What is the course about?
The clash between Catalan separatists and the Spanish state has been one of the EU’s biggest political issues of the last decade. This short course tracks the history of Catalonia and its people to understand why many do not regard themselves as Spanish, the long history of conflict between Castile and Catalonia and how this has evolved into outright separatism.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
The origins of Catalonia; the Catalan golden age, within the crown of Aragon; the gradual decline in Catalonia and its “Castilianisation”; the tragic events of the twentieth century, Civil War and the Franco era; how the return of democracy revived and then dashed hopes of Catalan nationhood within a federal Spain.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
An understanding of the historical perspective of one of the most potent issues currently facing one of the EU’s leading members.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Accessible to all, no prior knowledge required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Lectures and interactive discussion. Reading material will be recommended but no required work outside class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in Spanish and European history. Please see the City Lit website.