Basque Culture and Language

Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Basque Culture and Language

  • Host University

    Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

  • Location

    Bilbao, Spain

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, International Studies, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Spanish, Spanish Culture

  • Language Level

    Advanced, High Advanced

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    45
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    The history of the Basque Country has come a long way from the ancient times before the Roman conquest of the Peninsula to the present day. What we can see nowadays is a highly modernized European country which is going through a promising time.
    The course will help students become familiar with Basque geography, history and economy, as well as with the Basque culture, traditions and language (euskera, an ancient language of unknown origin). These topics, whose aim is to offer a global vision on the Basque Country, will be dealt with by means of group activities and discussions.
    SYLLABUS
    Introduction to the course and the Basque Country.
    Geographical and human space
    Geography
    Population
    The Basque Country throughout history
    Pre-history
    Middle Ages
    The old laws ("fueros")
    Carlist Wars
    The First Basque Government
    The Civil War
    The Franco era and the way to democracy
    The Basque conflict
    Government and Parliament: Current political institutions
    Economy
    The rural world
    Basque economy: Basic figures
    The Guggenheim effect
    Euskera: the Basque language
    History of the language: origins and development
    Introduction to the langue: linguistic characteristics and vocabulary
    Current sociolinguistic situation
    Basque symbols, legends and myths
    The literature
    Introduction to Basque literature
    Two writers: Gabriel Aresti and Bernardo Atxaga
    The music
    Traditional instruments
    Popular music.
    Punk movement in the Basque Country 13
    (Rural) Basque sports
    Rural sports
    Soccer: Athletic of Bilbao
    ASSESSMENT
    The final grade will be calculated according to the following percentages:
    - Participation: 10%
    - Homework: 35 %
    - Midterm exam: 25 %
    - Final exam: 30%
    BIBLIOGRAPHY
    -CARO BAROJA, J. Los vascos, Istmo, Madrid, 1975.
    -DOUGLASS, W. A.: Basque cultural studies, University of Nevada (Reno). Basque Studies
    Program, 1999.
    -GARCÍA DE CORTÁZAR, F.: Historia del País Vasco, Txertoa, San Sebastián, 1998.
    -INTXAUSTI, J.: El euskera, la lengua de los vascos, ELKAR, Donostia, 1992.
    -KORTAZAR, J. Literatura vasca. Siglo XX, Etor, San Sebastián, 1990.
    -KURLANSKY, M.: The Basque History of the World, Vintage, London, 2000 .
    -LARREA, M. Y MIEG, R: Introducción a la Historia del País Vasco, Bizkaiko Batzar
    Nagusiak.
    -MICHELENA, L.: Historia de la literatura vasca, Minotauro, Madrid, 1960.
    -QUESADA, S.: España siglo XXI, Edelsa, Madrid, 2005.
    -XAMAR: Orhipean. El país del euskera, Pamiela, Pamplona, 2005.
    NOTES:
    1. The absence of an asterisk indicates that this course is open to students of all levels of Spanish. Therefore, the course will be taught in Spanish, but the instructor will resort to the English language occasionally to make the integration of the students enrolled in Spanish I easier.
    2. Class attendance is essential in all courses. Therefore, it will be checked daily. Missing classes will negatively affect the student's final grade.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.