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Unit information: The Making of the Hispanic World, from 1492 to the present day in 2021/22

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

Description including Unit Aims

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.
  2. Be able to analyse cultural texts and historical events through a historical approach that privileges close reading and historical contextualisation.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation

Assessment Information

2 x 1500-word essays, weighted equally (50/50) testing ILOs 1-2.


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