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Modern and Contemporary History: Texts and Material Culture

Code: 106848 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2504611 Archaeology FB 1 2


Enric Pujol Casademont

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Objectives and Contextualisation

Objectives and Contextualisation

A general tour of the main events and processes of change and continuity of the Humanity during the modern and contemporary eras is carried out with diverse thematic approaches of Historical Science (social, political, economic, gender, cultural, ideological) with special Emphasize everything that the archaeologist / archaeologist wants. A panorama of the history of the last centuries will be offered with a special look to archaeology topics. The archeology of the conflict will be especially analyzed.



  • Contextualizing and analysing historical processes.
  • 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 ethic relevant issues.
  • Students must have and understand knowledge of an area of study built on the basis of general secondary education, and while it relies on some advanced textbooks it also includes some aspects coming from the forefront of its field of study.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identifying the context of the historical processes.
  2. Mastering the Universal History of the Middle Ages.
  3. Organising and planning the search of historical information.

Learning Outcomes

  • CM02 (Competence) Assess the potential of certain findings for preservation and adaptation to a wider audience.
  • CM03 (Competence) Preserve historical archaeological materials to provide a fair, ethical vision of societies in the past.
  • CM04 (Competence) Analyse the historical contributions of each gender from archaeology, appreciating the bias of historical texts.
  • KM05 (Knowledge) Match materials with their corresponding period to recognise their chronology and their function within an archaeological context.
  • KM06 (Knowledge) Analyse historical texts to critically interpret material archaeological remains.
  • SM05 (Skill) Analyse materials from different periods to associate them with specific activities of a historical moment.
  • SM06 (Skill) Describe in written or oral form the result of the interpretation of certain materials in a specific archaeological structure.



General topics:

1.     What is modern and contemporary history? Discuss about archaeology of the modern and contemporary world.
2.     Definitions and sources for modern and contemporary history in archaeology. Sources and instruments.
3.     Great stages of modern and contemporary history.
4.     Economy and territory. Transformations of society.
5.     History and proto-industrial and industrial archaeology.
6.     Wars and conflicts (conflict archaeology).
7.     The historical scars of society: exiles, post-wars societes, dictatorship...

8. New uses of the archaeology of the modern and contemporary world actually.



The methodology that will be used will include theoretical classes, case discussions, practical day trips and a research work group. All of this must provide useful and optimal resources and instruments so that the student acquires knowledge and skills related to historical research in modern and contemporary eras applied to archaeology.

Otherwise, tools developed by students from other years will also be used to exchange doubts and ask questions. It is intended to develop to the maximum the student's curiosity in the field from an important conceptual and analytical basis:

Facebook: Group "Archeology of the modern and contemporary world" (Arqueologia del Món Modern i Contemporani)

Twitter: @Arqueo_ModCont

Instagram: @arqueovisualpast (Visual Archeology of the Past).

There will also be practical outings and activities at the Born site and at the Barcelona Zona Franca.

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.

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      
Practices out (Servei d'Arqueologia de Barcelona and Jaciment del Born) 10.5 0.42 CM02, CM03, CM04, KM05, KM06, SM06, CM02
Seminars and practices directed by the teacher 6 0.24 CM02, CM03, CM04, KM05, KM06, SM06, CM02
Theoretical classes 35 1.4 CM02, CM03, CM04, KM05, KM06, SM06, CM02
Type: Supervised      
Learning exercices 2 0.08 CM02, CM03, CM04, KM05, KM06, SM06, CM02
Tutorials 13 0.52 CM02, CM03, CM04, KM05, KM06, SM06, CM02
Type: Autonomous      
Autonomous study 50.5 2.02 CM02, CM03, CM04, KM05, KM06, SM06, CM02
Text Readings. Drafting of works. Preparation of written and oral, individual and/or group work. Search for bibliographic information and others 30 1.2 CM02, CM03, CM04, KM05, KM06, SM06, CM02



Written exams: 40% (exam 1: 15% + exam 2: 25%)
Proof of a research in group and oral presentation: 40% (30% written and 10% oral)
Review or other kind of work: 10%
Outings, tutorials and participation in the virtual campus and/or class: 10%
- The assessment activities submitted will be reassessed within the deadlines established by the teacher of the subject; Under no circumstances may an exercise be submitted for the first time during the reassessment period.
Only one "non-presented" student will be considered if he has given less than 2/3 parts of the evaluable evidence of the total of the subject. The maximum note that can be obtained in the recovery is 5 out of 10 (Approved).
* Copy of works or exams: 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.
Students will have the right to review the results of the tests carried out. The teaching staff will establish timely the mechanisms to do it.

  The particular cases that will receive, as could not be otherwise, will be taken into account, an adequate response.

Single assessment


The students who so request may take a single assessment.


It will consist of three assessment activities that represent 50% (written exam of the whole subject), 25% (oral interview) and 25% (bibliographic work and state of the question to be handed in on the same day as the written exam and the oral interview).


The grade for the course will correspond to the sum of the three activities. If the grade is between 2 and 4.9, a make-up exam may be taken in order to pass the course.

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Exam 1 (Text reading) 15% 1.5 0.06 CM02, CM03
Exam 2 (Analysis and Synthesis) 25% 1.5 0.06 CM02, CM03, CM04, KM05, KM06, SM05, SM06
Research Project (written and oral) 40% 0 0 CM02, CM03, CM04, SM05
Review or other work 10% 0 0 KM06, SM06
Visits and participation in Virtual Campus 10% 0 0 CM02, CM03, CM04



** General:

Ø ALTED VIGIL, A.; SÁNCHEZ, J.: Métodos y técnicas de investigación de Historia Moderna e
Historia Contemporánea. Madrid: Editorial Universitaria Ramón Areces, 2005.
Ø ARACIL, Rafael [et. al], El mundo actual. de la Segunda Guerra mundial a nuestros días,
Barcelona, Publicacions de la Universitat de Barcelona, 1998 (2ª ed.).
Ø BERNECKER, W.L., España entre tradición y modernidad: política, economía, sociedad
(siglos XIX y XX). Madrid: Siglo XXI, 2009.
Ø ESPINO LÓPEZ, A. i Mª Antònia MARTÍ ESCAYOL (coords.), Manual d’història
moderna universal, Servei de Publicacions, UAB, Bellaterra, 2012.
Ø FONTANA, Josep, Introducció a l’estudi de la història, Barcelona, Crítica, 1999. (Cap.
5: “Les formes de subsistència: III. La indústria i el creixement econòmic”, pp. 146-
Ø GARCIA ESPUCHE, Albert, La Ciutat del Born: economia i vida quotidiana a Barcelona
(segles XIV a XVIII), Barcelona, Ajuntament de Barcelona, Museu d'Història de Barcelona,
2009, pp. 31-113.
Ø PARKER, Geoffrey (ed.), Historia de la guerra, Madrid, Akal, 2010, pp. 107-119.
Ø POUNDS, Norman J.G., La vida cotidiana: historia de la cultura material, Barcelona, Crítica,


** About archaeology and history:

Ø BARRAL I ALTED X., “Arqueologia industrial o Arqueologia del mundo contemporáneo”,
dins de RIPOLL LÓPEZ, G.: Arqueología, hoy. Uned, Madrid: 1992.
Ø CASANELLES RAHOLA, Eusebi, “Les colònies industrials i els habitatges obrers un
patrimoni cabdal per entendre la revolució industrial”, L’Erol, 2005, n. 86-87:
Ø CLARA, J., Els fortins de Franco. Rafael Dalmau Editor, Barcelona 2010
Ø FERNANDA, M; SANTACANA, J, L’arqueologia del segle XXI: restes i objectes del passat
industrial. Barcelona: Graó, 1998.
Ø GARCIA i ESPUCHE, A.: La Ciutat del Born : economia i vida quotidiana a Barcelona (segles
XIV a XVIII), Barcelona : Ajuntament de Barcelona : Museu d'Història de Barcelona, cop.
Ø GONZÁLEZ RUIBAL, Alfredo: Volver a las trincheras. Una arqueología de la Guerra
Civil Española, Alianza Editorial, Madrid, 2016.
Ø HARRISON, R. & SCHOFIELD, J., After modernity: Archaeological approaches to the
contemporary past. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Ø OLMOS BENLLOCH, Pau, “Arqueologia urbana i política: reflexions sobre el mercat del
Born (Barcelona)”, Ex novo: revista d'història i humanitats, 2, 2005, pp.171-172:
Ø SOLÉ, Queralt i JANÉ, Oscar (Coords.), Dossier “L’arqueologia del món modern i
contemporani. Noves perspectives”, Afers. Fulls de recerca i pensament, núm. 78


** Aboout memories and the transformation of modern and contemporary societies:

Ø ANDERSON, Benedict, Comunitats imaginades, Catarroja, Editorial Afers, 2005,
pp. 105-164.
Ø DD.AA.: Barraquisme. La ciutat (im)possible. Generalitat de Catalunya,
Barcelona 2011
Ø FERRER ALÒS, Llorenç, “El règim senyorial i la tinença de la terra”. A:
Història. Política, societat i cultura dels Països Catalans, Barcelona, Fundació
Enciclopèdia Catalana, 1995, pp. 250-268:
Ø JUDT, Tony, El Refugi de la memòria, La Magrana, Barcelona, 2011 (en castellà:
El Refugio de la memoria, Taurus, Madrid, 2011)
Ø RODRIGO, Javier, Cautivos. Campos de concentración en la España franquista,
1936-1947. Barcelona: Crítica, 2005.
Ø ROMERO, Eladi: Itinerarios de la guerra civil española, Ed. Laertes, Barcelona:
Ø SOLÉ, Queralt, Els morts clandestins. Les fosses comunes de la Guerra
Civil a Catalunya (1936-1939), Catarroja, Editorial Afers, 2008, pp. 21-57.