Module Identifier SP21320  
Module Title CONTEMPORARY SPAIN (1975 - DATE)  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Mr Matthew Richards  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   2 per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials)  
Assessment
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours WRITTEN EXAM.  60%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 2 essays of 1500 - 2000 words each  40%
Supplementary Exam2/3 Hours 1 x 2 hour examination if continuous assessment submitted. 1 x 3 hour examination if no continuous assessment submitted.100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
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

Upon completition 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.

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 Lists

Books
** General Text
Lawlor, Teresa (1998.) Contemporary Spain :essays and texts on politics, economics, education and employment and society /Teresa Lawlor and Mike Rigby, with Jos e Amod ia ... [et al.]. 0582294223
** Essential Reading
Ross, Christopher J. (2002.) Contemporary Spain :a handbook /[by] Christopher J. Ross. 0340762152
** Recommended Text
Closa, Carlos. (c2004.) Spain and the European Union /Carlos Closa and Paul M. Heywood. 0333753399
Farrell, M. (2001) Spain in the EU
Gies, David (1999) The Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture CUP
Heywood, P. (1995) The Government and Politics of Spain Macmillan
Moreno, L (2001) The Federalisation of Spain
** Supplementary Text
Carr, Raymond. (1980 (various p) Modern Spain 1875-1980 /Raymond Carr. 0192890905
Carr, Raymond. (2001.) Modern Spain, 1875-1980 /Raymond Carr. 0192801295
Carr, Raymond. (c1981 (various) Spain :dictatorship to democracy /Raymond Carr and Juan Pablo Fusi Aizpurua. 0049460145
Carr, Raymond. (1979.) Spain :dictatorship to democracy /[by]Raymond Carr and Juan Pablo Fusi Aizpuria. 0049460129
Clark, Robert P. (1984.) The Basque insurgents :ETA, 1952-1980 /Robert P. Clark. 0299096505
Collins, Roger (1986.) The Basques /Roger Collins. 0631134786
Conversi, Daniele. (1997.) The Basques, the Catalans and Spain :alternative routes to nationalist mobilisation /Daniele Conversi. 1850652686
Douglass, William (1999.) Basque politics and nationalism on the eve of the millennium /edited by William A. Douglass ... [et al.]. 1877802042
Farrell, Mary (2001.) Spain in the EU :the road to economic convergence /Mary Farrell. 0333749634
Gillespie, Richard, et al. (1995.) Democratic Spain :reshaping external relations in a changing world /edited by Richard Gillespie, Fernando Rodrigo, and Jonathan Story. 0415113261
Gunther, Richard. (c1985.) Spain after Franco :the making of a competitive party system /Richard Gunther, Giacomo Sani, and Goldie Shabad. 0520051831
Kurlansky, Mark. (2000.) The Basque history of the world /Mark Kurlansky. 0099284138
Nunez, Luis C. (1997.) The Basques :their struggle for independence. 1860570186
Powell, Charles T. (1996.) Juan Carlos of Spain :self-made monarch /Charles Powell. 033364929X
Preston, Paul (c1986 (1990 pri) The triumph of democracy in Spain /Paul Preston. 041504314X
Preston, Paul (1986.) The triumph of democracy in Spain /Paul Preston. 0416363504
Ross, Christopher J. (1997.) Contemporary Spain :a handbook /Christopher J. Ross. 0340652276
Woodworth, Paddy (2002.) Dirty war, clean hands :ETA, the GAL and Spanish democracy /[by] Paddy Woodworth. 0300097506
(2001.) Spain :a history /edited by Raymond Carr. 0192802364

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 5