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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Spring 2005

R S 383 • Spanish Missions

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42165 T
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
EPS 1.130KA

Course Description

This course addresses the development of the mission as an institution from its beginning to the secularization process. The focus will be on the Franciscan missions in northeast Mexico (Coahuila), in Texas, and in California (1600s to mid 1800s). We will discuss the Laws of the Indies regarding the enslavement of Native Americans, the concept of “reducción” in light of policies of Christianization, the politics and economics of the use of the Native American labor force, and gender issues related to roles, task assignments, and division of space. We will also consider the differences between the Jesuit and Franciscan ethos and its influence on missionary work and the institution.

Grading Policy

Individual class presentations and discussions (30%) Research Paper (70%)


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