A history of Spain ADED11476

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Starting with Spain's role as part of the Roman Empire, we cover the conquest by the Visigoths, Muslim Spain, the Christian reconquest, and the unification of Aragon and Castile. We will go on to consider Spain's massive transatlantic empire, the years of Hapsburg then Bourbon domination till Napoleon, Franco, the Civil War and finish with some of the major problems of modern Spain.


2 hours per week for 10 weeks

For timetable details, please see our web pages University of Glasgow - Study - Short courses

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





No summative assessments will be undertaken.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

■ Consider the impact of three long term occupations of Spain: by the Romans, Visigoths and Saracens, the eventual Reconquista and unification.

■ Examine the extraordinary period of transatlantic empire-building with its mixed economic consequences, the devastating nature of both Napoleon's invasion and Franco's Civil War leading on to the political and economic problems of modern Spain.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Discuss the impact on Spain of the prolonged imposition of three major alien cultures; Roman, Visigoth and Islamic.

■ Demonstrate familiarity with the strength of feeling in the Christian reconquest, the impact of bullion imports from America, the dynastic problems of the Hapsburgs and Bourbons.

■ Discuss the lasting consequences for Spain of the Napoleonic wars and the Spanish Civil War.

■ Describe the present issues facing Spain including Basque and Catalan demands for self-determination.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Not applicable to a non-credit bearing course