Turning Points in Latin American History & Culture: From Colonization to the Cold War
4-Week Online Courses
Focal Skills and Dispositions
Textual analysis & interpretation; Evaluating visual evidence; Developing empathy; Assessing claims and evidence
22.5 PDPs; 1 graduate credit available ($160 fee for credit)
Partnership educators: $0
Open to all teachers of all grades K-12
Understanding the dynamism and challenges of Latin America today requires a grasp of key historical events and cultural shifts over the past few centuries. This online course is designed to introduce important events and legacies through multimedia approaches that make history and the arts vivid and explain what is distinctive about the region. We will explore the periods of colonialism, independence and the abolition of the slavery, revolution (with examples from Mexico and Cuba), and the Cold War, making use of case studies from different countries and bilingual primary sources. Sessions include readings, videos, scholar podcasts, classroom- friendly primary sources, featured web resources, and discussion forums for reflection. As part of the course, you will curate a Latin American resource collection for your classroom using a tool of your choosing.