IS 361/HIST 358

Spring 2020


TR, 11:00-12:15 pm

Jacksonville University

Instructor: Dr. Jesse Hingson

Class location: Gooding 110

Office location: Gooding 107 (Main Gooding Office)

Office phone: (904) 256-7215

Office hours: MW, 10 am-12 pm, TR, 9:30-10:45 am, and by appointment (ends April 16)


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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: Students are expected to know and abide by the policy as stated in the university catalog and student handbook: “Members of the Jacksonville University community are expected to foster and uphold the highest standards of honesty and integrity, which are foundations for the intellectual endeavors we engage in.  To underscore the importance of truth, honesty, and accountability, students and instructors should adhere to the following standard: I do not lie, cheat, or steal, nor do I condone the actions of those who do.  Academic misconduct occurs when a student engages in an action that is deceitful, fraudulent, or dishonest regarding any type of academic assignment that is intended to or results in an unfair academic advantage. In this context, the term ‘assignment’ refers to any type of graded or ungraded work that is submitted for evaluation for any course. Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to cheating, collusion, falsification, misrepresentation, unauthorized collaboration on assignments, copying another student’s work, using or providing unauthorized notes or materials, turning in work not produced by the individual, and plagiarism.  Furthermore, providing deceitful, fraudulent, or dishonest information during discussions of an academic manner with faculty are also examples of academic misconduct.” (Jacksonville University Academic Catalog).  Course Level Penalties: A first offense may result in a failing grade for the assignment. Second offenses may result in failure in the course.  Significantly egregious violations may result in expulsion from the university.


Assistance for Needs Related to Disability: Students with a documented disability requesting classroom accommodations or modifications, either permanent or temporary, resulting from the disability are encouraged to register with the Disability Support Services (DSS) office at the beginning of the term and/or prior (if/when possible), as accommodations are not provided retroactively.  This office is located on the third floor of the Davis Student Commons, room 336 (256-7787).  The office may also be contacted through their website (  This office will assist in recommending accommodations that eliminate barriers in academic coursework and/or guide you through the different supportive mechanisms that JU offers.


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 1500 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 Response Paper may be improved by a maximum of ten (10) points.  Instructor’s comments and suggestions must be incorporated from the exam’s original first draft, which must be turned in with the “Re-Write”.  No corrected papers will be accepted either before or after the due date and time listed in the schedule and without the original attached.  The Re-Write must also be typed.


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, attending public events related to the course material, 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

January 7: Introductions and Syllabus (syllabus contracts due the next class period)


January 7, 9, 14, 16, 21: 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


January 23: EXAM #1


January 28, 30: View “The Great Inca Rebellion” and Discussion


February 4: Response Paper #1 Due


February 4, 6, 11, 13: 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 Part 1 and Part 2: “Peru: The Curse of Inca Gold”

o    PART 1: Peru: The Curse of Inca Gold, part 1

o    PART 2: Peru: The Curse of Inca Gold, part 2

o    PBS Website for "Peru: The Curse of Inca Gold" (extra content)


February 18: EXAM #2


February 20, 25: View “Fitzcarraldo” and Discussion

·         Learn more about the real ‘Fitzcarraldo’ (


February 27: Response Paper #2 Due


February 27, March 3, 5: 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: State of Fear: Peru’s War on Terror, 1980-2000


March 10, 12: Holiday—No Classes


March 17, 19: Conflict and Inequality since the Early 20th Century (continued)



March 24, 26: View “The Dancer Upstairs” (via Netflix or some other streaming service); let the instructor know if you do not have access to this film.


March 31, April 2: View "The Fall of Fujimori"


April 7: Exam Review will be conducted live through Blackboard Collaborate through the Blackboard course site; a video review will be recorded and uploaded on Blackboard.






April 16: Discuss Response Paper #3; Review will be conducted live through Blackboard Collaborate through the Blackboard course site.


April 21:

12-1 pm

·         Response Paper #3 Due (by e-mail)

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

·         MAKE-UP DAY (Documentation must be submitted on or before this time and date) (please contact the instructor if any make up work needs to be done)






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