Basque Culture and Language
Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao
Area of Study
European Studies, International Studies, Linguistics, Spanish
Advanced, High Advanced
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
The history of the Basque Country has come a long way from the ancient times before the Roman conquest of the Peninsula to the present day. What we can see nowadays is a highly modernized European country which is going through a promising time.
The course will help students become familiar with Basque geography, history and economy, as well as with the Basque culture, traditions and language (euskera, an ancient language of unknown origin). These topics, whose aim is to offer a global vision on the Basque Country, will be dealt with by means of group activities and discussions.
Introduction to the course and the Basque Country.
Geographical and human space
The Basque Country throughout history
The old laws ("fueros")
The First Basque Government
The Civil War
The Franco era and the way to democracy
The Basque conflict
Government and Parliament: Current political institutions
The rural world
Basque economy: Basic figures
The Guggenheim effect
Euskera: the Basque language
History of the language: origins and development
Introduction to the langue: linguistic characteristics and vocabulary
Current sociolinguistic situation
Basque symbols, legends and myths
Introduction to Basque literature
Two writers: Gabriel Aresti and Bernardo Atxaga
Punk movement in the Basque Country 13
(Rural) Basque sports
Soccer: Athletic of Bilbao
The final grade will be calculated according to the following percentages:
- Participation: 10%
- Homework: 35 %
- Midterm exam: 25 %
- Final exam: 30%
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-GARCÍA DE CORTÁZAR, F.: Historia del País Vasco, Txertoa, San Sebastián, 1998.
-INTXAUSTI, J.: El euskera, la lengua de los vascos, ELKAR, Donostia, 1992.
-KORTAZAR, J. Literatura vasca. Siglo XX, Etor, San Sebastián, 1990.
-KURLANSKY, M.: The Basque History of the World, Vintage, London, 2000 .
-LARREA, M. Y MIEG, R: Introducción a la Historia del País Vasco, Bizkaiko Batzar
-MICHELENA, L.: Historia de la literatura vasca, Minotauro, Madrid, 1960.
-QUESADA, S.: España siglo XXI, Edelsa, Madrid, 2005.
-XAMAR: Orhipean. El país del euskera, Pamiela, Pamplona, 2005.
1. The absence of an asterisk indicates that this course is open to students of all levels of Spanish. Therefore, the course will be taught in Spanish, but the instructor will resort to the English language occasionally to make the integration of the students enrolled in Spanish I easier.
2. Class attendance is essential in all courses. Therefore, it will be checked daily. Missing classes will negatively affect the student's final grade.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
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.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.