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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds Anna, have you ever visited the Catalan Parliament? Oh, yes. You mean the building that is in plaça de Sant Jaume? Oh no. In plaça Sant Jaume it’s the Palace of the Generalitat, in front of the City Hall. Parliament is in a large park called “Parc de la Ciutadella”. There, there’s a big chamber with all our representatives. Right. And then, who governs? Well, that’s a good question. We have this parliament, which is older than the British Parliament. So we are used to governing ourselves. But it’s a very complex matter. Have you ever seen the Catalan police? Yes, of course. Aren’t they called Mossos d’Esquadra? Yes, the Mossos d’Esquadra report to the Catalan government which comes from this Parliament.

Skip to 1 minute and 8 seconds But, to expand on this information, let’s watch these professors explain the history, the politics and the mass media. OK? Hello, I’m Tomàs de Montagut. Hello, I’m Josep Gifreu. Full professor of History of Law and of the Institutions at Pompeu Fabra University. Emeritus lecturer of Communication at Pompeu Fabra University. And I have come to explain to you some of the milestones I consider most relevant in the history of Catalan law. And I would like to talk to you about the situation and the importance of the media for the recovery of the Catalan language and culture. Catalonia has an extensive history, this journey across the centuries has ultimately lead it to become the nation as we know it today.

Skip to 1 minute and 55 seconds We must look into the details of this journey further if we want to analyze and understand the current situation correctly to see where Catalonia has come from, and to be able to guess what Catalonia’s future evolution will be like. The independence of the Carolingian Empire, the alliance known as the “Crown of Aragon” or the appearance of a self-governing body which remains to this day that is, the Generalitat, are just a few of the milestones that have marked the Catalan people. Likewise, we will look deeper into key events in human history focusing on the effects these have had on Catalonia.

Skip to 2 minutes and 32 seconds And of course, we will not forget to look at the historical relationships that Catalonia has maintained with the Spanish State and that are still in effect today. We will also discover how the technological revolution is affecting mass media in Catalonia which media this revolution is most detrimental to and how they are adapting to contemporary communication trends. Also, we will analyze in detail the presence of the Catalan language in the media and how, throughout the years it has defended its place within the vast communicative ecosystem. Upon finishing this week, those who have decided to watch the videos will be knowledgeable about the Catalan people and territory’s historical evolution as well as about the media and its fluctuation throughout the years.

Introduction to History

In this video, Anna and Màrius introduce you to the second week of the course.

This week, you’ll meet the following experts:

  • Tomàs de Montagut
  • Josep Gifreu

They will help you to understand the history of Catalonia and we will also find out about the region’s media at a time when the new technologies and people’s needs for information are growing exponentially.

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

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