MEXICAN CULTURE

COURSE IN MEXICAN CULTURE FOR MATHEMATICS STUDENTS

GENERAL OBJECTIVE

Present students with a panoramic overview of Mexican culture that will help them achieve an overall understanding of both the country as a whole and the breadth of its diversity, together with the historical events that made it what it is today.

 

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

To provide students with an account of the historical processes, milestones and figures that have helped create contemporary Mexican culture.

Students will learn how to identify and understand the different regional characteristics and identities that make up Mexican culture.

 

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course is organized chronologically: each of Mexico’s historical periods will be dealt with in order, discussing at each stage the features fundamental components of the culture at that time – the economy, government, religion, popular culture, art, science and technology.

 

*The optional Mexican Culture course has a total cost of USD $250.00 (two hundred and fifty dollars) and should be paid jointly with the tuition.

COURSE TOPICS

Pre-Hispanic Mexico

  • Religion and government
  • Society and culture

 

Colonial Mexico

  • The conquest of America
  • Government and society
  • Economy
  • Culture

 

From the Colony to Independence

  • Origins of the Independence movement
  • The Mexican War of Independence
  • Independent Mexico’s first governments

 

The Twentieth Century

  • The Porfiriato and European taste
  • The Mexican Revolution and its cultural manifestations
  • Post-revolutionary Mexico

 

Contemporary Mexico

  • Alternation in power and citizenship
  • Mexico and its regions
  • Culture and the entertainment industry
  • Education, science and technology in the face of future challenges

 

Bibliography

Deeds, Susan M.; Meyer, Michael C.; Sherman, William L. (2017).The Course of Mexican History, Eleventh Edition, Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780190659011

Florescano, Enrique (1994). Memory, Myth and Time in Mexico: From the Aztecs to Independence, University of Texas Press. ISBN-13: 978-0292724860

Meyer, Lorenzo; Aguilar Camín, Héctor (1992). In the Shadow of the Mexican Revolution: Contemporary Mexican History, 1910-1989, University of Texas Press. ISBN: 978-0292704510

Garcia-Canclini, Nestor (1993). Transforming Modernity: Popular Culture in Mexico, University of Texas Press. ISBN: 978-0292727595