Spain from Absolutism to Democracy (HIH2145A)
|Staff||Dr Timothy Rees - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
In this module you will gain an understanding of the modern history of Spain, covering its political, economic, social and cultural development.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Understand the main themes in the subject, together with a very close knowledge of the areas selected for essay and presentation work.
- 2. Trace the changing nature of, and approaches to the modern history of Spain.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Analyse the key developments in a complex political and social environment.
- 4. Comprehend profoundly different approaches to history in a deeply contested area.
- 5. Understand and deploy complex historical issues.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Undertake independent study and group work, including the presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning.
- 7. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.
- 8. Present arguments orally, and to work in a group.
The module combines a chronological approach, mostly focussed around politics, with an understanding of important themes in modern Spanish history. The main periods covered include: absolutism and the liberal revolution; the Carlist wars; the moderate ascendancy; the First Republic; the Restoration; the Primo de Rivera Dictatorship; the Second Republic; the Spanish Civil War; the Franco regime; democratic Spain. Typical themes include: the role of the military; Catholicism and the Catholic Church; the position of the Monarchy; economic and social development; Spain and the world; cultural development; regional nationalism; political and social movements; women, men and the family.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22||Lectures (22x1hr)|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22||Seminars (11x2hr)|
|Guided independent study||22||Web-based activities located on ELE preparation for seminars and presentations|
|Guided independent study||234||Reading and preparation for seminars and presentations|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay plan||500 words||1-7||Verbal and written|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||30||3000 words||1-6||Verbal and written|
|Group presentation||20||25 minutes||1-7||Peer-assessed and moderated by tutor|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Essay||3000 word essay||1-6||Referral/deferral period|
|Group presentation||1,500 script as for individual presentation, equivalent to 10 minutes||1-7||Referral/deferral period|
|Exam||2 hours||1-7||Referral/deferral period|
The re-assessment of the essay and exam are exactly the same, a 3,000 words essay (worth 30%) and a 2 hours exam (worth 50%). The group presentation will be replaced by a written script equivalent to 10 minutes of speech.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Raymond Carr, Spain 1808-1975 (OUP, 1982)
Antonio Cazorla, Fear and Progress: Ordinary Lives in Franco’s Spain (Oxford: Blackwell, 2009)
Charles Esdaile, Spain in the Liberal Age (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000)
Jose Alvarez Junco and Adrian Shubert (eds.), Spanish History Since 1808 (London: Edward Arnold, 2001)
Adrian Shubert, A Social History of Modern Spain (London: UnwinHyman, 1990)
Gabriel Tortella, The Development of Modern Spain (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard, 2000)
Mary Vincent, Spain 1833-2002: People and State (Oxford: OUP, 2002)
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Key words search
Spanish History, Civil War, Dictatorship, Democracy, Liberalism, Absolutism.