Introduction to the History of Contemporary Spain

Universidad de Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to the History of Contemporary Spain

  • Host University

    Universidad de Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    History, Spanish Culture

  • Language Level

    Advanced

    Hours & Credits

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

    OBJECTIVES
    The main objective of this Course is to provide students with as inclusive an overview as possible
    of the Contemporary History of the Hispanic World, taking into account the period between the final
    third of the eighteenth century and the present day. In a basic, yet considered way, an exploration will
    be made of the political, institutional, social, economic, and cultural factors involved. Accordingly, the
    Course will be geared toward ensuring that students assimilate not only knowledge, but also critical
    capacity, thus enabling them to acquire a measured understanding of our era, while, at the same time,
    endeavoring to make them aware of the fundamental structural changes that have contributed to
    forging this same geographical environment.
    With this aim in mind, the syllabus is articulated in terms of units of subject matter which will
    enable students to bring into conjunction an overall vision, global in character, involving the major
    historical processes that have affected the deveolopment of Spain, and the Hipanic World, since the end
    of the eighteenth century, together with a more detailed approach to turns-of-event, issues, and
    junctures of a more specific, and especially noteworthy, kind.

    METHODOLOGY
    Two modules per week, each lasting two hours, will be used to cover the syllabus. The lectures
    given will offer guidance with regard to the basic aspects of syllabus content, while students will be
    encouraged to enlarge upon class sessions by consulting recommended reference works. Certain class
    sessions, of a more practical nature, will revolve around the analysis and commentary of texts and other
    kinds of material (informative diagrams, statistical tables, etc.), as well the screening of documentary
    films.
    Fundamentally, emphasis will be placed on the development of a capacity for comprehension,
    reflexion, and critical acumen. In this sense, the methodological approach employed has as its aim the
    reinforcement of students’capacity for analysis, synthesis, systematization, and comparison, as well as
    for the searching out, selection, and categorizing of the elements that constitute the task in hand.
    The lecturers taking part in the Course will endeavor to bring students into direct contact with
    available research sources, together with state-of-the-art bibliography. Thus, teaching will mainly tend
    toward the guidance of students within their process of personal learning, each of them being
    encouraged to act innovatively.

    SYLLABUS
    1. THE CRISIS OF THE ANCIEN RÉGIME IN SPAIN
    1.1. The Reign of Charles IV.
    1.2. The War of Independence.
    1.3. The Reign of Ferdinand VII.
    2. THE ISABELINE ERA
    2.1. The Regency of Maria Cristina and the Carlist War.
    2.2. Liberal Spain.
    2.3. Economy and Society in the Mid-Nineteenth Century.
    3. REVOLUTION AND RESTORATION
    3.1. The Revolution of 1868 and the Transitional Regimes.
    3.2. The System of the Restoration.
    3.3. Economic Development and Social Groups.
    4. THE CRISIS IN THE SYSTEM DURING THE RESTORATION
    4.1. The Crisis of ’98 and the War between Spain and the United States.
    4.2. The Undermining of the System of Turn-Taking.
    4.3. The System in Agony.

    5. THE FIRST DICTATORSHIP OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
    5.1. The Dictatorship of Primo de Rivera and the Attempts at Reform.
    5.2. Economic Policy.
    5.3. The Regime’s Successes and Failures.
    6. THE REPUBLICAN EXPERIENCE AND THE CIVIL WAR (1931-1939)
    6.1. The Monarchy in Crisis and the Proclamation of the Republic.
    6.2. The Second Republic: Phases and Issues.
    6.3. The Civil War.
    7. FRANCO’S REGIME
    7.1. The Political Regime and the International Scenario.
    7.2. From the Stability Plan to the Plans for Development.
    7.3. The Crisis of the Seventies and the Death of Franco.
    7.4. Society and Culture during the Period of Franco’s Rule.
    8. THE DEMOCRATIC MONARCHY OF JUAN CARLOS I.
    8.1. The Transition to Democracy.
    8.2. The Political Parties.
    8.3. The System of Autonomous Regions.
    8.4. The Integration of Spain in Europe.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.