Spanish History, Society and Culture
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Hispaania ajalugu, ühiskond ja kultuur
Course title in English
Spanish History, Society and Culture
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
lecturer of 2024/2025 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
Survey of Spanish history, society and culture since the Prehistory until the Peninsular War (1808-1814). Understanding the basic processes in the historical formation of Spanish civilisation and culture.
Brief description of the course
The regional, geographical and cultural diversity. The formation of the Spanish multicultural society. The historical periods and topics: Prehistory; Pre-Roman people of the Iberian Peninsula and the Roman Empire; Middle Ages: Visigoths, Muslim Spain and Reconquista. Medieval art and architecture. Uses of Romance languages. Modern history: the dynastic union of Crown of Castile and Crown of Aragon. Habsburg Empire. Humanism. Spanish Golden Age period, baroque painting, Counter-Reformation movement. War of the Spanish Succession and the House of Bourbon. Age of Enlightenment and Neoclassicism. Objectivity in history, biography and travel literature. Beginner or intermediate readings in Spanish.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has basic knowledge of the main periods in Spanish history since Prehistory until 1808 and of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Enlightenment culture;
- can relate and analyze Spanish history as part of European and American history;
- can situate a historical phenomenon or person in a temporal, spatial and social context; can understand the historical legacy's importance in Spanish society today;
- can describe the regional, geographical and cultural differences in Spain; know from memory all the autonomous communities;
- has improved his/her critical thinking skills, good documentation skills and time management skills;
- know how to make academic presentations in Estonian and write references;
- has improved his/her vocabulary and reading comprehension in Spanish.
Merilin Kotta
The course is a prerequisite