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Last approved: Wed, 20 May 2015 08:34:41 GMT

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ANTH 3812 : The Aztec Empire
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Art/Art History (AH)
The Aztec Empire
The Aztec Empire
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ANTH 3812 - The Aztec Empire
ANTH 1003

Jeffrey Blomster
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The Aztecs (or Mexica) of Mexico created a large empire, and while frequently the focus is on warfare and human sacrifice, they produced some of the most naturalistic art and reflective poetry that have survived the Spanish Conquest. Using archaeology, art, and ethnohistoric documents, this course focuses the importance of power in Aztec society and how the normalization of violence created a form of social cohesion central to the state.
Learning Outcomes: • introduce the student to the unique Aztec achievement and legacy; • understand the sophisticated and complex nature of Aztec ideology and philosophy; • be able to read and understand indigenous texts and art; • contrast attitudes about warfare, sacrifice and violence, and see how violence was used to integrate Aztec society; • study the Aztec approach to urbanism; • compare concepts of gender roles and relations; • show how different types of evidence, in this case ethnohistorical and archaeological, can both complement and challenge each other; • encourage critical thinking about major issues regarding the Aztec, from the scope and nature of sacrifice to the integration of diverse populations into a multi-ethnic empire
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This course is being created to be crosslisted with ANTH 3812 when it is taught.
dullman (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:33:12 GMT): Rollback: I will approve this but only if the title of the ANTH course with which this is cross-listed is changed to "Aztecs in Mexico". Professor Blomster seems amenable to that. Another question: Do you want to call this AH 3812, to match the ANTH number? ---DHU
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