Spanish Culture and Civilization

Universidad de Málaga

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish Culture and Civilization

  • Host University

    Universidad de Málaga

  • Location

    Málaga, Spain

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, History, Sociology, Spanish Culture

  • Language Level


    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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


    The primary objective of this course is to pinpoint the principal traits of Spanish culture and society. The students, guided by the professor, will examine the primary historical stages of the country - from antiquity to present-day. Geographic and historic aspects will broaden the students? knowledge within a very rich frame of popular traditions, including a gastronomy known as one of the healthiest in the world and characters that transcend public notoriety. This is a course that contradicts popular topics and gets closer to the reality of Spanish culture under the umbrella of objectivity.


    Unit 1 A Journey Through Spanish History
    1.1 From antiquity to the Romans
    1.2 From the arrival of the Romans to the arrival of the Muslims
    1.3 Eight centuries of Muslim rule
    1.4 Spain after the Christian reconquest: 16th and 17th centuries
    1.5 18th and 19th centuries
    1.6 20th century and beginning of the 21st

    Unit 2 Geography of Spain
    2.1 Geographic location, predominant orography, and principal hydrographic resources
    2.2 Autonomous commUnities
    2.3 Prevailing climatology and meteorology in the peninsula and islands

    Unit 3 Languages of Spain
    3.1 Official languages
    3.2 Principal dialects

    Unit 4 Cultural Topics
    4.1 Flamenco
    4.2 Bulls
    4.3 Music (Tuna, Villancicos, Copla, ?.)
    4.4 Camino de Santiago

    Unit 5 Gastronomy

    Unit 6 Spanish Traditions and Festivals
    6.1 Principal traditions: Semana Santa, Carnavales, Noche de San Juan, Navidad, Reyes Magos
    6.2 Popular festivals: Feria de Abril (Sevilla), San Fermines (Pamplona), Fallas (Valencia), Cruces de Mayo (Granada, Córdoba)

    Unit 7 Spain and the European Union

    Unit 8 Cinema of the 20th and 21st Centuries


    Course evaluation will be based on the following:

    20% Attendance, Participation, Activities
    80% Final exam


    TAMARES, R., QUESADA, S., Imágenes de España. Panorama de la formación de España y de
    las culturas hispánicas, Edelsa, 2001.

    DOMINGUEZ ORTIZ, A. España. Tres milenios de historia. Marcial Pons, Madrid, 2000.

    GARCÍA DE CORTÁZAR,G., Biografía de España, Galaxia-Gutembrg/Circulo de Lectores, Barcelona,1998.

    GARCIA DE CORTÁZAR,G., Álbum de la Historia de España, Galaxia-Gutemberg/Círculo de Lectores, Barcelona 1995


Course Disclaimer

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.

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.

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