Economy and Society in Contemporary Spain
Universidad de Sevilla
Area of Study
Economics, International Economics, Sociology, Spanish Culture
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
The aim of this Course is to provide students with an introduction to the study of contemporary
Spain’s economy and society, set within the context of its European configuration, for which reason
Spain’s reality will be continually contrasted with that of the other countries of Europe.
1. The Fundamental Characteristics of Spain’s Economy and Society at the Beginning of the
2. Spain’s Demographic Evolution. The New Trends.
3. The Process of Agrarian Reform: the Failure of the Liberal Reforms during the Nineteenth
Century. The Structural Transformations of the Twentieth Century.
4. The Beginnings of Industrialization in Spain. Expansion, Crisis, and Conversion in the
Twentieth Century. Present-Day Regional Distribution.
5. Commercial Policy. Interior and Exterior Commerce. Spain’s Markets and their New
6. The Evolution of the Financial System. Banks, Credit, and Interest Rates. Monetary Policy.
7. Transport: an Evolving Sector. Changes in the Rail System. The Modernization of Highways,
Ports, and Airports.
8. A Dynamic Sector: Tourism. Tourism Policy and Structural Adjustments.
9. The Energy Sector: Conditioning Factors, Dependence, Perspectives.
10. The Importance of the Public Sector in Spain’s Economy. The Public Sector: Origins, Rise, and
11. The Labor Market in Spain: its Evolution. Unemployment and Measures within Economic
12. The Evolution of Spanish Society during the Nineteenth Century. Changes during the
Twentieth Century. The Emigration Issue.
13. Spain and the European Union: Repercussions in Agriculture and in the Fishing Industry.
Issues affecting the Industrial Sector. Regional Policy. The Intensity of Educational Exchanges.
The Single Currency and Future Prospects.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.