What is the course about?
The course covers pre-conquest Native North American societies whose mythology fuelled the Spanish conquest of North America. It is about Native American urban environments, indigenous North American achievements, trade and contacts with Mesoamerica, and cultural differences across the continent.
What will we cover?
The Spanish myths of the golden cities, the fountain of youth etc.; the sophistication and complexity of North American urban cultures, the remarkable cultural peculiarities of each region, their religion, architecture, astronomy, and arts.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
You will learn about pre-Columbian architecture’s astronomical alignments, hydraulic engineering, artistic achievements, cultural rise and collapse, Mesoamerican connections, influences and differences between North and Mexican societies. By the end of the course you should be able to: name and differentiate pre-Columbian cultures of North America, compare their particular features with Mesoamerican societies, and place them in historical perspective.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and does not assume any previous study or reading. As with most of our classical civilisations courses, intellectual curiosity and an open mind are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes are taught through a variety of teaching methods, among which Power point presentations, group exercises, questionnaires, questions and answers. No additional activity is planned outside the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Bring writing material if you wish to take notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The course is complementary to other courses in history and civilisations, for example: Native American Histories, Maya and Aztecs, Civilisations of Eldorado.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details