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SPA 427 Identity and Power in the Americas, 1350-1650 (3 credits)

In this interdisciplinary course, students will use both primary and secondary sources to examine the construction of identities and the relations between different kinds of power—for example, military, social, political—among three distinct peoples in the Americas, the Aztec, the Inca, and the Spanish. The first part of the course will address each of these three cultures in the era leading up to the Spanish exploration and conquest of the Americas. In the second part of the course, students will analyze changes in the construction of identity and power wrought by European-indigenous contact. Satisfies the Art/Literature GER/GEP.