Contemporary Spanish History (in English)Course Closed
ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla
Area of Study
European Studies, History, Spanish Culture
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
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.
UNIT 1 ? INTRODUCTORY UNIT
What do you know about contemporary Spain?
From prehistory to 1889
CIS Polls results
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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