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SP3138 Mexico in the Nineteenth Century

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:11.00 am - 12.30 pm Wed

Students will examine political and historical developments of Mexico in the Siglo de Caudillos (from the beginning of Independence in 1810 to the start of the Mexican Revolution in 1910). Particular attention will be given to the tensions which characterised the period - such as Church-State relations, military-civil relations, federalism versus centralism, conservatism versus liberalism, constitutionalism versus authoritarianism - and to key political leaders, 'caudillos', such as Hidalgo, Morelos, Iturbide, Santa Anna, Juarez, Maximilian and Diaz. Reading will include primary material such as letters, speeches and articles from the Mexican press as well as secondary historical studies of the period.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all degrees involving Spanish once compulsory modules have been taken.

UG Pre-requisite(s):Pass at Grade 11 or better in SP2002 or SP2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 seminar and 1 surgery hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 16
  • Guided independent study: 134

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof W M Fowler
Module teaching staff: