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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 Intermediate and Advanced Spanish 3 45 Two to three semesters of college level Spanish is recommended

OBJECTIVES

To become familiar with present-day Spanish society through some of its most representative aspects: population, economy and culture.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Population and society.
  • Foreign relations.
  • The Spanish economy and the welfare state.
  • Spanish culture today.


READING LIST

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).


ASSESSMENT


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




TERM 2 : Spanish Contemporary Economic Policy


OBJECTIVES

The aim of the course is to introduce the main characteristics and the key players in current Spanish economy and over the recent decades. The main objective is to provide students with the essential elements to grasp the current Spanish economy, which will be analyzed in class by commenting articles published in 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 most relevant weaknesses, the evolution of consumption, etc.) and briefly review the economic policies implemented by the different governments of the Franco era. The second term centres on the last 25 years of democracy in Spain, placing particular emphasis on aspects -- such as tax policy and the financing of the Autonomous Regional Communities-- that remain at the forefront of an ongoing economic debate.


COURSE CONTENT

The Franco era (1939-1975):
• War, backwardness and autarchy
• The miracle of the sixties

The Transition (1975-1982):
• The Moncloa Agreements

The PSOE years in power (1982-1996):
• The reform of the productive sector.
• Taking off in the eighties
• Corruption and the "cultura del pelotazo"

The PP years in power (1996-2001):
• Stability and new liberalism.


READING LIST

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.
CHISLETT, W. (dir.) (2007), Spain. Going places. Madrid, Fundación Telefónica.
PEDRAFITA, S., STEINBERG, F., TORREBLANCA, J.I. (2007), 20 años de España en la Unión Europea (1986- 2006), Madrid, Real Instituto Elcano.











 
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