Aztecs and Maya

Ref: C2225657

Mexico and Guatemala are one of the world's original hearths of civilization. The region's distinctive tradition coalesced about 3000 years ago. We shall trace its formation and the emergence of the Olmecs before accounting for the rise, florescence and decline of the Maya among the forests and mountains of the east, the Zapotecs in the south and the monumental city of Teotihuacan. Then we shall account for the new cycle of development that began 900 centuries ago, including the Maya revival and culminating in the Aztec empire and its great capital. We shall consider the Spanish Conquest, which began 500 years ago. It decimated population and the subsequent colonization and missionary conversion ruined much of the tradition. Yet features have survived in parts of the region to this day. They offers lessons for the rest of the world; but for much longer can the tradition last? Our evidence ranges from archeology to history and ethnography.

Course aim

Pyramids and human sacrifice in context: introduces the archeology, history and anthropology of the Aztecs, Maya and related peoples from Ice Age to Spanish Conquest and today

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:

  • Describe the principal features of the Mesoamerican tradition
  • Distinguish the principal regional traditions
  • Distinguish the main phases of historical development
  • Recognize and explain the main anthropological and historical issues for the prehispanic and Colonial eras and the past two centuries

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

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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Aztecs and Maya

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