Dr. Antonio de la Cova
Office: Sycamore Hall 043
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Historical ethnography of the major pre-Columbian civilations, especially the Olmec, people of Teotihuacan, the Maya, Aztec, the Zapotec and Mixtec. Emphasis of the social life, cultural achievements, religion, world view, and political systems to illustrate the diversity and richness of Amerindian life before the Spanish conquest.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: There will be Power Point lectures, video analysis, and readings that require taking notes. Students are expected to use logical arguments sustained with evidence in class discussions and to improve their reading, writing, analytical, and speaking skills. The IU Writing Tutorial Services can provide Discipline- and Course-Specific Tutoring if needed, which includes appropriate citation styles.
READINGS: You are expected to read all of the texts assigned to this course and the homework assigned readings. Questions regarding the texts will appear on the exams. The texts available at the bookstore are:
Richard Townsend, The Aztecs. ISBN 0-500-28132-7
Michael D. Coe, The Maya. ISBN 0-500-28505-5
Mary Ellen Miller, The Art of Mesoamerica. ISBN 0-500-20345-8
Julia Hendon & Rosemary Joyce, Mesoamerican Archaeology: Theory and Practice. ISBN 0-631-23052-1
LATINO STUDIES RESOURCES WEBSITE: http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/ Contains topics and data related to this course.
GRADING: Your grade will consist of a Mid-Term Exam (30%), a Final Exam (30%), two Oncourse essay quizzes (15% each), and participation and attendance (10%). Missing eight or more classes will further drop you another letter grade.The exams will cover material from the readings, lectures and presentations.
(100-92=A), (91.9-90=A-), (89.9-88=B+), (87.9-82=B), (81.9-80= B-), (79.9-78=C+), (77.9-72=C), (71.9-70=C-), (69.9-68=D+), (67.9-62=D), (61.9-60=D-), (Below 59.9= F).
MAKE-UP EXAMS: It will only be given if you have a valid physician's excuse or a verified family emergency. Makeups are different and considerably more difficult than the regularly scheduled test.
MISCONDUCT: Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with according to the IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
Please contact me the first week of classes if you have special learning needs. The IU Adaptive Technology Center can also assist you.
CLASSES LECTURE TOPICS ASSIGNED READINGS Jan. 10-12 Overview of the course Exam and study guides Crossing theories Why Anthropologists Study Human Remains Jan. 17-19 First Settlers Mesoamerican Archaeology, 1-42 Film segment: The First Americans Mesoamerican Archaeology, 43-72 Jan. 24-26 Olmec society and religion Art of Mesoamerica, 9-37 Olmec architecture and art Mesoamerican Archaeology, 73-96 Jan. 31 Teotihuacan city-state Mesoamerican Archaeology, 97-123 Feb. 2 Film segment: Teotihuacan Mesoamerican Archaeology, 124-147 Feb. 7-9 Teotihuacan art and religion Art of Mesoamerica, 67-81 Teotihuacan society State and Society at Teotihuacan Feb. 14-16 The Zapotecs (1300 BC-700 AD) Art of Mesoamerica, 38-65 San Jose Mogote phase Mesoamerican Archaeology, 192-216 Feb. 21-23 Classic Monte Alban Mesoamerican Archaeology, 217-238 Mixtecs Mesoamerican Archaeology, 239-264 Feb. 28 The Toltecs Art of Mesoamerica, 162-196 March 2 Mid-term Exam March 7-9 The Totonacs Grotesques and Sacrificial Iconography Classic Veracruz and Huaxtec Art of Mesoamerica, 83-101 March 11-19 Spring Recess March 21-23 Maya Pre-Classic Period The Maya, 7-58 Film segment: The Riddle of the Maya The Maya, 59-110 March 28-30 Maya epigraphy and mathematics The Maya, 111-160 Maya pyramids and architecture The Maya, 161-176 April 4-6 Maya religion The Maya, 177-203 Maya society The Maya, 204-255 April 11-13 The Mexica The Aztecs, 7-43 Aztec society The Aztecs, 44-79 April 18-20 Film: Aztecs:The Hidden Empire The Aztecs, 80-115 Aztec warfare and expansionism The Aztecs, 116-150 April 25-27 Aztec religion and human sacrifice The Aztecs, 151-186 The conquest and syncretism The Aztecs, 187-219 May Final Exam (Day & time to be announced)
The preceeding schedule and procedures in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.