Spanish and Portuguese | Catalan Language and Culture I
C400 | 17993 | Staff


HISP-C 400  Catalan Language and Culture I  (3 credits)
Recommended:  Knowledge of another Romance Language

Globalization has evidently unified economies, torn down political
barriers, turned local spaces into tourist attractions, and made
English and other major languages the most efficient communication
tools. In this context, Barcelona has become since the Olympic Games
of 1992 a successful global city that offers a balanced combination
of European economic prosperity and Mediterranean lifestyle. Its
cultural centers and its sunny beaches, its architectural heritage
and its cool nightlife have also turned it into one of the world´s
most fashionable cities.

But at the heart of this success there seems to be an enigmatic
element that, given the main tendencies of globalization, one might
not know how to explain: the presence of Catalan language. In the
last decades, Catalan, spoken by approximately 10 million people,
has not only maintained its high cultural prestige but it has also
increased its public presence and remained a key political tool in
This introductory course to Catalan language and culture has three
main goals. First, it aims to provide a basic knowledge of the
Catalan language. The course will be an intensive study of the
language, geared primarily at reading knowledge, but not limited to
it. A solid knowledge of another Romance language is assumed of all
students. Secondly, the course will also consist of a cultural
overview of Catalunya and the Catalan linguistic area (País
Valencià, Illes Balears, Andorra, Rosselló-Catalunya Nord, and the
city of l’Alguer). We will focus on the cultural history of this
nation in its always conflictive relations to the Spanish and French
states. Finally, the case of Catalonia and its both unique and
exemplary characteristics will be a perfect occasion to undertake
more general reflections on the intricate relations between
language, culture, the modern state, and globalization.

HISP-C 400   #17993  10:10A-11:00A   MWF   BH 345   STAFF
Note:    This course can fulfill the elective 300/400 level
requirement for the Spanish major.