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2012/2013  BA-BLM_BA40  Spain in Europe before and during the crisis

English Title
Spain in Europe before and during the crisis

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Skema: Torsdag kl. 11.40-14.15 uge 6,8-12,14-17.
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Max. participants 30
Study board
Study Board for BA in International Business Communication
Course coordinator
  • Carsten Jacob Humlebæk - Department of International Business Communication
Carsten Humlebæk - ch.ikk@cbs.dk
Secretary Tine Silfvander- ts.iadh@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 01-11-2012
Learning objectives
The student will be trained in reflecting on and arguing about a given problematique in English.
The student must demonstrate:
  • understanding of the most important social, political and cultural aspects of Spain's position within Europa and the country's integration into the EEC/EU
  • understanding of the most important aspects of the current economic, political and social crisis in both Europe and Spain and of how the two crises are related
  • ability to place the problem in the right historical context and /or in relation to current Spanish society
  • ability to base his/her assignment on relevant sources
  • ability to choose and implement relevant tools and methods on the selected problem
  • ability to present the problem in a logical and organised manner
  • ability to express him-/herself in English in a way that does not der hamper the understanding of the contents of the assignment
- General knowledge of recent Spanish political and economical history.
- Some working knowledge of Spanish – particularly reading capability - is an asset but not a necessary prerequisite.
48 hours home assignment:
Type of test Home Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner No second examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration 48 Hours
48 hours for preparation of a home assignment of max. 6 NS of a given (by lots) subject.
All  aids.
Retake: as ordinary exam.
Course content

The course begins by tracing the contours of the most important problems in the current economic, political and social crisis that both Spain and Europe are going through these years and discussing how the two crises are related. Secondly the course concentrates on the historical, cultural and identity-related factors that have contributed to giving Spain its particular position within the European space like, for example, the historical mixing of civilizations on Spanish soil, the power of the Catholic Church, the economical underdevelopment or the lack of democratic tradition. This constitutes the backdrop of a detailed discussion of the political, social and economical aspects of the Spanish integration into the European Community, firstly until the accession in 1986 and secondly from then and up to the crisis in 2008. The last part of the course will be dedicated to assessing the extent of the current crisis and its effects both in Spain and in Europe and discussing how the two crises are related.
The overall purpose of the course is to gain a deeper understanding of the diverse challenges that characterise – and have characterised – the European integration process through the study of Spain’s position in Europe as case in both good times as well as crises: From the country’s status as different and marginal in relation to the rest of Western Europe via the successful integration into Europe to the current crisis and the related uncertainties with regards to the future of the European project and with regards to Spain’s engagement in Europe.

Teaching methods
Introduction to the various themes by the teacher followed by discussion in class of the texts that have been read.
Student workload
Teaching 24 hours
Preparation 156 hours
Exam 45 hours
Further Information

The teaching language is English.

Last updated on 01-11-2012