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Languages of Spain I

Study of the language and culture of one of the languages of Spain other than Spanish. Selection will vary according to term: Catalan, Euskera (Basque), Galician.

Prerequisite: none

Instructor: Santiago Giron Gesteira

In this course, students will receive a comprehensive introduction to Galician history, culture, and language. Galicia, located in the northwestern Iberian Peninsula, was the end of the earth for the Roman Empire. Although it became center of the world during the Middle Ages thanks to an 800-year old tomb and thriving literary production, it was later forgotten during the so called Séculos Escuros (dark centuries) under the hegemony of the Kingdom of Spain. Nowadays, shaped by diaspora and economical dependency, Galicia represents the (im)perfect crossroads of Lusophone, Celtic, and Mediterranean worlds. Its language, Galician, is a holy trinity of Portuguese language, one language but three coeternal and consubstantial persons: mother, sister and daughter. Taught by a native Galician, SPAN 414 is designed for students with advanced proficiency in Portuguese, Spanish, or other Romance Language.

Note: This course counts towards all Spanish minors and majors.

This course will focus on the history and culture of the Basque Country. Located in the north of Spain and south of France, the Basque Country is home to one of the oldest languages still spoken in the world. Not related to any other language, learning about the Basque Country and their people will help you see the nuances of the multiculturalism of Spain. The Basques are a group of ancient people living in the western world, mixing tradition and modernity. The Basque Country has always fought to maintain a unique lifestyle in Europe, from the Stone Age through Spanish medieval times and into the 19th and 20th century nationalist movements. In this class, we will learn about Basque history, culture, and traditions – as well as some basic language skills. However, Basque is not a Romance language so we will not place a big emphasis on learning the language.

Although the class is part of the Spanish department, it will be taught both in Spanish and English. Students will use and create texts in English and Spanish. Counts towards all Spanish minors and majors.

Previously Offered:

Fall 2015: Euskera (Basque)

Fall 2014: Catalan

Fall 2013: Galician

Fall 2015, Fall 2017, Fall 2021