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Modern History of Catalonia

Code: 100027 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2502758 Humanities OB 3 2
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


Jordi Pomés Vives

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
catalan (cat)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:



Objectives and Contextualisation

"History of Contemporary Catalonia" is a subject of 6 credits that inserts within the subject of History along with "Prehistory and ancient history", "Medieval history", also of the second year and "History of modern Catalonia" of the third year. Part of the 60 core credits programmed for the third year are the Humanities students, together with other subjects of Classical Philology, Philosophy, Language, Art, Universal Literature, Catalan and Spanish Literature, Geography, Current World, Cultural Management and Communication The subject is a study of the main social processes and cultural events of contemporary Catalonia.


  • Critically analysing the contemporary culture.
  • Critically analysing today's culture and its historical conditions.
  • Developing critical thinking and reasoning and communicating them effectively both in your own and other languages.
  • Identifying the historical processes of contemporary culture.
  • Respecting the diversity and plurality of ideas, people and situations.
  • Students must be capable of collecting and interpreting relevant data (usually within their area of study) in order to make statements that reflect social, scientific or ethical relevant issues.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analysing the historical processes that led to armed conflicts.
  2. Critically analysing the past, the nature of the historical speech and the social function of historical science.
  3. Critically analysing the patterns explaining the historical phases.
  4. Critically assessing the various current approaches to the study of the history of Catalonia.
  5. Drawing up an academic text using the discipline's specific vocabulary.
  6. Effectively working in teams and respecting different opinions.
  7. Engaging in debates about historical facts respecting the other participants' opinions.
  8. Explaining the most relevant historical processes of the Modern Period.
  9. Identifying the key concepts in explaining the Modern Period.
  10. Identifying the key historical concepts of the current Spanish and Catalan societies.
  11. Identifying the main and secondary ideas and expressing them with linguistic correctness.
  12. Identifying the social and economic tensions that triggered the transition from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period.
  13. Identifying the social, economic and political structures of the contemporary world.
  14. Interpreting the regulatory information that is located in the web pages of regulatory institutions.
  15. Organising and planning the search of historical information.
  16. Organising and summarising the different explanations about the causes of social change in the different historical stages of the Catalan society.
  17. Properly using the specific vocabulary of History.
  18. Reading and interpreting historiographical texts or original documents and transcribing, summarising and cataloguing information from the Middle Ages.
  19. Recognising the most appropriate bibliographic databases in order to obtain sources of a specific issue.
  20. Using the characteristic computing resources of the field of History.
  21. Using the characteristic investigation sources of the history of Catalonia.


Module I. The Restoration and the Emergence of a New Society (1876-1931).


Political cultures and the demographic and economic situation of contemporary Catalonia.


Francisco Giner de los Ríos and the Spanish political system in 1900


Joan Maragall and the strength of the first political Catalanism


Francesc Layret and popular republicanism


Enric Prat de la Riba and the Mancomunitat de Catalunya


Salvador Seguí and the strength of Catalan anarcho-syndicalism


Francesca Bonnameson, Carme Karr and feminism in Catalonia


 Francesc Cambó and the Catalan contribution to the regeneration of Spain




Module II. The turbulent twenties and thirties.




Marcel·lí Domingo and the Dictatorship of Primo de Rivera


Francesc Macià and the Second Republic (advent and statute)


Bosch Gimpera and his educational project: a University of concord


Lluís Companys. The rabassaire question and the events of October 1934


Joan Peiró and the workers' left of the 1930s.


Vidal Barraquer. The relations between Church and State


Frederica Montseny and the confrontation of the two Spains in the war.




Module III Catalonia under Francoism




The first Franco regime (1939-1945). Dionisio Ridruejo


The years of isolation (1945-1951). Gaziel


The 50s and the first opening of the Franco regime. Vicens Vives


The 1960s. Economic growth, immigration and cultural resistance to the Franco regime. Paco Candel


The end of the dictatorship. Joan Reventós




Module IV The model of transition to democracy (1939-1980).



The cordial transition to democracy (1975-1978). Adolfo Suárez


Autonomous Catalonia and the consolidation of democracy. Josep Tarradellas


The reformist impulse of the PSOE, 1982-1992. Ernest Lluch


Pujolist hegemony in Catalonia (1980-2003). Miquel Roca Junyent


Assistance to lectures led by the teacher.

Assistance to sessions of seminars and practices directed by the professor. Comprehensive reading of texts.
Carrying out analyzes, reviews and reviews. Personal study
Attentive reading of the guidelines contained in the web page http://wuster.uab.es/web_argumenta_obert/#, which has been prepared by the Catalan-speaking universities as a whole, is recommended. Here you will find how to prepare the exams, how to prepare a review or write an article.

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Sessions of seminars and practices directed by / by the teacher 37.5 1.5 2, 10, 13, 11, 16, 19
Theoretical classes directed by the teacher 15 0.6 2, 6
Type: Supervised      
Paused learning exercises 3 0.12 2, 11, 6
Tutorials 12 0.48 14, 15, 19
Type: Autonomous      
Personal study 30 1.2 14, 15, 19
Theoretical classes directed by the teacher 45 1.8


Theoretical tests:

- Two partial exams: 30% each of the two partial exams  (60% in total)

(The first one will be done in the middle of the semester and the second at the end of the semester)


- Assignment 1: (25%) about a historical figure related to the world of the humanities

- Assignment 2 (15%) about a character in political history

The final grade of the subject is obtained by averaging the grades according to the percentages specified. In order to pass the subject, you must have taken both exams and both assignments.

The student who does not reach 5 points will have the right to go to the recovery exam as long as he meets these requirements:

- have both assignments delivered

- have a minimum overall grade of not less than 3

- have an average grade of the two partial exams of not less than 3.5

The student will be able to review with the professor the contents and the grades of all the tests.

The practical tests will not be recoverable and, in case the student has to recover one or both partial exams, the grade from the practical tests will stay the same when calculating the new average.

In any case, the student who has to do the recovery exams will not be able to aspire to get more than a 5 on the final grade of the course.

Other considerations: The assignments will have to be delivered on (or before) the dates stated by the professor. For each class of delay in the presentation of the assignment, the grade will be deducted 2 points. For each spelling error that appears in the text, the grade will be deducted 0.2 points.

Students who, for reasons of force majeure and can prove it in a duly accredited manner, and cannot guarantee their attendance at the face-to-face sessions, will follow a parallel evaluation that will incorporate, in additionto the components of the evaluation indicated above, a supplementary work.

The student will receive the grade ofNot assessable as long as he / she has not delivered more than 30% of evaluation activities.

In the event of a student committing any irregularity that may lead to a significant variation in the grade awarded to an assessment activity, the student will be given a zero for this activity, regardless of any disciplinary process that may take place. In the event of several irregularities in assessment activities of the same subject, the student will be given a zero as the final grade for this subject.

In the event that tests or exams cannot be taken onsite, they will be adapted to an online format made available through the UAB’s virtual tools (original weighting will be maintained). Homework, activities and class participation will be carried out through forums, wikis and/or discussion on Teams, etc. Lecturers will ensure that students are able to access these virtual tools, or will offer them feasible alternatives.

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Exercises in class 10 1 0.04 2, 1, 4, 3, 5, 10, 13, 11, 14, 15, 16, 7, 19, 6, 17, 20, 21
Written and oral works 50 3 0.12 2, 1, 4, 3, 8, 9, 10, 13, 11, 12, 18, 16, 17
work 1 25 2 0.08 14, 15, 19
work 2 15 1.5 0.06 5, 17, 20, 21


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