Checking date: 15/05/2020

Course: 2019/2020

History of contemporary political
Study: Bachelor in Political Science (205)

Coordinating teacher: RICHARDS , ANDREW JOHN

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Social Sciences

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
To identify historical processes The ability to analyze historical processes from the relationship between the causes and consequences of the phenomena. To explain historical processes and fundamentally the origins of parliamentarism. To read in a political issues contemporary political processes.
Description of contents: programme
1. The political processes: revolution, reform, coup d'état, war and reaction. 2. The English Revolution: origins of contemporary parliamentarism. 3. The North American revolution: republic and federalism. 4. The French Revolution: nation of citizens. 5. The Spanish Revolution: the Constitution of 1812. 5. Borders, commune and wars: Europe: 1815-1914. 6. The Russian revolutions: Duma and soviets.
Learning activities and methodology
Comment of specific readings. Oral group demonstrations. Test of concepts. Individual oral demonstrations. Demonstrations of the topics by the teacher. The students prepare in group 3 of the topics on the basis of what was explained by the teacher in topics 1,2 and 3. Collective tutorials during the month of March before the demonstratios (April).
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • Bernard Bailyn. Los orígenes ideológicos de la revolución americana. Tecnos. 2012
  • Gordon S. Wood. The Radicalism of the American Revolution. Random House. 1991
  • Javier Redondo Rodelas. Presidentes de Estados Unidos. La Esfera de los Libros. 2015
  • Jordi Canal y Manuel Chust. España, crisis imperial e independencia. Taurus - Mapfre. 2010
  • Neil Davidson. Transfromar el mundo. Pasado & Presente. 2013
  • Peter Davies. La Revolución Francesa. Alianza Bolsillo. 2009
  • Rex A. Wade. 1917. La Revolución Rusa. La Esfera de los Libros. 2017
  • Stanley Payne. La Europa revolucionaria. Temas de Hoy. 2011
  • Steve Pincus. 1688. La primera revolución moderna. Acantilado. 2013
  • Thomas Paine (introducción de Javier Redondo). Sentido común y otros escritos. Alianza Bolsillo. 2019 (próxima publicación)
  • Yuval Levin. El gran debate. Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine y el nacimiento de la derecha y de la izquierda. Gota a Gota. 2015

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