Getting to Know Catalonia: An Introduction to the Catalan Language, Culture and Society

Get an introduction to Catalan society, by learning about its history, language and culture.

Getting to Know Catalonia: An Introduction to the Catalan Language, Culture and Society

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Understand all things Catalan

You might have heard about Catalonia on the news, or visited Barcelona sometime. But how much do you really know about Catalan society?

This course will introduce you to the history, language and culture of Catalonia, from its origins to the present day.

You’ll become familiar with the social customs of Catalan society, including local folklore and other cultural traditions.

You’ll understand the main features of the Catalan language, as well as its evolution throughout time.

You’ll learn about the characteristics of Catalan art, and its influence across the world.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 44 secondsThey are from Catalonia You’ve heard something about it but what do you really know about Catalonia?

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsCatalonia is a historical European nation

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 secondsa land that has seen the rise and downfall of a few civilitzacions that has existed since the middle ages with a distinctive culture and language

Skip to 1 minute and 21 secondsThrough a series of interviews with experts in economics culture, media and society we will learn the basics in order to understand how Catalonia has evolved throughout its history What kind of economy it has and also what relationship it has with Spain and with the rest of Europe

Skip to 1 minute and 44 secondsJoin this course!! You’ll have a much clearer idea about what Catalonia is and in what ways it has a key role in the future of Europe

What topics will you cover?

  • Economy, society and the welfare state in Catalonia
  • Catalonia as a millennial nation
  • Catalan media
  • The Catalan language
  • Catalonia’s main artistic and cultural expressions

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify the main economic sectors and knowledge points of Catalonia
  • Describe the main historical events in Catalonia, from the origins to the current political situation
  • Analyze the impact of the Catalan language within the communicative space of Catalonia, and abroad
  • Distinguish the characteristic features of the Catalan language, as well as its history and evolution
  • Explore the main artistic and cultural expressions of Catalonia

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone interested in the Catalan language, culture and society, but may be of particular interest to students looking to study in Catalonia.

Who will you learn with?

Teresa Cabré

Teresa Cabré

Professor of Linguistics and Terminology.

President of the Philological Section of the Institute of Catalan Studies.

Director of the Pompeu Fabra Chair of the UPF

Who developed the course?

Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is a public, international and research-intensive university in Barcelona. In just 25 years, it has earned a place for itself among the best universities in Europe.

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