Catalan Culture - HISP5150

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


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.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

• Critical Analysis (1,500 words) – 40%
• Essay (2,500 words) – 60%

Reassessment methods

• Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative reading list:

Castro, L. 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)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 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;
2 Demonstrate an ability to understand the key factors influencing cultural, artistic, social and political changes;
3 Place social, political and artistic events in both historical and literary context;
4 Produce an informed response and critical evaluation of a range of texts representative of the evolution of Catalan Culture.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate their skills of critical analysis;
2 Demonstrate their ability to organise and synthesise material from a variety of sources;
3 Demonstrate an ability to communicate their ideas in writing;
4 Demonstrate an ability to work independently.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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