Public University of Navarre

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Bachelor's degree in Applied Sociology at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Basic Year: 1 Period: 2º S
Department: Ciencias Humanas y de la Educación

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Module/Subject matter

Basic Knowledge / Social and Political History in the Modern Age



Industrial Revolution and liberal revolutions. The rule of law and the nation-state. The nationalisms.
The second industrialization and mass society. The rise of the workers movement. New colonial empires and crises of the old empires.
The Great War. The Russian Revolution. The Great Depression and the rise of Fascism. The World War II and the Cold War.
Economic growth and construction of the Welfare State. Decolonization and the problems of the Third World.
The wave of protest. The neoliberal revolution. The crisis of real socialism. The European model. Current trends and problems.


General proficiencies

Basic Proficiencies

BP1 That the students have demonstrated to possess and understand knowledge in an area of study the begins at the base of general secondary education, and is usually found at a level that, although supported by advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that involve knowledge from the forefront of your field of study.

BP3 That students have the ability to collect and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of study) to make judgements that include reflection on relevant issues of a social, scientific or ethical nature. 

BP4 That students can transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to both a specialized and non-specialized audience.

General Proficiencies

GC1 Ability to discern the relevance of the sociological perspective in the articulation of social life.

GC3 Ability to use sociological knowledge and concepts in the description, understanding, diagnosis and explanation of social situations, processes and problems.

GC4 Ability to reason critically and to appreciate the respective value of alternative explanations.

GC6 Ability to contribute to the development of human rights, the principles of equality between men and women, solidarity, environmental protection, universal accessibility and the promotion of a culture of peace.

Transverse Proficiency
TP2 - To demonstrate a level of competence in Spanish and, where appropriate, Basque equivalent to the C1 level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


Specific proficiencies

SP10 Ability to analyze the evolution and transformation of contemporary societies.

SP11 Ability to diagnose trends and emerging problems.

SP12 Ability to analyze context of crisis and social conflict.

SP13 Ability to analyze public discourse and to plan and execute communication projects.


Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes are the concretion of the competencies that the student will acquire in the subject. Three levels are established:

Optimal: acquisition of 100% of skills and mastery of at least 75% of them.

Means: acquisition of most of the skills required in the subject and mastery of those aspects that contribute to the specific skills of the degree.

Deficient: insufficient acquisition of the aspects that contribute to the specific competencies of the degree.

A student obtains a grade of APTO if the level of learning is optimal or average. .



Methodology - Activity Hours % To be attended
Theoretical classes 42 100
Practical classes 14 100
Researching and writing about a selected topic on development, and where appropriate, oral discussion 30 10
Autonomous study 50  
Mentoring 5  
Exams (oral or written) 4 100







Weight (%) It allows
test resit
Recoverable percentaje Minimum
required grade
RA2, RA3  Practical work: observation, proposal and, where appropriate, evaluation 45% Resit exam 70% 25% requires a grade equal to or higher than 4 out of 10
RA1, RA3, RA4 Oral or written examination, mid-term or quarterly exam   50% Resit exam 100% required  a grade equal to or higher than 4 out of 10
RA3 Attendance and participation in class, and where appropriate, in an organization or company 5%   0%  
  TOTAL 100%   81,5%  






1. The industrial revolution and the transformation of agricultural societies.
2. The cycle of liberal revolutions (1789 - 1848) and european politics up to the 1870's.
3. The rise of the labor movement. Marxism and Anarchism. Development of capitalism to 1873. International Workingmen's Association (IWMA) and International Worker's Association (IWA).
4. The second industrial revolution. Political dynamics. Imperialist expansion until 1914.
5. The Great War (WWI). The Russian revolution (1917). The origins of fascism (1922). The German Nazism.
6. The western democracies during the inter-war period. The Italian Fascism. The great depression of 1930s and the German Nazism. The Second Spanish Republic.
7. The Second World War and post-world war II. The Cold War. International relations. The United Nations (UN). Decolonisation and developing countries.
8. Economic growth and social transformation in the actual world. Welfare State. The world of our time and globalisation.
9. The social and economic question in contemporary Spain.



Access the bibliography that your professor has requested from the Library.

- ARACIL, R., OLIVER, J., SEGURA, A. (1995). El mundo actual. De la Segunda Guerra Mundial a nuestros días, Barcelona: Universidad de Barcelona.

- AROSTEGUI, J., BUCHRUCKER, C. y SABORIDO, J. (2001). El Mundo contemporáneo: Historia y sus problemas. Barcelona: Crítica.

- ARTOLA, M. y PEREZ LEDESMA, M. (2005). Contemporánea: la historia desde 1776, Madrid: Alianza.

- COMÍN, F., HERNÁNDEZ, M., y LLOPIS, E., (Eds.) (2010). Historia económica mundial, siglos X-XX, Barcelona: Crítica.

- FERRO, M. (1997). Colonization: A Global History, London: Routledge.

 - FONTANA, J.  (2019). Capitalismo y democracia, 1756 - 1848. Cómo comenzó el engaño. Barcelona: Crítica. 

- FONTANA, J. (2017). El siglo de la revolución. Una historia del mundo desde 1914, Barcelona: Crítica. 

- FONTANA, J. (2011). Por el bien del imperio. Una historia del mundo desde 1945. Barcelona: Pasado y Presente.

- HOBSBAWM, E. (1996). The age of revolution: Europe 1789 ¿ 1848, New York: Vintage books edition.

- HOBSBAWM, E. (1996). The age of capital: 1848 - 1875, New York: Vintage Books edition.

- HOBSBAWM, E. (1994). The age of extremes: a history of the world, 1914 ¿ 1991, New York: Pantheon Books (division of Random House).

- HOBSBAWM, E. (2014). Worlds of Labour, London: Orion Publishing Co.

- KERSHAW, Ian (2018). Roller - Coaster: Europe, 1950 - 2017, London: Penguin Press.

- MARICHAL, C. (2010). Nueva historia de las grandes crisis financieras. Una perspectiva global, 1873-2008, Barcelona: Debate.

- MARKS, R. (2007). The origins of the Modern World, Lanham (Maryland): Rowman & Litllefield Publisher.

- MARTINEZ, J. (2006). Historia Contemporánea. Valencia: Tirant lo Blanc. (Acceso on-line desde la biblioteca:

- NUÑEZ SEIXAS, X. (2015). Las utopías pendientes. Una breve historia del mundo desde 1945, Barcelona: Crítica.

- OSTERHAMMEL, J. (2014). The transformation of the World. A Global History of the Nineteenth Century, Princeton (New Jersey; Oxford: Princeton University Press.

- PIKETTY, T. (2014). Capital in the twenty-first century, Cambridge (Massachusetts); London: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

- VILLARES, R. Y BAHAMONDE, A. (2001).  El Mundo Contemporáneo. Siglos XIX y XX. Madrid: Taurus.



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