Contemporary Spain

Module code: SP1026

Module co-ordinator: Dr Helen Rawlings

Module Aims

This module will introduce you to contemporary Spain, including some of the historical, cultural, social and political issues which make the country what it is today.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the key features of Spain’s development and identity, apply critical skills in your response to the issues addressed and express your understanding coherently in oral and written form.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Classes will take the form lectures, seminars and workshops, with students undertaking preparatory reading on each topic for class discussion.


  • Essay of 1,500 to 2,000 words

Topics covered

  • National Identity
  • The Geography of Spain
  • The Transition from Democracy to Dictatorship
  • Autonomous Regions
  • The Spanish Economy
  • Gender and society
  • Youth Culture
  • Democratic Spain

Key text

John Hooper, The New Spaniards (2nd edition, Penguin, 2006)

Further reading

  • Barry Jordan and Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas (eds.), Contemporary Spanish Cultural Studies (Edward Arnold, 2000)
  • Helen Graham and Jo Labanyi (eds.), Spanish Cultural Studies: an introduction (Oxford, 1995)
  • David T Gies (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture (Cambridge, 1999)