Contemporary Spain
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Course title in Estonian
Tänapäeva Hispaania kujunemine
Course title in English
Contemporary Spain
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2021/2022 Spring semester
Merilin Kotta (language of instruction:Estonian)
lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The objective of this course is to understand the historical evolution of Spain since the Peninsular War (1808-1814) until the present (the Spanish democracy, since the end of Franco’s dictatorship). The course will analyze political, social and cultural factors that characterize Spanish society during this period.
Brief description of the course
The issue of Spain’s “modernization”: general characteristics of the contemporary period. The crisis of the 19th century. The Bourbon Restoration. The Second Spanish Republic. The Spanish Civil War: the origins of the conflict and the main controversies. The dictatorship of Francisco Franco: authoritarianism and personal power. Political opposition to the dictatorship. The democratic restoration: the alternatives between Post-Franco reformism and the opposition breaking away. The actual multicultural society.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- can identify and understand the most important moments in the contemporary history of Spain;
- can situate a historical phenomenon or person in a temporal and social context; can understand the historical legacy's importance in Spanish society;
- can formulate a research question about some actual problem in Spanish society and analyze it in literature or newspapers;
- can understand the national diversity of Spanish society after the democratic transition;
- has improved his/her critical thinking skills, good documentation skills and time management skills;
- can make academic presentations in Estonian and write references;
- has improved his/her vocabulary and reading comprehension in Spanish.
Merilin Kotta