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Modern History of Catalonia II, the Franco Period and the Return to Autonomy

Code: 100341 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2500501 History OB 3 2
2504216 Contemporary History, Politics and Economics OT 3 2
2504216 Contemporary History, Politics and Economics OT 4 1
2504216 Contemporary History, Politics and Economics OB 4 2
2504216 Contemporary History, Politics and Economics OT 4 2


Francesc Vilanova Vila-Abadal

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Aram Monfort Coll



Objectives and Contextualisation

The objective of the subject "Contemporary History of Catalonia II, Francoism and the recovery of Autonomy" is to educate students in this area. To achieve this goal, they will be provided with the necessary instruments and resources so that they can acquire a solid knowledge of the processes and the political, social, economic and cultural phenomena developed in Catalonia during the period from 1939 to the recovery of self-government and the first steps of its development. On the other hand, it is very important that students have a strong knowledge of the country, from the historical, geographical, cultural, social ... perspective, given that the information will move in these parameters. The subject covers the second section of Contemporary History of Catalonia (generically, the second half of the 20th century or the 1939-1977 chronology) and maintains an effective relationship with the previous (History of Catalonia). Naturally, as can be reflected in social media, the main academic debates and of all kinds, the many interpretations and controversies that arise from the subject matter, will take place in class.


  • Applying the main methods, techniques and instruments of the historical analysis.
  • Developing critical thinking and reasoning and communicating them effectively both in your own and other languages.
  • Identifying the main historiographical tendencies and critically analysing their development.
  • Respecting the diversity and plurality of ideas, people and situations.
  • Students must be capable of applying their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional way and they should have building arguments and problem resolution skills within their area of study.
  • 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 develop the necessary learning skills in order to undertake further training with a high degree of autonomy.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Communicating in your mother tongue or other language both in oral and written form by using specific terminology and techniques of Historiography.
  2. Developing the ability of historical analysis and synthesis.
  3. Engaging in debates about historical facts respecting the other participants' opinions.
  4. Identifying and using in an appropriate way sources of research for the study of contemporary Catalonia.
  5. Identifying the main and secondary ideas and expressing them with linguistic correctness.
  6. Identifying the main theoretical models that try to explain the characteristics of the current Catalan society.
  7. Organising and planning the search of historical information.
  8. Recognising diversity and multiculturalism.
  9. Relating elements and factors involved in the development of historical processes.
  10. Solving problems autonomously.
  11. Using the characteristic computing resources of the field of History.
  12. Working in teams respecting the other's points of view.




1. The end of the Civil War in Catalonia and the Diaspora. 

2. The installation of the Franco regime and the Francoist policy regarding Catalonia. Repression, Catalan Francoism, etc. 

3. Anti-Franco opposition and exile during the forties. 

4. The fifties. The consolidation of the dictatorship. The slow reorganization of the labor movement. Underground. 

5. The changes of the sixties. Economic growth. The new social movements and the resurgence of the democratic opposition. 

6. The last years of the dictatorship. The extension of anti-Francoism. 

7. The transition from dictatorship to democracy and the recovery of autonomy.


Although the Teaching Guide indicates a common methodological framework of the subject, the student must take into account that each teacher who imparts the subject will apply specific criteria when developing the explanations, the evaluation methods, etc. . Therefore, apart from the Teaching Guide, the student must be aware of the specificities that each teacher indicates in the development of the work of his group. Naturally, as it could not be otherwise, and as has been done so far, the content of the subject will be sensitive to aspects related to gender perspective.

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      
Seminars and / or directed practices 6 0.24 6, 3, 12
Theoretical classes 39 1.56 7, 8, 9
Type: Supervised      
Directed learning exercises 7.5 0.3 6, 9
Tutoring sessions 15 0.6 2, 7, 9
Type: Autonomous      
Personal study 45 1.8 10, 11
Reading of texts. Writing of papers. Preparation of oral comments and / or seminars ... 30 1.2 10, 4, 5, 11


There will be only one exam at the end of the course, and it will have a 50% assessment in the grade for the course.

Two exercises will be requested during it. They will have a value in the final grade of 30 and 20% respectively. Cheating on the exam or plagiarism in the exercises will result in a zero in those grades. It will be established the necessary mechanisms to review the results of the exam and the exercises.

Necessary warnings.

Students who have NOT completed at least two assessment activities throughout the course (written exam, assignment, questionnaire) will NOT be able to take the resit synthesis test. Students who have a grade of the subject equal to or higher than the one passed will not be able to present themselves either. The recovery will be on the set of contents of the program's lesson. In the degree of History, the maximum mark of the recovery synthesis test is 5.0 (Approved).

The copy in the exam or the copy of written sources (plagiarism) in the work or the questionnaire will suppose a zero in the qualification of the exercise.

Students will have the right to review the results of the exam, the work and the questionnaire. Teachers will timely establish the mechanisms for doing so.

Second registration and/or single assessment: in this case, the student will be able to take a single summary test which will consist of a final exam. The final grade will correspond to the grade of this synthesis test.

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Two Written test and one presentation of papers. Note about 10: 8 points in two exams; 2 points in exercices, reviews, and papers. 7.5 0.3 10, 1, 2, 6, 4, 5, 7, 3, 8, 9, 12, 11


At the beginning of the course, the teaching staff will have placed in the virtual Campus a general bibliography of the subject, which will be completed with a specific one, linked to the development of the syllabus throughout the course.

Two books with general references are:

Carme Molinero, Francesc Vilanova, Manel Risques (eds.), Sobre el franquisme i Catalunya, Barcelona, Efadós, 2015.

Carme Molinero, Pere Ysàs (dirs.), De la dictadura a la democràcia, 1960-1980, vol. 11, de Història, Societat, Política, Cultura als Països Catalans, Barcelona, Enciclopèdia Catalana, 1998.