History of Spain (in English)

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Course Description

  • Course Name

    History of Spain (in English)

  • Host University

    Universidad Pablo de Olavide

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    History, Spanish Culture

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    45
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    OBJECTIVES
    The main goal in this course is to give students an overview of Spain?s history and culture, with special emphasis on events that have marked Andalusia more profoundly. On the other hand, we will also be studying and analyzing different trends and phenomena of modern day Spain, along with some traditions that still hold in our time. Field trips, projection of slides and videos, will all be key elements in this course helping the student to have a clearer perception of each period.

    CLASS FORMAT
    Students will come prepared to class, after working with the assigned pages from the handbook, key questions and other material supplied by the instructor.

    There will be a midterm exam and a final exam. Students will work on a chosen character in a relevant time period of Spanish History, and write a report on them. You will have to find out about the historical frame of your character and the events taking place. Additionally, students will give a short oral presentation on their reports. Due dates will be announced. Key elements in class will be original documents from each period, which will be discussed regularly.

    GRADING.
    Oral participation is very important, and every student is expected to contribute energetically and courteously. Attendance will be checked daily. The participation grade will take into account the student?s initiative and creativity during the different activities scheduled for the course.

    The final grade is broken down as follows:
    Participation 10%
    Oral Presentation 15%
    Report 25%
    Midterm 25%
    Final Exam 25%

    STUDENT BOOK
    -Simon Barton: A History of Spain. Palgrave Macmillan (2004) - (available at the Campus Book store)

    ADDITIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY
    -Carr, R.: Spain: A History. (ed., 2000).
    -Constable, O.R.: Medieval Iberia. Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources. (ed.,1997).
    -Cowans, J.: Early Modern Spain. A Documentary History. (ed., 2003).
    -Cowans, J.: Modern Spain. A Documentary History. (ed., 2003).
    -Domínguez Ortiz, A.: España. Tres milenios de historia. (2000).
    -Williams, Mark: The Story of Spain. Santana Books (2004)

    USEFUL INTERNET SOURCES
    -http://libro.uca.edu
    -http://library.byu.edu/~rdh/eurodocs/spain.html
    -http://vlib.iue.it/hist-spain/periods.html
    -http://www.realinstitutoelcano.org/default_eng.asp

    WEEK BY WEEK
    Session 1
    Introduction.
    Cultural and geographical diversity. (Introduction pg. xii / xviii)

    Session2
    Geography of Spain. (Introduction pg. xii / xviii)

    Session 3
    Paleolithic, Mesolithic, & the Neolithic. (Chap. 1 ? pg. 1 / 2)

    Session 4
    Eneolithic, Bronze Age, & the Native cultures (Iberians & Tartessians). (Chap. 1 ? pg. 2 / 3)

    Session 5
    Colonizing civilizations (Celtic Tribes, Phoenicians, Greeks, & Carthaginians). (Chap. 1 ? pg. 4 / 6)

    Session 6 & 7
    Roman Hispania. (Chap. 1 ? pg. 6 / 12)

    Session 8
    Germanic invasions and the Visigoths. (Chap. 1 ? pg.12 / 13 & 13 /21)

    Session 9 & 10
    Muslim Al-Andalus. (Chap. 1 ? pg. 21 / 25; pg. 25 / 31; pg. 37 / 43; Chap. 2 ? pg. 44 / 52 / 63)

    Session 11 & 12
    Medieval Christian Kingdoms. (Chap. 1 ? pg. 31 / 36; Chap. 2 ? pg. 44 / 88)

    Session 13
    Midterm Exam.

    Session 14
    Late Medieval and the Creation of a Modern State. (Chap. 3 ? pg. 89 / 102)

    Session 15
    The Austrias ? 16th Century. (Chap. 3 ? pg. 102 / 120)

    Session 16
    The Austrias ? 17th Century. (Chap. 3 ? pg. 120 / 133)

    Session 17
    18th Century. (Chap. 4 ? pg. 134 / 164)

    Session 18
    18th and 19th Centuries. (Chap. 4 ? pg. 164 / 171)

    Session 19 & 20
    19th Century. (Chap. 5 ? pg. 172 / 202)

    Session 21, 22, 23, 24 & 25
    20th Century. (Chap. 5 ? pg. 202 / 209; Chap. 6 ? pg. 210 / 255)

    Session 25
    20th Century. (Chap. 5 ? pg. 202 / 209; Chap. 6 ? pg. 210 / 255)
    Oral Presentations

    Session 26
    Oral Presentations & Review

    Session 27
    Final Exam ? To be scheduled

Course Disclaimer

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