Spain & Portugal, 1085-1668 (HIST*3230) | College of Arts

Spain & Portugal, 1085-1668 (HIST*3230)

Code and section: HIST*3230*01

Term: Fall 2020

Instructor: Susannah Ferreira


AD-S Virtual:

This course will be taught online in a Synchronous format on the following scheduled day(s) and time(s):

TTH    11:30 am - 12:50 am

Details provided by instructor: Pre-recorded lectures will be posted on Courselink each week. Students will also have the option to participate in online, live (synchronous) discussions with the instructor each week. These non-mandatory sessions will take place on Thursdays at 11:30. Class participation will be monitored and graded using Course Link Discussion Boards.

Course Synopsis:

This course is an in-depth examination of Spain and Portugal, tracing their histories from the Christian conquest of Toledo to the Treaty of Lisbon. Course material will address three major themes: the Christian reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula; the nature of religious coexistence of Jews, Muslims and Christians, and its collapse; and the origins of racial slavery in the early modern period. Students will write two short papers that consider both sides of a complex historical debate, participate in discussions and quizzes that relate to the analysis of medieval and early modern documentary sources.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:

  1. learned to read and analyze primary sources documents and understand how they connect to the broader historical development of Spain and Portugal.
  2. evaluated conflicting interpretations of Iberian society in the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods.
  3. synthesized independent research and course readings to develop a balanced historical perspective.
  4. developed an informed and nuanced understanding of religious conflict, colonialism and intercultural relations in the medieval and early modern periods.

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

  1. Primary Source Online Quizzes: 15% (5 @ 3% each)
  2. Online Discussion Board Participation: 25% (5 @ 5% each)
  3. Analytical Essays (1200-1500 words): 60% (2 @ 30% each)

Texts Required:

All readings for this class will be made available through Courselink.

**Please note: This is a preliminary website description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.