Spanish Civilization and Culture

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish Civilization and Culture

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, History, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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


    This course starts with an extensive view of the Spanish history as a way of giving students a general frame where they could place the following subjects that will be taken into account. After that it will examine the different cultures within Spain: Castilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician; focusing mainly on language, nationality, and political implications. The rest of the course will travel throughout the various aspects of the Spanish Civilization, understanding civilization as lifestyle and society (family, immigration, youth, economic crisis, politics…), and also the various artistic ways of expression (painting, architecture, literature, music and cinema). By using concepts from these various subjects, students will study how Spain changed from being a polarized country to an allegedly reference in the West.


         - Fluent in English



         - Spanish History, from ancient times to the present. Civilisations and religious coexistence. Models of nation.

         - Language and Culture. Regions, nationalities, traditions, symbols and identities.

         - Cultural expressions, Spain through art. Modernisation, ways of expression, class conscience and moral crisis through painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and music. Spanish cinema from 50’s censorship to today’s Hollywoodization.

         - Spanish Society today, considering different relevant topics both from the 20th century in general or from the
    immediate present.

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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