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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Spring 2008

SPN 328 • Spanish Civilization

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
48215 to 48230 Multiple Sections

Course Description

This course distinguishes between Spanish Culture and Spanish Civilization. The former implies both ethnographic cohesion and collective aesthetic production. This course is mostly not about that. It's about the second term. And CIVILIZATION mainly implies social, political, and economic history, nation-state history, and the expansions and contractions of a given national community which is self-defined as "civilized". This entity is in confrontation, competition, or collaboration with other analogous national entities.

This course is about a particular specimen of one of these civilization-entities: the one founded in and operating out of the Iberian Peninsula, and known to history as "Spain" and "Spanish Civilization."

Grading Policy

Worksheets (10%) 2 quizzes @ 2.5% each (5%) Midterm (15%) Prospectus to final paper (250 words) (5%) 8-page (2000-word) final paper (25%) Final exam (40%)


Civilización y cultura de España. Vicente Cantarino. Prentice Hall, 1999 Handouts, lists, etc., distributed in class or as e-mail attachments.


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