Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 2 essays of 1500 - 2000 words  40%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   written examination  60%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   written examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module, students will be able to understand fully the major shifts and developments in contemporary Spain. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of current social, political, cultural and economic issues with some historical background and will practice displaying logical argument through essay writing.

Brief description

The areas covered in this module will include:
- the conflicting pressures of Catholic, liberal and secular Spain
- The transition to democracy and the role of Spain in the EU
- Elites in Spain and their influence on politics and society
- Spanish/Latin American relations and Spain in a global context
- The changing spanish Language
- Analysis of Spain's recent history including national and regional identity and ayutonomy, ETA and terrorism, the monarchy and political parties.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Farrell, M. (2001) Spain and the European Union Primo search Gies, David (1999) The Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture CUP Primo search Heywood, P. (1995) The Government and Politics of Spain Macmillan Primo search Heywood, P. and Closa, C. (2003) Spain and the European Union Palgrave Primo search Preston, Paul (1990) The Triumph of Democracy in Spain Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6