The Making of Modern Spain (MLS1065)

StaffDr Jonathan Bradbury - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level4
Pre-requisitesA-Level Spanish or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to:

  • Introduce you to Spanish history, culture and society by exploring key historical and socio-cultural modern developments through a range of media and genres
  • Encourage independent and specialised study of selected topics and texts, preparing you for the formative and summative assessments, and for further study of different areas of Hispanism throughout your degree

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of key aspects of historical, cultural and social developments in modern Spain
  • 2. Read and analyse passages from selected Spanish texts, relating them to specified aspects of their historical, cultural and social contexts

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Describe and evaluate, under guidance from the module tutor, key critical responses to topics/texts and apply standard critical approaches to the historical and cultural material covered
  • 4. Mount an argument in sound written English using basic textual or other evidence
  • 5. Use a reading list and other sources to identify critically material relevant to a given aspect of the subjects covered, and report critical findings orally or in writing where appropriate

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Present a simple but cogent argument orally or in writing where appropriate, in English, on a specified topic and following guidelines provided

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that after a historical overview, the course will explore the making of modern Spain through a series of books and films that will help you understand key aspects of culture and society in order to lay the foundations of your studies with us.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching10Seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching66 x 1 hour lectures
Guided Independent Study134Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Two essay plans250 words x 21-6Written or oral feedback on formative assessment

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Examination1001.5 hours1-6Written and oral

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExamination1-6Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Gies, David (ed.), Modern Spanish Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999)
  • Gil Andrés, Carlos, 50 cosas que hay que saber sobre la historia de España (Barcelona: Ariel, 2013)
  • Graham, Helen and Jo Labanyi (eds.), Spanish Cultural Studies ( Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995)
  • Preston, Paul, The Spanish Civil War: Revolution, Reaction and Revenge (London: Harper Perennial, 2006)
  • Romero Salvadó, Francisco J., Twentieth-century Spain: politics and society in Spain, 1898-1998 (Basingstoke : Macmillan, 1999)
  • Ross, Christopher J., Spain, 1812-2004 (London: Arnold, 2004)
  • Saura, Carlos, Cría cuervos (film) (1974)
  • Unamuno, Miguel de, San Manuel Bueno, mártir (Cátedra edition)

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Spain; Peninsular Literature; Peninsular film; Spanish society; Spanish culture