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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO1045 The Historical Development of Spain and Hispanic America

20 creditsClass Size: 32

Module manager: Dr Gregorio Alonso

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Grade A or B in A Level Spanish


SPPO1010Pract Lang Skills in Spanish 1

This module is not approved as a discovery module

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.


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

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.


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

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours176.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- 3 hours: Reading per lecture = 60 hours
- 3 hours: Preparation per seminar = 12 hours
- 104 hours: Essay writing and preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

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

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000 word essay50.00
Essay2,000 word essay50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Essay 1 - after the Christmas break Essay 2 - in June One essay will be on Iberian Spain, the other will be on Latin American Spain

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:46:53


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