Political Transition and Democracy in Spain (1975-2000)

Universidad de Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Political Transition and Democracy in Spain (1975-2000)

  • Host University

    Universidad de Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Government, International Politics, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Advanced

    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    OBJECTIVES
    A quarter of a century has gone by since the process of democratization in Spain first got under
    way. A sufficient degree of perspective is now available so as to enable the development of an
    integrated module that has come to be known as The Present Day, which, strictly speaking, surfs the
    interdisciplinary frontiers among History, Law, and the Political Sciences, aiming to provide a wellgrounded
    analysis of Spain’s recent past.
    There is no doubting the fact that the process of democratization in Spain has aroused a great deal of
    interest outside the country. Not only has it acted as a referent in the case of Latin American countries
    such as Guatemala and Chile, but has also come to be a subject of analysis and observation on the part
    of developed Western countries. In this sense, the inclusion of this module within the Courses for
    Students from Abroad constitutes a highly relevant move, especially as a result of its appeal to students
    from the United States.
    The aims of this Course module are as listed here:
    a) To create an awareness of how Spain’s political transition is the result of a process of reform.
    b) Internationally speaking, to assess Spain’s progressive integration within the Western scenario.
    c) To contribute to an understanding of the unique features of Spain’s political system and of its
    constitutional architecture.
    d) To help make discernible the specific model of Spain’s territorial organization (a State made up
    of autonomous regions) by establishing comparisons with other countries.
    e) To contribute to the identification of the main characteristics of Spanish political culture.

    SYLLABUS
    1. The End of an Authoritarian Regime within the Processes of Transition affecting Southern Europe
    (1969-1975).
    2. From Carlos Arias Navarro to Adolfo Suárez: Political Reform (November, 1975, to December,
    1976).
    3. From the Recovery of Fundamental Liberties to the Constitution (January, 1977, to December,
    1978).
    4. The Difficulties involved in the Consolidation of Democracy and the Crisis in UCD (January, 1979,
    to October, 1982).
    5. The First Socialist Government: Toward Spain’s International Integration (1982-1986).
    6. The Spain of the Autonomous Regions.
    7. Economic Growth and Crisis (1986-1996).
    8. Spain’s Political System.
    9. The Conservative Alternative (1996-2004).
    10. Weighing Up the Process and Future Challenges.

    METHODOLOGY
    Keeping in mind the duration of class sessions (two hours) and the need to deal with a range of
    levels of comprehension of the Spanish language, a dynamic methodology will be adopted, based on the
    following procedures:
    a) the explanation of subject content via Powerpoint presentations;

    b) the analysis of texts and documents distributed in Xeroxed copies;
    c) the inclusion of the screening of documentaries covering specific topics;
    d) the holding of debates and exchanges of viewpoint during certain sessions.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.