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Level 5

5AASB073 Spain in the World

Credit value: 15 credits
Module tutor: Dr Emmy Eklundh 
Assessment: One 2000 word essay (50%) and one take-home exam of 2000 words (50%)
Teaching pattern: 2 hours per week

Reassessment: all re-assessment for this module will take the form of coursework.  The exam element will be replaced with a 3000 word essay.

This module is taught in English, using English-language translations for students with  no prior knowledge of Spanish/Portuguese.

Module description

As a member of the EU, Spain as an independent foreign policy actor has been weakened. Or has it? The aim of this module is to explore Spanish contemporary foreign policy by focusing on its continuities and changes since the democratic transition and, especially, since Spain joined the EU. By using theories of foreign policy analysis, academic readings and policy documents, this course seeks to shed light on how Spanish international relations have evolved in recent years. Substantial attention will be given to the question of whether we can still talk about Spain as a foreign policy actor independent from the EU. Special emphasis will also be made on analysing whether the presence of progressive or conservative cabinets has had a substantial impact on Spanish foreign policy.

The module begins with an introduction to the main theories of foreign policy analysis. It then focuses on the institutions involved in the foreign policy-making process of democratic Spain. Afterwards, the course analyses Spanish foreign economic and defence policy. Then, the module will explore Spain’s foreign policy towards the EU, Latin America, the Mediterranean and Africa. The module will finally examine the directions of Spanish foreign policy under the Aznar and Zapatero administrations.

Core texts

  • Balfour, Sebastian, and Paul Preston (eds.), Spain and the Great Powers in the Twentieth Century (London: Routledge, 1999)
  • Gillespie, Richard, and Richard Youngs (eds.), Spain: The European and International Challenges (London: Frank Cass, 2001). NB: Also available as a special issue published in Mediterranean Politics 5:2 (2000)
  • Jiménez Redondo, Juan Carlos, De Suárez a Rodríguez Zapatero: La Política Exterior de la España Democrática (Paracuellos de Jarama: Editorial Dilex, 2006)
  • Muñoz Alonso, Alejandro, España en Primer Plano: Ocho Años de Política Exterior, 1996-2004 (Madrid: Gota a Gota, 2007)
  • La Política Exterior de España: Balance y Debates Parlamentarios (2004-2008) (Madrid: Real Instituto Elcano, 2008)

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

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