The Enigmatic Aztecs

Ref: C2225536

By the eve of the European conquest (1519-21), the Aztecs had created the largest city in the Americas and an extensive empire. Their philosophers were exploring the great issues of humanity. Yet the capital tolerated rites of spectacular savagery. The contradiction probably struck the Aztecs themselves as it did the Spaniards. It can be explained in part by an astonishing history of development. After assessing that story, exploring the sociology of the city and its hinterland and considering the historical and archeological evidence of the notorious rites and the ideas behind them, we can review the range of interpretations that have been offered for the Aztecs. We may discover scope for a fresh approach.

Course aim

Explores the apparent contradiction between the Aztecs' civic, philosophical and military accomplishments and their savage public rites

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Relate the Aztecs to other cases of rapid social and political development
  • Relate religious life to sociology, politics and economics
  • Recognize the leading interpretations of Aztec public life

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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The Enigmatic Aztecs


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