Spain: Unity in Diversity | Faculty-led Program
This course is intended to study in depth different aspects of the culture of Spain today, with a special focus on its cultural and linguistic diversity. The purpose of the class will be to determine whether it is possible to talk about a common Spanish identity and culture underpinning the vast regional diversity of the regions of Spain. In order to achieve this goal, we will live in 7 carefully selected Spanish towns famous for representing a particular set of regional cultural values. As we continue to learn about these particular places, we will simultaneously reflect on and define the presence of a Spanish common culture and lifestyle beyond regional differences. The topics that will serve us to study the manifestations of the cultural unity and diversity in Spain will start with a reflection on how geography, the role of climate, and historical migrations have contributed to the vast cultural diversity of Spain. As we travel, we will learn and reflect on the impact of those factors in Spain today by looking at linguistic diversity, popular celebrations and festivals, folk dance and music, cuisine, city and rural layout, configuration of private and public spaces, the use of public and private transportation, health care, education, government and political systems, use of mass and social media, structure of families and relationships, gender, and the treatment of cultural minorities (both domestic and new immigrants).
To look at the possible commonality of culture and lifestyle, we will try to identify a set of cultural values and how those are shared by the majority of Spaniards regardless of regional origin. We will, at the same time, study the culturally distinct expressions of those values as we move from region to region:
- Meaning of freedom
- Gregariousness: role of family and community in individual identity.
- Attitudes towards social inequality
- Law and order
- The environment
- Social justice and meritocracy
- The preeminence of public space vs. private space
- Negotiation between work vs. free time
- Gender roles and their social expressions
- Sexuality, violence and the body
- Credit and debt
Students will need to have the ability to walk leisurely (stroll) an average of 5 miles a day in an urban environment.
Participation in this program requires a valid passport through at least December 5, 2022. If you do not have a valid passport or your passport is set to expire before this date, please apply for a passport
immediately if you hope to participate in this program.
Spain: Madrid, Granada, Girona, San Sebastian, Vigo, Toledo
May 10 - June 3, 2022
Please note, the travel dates may shift by 1-3 days on either side of the above date range based on flight prices.
GS 350: Spain: Unity in Diversity (6 credits)
- Spanish majors and minors
- Required: Successful completion of SPAN 201.
- Recommended: Successful completion of SPAN 202.
- Range from $5,900 - $6,900 depending on enrollment min/max.
- The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied to the program cost.
- Includes: WSU tuition/fees for the 6-credit GS 350 course, roundtrip airfare, in-country transportation, all lodging, most meals, international health insurance for the duration of time in Spain, admission/event fees for all educational activities, and the Study Abroad administrative fee.
Dr. Juan C. Fernandez Iglesias (firstname.lastname@example.org)
STUDY ABROAD CONTACT INFORMATION
Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs
- February 1, 2022: Final application deadline. Complete applications and a $500 confirmation deposit are due to be considered for this program. Students will be accepted for this program on a rolling basis.
- February 9, 2022: If you are accepted for the program and withdraw after this date you are financially responsible for the full cost of the program regardless of participation.
- NOTE: This deadline is 90 days prior to the start of the program. As detailed in the Eligibility and Cancellation Policies document students must review and electronically sign as part of the application for this program, students may individually and independently purchase Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) insurance when planning for this study abroad program. Study Abroad will not advise on CFAR policies, nor endorse a particular company/policy. The WSU Study Abroad Cancellation Policies will be enforced uniformly regardless of a student’s purchase of CFAR insurance.
- April 19, 2022: Full payment for the program is due by this date. If you can show you have summer financial aid to cover your outstanding balance for the program, you will be allowed to participate even with a balance as of April 19, 2022.