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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: LIH212
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: FERNANDEZ-TUNON JM Mr (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Semester 1

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
One written Assignment of 1500 words
Two hours unseen examination, end of Autumn semester

Qualifying Condition(s)
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module

Module Overview

This is a level 2 module for Spanish.
It is taught, in the target language, over the Autumn semester, two contact hours per week.
Attendance is compulsory.


Successful completion of HE1 modules or equivalent

Module Aims

The module will provide students with:

  • Knowledge and understanding of Spain’s major political institutions, the context in which they were created and their evolution in Contemporary Spain.
  • Improved awareness of the importance of Politics in Modern Spanish society
  • Vocabulary and concepts necessary to read, write and debate political themes in Spanish
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

  • Follow and take notes from lectures delivered in Spanish
  • Understand the development of Spanish Political system over the 20th century
  • Read with understanding authentic source materials on a variety of topics related to contemporary Spain.
  • Write extensively in Spanish on these topics.
  • Participate in debates on a range of social political and cultural issues relating to contemporary Spain.
Module Content
The following topics will be covered:
Main features of contemporary political culture
Social change
Multiple Identities
Constitutionalism and federalism
The growing importance of immigration
The core Spanish institutions
The Spanish constitution
The Monarchy
The presidentialisation of the prime minister
Executive-legislative relations
Governmental longevity and political corruption
Reforms of the judiciary
The controlling institutions
Public administration: democratisation and decentralisation
Political parties and elections
Regional politics
The process of regionalisation
The regional political systems
The regional party systems
The Basque Country
The impact of the European Union
Policy style and European integration
European public policy in a multilevel governance system
The structural funds
Welfare state policies
Spanish foreign policy
Spanish presidencies of the European Union
Priority areas of Spanish foreign policy
Spanish politics and the Mediterranean
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Two contact hours per week in the Autumn semester.
The module is delivered entirely in Spanish. Students are expected to participate in seminars and to read extensively outside classes.

Selected Texts/Journals
Title: The Politics of contemporary Spain
Author: Balfour, S (ed.)
ISBN: 978-041535678
Publisher: Oxford, Routledge
Title: Contemporary Spanish politics
Author: Magone, J
ISBN: 978-041542189
Publisher: Oxford, Routledge

Title: Spain 1812-2004
Author: Ross, C.
ISBN: 978-034081506
Publisher: London, Arnold
Title: Contemporary Spain
Author: Ross,C. Richardson and B.
ISBN: 978-034095874
Publisher: London, Arnold
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