Fall 2017

MWF, 9-9:50 am

MWF, 10-10:50 am


Jacksonville University

Instructor: Dr. Jesse Hingson

Class location: Gooding 111

Office location: Gooding 215

Office phone: (904) 256-7215

Office hours: M, 12-2 pm; TTh, 11 am-1:30 pm, and by appointment (ends December 8)


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What does this course promise?  This course provides a broad survey of Peru’s past and present.  We will explore the following topics: pre-Colombian groups that settled the region, the Inca Empire and its social, political, and economic organization, Spanish conquest, colonization, and the establishment of colonial institutions, Peru’s path to independence, struggles in state building during the nineteenth century, problems with economic development and modernization, authoritarian rule and democratization, foreign relations (particularly with the United States), the involvement of the military in politics, state and left-wing terrorism, state-indigenous relations, and recent challenges to the state and neo-liberal policies.  Learning will be assessed through written assignments, exams, and participation.  Regular attendance, reading the assigned materials, active participation, and completing assignments are all keys for success.  I promise to do everything that I can to help you learn.  Please promise that you will do everything that you can to work with me as we explore these issues together.  This cross-listed 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 non-History majors if taken as an International Studies course.


Course Topics and Expected Course Outcomes: As a result of this course, the student will be able to do the following:

1) Intelligently discuss the economic, social, cultural, and political factors that influenced Peru’s history.

2) Analyze primary and secondary documents from Peru and intelligently discuss the issues involved in the use of such sources for historical analysis.

3) Critically engage significant works by modern scholars that address the course and impact of modern Peruvian 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. 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.  A “make up” may be scheduled by appointment or at the end of the semester.  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 an administrator in the Student Life Office (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.  I will not tolerate classroom behavior that violates these norms.  These include eating, doing work from other classes, texting, sleeping, consistently arriving late, rude behavior toward others, or bringing live cell phones or all other electronic devices in the classroom without prior approval.  This includes laptops.  Such behavior will be grounds for dismissal from the class, judicial proceedings, and/or failure of the course.


Textbooks (REQUIRED): Please purchase the following textbooks in the first week of the semester because the bookstore ships it back to the publisher after 10 days.

1)    Christine Hunefeldt, A Brief History of Peru. 2nd edition. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2010. [Hunefeldt]

2)    Orin Starn, Carlos Iván Degregori, and Robin Kirk, editors, The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics. 2nd Edition. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005. [Peru Reader]


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, write, and think critically about Peru’s past and present.  Each exam will include the following: 1) explanations of significance, and 2) responses to questions based on the readings and supplemental materials.  The use of notes and textbooks is permitted.  In order to do well on the exams, it is important to bring in supporting evidence and examples from the readings and supplemental materials, 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 28: Introductions and Syllabus (syllabus contracts due the next class period)


August 30, September 1, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22: Pre-Columbian Era to Spanish Conquest and Colonization

·         Read: Hunefeldt, chapters 1-5

·         Read: The Peru Reader, pages 30-35, 50-55, 71-81, 119-122, 149-158, 169-174

·         View: Documentary on Caral-Supe Civilization

·         Listen: NPR Report on Inka Roads

·         View: American Indian Museum exhibition on Inka Roads

·         View: Ghosts of Machu Picchu


September 25: EXAM #1


September 27, 29: View: PBS, The Great Inca Rebellion and Discussion


October 2: Response Paper #1 Due


October 2, 4, 6, 9: Wars of Independence to the War of the Pacific

·         Read: Hunefeldt, chapters 6-9

·         Read: The Peru Reader, pages 179-180, 199-206, 215-226

·         View: “Peru: The Curse of Inca Gold” (


October 11: EXAM #2


October 13, 16, 18, 20: View “Fitzcarraldo” and Discussion

·         Learn more about the real ‘Fitzcarraldo’ (


October 23: Response Paper #2 Due


October 25, 27, 30, November 1, 3, 6, 8: Conflict and Inequality since the Early 20th Century

·         Read: Hunefeldt, chapters 10-14

·         Read: The Peru Reader, pages 231-257, 258-265, 273-284, 293-318, 325-369, 387-406, 460-467, 474-476

·         View: “Peru’s War on Terror, 1980-2000”


November 13: EXAM #3


November 15, 17: View “The Dancer Upstairs” and Discussion


November 20-24: Holiday—No Classes


November 27, 29, December 1, 4, 6, 8: View “The Fall of Fujimori” and Discussion


9-9:50 am

December 11:

12-3 pm

·         Response Paper #3 Due

·         Response Paper RE-WRITE DUE (Original must be attached)

·         MAKE-UP DAY (Documentation must be submitted on or before this time and date)

10-10:50 am

December 13:

9-11 am


  • Response Paper #3 Due
  • Response Paper RE-WRITE DUE (Original must be attached)
  • MAKE-UP DAY (Documentation must be submitted on or before this time and date)






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