Checking date: 05/05/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Contemporary History
Study: Bachelor in History and Politics (352)

Coordinating teacher: SANCHEZ PEREZ, FRANCISCO

Department assigned to the subject: Humanities: History, Geography and Art Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


1. The main objective of this course is that students acquire a body of basic knowledge, which will enable them to analyse the recent past of Modern and Contemporary History. A long-term perspective on the problems is an essential tool for the critical perception of today's world. 2. The acquired knowledge will qualify students to explain the complex implementation of civil, political and social rights in society, to reflect on the normality and specificities of the history of Europe in a world context and to acquire a deep and complex vision of the current problems of the european and, therefore, global society. 3. The students will assimilate a complete and detailed knowledge of the historical problems that will arise during the course. They will also learn to critically analyse texts, pictures and documentaries, understanding the deeper motivations of their creators and the specific interests that drive them. 4. Finally, the students will learn to apply the methods of analysis of the past to the historian's own present problems, which are a more specific field of study for the media specialist.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction: The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars 2. The liberal era 3. The establishment of democracy 5. Capitalism, socialism and labor movement 6. Rural and urban worlds 7. Romanticism 8. Religion and Society 9. Europe and the world 10. The First World War. 11. The Postwar crisis of liberal democracies 12. Communism and the Soviet Union 13. Fascisms 14. The Second World War and its consequences
Learning activities and methodology
AF1. THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL CLASSES. They will present the knowledge that students must acquire. They will receive the class notes and will have basic reference texts to facilitate the follow-up of the classes and the development of the subsequent work. Exercises, practical problems will be solved by the student and workshops and evaluation tests will be carried out to acquire the necessary skills. AF2. TUTORING. Individual assistance (individual tutorials) or group (collective tutorials) to students by the teacher. AF3. INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP WORK OF THE STUDENT. MD1. THEORY CLASS. Presentations in the teacher's class with the support of computer and audiovisual media, in which the main concepts of the subject are developed and the materials and bibliography are provided to complement student learning. MD2. PRACTICES. Resolution of practical cases, problems, etc. raised by the teacher individually or in groups. MD3. TUTORING. Individual assistance (individual tutorials) or group (collective tutorials) to students by the teacher.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.