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SPAN3624: Spain: A Nation of Nations?

Contemporary Spain is a very diverse country with several distinct cultural and linguistic groups. In some cases, this has given rise to minority nationalisms that challenge the sovereignty and hegemony of the Spanish state. This unit introduces students to the advantages and challenges of such diversity, including some of its political aspects. Specific topics include language planning, regional cultures, ethnicity, minority nationalism, and independence movements. No knowledge of Spanish is required to take this unit.

Code SPAN3624
Academic unit Spanish and Latin American Studies
Credit points 6
SPAN3001 or SPAN3611 or 12 credit points at 2000 level in European Studies

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explain and critique the central issues in contemporary Spain that arise from its linguistic and cultural diversity
  • LO2. appreciate and analyse cultural differences within the Spanish nationstate (and, by extension, all nationstates)
  • LO3. explain the main concepts surrounding nationalism and regionalism and how these relate to questions of political and cultural identity in Spain
  • LO4. critically engage with different academic approaches to questions of cultural identity and use a wide range of sources of information on this topic both critically and selectively