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HI 303R / HI 353R
AZTECS, MAYAS & INCAS: EMPIRES ON THE EVE OF APOCALYPSE
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Professor W G Naphy

Pre-requisite(s): Only available to students in Programme Year 3 or above.

Note(s): This course is now full for 2012/13.

This module is available to students on all non-History degree programmes as a Discipline Breadth course for the enhanced study requirement. However, the admission of students with a non-History degree intention will be at the discretion of the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy.

This course will be available as HI 353R in 2012/13.

This course will examine the economies, cultures, religions, and socio-political structures of the three "great" civilizations of Meso- and South America: Aztecs, Mayas, and Incas. Their concepts of wealth, civilization, history, and overall worldviews will be examined in detail. The course will close by considering the status of these empires on the eve of contact with Europeans and the extent to which inherent factors within the empires may have contributed to their collapse and subsequent conquest by the Spanish.

3 hours per week (normally, 1 one-hour seminar and 1 two-hour seminar per week).

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%): one 3,000-word essay (40%); 1 comparative article analysis (20%); 1 gobbet exercise (20%); 1 annotated bibliography (10%); 1 group project (10%).

Resit: Continuous assessment (100%): 1 3,000-word essay (40%); 1 comparative article analysis (20%); 1 gobbet exercise (20%); 1 annotated bibliography (10%); 1 group project (10%).