Catalan Culture - LS515

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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5 15 (7.5) DR M Roser i Puig


Co-requisite: Reading knowledge of Spanish.

Pre-requisite: LS300 (Learning Spanish 3) or equivalent, or simultaneous enrolment.

No knowledge of Catalan language is required.





This module aims to provide an introduction to Catalan culture and to place it in the wider context of Spain and Europe. To this purpose students will be exploring different aspects of Catalan life and history, to include the language, the arts and the relationship between the Catalan-speaking lands and the rest of the state. The result of this exploration will be used as the basis for an analysis of the distinctive traits of Catalan culture. A selection of texts and audio-visual material will be studied and so will relevant criticism.


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Contact hours

This module will be taught by means of a two-hour lecture/seminar for ten weeks.

Method of assessment

The assessment will be 100% coursework.

Preliminary reading

Indicative reading list:

CASTRO, Liz. Ed. (2013) What's up with Catalonia?. Barcelona: Catalonia Press.

CRAMERI, K. (2011) Catalonia: National Identity and Cultural Policy, 1980-2003. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.

HARGREAVES, J. (2000) Freedom for Catalonia?. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

McROBERTS, K. (2001) Catalonia. Nation Building Without a State, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

demonstrate a sound knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established ideas on Catalan Culture and of the way in which these have developed until today;

demonstrate an ability to understand the key factors influencing cultural, artistic, social and political changes;

place social, political and artistic events in both historical and literary context;

produce an informed response and critical evaluation of a range of texts representative of the evolution of Catalan Culture.

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