Spanish: Al-Andalus: crucible of cultures in medieval Spain

Course Dates: 03/06/23
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: Online
Este curso analizará algunos aspectos históricos y culturales de este fascinante periodo que abarca desde el año 711 hasta 1609. Exploraremos las relaciones interculturales que se formaron entre las comunidades musulmana, cristiana y judía a medida que el carácter geográfico y político de al-Andalus se desarrollaba y cambiaba. También estudiaremos el legado de este periodo en la identidad nacional del pueblo español actual y las diferentes interpretaciones que se han ofrecido de la diversa y dinámica cultura de la España musulmana. Este curso es
para estudiantes con nivel intermedio avanzado de español (si has estudiado español al menos durante 4-5 años).
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00

Course Code: LSW61

Sat, day, 03 Jun - 03 Jun '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This course will analyse some key historical and cultural aspects of this fascinating period in the history of Spain.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Intercultural relations among the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities.
- The legacy of this period in the national identity of the Spanish people today.
- The different interpretations which have been offered of the culture of Muslim Spain.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Identify key historical events of this period.
- Reflect critically on the complexity of the cultural exchanges that took place among the Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities during this period and on the legacy of al-Andalus in modern Spain.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Suitable if you have an intermediate level of Spanish (if you have completed 3 or 4 years of Spanish).

For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart at the start of the languages section of our course guide or at

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Our courses are characterised by spoken interaction and communication. Typical activities include pair work, group work, role plays and games. A range of resources will be used to support your learning including presentations, hand-outs, and audio-visual material.
Homework is highly recommended to consolidate learning.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The course is based on the tutor’s own resources.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other Spanish advanced courses. Please call Languages on (telephone temporarily unavailable) for advice.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.