Summer courses

The seminar on "Structure and social change in today's Spain" aims to carry out an analysis of the main dimensions, axes and variables that make up the social structure of Spain, in its evolution and from an internationally oriented comparative perspective.

To do this, the following will be analyzed on the different days: the structuring trends and changes in Spanish society; from poverty and social exclusion; to the role of political parties and the changes that are occurring in the electoral behavior of Spaniards; the situation of women and feminism as a driver of change; the values, ideologies and beliefs existing in Spanish society; scientific culture in Spain; migration processes; the situation of young people and their future; and the old and new cultures and mentalities in Spanish society.

The conferences will attempt to bring together the plurality and diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches from which the social sciences address the evolution of Spanish society throughout, especially, recent years with its generational and gender diversity.

The longitudinal analysis of the structure and social change in Spain is in line with the tradition of the Center for Sociological Research (CIS) of carrying out large analyzes and surveys on the Spanish social structure and specifically on the book that is currently being worked on under the title Spain 2025, Structure and Social Change, in which the main changes that are being experienced in current Spanish society will be analyzed. And whose progress you will realize in the conferences of this Seminar.


The CIS presents 'Public Opinion and Democracy' in the summer courses that the UCM will carry out in San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

This summer course organized by the CIS aims to:

  • Analyze public opinion in democratic societies.
  • Reflect on information as a public service.
  • Delve into the scientific study of social media audiences.
  • Deliberate on trust in social media in Spain.
  • Examine the role of surveys as a scientific instrument to understand social reality and its evolution

Check the description of the course and the speakers on the UCM summer courses website