); Kemper, Marianismo paper
|15 June (Friday)||
TOPIC: "Environments and Sustainability"
Video: "In Good Hands: Culture and Agriculture in the Lacandon Forest" (1993, 28 mins.; IVS 04369)
|18 June (Monday)||
MIDTERM EXAMINATION (in class) -- 12:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
|19 June (Tuesday)||
TOPIC: Religious Life in Contemporary Mexico: Catholicism, Protestantism, etc.
Video: "A Long Journey to Guadalupe" (1996, Instituto Nacional Indigenista; Kemper Collection, not in CMIT) OR
Video: Guadalupe: Mother of All Mexico (2000, 60 mins.; IVS 08099)
Readings: Cahn (2003), chapters 5, 6, and Conclusion
|20 June (Wednesday)||
FIELD ASSIGNMENT (MEXICAN RESTAURANTS) -- DUE AT CLASS
Topic: Civil-religious hierarchies, fiestas, pilgrimages
PowerPoint and Video: "Tzintzuntzan fiestas"
|21 June (Thursday)||
TOPIC: Economic Life: “image of limited good;” production, distribution, and consumption; marketplaces; tandas; etc.
Readings: George M. Foster (1967), Tzintztuntzan: Mexican Peasants in a Changing World, chapter 6 ("The Image of Limited Good");
Video: “The Weavers of Ahuirán” (1991, 53 mins.; IVS 08153)
|22 June (Friday)||
TOPIC: Arts and Crafts in Contemporary Mexico
Recommended Readings: Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art -- non-circulating book at DeGolyer Library.
|25 June (Monday)||Work on Sim-tzuntzan Exercises (with your teams)|
|26 June (Tuesday)||
SIM-TZUNTZAN EXERCISE #1 -- DUE AT CLASS
SIM-TZUNTZAN EXERCISE #2 -- DUE AT CLASS
TOPIC: Mole, Menudo, and McDonald’s: “Food” and “Wellness” in Mexican Life
Readings: Kemper article on Food in Tzintzuntzan.
TOPIC: The Border and Beyond
Video: “The Forgotten Americans” (2000, 56 mins; IVS 07188)
Reading: The Mexico-U.S. Borders: Historical Transformation
Readings: Kemper, Mexicans in U.S. article (on course web site);
|27 June (Wednesday)||
TOPIC: Beyond the Wall: Communities in Mexico-U.S. Immigration
Video: “The Other Side of the Border” (1987; 60 mins.; IVS 00810)
Readings: DFW 2000 Hispanic Population/Maps; U.S. Census "Hispanics in 2000" and Census Data for 2010 Hispanic Population
Readings: "From Camionetas (Mini-Vans) to Federally Regulated Motor Carriers..." (see link on Kemper Faculty Home Page)
|28 June (Thursday)||
TOPIC: Tourism in Contemporary Mexico
TOPIC: The Twenty-first Century: Toward a “New” Mexico?
|29 June (Friday)||
FINAL EXAMINATION -- Take-home exam due at 2:00 p.m. (see Final Exam Study Guide for Questions and Instructions).
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