Contemporary Spanish History (in English)

ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Spanish History (in English)

    Course Closed
  • Host University

    ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, 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

    Course Description:
    This course will help students to understand the events happening in Spain today as well as the idiosyncrasy of the Spanish people through the study of Spain?s most recent history (from the Napoleonic invasion to the economic crisis today).
    In order to make the learning experience closer to reality, most of the documents used in class are primary sources (speeches, declarations, laws passed, excerpts from newspapers, videos, films, etc.).
    Course contents will be dealt with working individually and in groups.

    Contents:
    UNIT 1 ? INTRODUCTORY UNIT
    What do you know about contemporary Spain?
    From prehistory to 1889
    CIS Polls results
    Political structure
    Languages in Spain and the projection of Spanish language

    UNIT 2 - REGENERATIONISM AND POLITICAL REVISIONISM
    The crisis of 1909 and 1917
    The colonial war in Morocco

    UNIT 3 - PRIMO DE RIVERA DICTATORSHIP
    Primo de Rivera Proclamation
    From the Alfonso monarchy to the Second Republic

    UNIT 4 ? THE SECOND REPUBLIC
    The Constitution of 1931 and the reformist period
    The radical right wing period
    The elections of 1936 and the Popular Front
    Negrin and the Second Republic
    The prelude to tragedy

    UNIT 5 - THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR 1936-1939
    Franco?s manifesto
    Republicans and Nationalists
    Allies and the Spanish Civil War.
    The Axe and the Spanish Civil War.
    Picasso and Guernica

    UNIT 6 - THE FRANCO YEARS: FROM AUTARKY TO DEVELOPMENT
    From autarky to development
    Franco and Eisenhower
    Juan Carlos?s role and the Spanish Royal Family
    The transformation of Spanish society

    UNIT 7 - THE TRANSITION TO DEMOCRACY
    Suárez: the man leading the change
    The 1978 Constitution.
    Tejero?s 1981 coup d?etat

    UNIT 8 ? A SPAIN AUTONOMOUS REGIONS
    Territorial organization of the State: the Autonomous Regions
    Nationalist feelings

    UNIT 9 ? INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
    Relations with European countries
    Relations with Non-European countries
    The weight of culture, economy, society in international relations

    UNIT 10 ? THE IDEAL OF EUROPEIZATION
    Negotiations of democratic Spain enter the Union
    Organization of the European Union
    What does Spain mean to the EU?
    What does the EU mean to Spain?
    European cohesion policy
    Impact of the crisis in the ?European feeling?

    UNIT 11 ? SPANISH SOCIETY IN THE 80´s, 90´s AND THE NEW CENTURY
    The PSOE and Felipe González (1981-1996)
    The People?s Party and José María Aznar (1996-2004)
    The PSOE and Zapatero (2004-2011)
    The PP and Rajoy
    Dealing with the crisis
    Evolution of Spanish economy in contemporary history
    Terrorism in Spain. From ETA to Al Qaeda
    Suggested screenings:
    Bienvenido Mr Marshall. Luis G. Berlanga (1953)
    Land and Freedom. Ken Loach (1995)
    Tejero?s coup (23-F: Radiografía del golpe?). Informe Semanal, TVE (2011)

    Bibliography: Compiled by lecturer

    Complementary bibliography:
    Cowans, Jon. (2003). Contemporary Spanish History. Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania Press.
    Cortes, Maximiano. (2001). Guía de usos y costumbres de España. Madrid, Edelsa.
    Ross, Christopher J. (2004). Spain: 1814-2004. Modern History for Modern Languages. Hodder Education.
    Ross, Christopher J. (2002). Contemporary Spaib. A handbook. New York, Arnold Publishers.
    Gies, David. (1999). The Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture. Cambridge University Press.
    Hooper, J. (2006). The New Spaniards. Penguin.
    Carr, T. (1980). Modern Spain: 1875-1980. Oxford University Press.
    Ministry of Presidence. Spain Today 2008. Ministry of Presidency.
    Ministry of Presidence. Spain Today 2009. Ministry of Presidency.
    EL PAÍS, English Edition. Madrid, Prisa.

    Course Evaluation:

    Quizzies, Participation and Homework Assignments: 30%
    Midterm Exam: 25%
    Final Exam: 35%
    Final Paper: 10%

    Final letter grades will be assigned using the following scale, expressed in terms of the percentage of total possible points earned:

    10 = Matrícula de Honor (one for every 20 students)
    9 ? 9,9 = Sobresaliente
    7 ? 8,9 = Notable
    5 ? 6,9 = Aprobado
    0 ? 4,9 = Suspenso
    Attending the course but not taking the exams = No presentado
    Missing class more than permitted = No asistencia

    Class Attendance: Class attendance is obligatory, it is checked every class day and it is reflected in the course attendance sheet that is sent to the University.
    Missing more 10% of the classes will be considered negatively in the final grade.
    However, not missing any class will be considered positively.
    If a student has 4 hours (240 minutes) of unexcused absences (in 45 h courses) he/she will not be penalized by the University (although professors will take it into account in the section on class participation).
    If a student exceeds this limit, the grade in the transcript for this subject could appear as ?not attended course?.

    Justified absences: Medical Certificates: certificates will be considered only if issued by a physician (not notes from the family explaining the student absence). The certificates must include the exact dates for which a student should be excused for having missed classes.

    Auditors: Courses cannot be taken as auditors, thus attendance is possible only for students enrolled in a specific class.

    Tardiness: It is expected that students arrive to class on time and that they return directly to class after any given break. Arriving 10 minutes late (or more) and/or early class departures are considered unexcused absences and will be taken into account as half absence.

    Class Protocol: Students are required to be involved in class activities. They are expected to show their preparation by participating in discussions, by asking relevant questions, being critical and analytical with the contents presented in class as well as by sharing their ideas and opinions. In class the student is required to maintain a polite demeanor always and under every circumstance. Students are asked not to eat in class and to put their cell phones on silence. With the exception being for class presentations, laptops are not to be used in class.

    Special Accommodations: Students with special needs who require reasonable modifications, special assistance or accommodations in this course (either for properly following-up classes, to take exams, etc.) should direct their request to Academic Coordination during the first week of the course.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations