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Undergraduate Course: Culture and Society in the Catalan World (ELCH08014)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs The purchase of literary texts - total cost approximately £35.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop analytical, communication and presentation skills through group discussions and individual presentations on aspects of literature and history
  2. Engage in historical debate and how to adopt a critical approach to literature assessing the relationship between history and aspects of cultural expression
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Demonstrate self-reliance, initiative, organisational and problem-solving skills and the ability to work flexibly with others as part of a team
Reading List
See uploaded document (Bibliography)
Additional Information
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
Additional Class Delivery Information The course consists of 42 one-hour seminars.
KeywordsDELC C&S Catalan
Course organiserDr Sergi Mainer
Tel: (0131 6)50 8966
Course secretaryMs Bronwen Jones
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026
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