Undergraduate Course: Culture and Society in the Catalan World (ELCH08014)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will provide an interdisciplinary survey of the culture, politics and society in the Catalan speaking world. Catalan Culture will be explored through the study of literary texts, architecture, art, music and film in their historical context. This course will be taught in English.
This course will provide an interdisciplinary survey of the culture and politics of the Catalan speaking world from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. The course will start by analysing the architecture of Antoni Gaudí, the surrealist paintings of Salvador Dalí and futurist poetry. The political resistance to the Francoist dictatorship and exile will be explored through the working-class female experience in Mercè Rodoreda¿s In Diamond Square, the dissident ¿Nova cançó¿ songwriters and singers and imaginative short stories. The changes that democracy brought will cover the crisis of hegemonic models of masculinity from a postmodernist perspective, a feminist approach to same-sex relationship and motherhood and the rise of pop and rock music in Catalan in the 1990s. Finally, the current political tensions and the pro-independence movement in the twentieth-first century will be examined by discussing highly politicised graffiti art, contemporary short stories and animation short films.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| The purchase of literary texts - total cost approximately £35.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44,
Formative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One group poster in S1. (15%)
One commentary test of 800 words at the beginning of S2. (30%)
One summative comparative essay of 1,000-word at the end of S2. (40%)
Participation and performance in discussion boards. (15%)
||Throughout both semesters, students will receive regular written and oral formative feedback on their fortnightly ALG introductions or close readings, written entries and comments in the discussions boards, on the assignments submitted, and on their performance during contact sessions.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Develop analytical, communication and presentation skills through group discussions and individual presentations on aspects of literature and history
- Engage in historical debate and how to adopt a critical approach to literature assessing the relationship between history and aspects of cultural expression
- Be familiar with the background to the cultural and artistic expression of Catalonia whilst also knowing something of the other nations whose language is Catalan (Andorra, South of France, Sardinia).
- Able to consider the present in relation to the past and understand the wider role of literature and memory in the shaping of a nation's development as well as its political institutions.
- Demonstrate self-reliance, initiative, organisational and problem-solving skills and the ability to work flexibly with others as part of a team
|See uploaded document (Bibliography)|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||By the end of the course, students will have further developed their skills in the areas of research and enquiry, personal and intellectual autonomy, communication, and personal effectiveness. For further specification of these skills see the university's graduate and employability skills framework at www.employability.ed.ac.uk/documents/GAFramework+Interpretation.pdf
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||The course consists of 42 one-hour seminars.
|Keywords||DELC C&S Catalan
|Course organiser||Dr Sergi Mainer
Tel: (0131 6)50 8966
|Course secretary||Miss Kat Zabecka
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026