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Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
2021/2022 Year Barcelona

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Course Overview


Spanish Civilization & Culture

Spanish Civilization & Culture Course Overview


CEA Partner Institution: CEA Barcelona Center
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Primary Subject Area: Cultural Studies
Other Subject Area: Anthropology, History, Sociology
Instruction in: English
Course Code: CUL350
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45
Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of Spanish history is desirable


The aim of this course is to analyze Spanish culture from both a historical and sociological perspective. Similarly, the course has an intercultural component comparing home and host customs, traditions and values. Students will study the history of Spanish civilization from pre-historical to modern times while interacting with the reality of modern day Barcelona in order to interpret and understand Spanish culture.

Students will acquire general knowledge of the main events of Spanish history and their influence upon current Spanish life. Main issues in contemporary Spanish society and how they have changed in the last century will be discussed in class so as to better understand the principal current ideological, political and cultural tendencies in the country. Students will easily be able to trace the importance of history in the culture in which they are immersed.

Furthermore, in order to maximize studentsĀ“ integration into Spain's culture, this course guides students to critically analyze what is culture and how you can achieve intercultural strategies so as to more easily understand, adapt and learn local customs. Thus, students are asked to reflect on cultural differences between U.S and Spain so as to more deeply analyze the host culture and navigate in their new surroundings more successfully. Thus, by the end of the course, students will understand that a country's customs and traditions are linked to its historical, social and economic evolution.

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