Multicultural Spain - LS321

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 4 15 (7.5) DR A Lazaro-Reboll checkmark-circle


This module addresses the multiplicity of cultures, ethnicities and languages within Spain. Looking beyond the historical division of Spain into autonomous regions, we consider the complex patterns of emigration and immigration that has led to today's plural and often conflicting society. We address questions of national versus regional identity, coexistence of cultures, and assimilation, as well as the place of Spain within wider European and global contexts. The module will concentrate on the depiction of such tensions through their expression in a variety of media, in particular, select novels and films. The issues raised and discussed will form a sound basis for students of Hispanic Studies in their understanding of the multiplicity of cultural, ethnic and linguistic communities that constitute the Spanish nation.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20

Method of assessment

Essay 1 (1,500 words) – 50%
Essay 2 (1,500 words) – 50%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Aja, E. (2006). Twenty Years of Immigration in Spain: Juridical and Sociological Perspectives 1985-2004, Barcelona: Bellaterra.
Astor, A. (2018). Rebuilding Islam in Contemporary Spain, Brighton: Sussex Academic Press.
Borrow, G. (2012). The Zincali – an Account of the Gypsies of Spain, London: CSIPP.
Gies, D.T. (1999). The Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture, Cambridge: CUP.
Holliday, A. & Kullman, J. (2016). Intercultural Communication, London: Routledge.
Pereira-Muro, C. (2014). Culturas de España, Boston, MA: Cengage.
Tremlett, G. (2012). Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country's Hidden Past, London: Faber & Faber.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Engage critically with multiple meanings of the terms 'culture' and interculturalism';
Consider these terms and the debates within the context of contemporary Spain's complex cultural geography;
Demonstrate an appreciation of ways in which ethnicities, cultures, and languages maintain difference and diversity whilst sharing common pressures, practices and goals;
Apply concepts of assimilation and difference to a range of different social and cultural contexts;
Demonstrate an understanding of Spain that informs their year abroad choices.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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