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Unit information: The Making of the Hispanic World, from 1492 to the present day in 2015/16

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Unit name The Making of the Hispanic World, from 1492 to the present day
Unit code HISP10014
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Brown
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit will explore the major historical processes and periods that shaped the Hispanic world from 1492 to the present. Moving through processes such as conquest, colonisation, enlightenment, independence, civil war, revolution, dictatorship and transition to democracy, the unit will introduce students to the major ways of thinking about the culture and politics of the Hispanic World throughout history. In seminars students will explore 8 key texts or sources in detail, and analyse these in their political and historical contexts.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will:

  1. Have gained an understanding of the global, international, national and local historical processes that shaped the course of the Hispanic world from 1492 to the present.
  1. Be able to analyse cultural texts and historical events through a historical approach that privileges close reading and historical contextualisation.

Teaching details

1 lecture and 1 seminar per week.

Extensive use will be made of the online learning environment.

Assessment Details

2 x 2000 word essays, weighted equally (50/50) testing ILOs 1-2.

Reading and References

Matthew Restall and Kris Lane, Latin America in Colonial Times (Cambridge and New York, 2011).

Simon Barton, A History of Spain (London, 2004)

Edwin Williamson, The Penguin History of Latin America (London, 2012)

Francisco Romero Salvadó, Twentieth Century Spain. Politics and Society, 1898-1998 (London, 1999).

Matthew Brown, From Frontiers to Football: Latin American History from 1800 to the present (London, 2014)

Thomas Benjamin, The Atlantic World: Europeans, Africans, Indians and their Shared History, 1400-1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).