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Undergraduate Course: Metropolis and Empire: The Iberian Americas, 1492-1898 (HIST10345)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines the evolution of Spain, Portugal and their American colonies in the three centuries of Iberian colonialism between 1492 and the movements for independence in Latin America in the early 19th century, with the emphasis clearly on Spain and the Spanish Empire. The course will begin by examining the nature of the pre-colonial societies in question (Iberia and pre-Columbian America) and will then trace the development and nature of Renaissance Iberia and the process whereby empire was constructed and managed, focusing mainly on the Spanish process and using Brazil principally for comparison. It will also examine the double process of, on the one hand, Spanish fragmentation and 'decline' and, on the other, colonial development and identity, culminating in the impact of the Enlightenment on both the metropolis and the colonial societies. The course will finish with a brief examination of the ways in which both Spain and Portugal sought to adapt to the loss of their colonies. A research-based approach to teaching and learning will be emphasised throughout, both by drawing, where appropriate, on the lecturer's own nineteenth-century research, and by requiring students to take a critical approach to the identification and analysis of a diverse range of primary and secondary materials.
Course description Week 1: Introduction: outline of concepts.
The colonisers: Spain and Portugal in the late-15th century
Week 2: The colonised: the Americas in 1492
Week 3: Discovery, conquest and early colonisation: 1492-1550s
Week 4: The structuring of two empires: Ibero-America, 1550s-1700
Week 5: Iberia's Golden Age?: Spain and Portugal in the late 16th and early 17th centuries
Week 6: Fragmentation, stagnation and 'decline'?: Spain and Portugal, 1630s-1750s
Week 7: Growing apart: the evolution of the colonies, 1650s-1750s
Week 8: The Enlightenment in Iberia and the Iberian Americas
Week 9: The independence process in mainland Spanish Empire and Brazil
Week 10: Loss of Caribbean possessions; coming to terms with the end of empire
Week 11: Conclusions
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **