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Module

SPA1019 : Introduction to History, Culture and Society of the Iberian Peninsula

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jorge Catala-Carrasco
  • Lecturer: Professor Jens R Hentschke, Dr Conceicao Pereira
  • Teaching Assistant: Miss Alba Griffin
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the School of Modern Languages, this
module aims to introduce students to the systematic study of the Iberian Peninsula in comparative terms through a historical focus and to a selected range of cultural topics in Portugal and Spain.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lecture materials and synchronous teaching activities (both present-in-person and online) will introduce students to the knowledge and skills required for the comparative analysis and study of the Iberian Peninsula. This module has two parts. First part introduces students to the history, culture and society of Spain and Portugal from the late Middle Ages to the Twenty-first century. Both countries can be studied comparatively because they passed through similar periods of transformation: state formation and consolidation, expansion, absolutist rule, Enlightenment, the age of liberal revolutions and colonial crisis, authoritarianism and democratisation. The module aims to teach students about issues of cultural identities in contemporary Spain and to allow students to analyse these issues in different texts and contexts in the second part of the module.

Both parts and topics can be altered and given in a different order in the event of research leave.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials182:0036:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present-in-Person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching71:007:00Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study198:0098:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures, in the form of non-synchronous online teaching, will adopt flexible, blended learning methods and strategies to introduce students to the comparative study of the Iberian Peninsula. They will also allow for the introduction of specific topics, such as memory, museums, colonialism and theories of nationalism. Small group teaching, noted above as synchronous present-in-person and online synchronous teaching, will allow students to examine texts in more detail, allowing for detailed discussion and analysis as well as revisiting and reinforcing knowledge from the lecture materials and online guided activities. Seminars will provide the students with the opportunity to lead discussion on a topic through interactive activities that develop their independent thinking and critical analysis. Both types of learning activities will include advice on how to prepare for assessment. Surgery hours allow students to consult the module leader with any particular difficulties in understanding concepts, tasks, etc. Independent learning includes preparation for small group work, further reading and assessment.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002,000-word essay in English. Students required to answer 1 essay question from a selection provided.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MPractice essay: 1,500-word comparative essay in English. Students required to answer 1 essay question from a selection provided.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The semester 1 formative assessment allows students to demonstrate their essay writing skills and critical analysis abilities on a selection of topics covering Spain and Portugal. It enables them to practice and receive timely feedback on approaches to analysis and essay writing, where they engage with conceptual, contextual and/or historical frames of reference. The semester 2 summative assessment allows students to build on the feedback gained from the formative assessment and the knowledge and skills developed over both semesters to author an assessed essay that asks them to answer one question on a topic studied on the module in relation to broader conceptual and/or contextual frames.

Reading Lists

Timetable