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Course Overview

In this course we will examine different representations of the city and interventions in cities from the late 19th century up to the present day. In the past century cities in Spain and elsewhere have gone through various radical transformations. The relations between people and their urban environments have taken on new forms and rhythms. We will study influential theories about the city and twentieth-century urban life. We will also study Spanish novels, film, poetry, urban development projects, pop culture and social movements that have centred on the use or representation of city space.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jesse Barker

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Course Description

This course will acquaint students with spatial theory and its usefulness for literary and cultural analysis. It also offers a broad overview of the history of the city in 19th and 20th century Spain, as it has related to historical developments like industrialization, the civil war, the dictatorship, the transition to democracy, postmodern consumer culture and globalization. By the end of the course students should have a sound knowledge of spatial analysis and the major developments in twentieth-century Spanish urban culture. They should also be able to analyse, drawing appropriate parallels and contrasts, different representations and uses of the city. 

Further Information & Notes

May NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with SP3004 Imagined Cities: Spanish Urban Culture in Writing and Film A.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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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: 1 2 hour exam (45%), 2350-2500 word essay (45%), presentation (10%). Resit: (for honours students only) candidates achieving a CAS mark of 6-8 may be awarded compensatory level 1 credit. Candidates achieving a CAS mark of less than 6 will be required to submit a new essay.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is gained from discussion of class performance in class or by appointment. Commentary on written work involves a statement of formative assessment.


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