SPPO1045 The Historical Development of Spain and Hispanic America

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  • Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View timetable
  • Credits: 20
  • Class Size: 120
  • Module Manager: Gregorio Alonso
  • Email: g.alonso@leeds.ac.uk
  • Pre-Requisite Qualifications: Grade A or B in A level Spanish
  • This Module is approved as a Discovery Module
  • This module has the following Co-requisites:
    • SPPO1010 Practical Language Skills in Spanish 1

Discovery module overview

Module Summary

Module Summary

The module will begin with a consideration of pre-Colombian America, before turning to the formation of a single Spanish State in 1476 and the expansion of the Spanish Empire in the Americas. The module will conclude its focus on Latin America in the early nineteenth century (on the eve of the struggles for independence) and end in late nineteenth century Spain.
Questions of unity and diversity, of freedom and repression, of identity and ideology will be paramount in the treatment of the historical events considered. The impact of Spain on America and of America on Spain will be a major consideration in dealing with the creation and continuation of one of the world's greatest empires.

Objectives

Enhanced students' familiarity with Imperial Spain and Colonial Latin America
Knowledge of the arrival of Modernity to the Ibero-American Worl
Advanced analytical and writing skills by reviewing academic books
Team-work developed via collective seminar presentations

Syllabus

The formation of the Catholic Monarchy
The heyday of the Spanish Empire
Decadence, revolts and invasions
The challenges of modernity
Pre-Colombian America
The Spanish Empire in colonial America
Reforming the colonies
The end of subjection and the age of independence

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should:

  • - have a good understanding of the main lines of development of the Hispanic world on both sides of the Atlantic and be able to undertake more advanced study of Spanish and/or Latin American history;
  • - be able to relate cultural and social manifestations to their historical context and use the knowledge gained to develop skills in constructing reasoned interpretative arguments.

Assessment and teaching

Assessment and teaching

Coursework

Assesment type Notes % of formal assesment
Assignment 1,000 word book review on a Latin American history text 25
Assignment 1,000 word book review on a Spanish history text 25
Total percentages (Assessment Coursework) 50

Exams

Exam type Exam duration % of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) 2 hr 0 mins 50
Total Percentage (Assesment Exams) 50

Private Study

  • - 3 hours: Reading per lecture = 30 hours
  • - 3 hours: Preparation per seminar = 30 hours
  • - 60 hours: Essay writing and preparation
  • - 60 hours: Examination preparation.

Progress Monitoring

  • - Seminar participation
  • - 1 x 2,000 word essay to be submitted during the course of Semester 1.

Teaching methods

Delivery type Number Length hours Student hours
Lecture 20 1 20
Seminar 4 2 8
Private Study Hours 172
Total Contact Hours 28
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits) 200

Reading List

Reading List
The reading list for this module can be found here.

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