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Explore the cultural diversity of Mesoamerica…

LAIS 372B: Indigenous Peoples of Latin America: Mesoamerica (Crosslisted as ANTH 372B)

Summer 1 (online)

This discussion-focused online course begins with an exploration of the remarkable cultural diversity among the Prehispanic indigenous societies of Mesoamerica (Mexico and northern Central America), especially the Aztec and Mayan polities. We next examine how various ethnic groups in the region understood, shaped and dismantled identity categories from Prehispanic through modern times, using readings offering different indigenous, mestizo, and Creole perspectives. Finally, we will use excerpts from several ethnographic studies of indigenous peoples in the region today to explore cultural adaptations to modernity and globalization.

This is a strongly inter-disciplinary course that draws on archaeology, history and cultural anthropology, but that assumes no previous knowledge of the region or familiarity with these disciplines. The course challenges students to think critically about concepts such as race, indigeneity, colonialism, sovereignty, and globalization. Through online discussions, students will engage with the readings, each other, and the professor, and learn much that is relevant to the way they think about how history shapes our perceptions of the world today.

Fulfills the general education requirement: DH

About the Instructor
Christine Beaule is an Associate Professor of Latin American and Iberian Studies in the Spanish Division of the Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas. She is an Andean archaeologist who has worked in highland Bolivia on pre-Inkan cultures, and most recently published a number of works on comparative colonialism. A member of the Honors Faculty as well, Dr. Beaule is passionate about teaching undergraduates, fostering critical thinking and a joy of learning.

For inquiries about the course, call 956-4170; Email:

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Term Dates

  • Summer 1
    May 22 – June 30, 2017
  • Summer 2
    July 3 – August 11, 2017
  • Varied Date Courses
    Class schedules vary between May 22 – August 11, 2017

  • Registration Dates
    UHM Seniors
    March 7
    UHM Continuing
    March 8
    New or Visiting
    March 14

Questions? Contact Us

UHM Outreach College

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Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-7221