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Course Overview

This course focuses on cultural history in the Iberian Peninsula, from the early medieval period to the present day. It explores selected key cultural social and political questions over the course of Spain's history as they are presented in a variety of written and visual texts, such as contemporaneous accounts, narrative fiction, poetry, film, painting and architecture. All texts studied will be available in English translation.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Julia Biggane

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Course Description

This course assumes no knowledge of Spanish language nor previous study of history. The course aims to give you the tools to understand critically the forces, processes and events that have shaped contemporary Spain, and to analyse a stimulating variety of source materials. The course aims also to help you place Spanish history in a wider European and global perspective. It is designed to be both a stand-alone introduction to the history of Spain, and also to serve as a foundation for more advanced study at levels 2, 3 and 4.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One x 1,500 word essay (40%); Tutorial assessment mark (20%) 1 two-hour written examination (40%). Students must present for, and pass each component of assessment in order to pass the course as a whole.

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (50%); one essay (50%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


The above assessments are given CAS marks, and additional written or verbal feedback is also given.

Course Learning Outcomes


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