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976451 Contemporary Spain

8cp; 3hpw; availability: exchange and study abroad students with faculty approval
Requisite(s): (976001 Foundations in International Studies AND 24 credit points of completed study in spk(s): CBK90005 Country Choice combined Degrees with BA IntStud) OR ((64 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09089 Bachelor of Communication (Creative Writing) Bachelor of Laws (Honours) OR 64 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09091 Bachelor of Communication (Digital and Social Media) Bachelor of Laws (Honours) OR 64 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09093-C09096, and Category Type = Bachelor's Combined Honours OR 64 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10359 Bachelor of Communication (Digital and Social Media) Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation OR 64 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10361-C10364, and Category Type = Bachelor's Degree OR 64 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10365-C10368, and Category Type = Bachelor's Combined Degree OR 64 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10369 Bachelor of Communication (Creative Writing) OR 64 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10370 Bachelor of Communication (Creative Writing) Bachelor of Arts International Studies OR 64 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10371 Bachelor of Communication (Digital and Social Media) OR 64 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10372-C10383, and Category Type = Bachelor's Combined Degree OR 64 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10276 Bachelor of Music and Sound Design OR 64 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10277 Bachelor of Music and Sound Design Bachelor of Arts International Studies))
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 979513 Contemporary Spain

Undergraduate

Description

This subject introduces students to contemporary Spain and its historical, political, cultural, social and economic dimensions in a local, national, continental and global context.

The subject provides students with critical skills to identify major contemporary issues that shape the present day society of the country, introducing theoretical and methodological frameworks for students to engage in intercultural research. A combination of lecture-based, independent and collaborative learning allows student to develop critical problem-solving and research-led analytical skills specific to Spanish studies, in particular with regard to cultural diversity, sociocultural change and with attention to ethical best practice. Students develop critical thinking and written/oral communication skills relevant to the multidisciplinary nature of the subject.

In weeks 1 and 3, students follow an umbrella program shared by all contemporary European society subjects. This introduces them to general issues relating to contemporary Europe: definitions of Europe, the drive to unification, internal divisions within Europe and the impact of migration.

From week 4, students in this subject pursue a separate program, focusing on divergent and contradictory historical ways of conceptualising Spain, with attention paid to the legacies of waves of immigrant peoples and empires, and religions and ethnicities. The subject also pays close attention to the modern history of Spain, from the Second Republic in the 1930s, through the Civil War and Franco dictatorship, to the restoration of democracy in the 1980s and sociopolitical developments of recent decades. There is specific investigation of regional drives, concepts of 'Spanishness', gender and sexual politics, and changing political and cultural climates. The overarching question that students are encouraged to ask and answer is 'What is Spain?'

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus


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Access conditions

Note: The requisite information presented in this subject description covers only academic requisites. Full details of all enforced rules, covering both academic and admission requisites, are available at access conditions and My Student Admin.