Americas Documentary

Students are required to screen a historical documentary via the SFSU library for each of the assigned primary sources.  1) The Kingdom of This World–the Haitian Revolution 2) The General in His Labyrinth— the wars of independence in Spanish America 3) Atomik Aztex— the period of exploration and conquest.

The Documentary Presentation Assignment is worth 20% of your final grade.

Groups of 3 will locate a film in the SFSU library, formulate a critical review of it, and screen a clip from their chosen documentary.

The film in question should directly address one of 3 major historical conjunctures: , the Haitian Revolution [10/11], Spanish American Independence [11/1], and the Conquest of the Aztec Empire [11/29].

I will do the first one, the California Gold Rush [9/13].

Groups will sign up for their topic at the beginning of the semester and are required to provide the hardware and technical knowledge to screen their clip in class.

Each group member is asked to individually write their own critical review, which is to be uploaded to ilearn in advance of their presentation. A hard copy should also be brought to class on the day of the presentation.

Your grade will consist of a 60/40 split between the written component of the assignment and the presentation itself, respectively. So, for example, if a student writes a critical review graded at 80% and the group presentation receives a 90%, their final grade will be 84%. ( 80 x .6 + 90 x .4 = 84%)img_1957.jpg