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Course Overview

The collapse of the Spanish-American empire in the early nineteenth century may have ended formal political ties across the Atlantic, but three hundred years of shared history cast a long shadow across the newly-independent countries in the Americas, as much as it did in Spain. This course examines the history of Spain and its colonies from the Bourbon reforms to the 1990s, focusing on common themes such as the role of the Church, the role of the military, land distribution and regional rivalries.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Patience Schell

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Course Description

This course aims to provide students with an introduction to inter-disciplinary debates about the history of Spain and its colonies from the Bourbon reforms to the 1990s. A student who has taken full advantage of the learning opportunities and satisfied the assessment requirements of the course will have acquired and/or developed: a broad introductory knowledge of the history, culture and politics of Latin America, and selected theoretical and methodological issues arising from their study. Students will be expected to demonstrate a detailed familiarity with the texts studied and their various contexts, and a capacity to engage in nuanced, well-prepared analysis of issues germane to their study.

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: 40 % research essay (2,500-3,000 words); 50% thematic essay (2,500-3,000 words); 10% seminar participation.

Resit: Two essays (50% each).

Formative Assessment

The first written assignment has a formative as well as a summative role.


The above assignments receive CAS marks, which the Course Guide links to specific marking criteria, and written or verbal feedback in the form of tutors' comments is also given.  Additional informal feedback on performance and tutorial participation is offered in tutorials.  Tutors have office hours at which further feedback may be sought.

Course Learning Outcomes


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