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

    European Studies, Multicultural Studies, Political Science

  • 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.

Course Disclaimer

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.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

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


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