Introduction to Spanish Cultural Studies

Universidad de Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Spanish Cultural Studies

  • Host University

    Universidad de Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Spanish Culture

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    OBJECTIVES
    The main goal of this course is to give students a core familiarity with Spanish history and
    culture. They are expected to come away from the class with a pronounced sense of the tensions and
    turning points that have shaped the Spanish past and help to understand its present.
    Classes will combine lectures with in-class discussions of readings from course-pack materials and the
    students’ oral presentations. Classes will be supplemented by audio-visual material associated with the
    readings. Extra-curricular activities include field trips to diverse local monuments, as well as film
    showings.

    SYLLABUS CONTENT: THEMES.
    1. General Introduction to Spanish Culture and how to cope with cultural shocks
    (and with this course)
    2. Cultural Life and Education in Seville (in case there be any)
    3. Heartburn in Spain: symptoms, causes, and treatment
    4. The Press (or what’s going on in Spain right now?)
    5. How Spanish Television Mesmerized the Country (holiday)
    6. A Visit to the Park of María Luisa
    7. Serious stuff: Spanish History from the Beginnings to the Golden Age
    8. Spain’s recent history at a glance (in Youtube)
    9. MIDTERM
    10. Everything you always wanted to know about Seville’s History
    11. A walk along the river bank
    12. And you say this is politics?
    13. More serious stuff: the big names of Classical Spanish Culture
    Semana Santa
    14. Top Ten Names in Spanish Modern Culture
    15. Do Spaniards really enjoy life? popular festivities and traditions
    16. Popular Music: from Flamenco Fusion to Rap
    17. What music do Spaniards listen to? Classical and non-flamenco popular music
    Feria de Abril
    18. The Story of Bullfighting in the Age of Cultural Rights
    19. Spanish early movies (classical movies you’d rather forget)
    Día del Trabajo
    20. Oral presentations
    21. Oral presentations
    22. FINAL EXAM

     

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.