The Golden Age of Spain

Ref: C2224273

Before 1479 Spain was not a unified country but comprised several independent kingdoms. At the beginning of the Sixteenth Century Spain became unified and emerged as the Superpower of Europe. This was based on her extensive Empire, impressive military strength and the unifying effect of Catholicism. The course studies 120 years of Spanish history and examines her rise to prominence.

Course aim

To examine Spain`s rise to power and the effect on Sixteenth Century Europe

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • 1 Identify reasons for Spain`s rise to prominence
  • 2 Assess the contribution of Spanish monarchs
  • 3 Describe the importance of Catholicism
  • 4 Discuss the impact of Spain on European affairs
  • 5. Identify the reasons for Spain`s decline

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Optional presentations to the class

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

The Golden Age of Spain Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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