Culture and Society in Spain
Universidad Pablo de Olavide
Area of Study
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
Which social, political, cultural and both national and international phenomena define Spain as it enters the 3rd decade of the 21st century? To answer this question, this course aims to present Spanish social and cultural heterogeneity, analyzing the main aspects that vertebrate present-day Spain (for example, migratory movements in search of the European dream, the effectiveness of the educational system, the health system, gender issues, politics of historic memory or the change of the energy model in the face of climatic change). Thus, this course will have a closer look at the realities of the different autonomous communities with all their peculiarities and specificities.
Course Goals and Methodology
The main goal of this course is to increase the students’ knowledge and appreciation of Spanish culture and its people. Accordingly, Spain's richness and diversity will be explored through the critical analysis of the most relevant socio-cultural phenomena which constitute its present identity. Through said comprehensive overview of defining themes and topics, students should be able to make the most of their immersion experience. The methodology of the course will be based on an eclectic and complementary academic and experiential approach to culture teaching by virtue of which theory and practice feed one another bidirectionally. In other words, class work will both anticipate and help contextualize out of class experiences in as much as out of class experiences will also serve to confirm and/or question scholarly discussions previously held in the classroom.
Through this course, students will:
• Understand the latent and patent ideological substrates governing Spanish culture.
• Analyze socialization practices, customs and rituals as they are experiencing them themselves.
• Describe and evaluate candidly and critically the degree of depth, width and breadth of their immersion experience.
• Demonstrate that culture differences can always be handled successfully.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
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