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This subject taught in Spanish and English, takes students on a journey from Madrid to southern Spain and Morocco. It is available to students from the Spanish program as well as to breadth students with no Spanish language proficiency. Tales of Muslim Spain offers you the opportunity to study the historical influence of Muslim culture on Spain through a combination of course work; lectures; visits to cities, villages, and landscapes; and on-site experiences, including flamenco events, concerts, nightlife, gastronomic experimentation and visits to art galleries. The subject will equip students with the conceptual and practical tools for developing intercultural sensitivity and adaptability. Students will gain, too, a rigorous understanding of Spain as a nation and kingdom uniquely positioned between Africa and Europe. We will examine its Muslim past, imperial history and its emergence as a modern nation.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of subject students should be able to:
- Characterise Spain's relationship with Islam and with Spain's autonomous cities in North Africa;
- Identify the Moorish influence on Spanish vocabulary learnt on-site;
- Appraise and discuss cross-cultural issues;
- Describe Spanish nationalism and imperialism and its influence on contemporary Spain;
- Reflect on the impact that first-hand experiences of cultural events and objects have on learning about Spain and its cultures;
- Explain what is unique about Spain's historical relationship with both Europe and Africa;
- Identify how Spain's Muslim history is expressed in its iconic cultural forms, including dance, cuisine and art.
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- increased critical self-awareness and openness to new ideas;
- developed oral and written intercultural communication skills;
- developed time management and work planning skills;
- developed analytical and critical skills;
- improved research skills;
- enhanced information literacy skills;
- developed an independent approach to learning through participation in activities, and
- the ability to identify and describe any perceived learning difficulty.
Last updated: 23 October 2021