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Module LXS-2024:
History of Galicia

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics and Media

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Ms Iria Aboi Ferradas

Overall aims and purpose

  1. To introduce students to the history of Galicia, with particular emphasis on the 20th and 21st centuries.
  2. To introduce students to different forms of cultural analysis, from historical, to political and social, and to encourage an understanding of contemporary Spain as a summation of different socio-political and cultural enclaves and histories.
  3. To introduce students to the historical development of Galeguismo as a political and cultural movement and how it affected cultural production in contemporary Galicia.

Course content

During this course, you will be introduced to the history of Galicia, from its pre-history through to the creation of the autonomous community that it is today. While attention is paid to Galicia’s pre-history (in connection with the concept of Celtic roots and its evolution and manipulation for Galicia’s historical identity) and the Middle Ages, the module will concentrate largely on the history of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries with particular focus on the emergence of the idea of nationhood, political activism, and cultural production in Galicia. Key historical texts will be analysed for each period covered.

Books: De la Granja, José Luis; Beramendi, Justo; Anguera, Pere, La España de los nacionalismos y las autonomías (Madrid: Editorial Síntesis, 2001). Gemie, Sharif, Galicia, A Concise History (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2006). King, Stewart, Beyond the periphery : narratives of identity in the Basque country, Catalonia and Galicia = Más allá de la periferia : narrativas de identidad en Cataluña, Galicia y el País Vasco. (Australia : Antípodas, 2007). Miguélez-Carballeira, Helena, Galicia, a Sentimental Nation: Gender, Culture, Politics (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013). Romero, Eugenia R., Contemporary Galician culture in a global context: movable identities (Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2012). Villares, Ramón, Historia de Galicia (Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 2004).

Webpages: The research project ‘Voces e nomes’:

Articles: Lourenzo Prieto, Lourenzo, ‘Interpreting Galician History: The Recent Construction of an Unknown Past’ in Contemporary Galician Cultural Studies: Between the Local and the Global, ed. by Hooper & Puga (New York: MLA, 2011). Cazorla-Sánchez, Antonio, ‘At Peace with the Past: Explaining the Spanish Civil War in the Basque Country, Catalonia, and Galicia’, in Teaching Representations of the Spanish Civil War, ed. by Valis (New York: Modern Language Association, 2007). Rίos Bergantiños, Noa, ‘Contemporary Galizan Politics: The End of a Cycle?’, in A Companion to Galician Culture, ed. by Miguélez-Carballeira. (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2014).

Assessment Criteria


D- - D+: For the award to credit, students should demonstrate a satisfactory comprehension of the various topics studied, with some understanding of the correlations and interrelations highlighted.


C- - B+: For the award of higher grades, students should demonstrate a solid comprehension of the various topics studied, with clear understanding of the correlations and interrelations highlighted, having also analysed and evaluated key sources.


A- - A*: For the award of the highest grade, students should demonstrate a detailed comprehension of the various topics studied, with a nuanced understanding of the correlations and interrelations highlighted, having also analysed and evaluated key sources thoroughly.

Learning outcomes

  1. Present arguments in essays and presentations, supported with cultural and historical evidence.

  2. Demonstrate a mastery of basic study skills, such as the ability to make effective use of notes and secondary sources, and benefit from class discussions.

  3. Demonstrate familiarity with key historical texts and an ability to produce critical historical commentary on them.

  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the main historical events shaping Galicia and particularly its language and culture.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY (one essay) 25
ORAL (oral presentation) 25
EXAM (written exam) 50

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Lecture 22

One 1-hour lecture and 1-hour seminar per week for 11 weeks

Private study 178

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting

Subject specific skills

  • Develop aural comprehension skills in the target language, supported by a wide range of appropriate materials in different media. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • Extract and synthesise key information from written and/or spoken sources in English / Welsh and/or the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
  • The ability to organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasoned argument in written and/or oral assignments and class discussions. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
  • Critical skills in the close reading, description, reasoning and analysis of primary and secondary sources in the target language and/or English or Welsh (incl. filmic, literary and other sources). (Benchmark statement 5.13, 5.14, 5.15)
  • Competence in the planning and execution of essays, presentations and other written and project work; bibliographic skills, including the accurate citation of sources and consistent use of conventions and appropriate style in the presentation of scholarly work. (Benchmark statement 5.10, 5.14, 5.15)
  • The ability to write and think under pressure and meet deadlines. (Benchmark statement 5.15)
  • The ability to write effective notes and access and manage course materials including electronic resources / information provided on online learning platforms and library resources. (Benchmark statement 5.15, 5.16)
  • The ability to critically understand the impact and effects of the Civil War and the Francoist dictatorship in Spanish contemporary society (Benchmark statement 5.7)
  • The ability to critically understand, analyse and interpret the main events shaping Galician history and culture (benchmark statement 5.7, 5.10 and 5.11)
  • The ability to critically understand the impact and effects of the Civil War and the Francoist dictatorship in Spanish contemporary society (Benchmark statement 5.7)
  • The ability to critically understand the on-going debates about the role played by memory and forgetting in Spanish contemporary history (Benchmark statement 5.7)

Courses including this module

Optional in courses: