Study Abroad and Exchanges

Modules

Modules

HIS2082 : Twentieth Century Spain, 1898-2004

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The course will present an analytical survey of Spain’s society and polity from the end of the 19th century up to the post-Franco period when a liberal democratic system of government was re-established. The module will examine the relationship between uneven socio-economic development and political structures in Spain through a survey of its history in the modern period, set in its European context. The course will seek to explain the causes of Spain’s instability in the period by looking not only ‘top-down’ at political tensions and economic contradictions but also ‘bottom-up’ at the social and cultural consequences of uneven development. Central themes to this module are the loss of the Spanish empire to the United States in 1898, the emergence of Catalan and Basque nationalist movements, the democratic Second Republic, the Civil War, Franco dictatorship, ETA and the transition to the current democratic system. The course will equip students with an understanding of political, social and cultural events that have shaped contemporary Spain.

The aims of this module are:
To equip students with an understanding of political, social and cultural events that have shaped contemporary Spain.
To encourage students to think about history comparatively and to draw parallels and contrasts between Spain and other European countries.
To provide an opportunity of investigating in some depth selected problems, including the appraisal of source material and the critical examination of current historiography.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures may include
Introductory Lecture
The Restoration Political Regime
Industry and the Politics of nationalism: Catalonia and the Basque country
The Dictatorship of Primo de Rivera
The Second Republic (1)
The Second Republic (2)
The Civil War (1)
The Civil War (2)
Civil War' (3)
Franco between the Axis & the Allies (1939-1945),
Early Francoism: ‘The years of hunger’
Late Francoism: Economic development and social change
Opposition to the regime: The Communist Party, Catalan nationalism and ETA
The transition to democracy
Socialist Spain?
Spain today
Revision

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion661:0066:0040% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading661:0066:0040% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study321:0032:0020% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The combination of lectures and seminars is designed to encourage an active approach to learning.
Lectures are intended to introduce core themes and outline the knowledge that students are expected to acquire by providing a guide to key reading. Lectures also will require students to practice note-taking and active listening.
Seminars encourage participation and preparation. Seminars will improve their oral and communication skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1351A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M252,000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, adaptability, the ability to work unaided, and to write clearly and concisely.

Essays test acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem in detail, problem-solving skills, the ability to work unaided and to use references and write clearly and concisely. Also, the ability to compare and contrast related primary and secondary sources on a common subject is key.

The form of the resit is no different from the above, i.e. no marks are carried over from the sit to the resit. Students are not allowed to submit for the resit any work that they have previously submitted.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

Reading Lists

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