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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: LIH121
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: FERNANDEZ-TUNON JM Mr (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

All year

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
Written assignment of 800 words, end of Semester 1
10 minute Group presentation, Semester 2
Two hour unseen examination, end of Semester 2
Qualifying Condition(s)
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module

Module Overview

This is a Level 1 module for Spanish, both post-A level and ab initio. It is taught largely in the target language, over Autumn and Spring semesters, one contact hour per teaching week. Attendance is compulsory.


Module Aims

This module provides students with a broad understanding of the historical background which has shaped the modern Spanish culture and society. It also provides further language practice on the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will:
  • be able to follow lectures in Spanish and take coherent notes;
  • have acquired a foundation of historical knowledge of the development of Spain;
  • be able to identify and analyse the significance of key events and key figures in the development of Spain;
  • have acquired the necessary skills to read, understand and interpret both historical texts and texts about history;
  • understand the relevance and value of the study of history within the study of modern languages;
  • be able to conduct independent research on given topics;
  • be able to express their views coherently in writing on matters relating to Spanish history;
  • have developed communicative skills through group presentations and class discussions.
Module Content
The module will look at:
  • Influence of geography in the historical development of Spain.
  • The contribution of the Roman Empire
  • The Muslim invasion
  • The reconquista
  • The Spanish Renaissance. The discovery of America
  • The Protestant Revolution and the Spanish Counterreformation. The Inquisition
  • The Spanish Empire as seen by Velazquez
  • Goya and the impossible Enlightment
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Teaching will be in small groups. Students will be required to prepare mini-presentations and items for class discussion on a regular basis. The module is taught largely in the target language and the stimulus material used will be drawn from a variety of texts.

Selected Texts/Journals
Castro, Americo. The structure of Spanish History; Princeton University Press, 1954
Davies, R, Roper, T. The Golden Century of Spain, 1501-1621. London : Macmillan, 1937. Reprint. Westport,
Connecticut: Greewood Press, 1984
Spain in Decline, 1621-1700 London: Macmillan, 1957
Elliott, J.H. Imperial Spain, 1469-1716. New York: St. Martin Press, 1963
Glick, Thomas F. Islamic and Christian Spain in the early Middle Ages. Princeton University Press 1979
Hillgarth, J.N. The Spanish Kingdoms., 1250-1516. Oxford University Press, 1976
Jackson, Gabriel. The making of Medieval Spain. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1972
Kamen, Henry. Inquisition and Society in Spain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press 1985
Stradling, R.A. Europe and the Decline of Spain: A Study of the Spanish System, 1580-1720. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1981
Schama, S Power of Art, BBC Books 2006
Hughes, R The shock of the New; Art and the Century of Change. Random House, 1991
Goya. Alfred Knopf 2003
Brown, J. Velazquez: The Technique of Genius. Yale University Press, 2003
Richardson, J; A life of Picasso: Triumphant Years 1917-1932. Random House, 2004
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