Spanish 331 - Culture and Civilization of Spain (formerly SPAN130)

SPAN 331– 1: MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m.
Professor: Don Miller, Ph.D.
Classrooms: OCNL 239
Telephone: 898-5742
Office Hours: M 2-4:00 p.m., W 2-4:00 p.m.
Office: 148 Trinity Hall
E-mail: - Type this in exactly or it will not reach me.

Prerequisites: SPAN 301 or faculty permission.

Description and Objectives

This course explores a broad range of cultural, social and political topics such as Celtic, Roman, Visigothic and Muslim influences on early Spain, the Golden Age of Spanish culture and literature, the Spanish Inquisition, the Carlist Wars, the Civil War, the monarchy under Juan Carlos I, etc. In art we will delve into the works of artists such as Goya, Vel�zquez, Picasso, Dal�, and Gaud�.  The course is structured on an important historical component that requires a good deal of reading and reflection. 

We will experience the culture of Spain through various means: 

  • Readings and class discussions.
  • Music, films, library and Internet research and virtual visits to museums, the royal palaces and Flamenco tablaos,attending live performances offered by the University and/or the community.
  • Cultura Viva events will provide personal �live� cultural experiences to enhance our discussions and readings:  a visit to the on-campus reproduction of the paintings of the caves of Altamira, flamenco presentation, a possible visit to the site of a 12th c. Spanish Monastery reconstruction (Chapter House at the Abbey of New Clairveaux), etc.
  • I will utilize some class periods to share my experiences living and traveling in Spain (photography, cultural artifacts, realia, music, video, personal observations, etc.), as they relate to the material covered by the course.

Course materials:

  • Ugarte, Francisco, Michael Ugarte and Kathleen McNerney.  Espa�a y su civilizaci�n.  5th ed. actualizada, 1999 
  • Reading Selections prepared by Professor (P)
  • Internet Access
  • Spanish Language Dictionary (I suggest the college editions of American Heritage Larousse, Larousse Concise Spanish/English Dictionary, Oxford, or Harper Collins). 


 Regular attendance and class participation.  Starting with the fourth unexcused absence, 5% will be taken off the final grade per absence.  See the professor if you need clarification on this.

Homework - We will cover many topics every week, therefore disciplined daily reading is essential.

Individual/Group Oral Presentations – For this oral presentation students will work individually or in groups of up to three people.  The student(s) will present information on a cultural (art, architecture, music, history, politics, etc.) topic relating to one of various major epochs in the history of Spain. You may not present on a literary figure from Spain. Each individual or group will be allowed 10 – 20 minutes (depending upon the size of the group) to give their presentation during class.  The grade will be based on evidence of research carried out for the project, accuracy of said information, memorization of the material presented, the use of technology (including, but not limited to slides, videos, overhead transparencies, music, and/or live performance, etc.), clarity of ideas, the obvious amount of preparation involved in the project, and the correct use of grammar and vocabulary related to the subject.  In the past, presentations that received an �A� were done on computer and/or video, using software like PowerPoint, web pages, or were done as live dramatic, dance or musical performances.   The day of the presentation, an electronic copy of the group or individual project must be turned into the professor on diskette, CD-ROM or Video, along with a complete/detailed outline for each class member of the information to be presented.  As you prepare your oral presentations use a minimum of four sources for your information; include this information in a bibliography at the end of your presentation.  You may use the Internet to obtain images, videos, quotes, etc. for your presentation, but you must cite the author of the information and must utilize at least two non-internet sources in your research. 

Research Paper – This research paper may be based on the subject matter studied for the oral presentation, but group members using the same topic must choose a different focus for their individual papers.  The paper cannot be about an author or a piece of literature.  The paper should be an analysis and synthesis of the information you studied on the topic. Don�t just quote information; explain to me why it is important in the history or the present culture(s) of Spain.  How has the subject of the topic affected a region of Spain or the country as a whole?  How did your the subject of your topic have a lasting effect on Spain and its people?  As you prepare your paper, create a very clear  thesis paragraph in which you delineate precisely the major points you want to make in the paper. Then use the body of the paper to defend the ideas, point by point, that you made in the thesis statement.  Conclude with a solid paragraph that sums up the paragraphs that you presented and provides information or ideas on the subject that could be researched further. 

The research paper must be double-spaced, with one-inch margins, using Times or Times New Roman as a 12 point font.  A separate works cited page and title page should be included and these do NOT count in the number of pages required. Follow the MLA Style Manual for instructions on how to format the bibliography and parenthetical references within the text.  10% of the overall grade will be taken off if you do not follow the MLA rules.  The paper must be written in Spanish and all quotes should be in their original language (provide a translation only if the quote is not in Spanish, English, Portuguese, Galician or French).  The paper will be a minimum of 6 pages (excluding the title page and bibliography) and maximum of eight pages.  A minimum of five sources must be cited, including at least two references in Spanish. Do NOT use any Internet sources to write the paper unless it is an official government or cultural organization web site.  In this case, only one web site may be used AND the professor must clear it in class before you write the paper. All papers must be submitted as a Microsoft word or rtf file by e-mail attachment to me on the due date, and a copy must be submitted electronically at  

Note: It is expected that all work will be your own.  Please be aware that PLAGIARISM is defined as adopting anyone�s ideas as your own without giving them full credit for their work.  DO NOT copy material out of books or other sources without giving very precise, exact, parenthetical references for each quotation. DO NOT paraphrase another person�s work without giving a parenthetical reference.  If a student is in doubt about any of this, s/he should seek help from the instructor.  Even an Internet source must be carefully cited when referred to in the text, indicating the author, URL, etc.).  Acts of plagiarism are grounds for an �F� in the class and possible university disciplinary action.

There will be 5 unit exams, based on the chapters that we study in class. EACH DATE ON THE TENTATIVE SCHEDULE MARKED WITH **** INDICATES A TEST DAY.  The test will be available electronically for 48 hours after class on the test day and should be taken at your earliest convenience.  Test time will be a maximum of 1 hour.  Dr. Miller will explain the format before the first exams.

Final Exam – will be comprehensive, but will emphasize the material studied after the last unit exam.

Participation in all CULTURA VIVA Events is required.



Quizzes, homework, participation   10%

Unit exams   40%    

Final exam   10% 

Oral report   10%

Research paper   30%

Plan Semestral Tentativo (Esto puede cambiar un poco)

L 24 Introducci�n al curso. Ejercicio diagn�stico cultural.    �Playa o monta�a?  Aspectos geogr�ficos. Video
M 26 Cap�tulo 1: Geograf�a de Espa�a,  y las 17 autonom�as.  Leer pp. 2-15.
V 28 Leer pp. 15-18.  Prueba de geograf�a.
L 31 La Espa�a prehist�rica y de los �beros, celtas, y cartagineses.  Leer las p�ginas 38-39, 20-23.  Video de las cuevas de Altamira, Cultura viva visita a la reproducci�n de las cuevas.  Entregar tema para el trabajo de investigaci�n y la presentaci�n oral.
M 2 Numancia, Hispania y la Espa�a visigoda.  Presentaci�n sobre las ruinas romanas en Segovia y Sagunto. Leer pp. 23-25, 40.  Historia de la Cava y la p�rdida de Espa�a.  Leer el romance de la Cava (P).
V 4 CULTURA VIVA VIAJE A VINA No hay clase normal hoy.  Nos reuniremos en la parada de autobuses de las calles 1st y Ivy a la 1:30p.m. para tomar el autob�s de la universidad.
L 7 La Espa�a musulmana.  Leer pp. 25-29. Mirar el v�deo Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain.
M 9 La cultura �rabe, Leer pp. 41-45. La Alhambra y La Mezquita de C�rdoba.  Lea Cuentos de la Alhambra(P)
V 11 Literatura medieval.  Las jarchas y el Cantar de M�o Cid (P).  Leer tambi�n las p�ginas 30-32.  V�deo del Cid,  Entregar tesis, p�rrafo tem�tico, y bosquejo del trabajo de investigaci�n
L 14 Terminar v�deo del Cid.  Leer romances, cantigas y el Conde Lucanor. (P) Leer pp. 33-37. EXAMEN 1
M 16 M�sica, escultura y otras obras Renacentistas.  Leer pp. 46-50. 
V 18 Siglo de Oro.  La Espa�a imperial. Inquisici�n y conquista.  Leer 52-60   Presenta: Esther Johnson (Los reyes cat�licos)
L 21 Felipe II, La armada invencible, sociedad y econom�a.  Leer 60-65.
M 23 Literatura del Siglo de Oro (Renacimiento).  Garcilaso de la Vega y los M�sticos.  Leer 66-70.
V 25 Barroco. Luis de G�ngora y Francisco de Quevedo. (P) Leer tambi�n pp. 70-77. 
L 28 Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra.  Leer 78-85.
M 2 Video de Don Quixote.
V 4 Artistas del Siglo de Oro.  El Greco y Vel�zquez.  Leer 86-94.  V�deo y/o presentaci�n. Presenta: Tracy Rychtera (Vel�zquez)  EXAMEN 2
L 7 La Espa�a de los Borbones.  Leer 100-110.
M 9 Literatura espa�ola del siglo XVIII.  Leer 111-112.  Iriarte y Samaniego (P)  ENTREGAR SIN EXCEPCI�N EL TRABAJO DE INVESTIGACI�N, por correo electr�nico como �attachment� de formato Microsoft Word (.doc) o rtf antes de la medianoche.  Tambi�n hay que enviar una copia electr�nica a   NO SE ACEPTAR� TARDE NING�N TRABAJO.
V 11 El romanticismo espa�ol.  Leer pp.112-116.  (P)  Leyendas de B�cquer.
Spring Break
L 21 El realismo.  Leer 116-121.  Emilia Pardo Baz�n (P) 
M 23 Arte del siglo XIX.  Goya.  Leer 122-27. 
V 25 M�sica del siglo XIX.  Leer 127-32. EXAMEN 3
L 28 Principios del siglo XX a la Guerra Civil. Leer 134-39 
M 30 Literatura del siglo XX.  La Generaci�n del �98.  Unamuno, Machado 143-49. (P)
V 1 Literatura del siglo XX. Lorca (P) Leer 149-51.
L 4 La Guerra Civil Espa�ola Leer 139-143. Mirar v�deo  Presenta: Jos� Bobadilla (Guerra Civil)
M 6 La Guerra Civil.  Terminar v�deo EXAMEN 4
V 8 Literatura del siglo XX. Los escritores de la Posguerra Leer 152-157.
L 11 Arte del siglo XX.  Picasso.  Leer 158-62  Presentan: Marci Paulissen y Eduardo Alvarado (Picasso)
V 13 Arte del siglo XX. Surrealistas.  Dal�.   Leer 162-164. Presentan: Kristy Carlsen(Dal�), Nancy Ramos y Vanessa V�squez (Arte surrealista)
M 15 Cine surrealista.  Luis Bu�uel.  V�deo.
L 18 Arquitectura del siglo XIX y XX.  Gaud�  Leer 164.  Presenta: Jake Stauffer (Gaud�)
M 20 M�sica del siglo XX.  Flamenco.  Leer 165-69. Presentan: Liz Perez (Flamenco) Jeff Morgan (Paco de Luc�a) EXAMEN 5
V 22 Del franquismo a la democracia. Leer 174-179. Presentan: Avery Brown e Irma Mart�nez (�poca franquista)
L 25 Del franquismo a la democracia 179-183. Cambios sociales y gubernamentales.
M 27 La pol�tica actual Leer 184-91.  Presentan: Jamie Goekler, Lupe D�az-Orejel, Jovita Sandoval (cultura vasca), Matt y Cari Havens y Jayson Scoubes (La once)
V 29 Literatura actual.  Leer 193-96.
L 2 Cine, televisi�n y m�sica actual.  Leer 197-203.  Presenta: Jacklyn Adams (Carlos Saura, Pedro de Almodovar
M 4 CULTURA VIVA – Presentaci�n de Flamenco en la clase.
V 6 Festivales de Espa�a. V�deo. Presenta: Griseyda Vargas (Feria de abril)
L 9 La corrida de toros.  Leer 203-206 Presentan: Stephanie Amantite (Cultura gallega), corrida de toros Ada Clara-Rebecca Ramirez
M 11 V�deo y repaso
V 13 Repaso

Algunos posibles temas para las presentaciones y el trabajo de investigaci�n


Diego Vel�zquez         El Greco          Goya               Picasso                     Mir�            Dal�                 Etc.


Gaud�              Subirachs        G�tico     Plateresco    Neocl�sico  Barroco   Renacentista


Luis Bu�uel     Carlos Saura    Pedro Almod�var


La feria de Abril (Sevilla)        Las fallas (Valencia)   


Paco de Luc�a              Issac Alb�niz               Manuel de Falla           Andr�s Segovia           Gaita asturiana


Flamenco         Bailes folcl�ricos/regionales   

Temas hist�rico-pol�ticos:

La invasi�n de los moros (711a.d)                                          La reconquista

La expulsi�n de los jud�os (1492) o de los moros                   Los reyes cat�licos

La ilustraci�n                           La Espa�a napolitana               1898 y la Guerra Hispano-Americana

La segunda rep�blica               La guerra civil                         Los a�os post-Franco

La Inquisici�n                         Las guerras carlistas                La Instituci�n Libre de Ense�anza

ETA                                        PSOE                                      Cultura vasca

Cultura gallega                        Cultura catalana                       Cultura castellana

Celtas-�beros                           Hispania romana