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Hispanics in the U.S.

HIS 217W

Hispanics in the U.S.

HIS 217W

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 4 and WRITING LEVEL 2.

Surveys the social, cultural, economic and political history of Hispanic Americans (Spanish-speaking), which includes groups such as Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans and Puerto Rican-Americans, with emphasis on Mexican-Americans. Analyzes the present status of different Hispanic groups and the problems that minority groups encounter in American society. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Analyze the conceptual differences between Hispanic populations.

Objectives:

  • Define the term minority.
  • Differentiate between the terms race and ethnicity.
  • Define and differentiate the differences between the terms Hispanic and Latino.
  • Identify the Hispanic populations in Europe, the United States, Central and South America, Puerto Rico, and Cuba.
  • Identify the major Hispanic subgroups living in the United States.

Demonstrate an understanding of Spanish exploration and colonization of the United States.

Objectives:

  • Identify the significance of Mexico and the Spanish Conquest.
  • Explain the impact of Spanish exploration in Florida.
  • Trace the exploration of Spaniards in the Southwest regions of the United States.
  • Identify early Spanish explorers and their impact upon regions explored.
  • Trace the exploration and settlement of Central America, Puerto Rico, and Cuba.

Demonstrate an understanding of the history of Mexico and the social, political, economic and cultural factors that contributed to the history.

Objectives:

  • Understand the historical process which lead to Mexico's independence.
  • Identify the role and status of the indigenous population.
  • Describe the impact and process of Spaniard influence and the creation of La Raza.
  • Explain the significance of breaking Spain's dominance and the impact it had on the Mexican people.
  • Describe the impact of the war between Mexico and the United States.
  • Identify the significance and the impact for both the United States and Mexico of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
  • Identify and describe the social, political, and economic influences that lead up to the Mexican Revolution.
  • Synthesize the historical and post-revolutionary influences on Modern Mexico.

Demonstrate an understanding of Modern Mexico, its people and social institutions.

Objectives:

  • Describe the Mexican culture, value system and psyche.
  • Identify the social, political, and economic systems of Mexico.
  • Describe the global role of Mexico's social, political. and economic systems.

Analyze and demonstrate an understanding of the demography of Hispanics in the United States.

Objectives:

  • Differentiate between Mexican-American communities in the South and Southwest.
  • Identify and describe Mexican-American communities outside the South and Western regions of the United States.
  • Explain the differences between Mexican-American, Cuban, and Puerto Rican communities in the United States.
  • Identify the different Hispanic populations that reside in the United States.
  • Describe the rate and growth of the Hispanic population in the United States.

Demonstrate an understanding of the contemporary problems and issues faced by Hispanic populations in the United States.

Objectives:

  • Understand and explain the differences between the following ethnic identities:
  • Differentiate between socialization, integration, and assimilation processes.
  • Identify and explain the significance of language maintenance and identify on the Hispanic culture.
  • Describe the differences that exist among Hispanic subgroups in the areas of education, employment and income.
  • Explain the areas in which discrimination manifests itself and how it impacts the Hispanic population.
  • Describe the political participation of Hispanic in the United States.
  • Describe the social, political, and economic impact of laws pertaining to immigration, education, and health care.

Use writing tasks to promote learning.

Objectives:

  • Practice critical writing skills wthin the subject
  • Demonstrate knowledge of subject matter.