Public University of Navarre

CastellanoEuskara | Academic year: 2019/2020 | Previous academic years:  2018/2019 
Bachelor's degree in Social Work at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Basic Year: 1 Period: 2º S
Department: Ciencias Humanas y de la Educación
MAJUELO GIL, EMILIO (Resp)   [Mentoring ] YANIZ BERRIO, EDURNE   [Mentoring ]

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Module/Subject matter

Basic knowledge of social structures and human behavior / History



In this subject, contents related to the great processes of contemporaneity will be taught, such as those related to the Liberal Bourgeois revolution and the process of industrialization, the development of capitalism and the formation of the working class, the protest movements, trade unionism and imperialism, the breaking of nineteenth-century Europe and the Great War, the revolutionary wave and the fascist movements, the Western democracies and their crisis, the Second World War, the construction of the Welfare State and the Decolonization process, Neoliberalism and the crisis of the Socialist bloc, as well as the problems that appear at the turn of the century. All this without renouncing the comments pertinent to Spanish history during the last two centuries.


General proficiencies

Basic Proficiencies
BP1 - Students have demonstrated that they possess knowledge of and understand an area of study, based on general secondary education and usually at a level which, albeit with the support of advanced text books, also includes some aspects which imply knowledge of the latest developments in their field of study.
BP3 - Students are able to compile and interpret relevant information (normally within their area of study) in order to voice opinions which include reflection on relevant themes of a social, scientific or ethical nature.
BP5 - Students have developed those learning skills required in order to undertake further studies with a considerable degree of self-reliance.

General Proficiencies
GP1 - To apply knowledge of human behaviour and the social environment in analysis.
GP2 - To produce knowledge about social reality, social problems and the discipline of Social Work.
GP11 - To respect individual and group differences, and to know how to address intercultural contexts.


Specific proficiencies

SP1 - The capacity to acquire and master the disciplinary knowledge necessary in order to analyse contemporary society, its structure and dynamics, including analysis of the complexity of social phenomena from a multidisciplinary perspective.
SP2 - The capacity to identify and analyse the social problems and needs in which Social Workers intervene.


Learning outcomes

Students know well and know how to explain, in writting and orally, the historical context in which social policies arise and the professionalization of social assistance in Europe and Spain to understand their evolution and current situation.



Methodology - Activity Hours % To be attended
Theoreticalclasses 42 100
Practicalclasses 15 100
Researching and writing about a selected topic on development, and where appropriate, oral discussion 30 10
Autonomous study 50  
Individual office hours 5 100
Exams (oral orwritten) 5 100


Relationship between formative activities and proficiencies/learning outcomes

Proficiencies Formative Activities
BP1, BP5, GP11 / SP1, SP2 Theoretical classes
BP3, GP1, GP2 / SP1, SP2 Practical classes
BP1, BP3, BP5, GP1, GP2, GP11 / SP1, SP2 Researching and writing about a selected topic on development, and where appropriate, oral discussion
BP1, BP3, BP5, GP1, GP2, GP11 / SP1, SP2 Autonomous study
BP1, BP3, BP5, GP1, GP2, GP11 / SP1, SP2 Individual office hours
BP1, BP3, BP5, GP1, GP2, GP11 / SP1, SP2 Exams (oral or written)







Learning outcomes
Evaluation Weight (%) Recoverable (%) Recoverable
Students know well and know how to explain, in writing and orally, the historical context in which social policies arise and the professionalization of social assistance in Europe and Spain to understand their evolution and current situation. Practical assessment: case studies, problem-solving tasks through observation, proposal and, where appropriate, evaluation. 40 % 100 % Yes, in the final exam there will be a part that will be dedicated to practical exercises and/ or problem-solving
Oral and / or written tests (partial or global)* 60% 100 %  Written test
  TOTAL 100% 100%  

* Only the mark of the practical part will be added if in this exam you get at least a 2.5 out of 6.



Social and Political Modern History



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 worker's 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. Como 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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