LANGUAGE & IDENTITY IN SPAIN
MAY EXPERIENCE 2014
Contrary to preconceived notions of Spanish culture, Spain is much more than ‘flamenco’, ‘bullfighting’ and ‘sangría’. The goal of this program is to expose students to the variety of languages and cultures that contribute to the formation of regional and national identities in modern Spain. We will visit monolingual and bilingual communities such as Madrid, Galicia, the Basque Country, and Catalonia. Students will interact with locals and participate in regional cultural activities (i.e., food, music, local festivals) to experience first-hand the many different sides of Spain. Topics of the course will include: regional vs. national identity, political and social history of Spain, language and power, languages in contact, language educational policy, and language attitudes. As we are taking an interdisciplinary approach to this program, students from any major are encouraged to apply. The course will be instructed in English; however, students will use Spanish to carry out various class activities.
MLL - 221 Language and Identity in Spain
Study of how language relates to culture and the formation of identity. Studentes typically travel to a Spanish-speakingn country or a Spanish-speaking region in the U.S. to examine extant minority language(s) alongside the various regional practices and notions of identity in areas of language contact with Spanish. Instruction in English; does not substitute for semester programs in Madrid or Chile. (2 credits).
The program is open to all Furman students from all academic backgrounds. Participants must have intermediate proficiency in Spanish, as determined by the co-directors. Preference will be given to students with a strong academic background and an expressed interest in the course.
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
We will be staying in centrically located hotels in each city. All meals are included in the program.
ESTIMATED PROGRAM COST
$4,600 includes: international flight from Charlotte to Madrid and Barcelona to Charlotte, in-country transportation, accommodations, meals, day excursions, tour guides, tips, cultural activities, and international health insurance.
ADDITIONAL STUDENT EXPENSES
Course pack, other cultural events not included in the program, laundry, Internet, and transportation to CLT airport.