SPA300.1 Spanish Identities: A Linguistic and Cultural Journey (Fall, Spring)

Taught exclusively in Spanish, this 3-credit seminar is an immersion into Spanish culture and language. The seminar will offer a close-up view of the diversity of the Spanish languages spoken on the Iberian Peninsula — Euskera, Galician, Castilian, and Catalan — and their importance to Spanish regional identity. With the goal of a broad understanding of the icons of contemporary Spanish cultural identity, we will analyze topics such as popular culture and traditions, popular literature and music and their contributions to the development of Spanish high culture, indigenous sports, traditional festivities, gastronomy in its relation to culture, craftsmanship, and the evolution of industrial cities. In-depth lectures and guided field study will be oriented toward developing students’ language competence in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) while offering them a first-hand experience of Spanish customs, traditions, and way of life.

Required for Universidad Autónoma Madrid program students when the Spanish university’s calendar permits. The seminar schedule, itinerary, and procedures are subject to change without notice.

Prereq: At least four semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent.

Department: Spanish

Location: Madrid

Semesters: Fall, Spring

Credits: 3