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Spanish Society and Economy
University of Barcelona (UB)
Barcelona, Spain

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Sociology, Economics 100 Spanish 3 45 One semester of college level Spanish is recommended

Sociology - Spain Today: Society and Institutions (22.5 hours)
TERM 1 : Knowing Spain Today: Society, Politics and Culture


To introduce students to the diversity of Spain through its natural regions and Autonomous Regions.

To study the process towards democracy through the political transition.

To study the Spanish Constitution and present-day institutions.


  • Present-day Spain: its socio-cultural and economic diversity.
  • The political transition to democracy.
  • The Spanish Constitution: The State of the Autonomies and of the institutions.


FUSI, J.P. - PALAFOX, J., (1997), España: 1808-1996. El desafío de la modernidad, Madrid, Espasa-Calpe.
PICAZO, M. T., (1996), Historia de España del siglo XX, Barcelona, Crítica (Colección Nuevos Instrumentos Universitarios).


At the end of the term, a written paper in connection to the subjects and concepts dealt with in class.

Economics - The Spanish Economy Today (22.5 hours)
TERM 1 : Spanish Welfare State


This course focuses on the Spanish economy today and on its development in the recent past. The aim is to provide students with the information needed to understand the Spanish economy, which is analyzed in class by discussing articles from the press. The course is organized in two terms. The first term will introduce the factors that define the Spanish economy in general (its main areas of activity, its weaknesses, the evolution of consumption, etc) and briefly review the economic policies implemented by the governments of the Franco era. The second term centers on the last 25 years of democracy in Spain, placing particular emphasis on aspects such as tax policy and the financing of the Autonomous Communities that remain at the forefront of economic debate.




  • The strong points and weak points of the Spanish economy.
  • The media
  • Banks and savings banks.
  • Management and trade unions.

The Franco Régime (1939-1975):

  • Spain’s backwardness
  • Autarchy
  • The “economic miracle” of the sixties.


GARCÍA DELGADO, J.L. (dir.) (1993), España, economía, (6ª edición), Madrid, Espasa Calpe.
NADAL, J. - CARRERAS, A. - SUDRIA, C., (1987), La economía española en el siglo XX. Una perspectiva histórica, Barcelona, Ariel.
TAMAMES, R. - RUEDA, A., (1998), Introducción a la economía española, (23ª edición), Madrid, Alianza Editorial.


A written exam will be given at the end of the term to test students’ understanding of the course material.

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