IS 355/HIST 355

Fall 2016

MWF, 10-10:50 am

MWF, 11-11:50 am


Jacksonville University

Instructor: Dr. Jesse Hingson

Class location: Gooding 111

Office location: Gooding 215

Office phone: (904) 256-7215

Office hours: M, 12-1 pm, TTh, 11 am-1 pm and by appointment (ends December 9)


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Course Topics and Description: This course is a survey of modern Argentina from the end of the colonial period (c. 1810) to the present day.  We will explore the following topics: the legacy of Argentina’s colonial period and its path to independence, the dominance of Buenos Aires in the formation of the state and the economy during the nineteenth century, development and modernization, authoritarian rule and struggles for democratization, foreign relations (particularly with the United States), the origins of populism, Peronism as a political movement, and recent challenges to the state and neo-liberal policies.  Students will be able to help achieve the promises of this class by attending classes regularly, reading all assigned materials, and participating.  Learning will be assessed through written assignments and exams.  This course counts toward a B.A. or B.S. in History if taken as a History course, and it is a core curriculum requirement for all majors if taken as an International Studies course.


Expected Course Outcomes: The student will be able to do the following:

1) Intelligently discuss the economic, social, cultural, political, and historical factors that influence Argentina.

2) Analyze readings from and about Argentina and intelligently discuss the issues that they raise.

3) Critically engage significant works by modern scholars that address the course and impact of modern Argentine development.


Attendance and ‘Make Up’ Exam Policies: Attendance is required on the dates that exams, quizzes, and assignments are scheduled, and failure to do so will result in a zero for that exam, quiz, and/or assignment.  In the case that an absence is unavoidable, it is the responsibility of the student to provide proper documentation from a doctor, university official, lawyer, or other professional in case of an unexcused absence.  In this case, a “make-up” day for any missed exam has been scheduled.  Finally, it is the student’s responsibility to initiate a withdrawal from the course within the designated withdrawal period. Not doing so will result in failure for the course.


Academic Dishonesty: Any evidence of cheating or plagiarism will result in automatic failure for the course.  Cheating is defined as the attempt, successful or not, to give or obtain aid and/or information by illicit means in meeting any academic requirements, including examinations.  It includes copying the writings of others with or without their knowledge.  Plagiarism is defined as the use, without proper acknowledgement, of the ideas, phrases, sentences, or larger units of discourse from another writer or speaker.  All are expected to know and abide by the policy as stated in the university catalog and student handbook.


Assistance for Needs Related to Disability: Requests for testing or instructional accommodations due to physical and learning disabilities, as described by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, need to be reported to the instructor during the first week of the semester.  These requests will require a confidential letter authorized and signed by JU’s Vice President for Student Life (904-256-7067).  Course requirements will not be waived, but accommodations may assist in meeting the requirements.


Student Behavior: All are expected to behave according to accepted norms ensuring a climate wherein all can exercise their right to learn.  Such norms are set forth in the JU catalog.  These include eating, doing work from other classes, texting, engaging with social media, sleeping, consistently arriving late, rude behavior toward others, or bringing live cell phones or all other electronic devices in the classroom without prior approval.  Students are encouraged to use laptops, but they must be used in relation to course material, such as taking notes.  Such behavior will be grounds for dismissal from the class, judicial proceedings, and/or failure of the course.


Textbooks (required):

1)    Jonathan C. Brown, A Brief History of Argentina. Second Edition. New York: Facts on File, 2011. [Brown]

2)    Gabriela Nouzeilles and Graciela Montaldo, eds. The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002. [AR]

3) Supplemental online readings (noted in schedule below)


*Textbooks may be purchased at the campus bookstore, but please be aware that the bookstore ships unsold textbooks back to the publisher after 10 days.


Requirements and Grading Scale:

Exam 1: 50 points (10%)

Exam 2: 50 points (10%)

Exam 3: 100 points (20%)

Response Paper 1: 50 points (10%)

Response Paper 2: 50 points (10%)

Response Paper 3: 100 points (20%)

Participation: 100 points (20%)

Total: 500 points


SCALE: A=500-450; B+=449-435; B=434-400; C+=399-385; C=384-350; D+=349-335; D=334-300; F=≤299


*No grade of “I” or “Incomplete” will be given unless a documented emergency prevents completion of the course.


1) Exams: Exams will evaluate ability to read and write critically.  Each exam will include one or more of the following: 1) brief explanations of significance; 2) brief responses related to questions based on the readings and sources; 3) essay questions that sharpen your critical thinking skills.  The use of notes and textbooks is strongly encouraged.  In order to do well on the exams, it is important to bring in supporting evidence and examples from the readings, even if they are not discussed in class.  It is the responsibility of all students to bring their own materials to the exam.  Sharing books and notes is not permitted. 


2) Response Papers: Questions will be posed to survey critical reactions to readings, lectures, activities, or any other material (e.g. films and documentaries) relevant to the course.  Please do not use any outside source material.  Each response should be typed, New Times Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, a minimum of 1000 words, and follow either Turabian or MLA formats when citing.  It is expected that all written work will be carefully edited.  Strong responses incorporate an introductory paragraph that previews an argument/thesis or theme.  Body paragraphs must have viable topic sentences and be steeped in evidence to support an argument/thesis.  Thoughtful conclusions explore the larger implications of main ideas.  At any point during the semester, feel free to come in and discuss the responses.  Papers submitted by e-mail will not be accepted unless approved prior to the deadline.  Each late paper will be penalized ten (10) points for each 24 hour period it is late (starting the minute after the class session it is due).  Rules against plagiarism will apply especially to this assignment, and programs (e.g., will be utilized to check for plagiarism.  To give you an idea of how the response paper will be assessed, a grading rubric and sample essay are provided.


Re-Write Policy: The grade for only one of the response papers may be improved by a maximum of ten (10) points.  Criticisms must be incorporated from the original first draft, which must be turned in with the “Re-Write”.  No corrected papers will be accepted without the original.  Both will be due on the date and time listed in the schedule. 


3) Participation: The expectations are that class meetings will be regularly attended and that all readings and assignments will be discussed.  Throughout the semester, participation will be assessed by: 1) short quizzes on the readings; 2) quality of input in discussion; 3) assistance to the instructor.  This last category entails assisting the instructor in creating class handouts, Power Point presentations, web pages, discussion questions, lists of additional bibliographical and/or internet resources (including music, photographs, documentaries, and films), summaries of current events and news stories, or any other materials that will help us understand what we are reading and/or viewing.


SCHEDULE/READINGS: Instructor reserves the right to change the schedule if necessary

August 29: Introductions and Syllabus (syllabus contracts due the next class period)


August 31, September 2, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16: Pre-Hispanic Era to Colonization and Nationhood


September 19: EXAM #1


September 21, 23, 26: View “Camilia” and Discussion


September 28: Response Paper #1 Due


September 30, October 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14: Liberalism and Populism


October 17: EXAM #2


October 19, 21: Tango Lesson and Discussion


October 24, 26, 28, 31: View “Eva Perón” and Discussion


November 2: Response Paper #2 Due


November 2, 4, 7, 9, 14, 16: Authoritarianism and Neoliberalism


November 11: Holiday—No Class


November 18: EXAM #3


November 21-25: Holiday—No Classes


November 28, 30, December 2: View “The Official Story” and Discussion


December 5, 7, 9: View “The Take” and Discussion


December 14 (MWF, 10 am) OR December 16 (MWF, 11 am):











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