Cultures without State: The Case of Catalonia

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cultures without State: The Case of Catalonia

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Multicultural Studies, Political Science, Spanish Culture

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    This course wants to explain the Ideas of Nation, Nationalism and State using the Catalan Case and the evolution of such ideas in the West. Also the Basque Country will be used to explain a different perspective on Nationalism and how violence affects one of the wealthiest territories of Spain. At a minor level, Galicia will be studied as the third major Nationalist group in Spain but focusing more in the previous two cases.


    The aim is to be able to compare Catalonia to other Nationalist territories such as Scotland, Ireland, Corsica, and Padania or the new identities that emerged as the result of the Soviet collapse.


    At the end of this semester students will be able to understand the main characteristics of different ideas of Nationalism and the main evolution of the Catalan identity as well as the tensions in the Basque Country.


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