Spanish Culture (In English)
Universidad de Salamanca
Area of Study
History, Sociology, Spanish Culture
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
The aim of this course is to explain and study in depth the basic points considered to be the basis of Spanish culture. The program is conceived as an open structure adapted to the students' needs for integration in the Spanish social life. Lessons will be based on the description of the main aspects of Spanish life and culture from an intercultural perspective in the search for the knowledge of the Spanish reality of the twenty-first century.
1. A Walk Around Spain:
a. Spain: A First Impression
b. Geographical, Linguistic, and Cultural Diversity
c. Madrid, Galicia, País Vasco, Cataluña, Andalucía: Clichés and Realities
a. The Mediterranean Diet
b. Olive Oil and Wine
c. Some Typical Spanish Meals
3. Spain Is different:
b. Social Customs and Habits
c. The ?Bar? Culture
4. The Spanish Society:
a. Family Structure
5. Festivals and Folklore Expressions:
a. Christmas, Carnival, Easter Time
b. Las Fallas, Pilgrimages, Sanfermines, Feria de Abril, etc.
c. The Bullfights: Symbol, Rite, and Metaphor
d. Flamenco and ?Duende? (Magical Quality or Energy)
6. History of the 20th Century:
a. From 1898 to the Civil War
b. The Spain of Franco
c. From 1975 to Present Day
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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.
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