What is the course about?
Through interactive lectures and discussions, this course aims to cover the expansion of the Spanish empire, the period of Habsburg Spain including the Armada, culminating in the war of Spanish succession, which led to the united kingdom of Spain under the Bourbons; the decline of Spain, the Napoleonic period and beyond.
What will we cover?
• Charles I and Phillip II
• The Rise of the Spanish Empire
• Gold and the Spanish economy
• The Armada
• Expulsion of the Moriscos
• Portuguese wars; Thirty Years’ War
War of the Spanish Succession and the Bourbon period
• Causes of the war, battles and outcomes
• Reasons for the decline of Spain
Napoleonic Period and Beyond
• Napoleonic Wars
• Restoration and Civil War
• South American Revolutions.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Understand the reasons for the rise and decline of the Spanish empire and Spain as both a European and global political and economic power; the modern repercussions of these events.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, intellectual curiosity and an open mind are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught by means of richly illustrated, interactive lectures, which will allow plenty of time for questions and discussion. Each week, there will be a general section, where the topic will be addressed in broad terms, followed by a more specific exercise looking at a particular example. There is no homework, but the tutor will provide additional materials to assist in your understanding of how from this interaction, the modern Spanish state begins to emerge will occasionally handout a reading or other material – a picture, perhaps, or a piece of music – that it would be helpful to familiarise.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no necessary costs, although further reading will be suggested.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
For further details of other European history courses that may be of interest to you, please visit the Build website: bildutrapagaran.info.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details