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Government of Spain - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
The roles and powers held by Spain's monarchy, president and parliament are covered in this chapter, which also examines the Spanish constitution and Magna Carta. You'll learn about the Royal House of Spain and the two houses of parliament and get details on Spain's constitutional court. At the end of this chapter, you'll be familiar with:
- History of Spain's monarchy
- Leaders of Spanish government
- Development of the constitution
- Structure of the Royal House
- General and state councils
- Powers held by the Committee on Public Accounts
|The Crown: The Monarchy of Spain's History, Succession & Regency||Understand how the Crown of Spain functions.|
|Heads of Spanish Government: The Spanish President & Council of Ministers||Describe the role and powers of the Spanish president and Council of Ministers. Explain how they are appointed.|
|The Spanish Constitution: History, Development & Key Topics||Outline the history of the constitution and assess its major parts. Describe constitutional development.|
|The Spanish Magna Carta & the Constitutional & Functioning Laws||Review the history and components of the Magna Carta in Spain.|
|The Royal House of Spain: Role, Power & Structure||Determine the structure of the Royal House and explain its role and powers in the country.|
|Lower House of Parliament (Congreso) of Spain||Examine how the lower house is set up and describe its purpose.|
|Upper House of Parliament (Senado) of Spain||Discuss the roles and powers of the upper house and explain how its members are appointed.|
|The Constitutional Court of Spain||Assess the structure of the Constitutional Court and describe the powers it holds.|
|General Council of the Judiciary of Spain||Explain the structure and role of the General Council in Spain. Describe how members are appointed.|
|The State Council of Spain||Depict the powers held by the State Council and what role it plays in the Spanish government.|
|The Economic and Social Council of Spain||Outline the duties that this council performs and analyze how its members are appointed.|
|Committee on Public Accounts of Spain||Understand the role and powers of this committee and assess its structure.|
1. The Crown: The Monarchy of Spain's History, Succession & Regency
In this lesson, we will briefly explore the history of the crown of Spain, from its inception in the 15th century to its status as the nominal head of the state in Spain today.
2. Heads of Spanish Government: The Spanish President & Council of Ministers
In this lesson, we explore the executive offices of the Spanish government, and the history and duties of the Spanish presidency and his Council of Ministers.
3. The Spanish Constitution: History, Development & Key Topics
In this lesson, we explore the history, laws, and provisions in the Spanish Constitution. Though there have been several manifestations of it throughout history, the current one was written in 1978.
4. The Spanish Magna Carta & the Constitutional & Functioning Laws
In this lesson, we explore both the Spanish historical version of the Magna Carta and the current constitutional document which the term often refers to. In addition, we also explore the difference between laws made by that document and those made by other means.
5. The Royal House of Spain: Role, Power & Structure
In this lesson, we explore the royal house of Spain, the current monarchs, its history, and its evolving role over the past century, as well as the royal acceptance of a constitutional monarchy.
6. Lower House of Parliament (Congreso) of Spain
In this lesson, we explore the history and duties of the lower house of the Spanish Cortes, the Congress, as well as its relationship to the upper house, the Senate.
7. Upper House of Parliament (Senado) of Spain
In this lesson, we explore the upper house of the Spanish Cortes, the Senate. In existence only since the 19th century, the Senate is less powerful than the lower house in the Cortes.
8. The Constitutional Court of Spain
In this lesson, we'll explore the history, functions, and duties of the Constitutional Court of Spain and its role as the highest authority on the Spanish Constitution.
9. General Council of the Judiciary of Spain
In this lesson, we explore the history, composition, and duties of the General Council of the Judiciary in Spain, which is the body in charge of ensuring independence and impartiality in the Spanish judicial system.
10. The State Council of Spain
In this lesson, we explore the State Council of Spain. In existence in some form since the 16th century, this lesson will detail the body's history, composition, and duties.
11. The Economic and Social Council of Spain
In this lesson, we explore the Economic and Social Council of Spain, including its history, composition, and role as the expert on employer-labor relations for the Spanish government.
12. Committee on Public Accounts of Spain
In this lesson, we will the explore the Committee on Public Accounts in Spain, the Spanish government's premier auditing and investigative body regarding public funds.
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