• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Faye Bendrups
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course provides an overview of the conquest and colonisation of Latin America.  it does so in the context of the major theoretical perspectives and controversies surrounding this process.  Topics dealt with will include the nature of two pre-Columbian empires - the Aztecs and the Incas, the motivations for the conquest, the dynamics of settler societies, theoretical perspectives on colonisation and the "rise of the west" and key political and economic structures of colonial Latin America.  These topics are dealt with in terms of the Implications of each for Latin America today.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successfully completing this course students will:

  1. be able to evaluate the major perspectives on the conquest and colonisation of Latin America.
  2. have a basic knowledge of several of the societies that existed before 1492 and of how their interaction with European societies shaped the political economony and future history of Latin America.
  3. have a basic knowledge of the political and economic structures of early colonial Latin America
  4. have considered how these structures influenced the future course of Latin American society.

Indicative Assessment

  1. A 2,500 word research essay assignment (40%); Learning Outcomes 1-4.
  2. Two book reviews (2 x 20%), each of 750 words;  Learning Outcomes 1-4.
  3. One, in-class test (20%); Learning Outcomes 2 and 3.

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Students will be expected to spend 10 hours per week on the course, including the class times outlined above.

Prescribed Texts

An electronic reading "brick" will be provided



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
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Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8640 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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