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This subject is available to students from the Spanish and Latin American Studies program, as well as to breadth students with no Spanish language proficiency. Taught in Spanish and English, Tales of Muslim Spain takes students on a journey from Madrid to southern Spain, and Morocco. Tales of Muslim Spain teaches students about the influence of Muslim culture on Spanish way of life through a combination of course work, visits to cities, villages, and landscapes; and on-site experiences, including flamenco events, concerts, nightlife, culinary activity, and visits to art galleries. Students will gain, too, an understanding of Spain as a nation and kingdom uniquely positioned between Africa and Europe. Students will additionally examine (in Spanish or English) the role of historical fiction in contemporary Spain as Spaniards seek to reimagine the past by re-framing their historical treatment of Muslim and Jewish communities to project a self-image of religious and cultural tolerance. The subject will equip students with the conceptual and practical tools for developing intercultural sensitivity and cultural humility in their interactions with other cultures during their time in Spain and North Africa.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of subject students should be able to:
- Characterise Spain's historical relationship with its Jewish and Muslim communities
- Identify and discuss Muslim and Jewish influence on Spanish culture
- Appraise and discuss intercultural issues
- Describe Spanish nationalism and imperialism and its influence on contemporary Spain
- Explain what is unique about Spain's unique position between both Europe and Africa
- Experience how Spain's Muslim history is expressed in its iconic cultural forms, including dance, gastronomy, art, and architecture
- Visit important cities and places in Morocco for experiential learning and to experience first-hand an array of cultural forms, including dance, gastronomy, art, and architecture
- Understand how Spain uses historical fiction to sustain an image of tolerance and openness in its relationship with its Muslim and Jewish past.
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- Increased critical self-awareness and openness to new ideas
- Developed intercultural communication skills/cultural humility
- Developed time management and work planning skills
- Developed analytical and critical skills
- Improved research skills
- Enhanced information literacy skills
- Developed a collaborative approach to learning through reflective participation in activities
- Improved written and oral skills.
Last updated: 5 December 2023