Introduction to Hispanic Culture - LS312

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 4 15 (7.5) PROF N Sobrevilla Perea checkmark-circle
Spring 4 15 (7.5) PROF N Sobrevilla Perea checkmark-circle


The module aims to provide students with a general understanding of the development of the Spain, the Spanish American nations, and their cultures, in order to establish the general historical and cultural framework.

The key periods covered include the emergence of the Spanish nation (711-1492); the Spanish Golden Age; the emergence of Spanish America (1492-1812); 19th Century Spain and the end of the Empire; Spanish America: the way to Independence (1812-1898); Spain from 1898 to the Civil War; Spain under Franco (1936-1975); Spanish America in the 20th Century (1898-1975); Transition to a Modern Spain (1975-2000); and Modern Spanish America (1975-2000).


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20

Method of assessment

Essay 1 (2,000 words) – 50%
Essay 2 (2,000 words) – 50%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading list:

Davies, C. (2002). Hispanic Studies. The Essential Companion. London: Routledge
Williamson, E. (2009). The Penguin History of Latin America, London: Penguin
Barton, S. (2009). A History of Spain, London: Palgrave

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate a sound basic knowledge of key figures and events in Spanish and Spanish American history from their origins to the end of the 20th century;
Demonstrate an understanding of the key factors influencing social and political change during this period;
Place social, political and artistic events in a historical context;
Make an informed response to, and evaluate critically a range of texts and topics representative of main historical and cultural movements in Spain and Spanish America.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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