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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 First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Patience Schell

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


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

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: one x 1,000 word essay (40%); group presentation (20%); 1 two-hour written examination (40%)

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%)

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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