Society and Spanish Culture I
Cod: 31351
Department: DH
Scientific area: Culture
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This curricular unit aims at the analysis of the origins of contemporary Spain, its social and cultural developments. The Spanish civil war (1936-1939) and Francoism will be a fundamental axis to realize the construction of "I", of "us" and "them" in the current vision of Spain and the Spaniards. The curricular unit will have a high component of debate and comparison of Spanish culture with the Portuguese, creating bonds of union between both democratic processes.
The ultimate goal is to provide the student with appropriate instruments and information for a critical view of the social and cultural development of Spain during the 20th century.

20th Century

Students should be able to
• identify, analyse and connect the most important social conflicts and economic issues of the 20th century in relation with other national realities.
• understand the current Spain through the social tensions in the 20th century.
• understand and read critically the written and audio-visual works about each conflict analysed.
• understand the construction of identity of the “I” and “We" in different cultures in Spain through the political tensions of the 20th century.


This curricular unit aims to analyse the main sociocultural events in the Spanish society during the 20th century. The analysis includes historical events such as the loss of the colonies, the II Republic, the civil war of 1936 and Francoism.

SARDICA, José Miguel. Ibéria. A relação Peninsular no século XX. Lisboa: Alêtheia Editores, 2013, 382p. ISBN: 9789896225322
GRAHAM, Helen. Breve história da Guerra Civil de Espanha. Lisboa: Tinta-da-china. 2006. 215p. ISBN: 9789728955137

Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).

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