Culture, Politics and Economy in Contemporary Spanish Society

Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Culture, Politics and Economy in Contemporary Spanish Society

  • Host University

    Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

  • Location

    Bilbao, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Economics, European Studies, International Politics, International Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish Culture

  • Language Level

    Beginning, Intermediate

    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    **PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN SPANISH**

    Culture, Politics and Economy in Contemporary Spanish Society

    DESCRIPTION AND GOALS:
    This course offers an introduction to Spanish culture and civilization so that students can become familiar with the social, economic and political structures of Spain today. Our study will be focused on some specific aspects which make Spain both appealing and richly varied: its ancestral monarchy recently restored, its organization in autonomous areas which may be a solution to historical conflicts, the fact that it is one of the main tourist destinations in the world and, at the same time, the country of Don Quijote, Don Juan, Lorca, bullfighting and soccer. All these features of life, history and politics will be analyzed all through the course, both in the lectures and in the tour that will take students to some of the most historically relevant cities in Spain.

    SYLLABUS

    1. SPANISH GEOGRAPHICAL SPACE
    A privileged strategic position?
    Geographical situation of the country and its influence in history
    Relief, rivers, climate and countryside

    2. LINGUISTIC SITUATION IN SPAIN
    Spanish or Castilian?
    Vocabulary building
    Official languages
    Dialects

    3. SPANISH POPULATION
    Distribution of population
    Demographic development
    Immigrant population

    4. SPAIN SINCE 1975
    The reign of Juan Carlos I
    Transition governments
    Spanish Constitution
    Separation of powers
    A democratic country

    5. POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SPAIN
    The Spain of Autonomies
    Autonomous Communities
    Competences of the State and Autonomous Communities
    Political parties
    Labor unions
    Parliamentary Monarchy
    Head of State and symbols: the Royal Family
    Roles of the King

    6. ECONOMY SECTORS
    The primary sector: - Agriculture, livestock farming and fishing
    - Active population of the sector
    - Crisis of the rural world, solution attempts and impact of the country?s entry in the E.U.
    The secondary sector: - Industry and mining
    - Energy sources
    - Regional imbalance in the distribution of industry
    The tertiary sector: - Services
    - Commercial balance: imports and exports
    - Tourism

    7. SPAIN: FROM A RURAL TO AN ?URBANITE? SOCIETY
    Large population centers

    8. SPANISH SOCIETY
    The society of democratic Spain
    The state of wellbeing: education, health system, pensions

    9. A COUNTRY OF ART
    Major figures of painting, literature, show business, fashion and sports

    10. MAIN EVENTS IN SPANISH HISTORY

    BIBLIOGRAPHY
    Alborg, J.L.: Historia de la literatura española, Gredos, Madrid 1966
    Deyermond, A.: Historia de la literatura española, Ariel, Barcelona 1973-1983
    Díez Borque, J.M.: Historia de la literatura española, Taurus, Madrid 1980 (4 vols.)
    Rico, F.: Historia y crítica de la literatura española, ed. Crítica, Barcelona,1980
    Maeztu, R.: Don Quijote, Don Juan y La Celestina, Espasa-Calpe, Madrid 1968
    Watt, I: Myths of Modern Individualism: Faust, Don Quijote, Don Juan, Robinson
    Crusoe, Cambridge University Press, UK 1996
    Buendía, R (dir.) : Historia del arte hispánico, Alhambra, Madrid, 1978 y ss
    VVAA: Ars Hispaniae, Plus Ultra, Madrid, 1980 ( serie que contiene libros de gran interés)
    Pérez Sánchez, A.: Pintura barroca en España 1600-1750, Cátedra, Madrid 1992.
    Lafuente Ferrari, R.: Breve historia de la pintura española, Tecnos, Madrid 1987
    Vila Valenti, J.: La península Ibérica, Ariel, Barcelona 1968
    Bleiberg,G.: Diccionario Histórico de España
    Vilar, P.: Historia de España, Crítica, Barcelona 1978
    Russell, P.E. (ed): A Companion to Spanish Studies, Pitman, UK, 1973
    Perez, J.: Historia de España, Crítica, Barcelona 1999
    Pierson, P.: The History of Spain, Greenwood Press, USA 1999
    Marías, J.: Ser español, Planeta, Barcelona 1987
    Ubieto, A.: Introducción a la historia de España, Teide, Barcelona 1967
    Sánchez Albornoz, C.: España, un enigma histórico, ed. Sudamericana, B. Aires 1971
    Carr, R.: España de la dictadura a la democracia, Planeta, Barcelona 1989
    Preston, P.: Franco, Grijalbo, Barcelona 1994
    Preston, P.: Revolución y Guerra en España 1931-1936, Alianza, Madrid 1986
    García de Cortázar, F.: Breve historia de España, Alianza, Madrid 1994
    Historia de España: de Atapuerca al euro, Planeta,
    Barcelona 2002
    Fusi, J.P.: España: Autonomías, Espasa Calpe, Madrid 1989
    Hooper, John: The New Spaniards, Penguin Books,UK 1995.
    Valdeón, Julio; Pérez, Joseph; Juliá, Santos: Historia de España, Austral, Espasa-Calpe, Madrid 2003.
    Domínguez Ortiz, A: España. Tres milenios de historia, Marcial Pons, Madrid 2000.
    Thomas, Hugh: El imperio español, Planeta, Madrid 2003.

    ASSESSMENT:
    The final grade will be calculated according to the following percentages:
    - Regular tests throughout the course: 50%
    - Participation: 10%
    - Final exam: 40%

    Notes:
    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.

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