Present-Day Spain

Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Present-Day Spain

  • Host University

    Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    History, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish Culture

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisites: None

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    The contents of this course will present the students with a broad panorama of Spanish and Madrid life. Starting form an introduction of Spain, its geography and political system, we will move on to dealing with topics such as population and immigration trends, shopping culture, the fast-growing fashion business, social rights, gender issues, the influence of religion in the Spanish society and its traditional festivities, gastronomy or Spaniards preferred activities. In other words, students will get to know and experience the Spanish way of life from a hands-on approach.
    Course: CH3661 Present Day Spain: Living Spain
    Number of hours: 45 hours
    Requirements: No prerequisites

    1. Course Description

    In this course, the most significant social and cultural aspects of the present Spanish society will be dealt with, with a special attention to their representation in Madrid.
    The contents of this course will present the students with a broad panorama of Spanish and Madrid life. Starting form an introduction of Spain, its geography and political system, we will move on to dealing with topics such as population and immigration trends, shopping culture, the fast-growing fashion business, social rights, gender issues, the influence of religion in the Spanish society and its traditional festivities, gastronomy or Spaniards preferred activities. In other words, students will get to know and experience the Spanish way of life from a hands-on approach.
    A special focus will be put on the experiential learning by means of several out- of class activities such as walking tours, elaboration of surveys and guest
    speakers.

    Also, students will be encouraged to compare and contrast the Spanish and
    Madrid society with their cultures of origin in order to develop their intercultural abilities and knowledge

    2. Learning Objectives

    The general learning objectives of this course are:
    - Familiarize with the best-known cultural referents of the Spanish society
    and culture.
    - Increase knowledge about social and cultural aspects of Spanish culture with a special focus on Madrid.
    - Analyze specific data and theoretical concepts and use them to interpret
    the Spanish present reality.
    - Become aware of cultural differences between the Spanish society an the
    student?s culture of origin through a process of intercultural reflection.
    - Incorporate and activate social and cultural knowledge in order to de velop intercultural skills and attitudes.
    - Reflect upon intercultural learning and develop observation and analysi s strategies.
    - Participate in respectful exchanges of ideas and experiences with
    classmates.

    3. Formative Activities

    The basic formative activities in this course are as follows:
    - Interactive classes.
    - Learning activities inside and outside of class.
    - Students? oral presentations in class.
    - Revision, correction and comments on the activities elaborated inside and outside of class.
    - Complementary activities: watching and commenting videos, analyzi ng songs, participating in fieldtrips, organizing debates, elaborating surveys
    and interpreting their results, etc.

    4. Methodology

    This course follows the methodological guidelines of the communicati ve approaches, based on a constructive and process-based conception of learning. This methodology is based on a teaching-learning process centered in the student, whose active participation is encouraged, favoring, at the same time, the development of general and specific competences that show knowledge, abilities and attitudes that can be applied to effective and real intercultural communication situations and contexts.

    5. Contents

    The contents of this course are detailed in the table at the end of this document.

    6. Evaluation

    The students? learning evaluation is inspired by the principles of formative evaluation. In consequence, a continuous evaluation is applied, which means that every activity or task that is made inside or outside of the classroom is susceptible of being evaluated.

    6.1. Grading System

    In the Spanish educational system, it is required to quantitatively express the result of each student?s evaluation. In order to do so, Nebrija faculty uses different strategies and instruments such as: papers, exams, tests, projects, self- evaluation activities, etc. In order to issue a final grade the following scale is established:
    - 40 % active participation in class
    - 40 % daily work
    - 20% exams/papers/projects

    - Active participation in class is evaluated by means of different activities such as:
    - Activities and exercises correction;
    - Reflection upon the different contents in the course
    - Oral activities and debates (individual, in pairs or in groups).
    Fluency, correction, adequacy and relevance are taken into account.

    - Daily work makes reference to any activity or task that is done inside or outside of the classroom, whether during the class time or at any other time.

    - Class Projects Students will develop a number of projects, papers and presentations during the course, whether individually or in groups. If a student, unjustifiably, does not do or submit these tasks, they will be graded with a ?0?.

    6.2.1. Attendance policy

    Class attendance is mandatory. To justify an absence, a doctor?s note or any other valid justification must be submitted. Not attending a class session is equivalent to an absence. Being more than 15 minutes late to two sessions will be considered an absence. Unjustified absences will affect the student?s final grade negatively as the participation grade will be affected according to the following scale:

    NUMBER OF ABSENCES PARTICIPATION
    3 unjustified absences -30 %
    4 unjustified absences -40 %
    5 unjustified absences -50 %

    - Participation grade will be ?0? in case of having more than 5 unjustifi ed
    absences.
    - Not attending to class does not exempt the student from submitting tasks, papers or essays.

    6.2.2. Criteria to evaluate participation

    Criteria to evaluate participation grade:

    The student participates very actively in the class activities. S/he successfully does the requested tasks. S/he contributes to a good development of the course, encourages his/her classmates and favor debate in class.
    8.5 - 10

    The student participates actively in the class activities . S/he does the requested tasks and submits them on time. Shows great interest to learn.
    7 - 8.4

    The student, occasionally, makes interesting remarks, but s/he basically answers when s/he is asked. S/he does not show a clear interest in the course. Misses classes occasionally.

    5 - 6.9
    The student does not participate unless s/he is asked. S/he has unjustified absences and delays. His/her attitude is not very participative.
    0 - 4.9

    6.2.3. Grading policy

    The final grade will be the resulting average of daily work, participation and exams.

    Number Grade Letter Grade Percentage
    10 A+ 100%
    9.5 ? 9.9 A 95 ? 99 %
    9 ? 9.4 B 90 ? 94 %
    8.5 ? 8.9 B+ 85 ? 89 %
    7.5 ? 8.4 B 75 ? 84 %
    7 ? 7.4 B- 70 ? 74 %
    6.5 ? 6.9 C+ 65 ? 69 %
    6 ? 6.4 C 60 ? 64 %
    5 ? 5.9 C- 5 ? 59 %
    0 ? 4.9 F 0 ? 49 %

    6.3. Warning on plagiarism

    When writing a University paper or essay and reference is made to certain authors, it is mandatory to cite them by means of a footnote or a direct reference. In no case it is acceptable that a student uses a text, no matter how brief it is, written by somebody else without putting it in inverted commas, as this means s/he is trying to make it look as his/her own. This is called plagiarism and in a university context it could be penalized with expulsion.

    7. Bibliography

    To be determined

    8. Online Resources

    To be determined

    1. SPAIN INTRODUCTION
    1. Spain Introduction
    1.1. Spanish geography
    ? General geography introduction
    ? Relevant aspects of Spanish Comunidades Autónomas
    1.2. Spanish political system
    ? Brief historical background (dictatorship, transition)
    ? Introduction to Spanish political system (monarchy, parties, elections, local governments)
    ? General overview of present Spanish political scenario
    ? Main Spanish and European institutions
    1.3. Madrid Geography
    ? Madrid barrios
    ? Madrid transportation

    - Topic-related activities
    - Familiarize with Madrid metro map and districts
    - Picture project of different
    Madrid districts
    - Walking tour Historic Madrid
    - Visit Spanish Congress
    - Walking tour Historic Madrid
    - Visit Spanish Congress

    2. POPULATION & SOCIETY 2. Population and society
    General overview of Spanish society
    2.1. Immigration in Madrid
    ? Migrant movements
    ? Illegal immigration vs. Expats
    ? Immigrant aggrupation in districts
    2.1. Spanish youth
    ? Spanish Educational System
    ? Spanish youth profile

    - Topic-related activities
    - Picture project of different
    Madrid districts

    3. BUSINESS & PROFFESIONAL WORLD
    3. Business world and professional career
    ? Overview of key Spanish companies
    ? Spanish business behavior

    - Topic-related activities
    - Picture project of different
    Madrid districts

    4. SHOPPING
    4. Shopping in Madrid
    ? Opening times and shopping culture
    ? Traditional markets vs. modern markets
    ? Traditional business

    - Topic-related activities
    - Picture treasure hunt: Traditional shops in Madrid

    5. FASHION
    5. Fashion
    ? Spanish textile business
    ? Spanish designers
    ? Spanish fashion events

    - Topic-related activities
    - Urban tribes analysis

    6. SOCIAL RIGHTS
    6. Social Rights
    ? Spanish taxing system
    ? Social Security

    - Topic-related activities

    7. GENDER
    7. Gender issues in Spain
    ? Changes in women?s roles
    ? Domestic violence
    ? LGTB community

    - Topic-related activities

    8. RELIGION
    8. Religion
    ? Catholic tradition and influence (past vs. present)
    ? Presence of other religions in Spain

    - Topic-related activities

    9. FESTIVITIES
    9. Festivities
    Spanish and Madrid festivities and traditions

    - Research and oral
    presentations: Spanish festivities and traditions

    10.GASTRONOMY
    10. Gastronomy
    ? Traditional Spanish dishes
    ? Spanish restaurants
    ? Spanish Chefs (Michelin starts, business groups?)

    - Topic-related activities
    - Picture/Tasting Contest: traditional Spanish dishes

    11. LEISURE & HOBBIES
    11. Living the Spanish way
    ? Cinema & theater
    ? Tapeo & Madrid Nightlife
    ? Reading
    ? Gambling and lottery
    ? Music

    - Topic-related activities
    - Street survey about Spanish people?s way of life

    * The content of this program is subject to change, expansion or omission according to the rhythm and needs of the students and upon
    professor?s decision.