Introduction to Hispanic Culture - LS313

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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4 15 (7.5) DR W Rowlandson


For students taking LS313 as a wild module: pre-requisite: 'A' level or equivalent in Spanish.

Co-requisite: Must also be registered for LS302.





The module is a core course which 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 which underpins all other modules in the BA programmes. The key periods covered are:
  • 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)
  • Modern Spanish America (1975-2000)
  • Details

    This module appears in:

    Contact hours

    This module will be taught by means of a one-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar for 10 weeks.


    Available in the Spring Term under code LS312, in the Autumn Term under code LS313.

    Method of assessment

    100% coursework.

    Preliminary reading

    Indicative Reading List:

    DAVIES, C. (2002) Hispanic Studies. The Essential Companion. London: Routledge

    GARCÍA de CORTÁZAR, F. & GONZÁLEZ VESGA, J.M. (2012), Breve historia de España, Madrid: Alianza

    BARTON, S. (2009), A History of Spain, London: Palgrave

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

    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.

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