Andalusia through the Arts (in English)

ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Andalusia through the Arts (in English)

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  • Host University

    ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Art History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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  • Overview

    Prerequisite: open to all language levels; taught in English.

    Course Objective: Within a historical-cultural framework, this course introduces students to Andalusia and its people, and explores both artistic expression within Andalusia and Andalusia as a source of artistic inspiration. Contributions of early civilizations to the formation of Andalusian culture will be explored in relation to the evolution of creative expression. Students shall study various architectural masterpieces of Andalusia (the Alhambra of Granada, the Mezquita of Córdoba, and the Giralda and Real Alcázar of Seville), selections of literary works that reflect Andalusia and its cultural richness (poetry of Al-Andalus, Tales of the Alhambra, poetry of Antonio Machado, Bécquer and García Lorca, Don Juan Tenorio) and flamenco music and dance. Visual arts as reflections of Andalusia´s past and present shall also be considered (sculptural fragments from Itálica, paintings of García Ramos, Bilbao Martínez, Bacarisas). To complement the coursework students shall visit related sites within Seville.


    From earliest times, this area has always been the gateway through which conquerors from many different countries have reached Spain. Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Celts, Romans, Visigoths have all invaded the country, mingling with the original population and leaving their vestiges behind them.
    Visit: Archaeological Museum of Sevilla.

    Religion and the formation of Spanish Art: Jews, Christians and Muslims.
    Merging of cultures in architecture, customs, language, cuisine, daily life objects, etc.
    Influence of Al-Andalus in the North of Africa.

    Introduction to the architectural masterpieces of Al-Andalus (Reales Alcázares and La Giralda of Sevilla, Alhambra of Granada, Madinal al-Zahra and the Great Mosque of Cordoba).
    Andalusia's architecture as a source of creative inspiration (literary and concrete).

    Brief introduction to the geography of Andalusia.
    El Campo, Guadalquivir and the city as creative inspiration.
    The Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz in Seville
    Sevilla and the opera.
    Visit: Maria Luisa Garden and Plaza de España

    Flamenco visual artists (paintings and sketches).
    La Feria of Seville as a source of inspiration.
    Consideration of Flamenco in the work of Federico García Lorca. Bodas de Sangre
    Visit: Fine Arts Museum

    Recorrido interdisciplinar por las últimas corrientes creativas en panoramas artísticos diversos: literario, arquitectónico, musical, pictórico y relevancia del multiculturalismo en las mismas.

    Bibliography: Along with selections from primary texts, students will be provided selections from other sources including:

    Crow, John A. Spain, the Root & the Flower: an Interpretation of Spain and the Spanish
    People. 1963. Berkley and Los Angeles: U of California, 2005.

    Jordan, Barry and Morgan-Tamosunas, Rikki, eds. Contemporary Spanish Cultural Studies. Great Britain: Arnold, 2000.

    Tremlett, Giles. Ghosts of Spain: Travels through Spain and its Silent Past, New York:
    Walker & Company, 2006.

    Ugarte, Michael and McNerney, Kathleen. España y su civilización. Boston: McGraw- Hill, 2008.

    Williams, Mark R. The Story of Spain. The dramatic history of Europe's most fascinating country. San Mateo, CA: Golden Era Books, 2004.

    Course Evaluation:

    Class presentations: 10%
    Participation, Quizzes and Homework Assignments: 20%
    Midterm Exam: 25%
    Final Exam: 35%
    Final Paper/Roundtable Presentation: 10%

    Class presentations: Each student will present one 10-15 minute presentation on a particular author/theme related to the course content. Presentations may include visuals, audio supplements, etc. Presentation topics are included in parenthesis on the tentative class program, the date under which the theme appears being the date of the actual presentation. Presentations are scheduled to complement the particular authors/topics being discussed the given day; therefore, it is the student's responsibility to make sure that s/he is in class the days of his/her presentations.

    Presentation Evaluation: 50 points possible

    Content: Does the presentation offer 10 minutes of accurate, high quality information?--20

    Presentation: Is the information presented clearly and in a scholarly manner? Does the presenter use visuals and/or other supplementary materials?--10

    Is the presentation engaging? Does the presenter actively strive to involve the class in his/her presentation? Does s/he strive to hold the attention of the class?--10


    Overall preparedness--5

    Quizzes and Homework Assignments: Students are responsible for completing assignments in a timely manner. Late assignments and make-up quizzes are only accepted/allowed with justified absence.

    Final Paper: Each student will prepare a 3- 4 page typed, double-spaced final paper on an approved topic. Students are required to prepare two drafts. The first draft will be peer edited in class and utilized as a springboard for discussion in pairs. Upon receiving class feedback, students will be expected to modify their papers accordingly. On the final day of class students will present their paper to the class and participate in a round table discussion. Both copies of the paper need to be handed in that day. Each one along with the oral presentation will comprise the final grade received for the assignment

    Attendance Policy: Attendance is obligatory. Only four hours of unexcused absence from class will be permitted and these absences will affect the participation grade. Medical absences are excused with the prompt receipt of proper documentation. It is expected that students arrive to class on time and that they return promptly to class after any given class break. Tardiness is figured into the absence policy.

    Class Protocol: Students are required to be involved in class activities. They are expected to show their preparation by participating in discussions, by asking relevant questions, being critical and analytical with the contents presented in class as well as by sharing their ideas and opinions. In class the student is required to maintain a polite demeanor always and under every circumstance. All electronic devices should be put away and turned off/placed on silent. Use of blackberries, cell phones, text messaging, laptops (unless in relation to class presentation) is not allowed. Please respect class expectations.

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.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations