Course Description

Course Name

Andalusia through the Arts (in English) *SPRING ONLY*

Session: VSVS1121

Hours & Credits


Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Prerequisite: open to all language levels; taught in English.

Students: foreign students from the academic program ISA

Contact hours: 45

Course Objective: Within a historical-cultural framework, this course introduces students to Andalusia and its people, and explores both artistic expression within Andalusia and Andalusia as a source of artistic inspiration. Contributions of early civilizations to the formation of Andalusian culture will be explored in relation to the evolution of creative expression. Students shall study various architectural masterpieces of Andalusia (the Alhambra of Granada, the Mezquita of Córdoba, and the Giralda and Real Alcázar of Seville), selections of literary works that reflect Andalusia and its cultural richness (poetry of Al-Andalus, Tales of the Alhambra, poetry of Antonio Machado, Bécquer and García Lorca, Don Juan Tenorio) and flamenco music and dance. Visual arts as reflections of Andalusia’s past and present shall also be considered (sculptural fragments from Itálica, paintings of García Ramos, Bilbao Martínez, Bacarisas, etc.). To complement the coursework students shall visit related sites within Seville.

Learning outcomes:

- Learn the vocabulary relevant to the history of art.

- Identify, analyse and critically evaluate artistic movements, manifestations and relevant authors

- Relate the idiosyncrasy of Andalusia to History and Art.



The land, its early inhabitants. Andalusia, the gateway through which conquerors from many different countries have reached Spain: Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Celts, Romans, Visigoths. Vestiges left behind.

Visit: Archaeological Museum of Seville.


The arrival of the Muslims. Religion and the formation of Spanish Art: Jews, Christians and Muslims. Merging of cultures in architecture, customs, language, cuisine, daily life objects, etc.


Introduction to the architectural masterpieces of Al-Andaluz: the Giralda and the Real Alcázar of Seville, Alhambra of Granada, Madina al-Zahra and the Great Mosque of Cordoba. Andalusia's architecture as a source of creative inspiration, literary and concrete.

Visit: Barrio Santa Cruz

UNIT 4 - ARTISTIC MANIFESTATIONS Guadalquivir and Andalusian landscape (countryside and city) as creative inspiration. The Don Juan’s of Seville and Carmen.


Flamenco, its origins and influences. Flamenco and Lorca; flamenco in visual arts (paintings and sketches). The April Fair of Seville as a source of inspiration.

Guest Speaker: Flamenco musician

Visit: Fine Arts Museum of Seville


Multiculturalism, artistic expression and 21st century reality. Al-Andaluz as represented through music, dance and concrete art.

Bibliography: Students will be provided with selections from various sources including:

Crow, John A. Spain, the Root & the Flower: an Interpretation of Spain and the Spanish

People. 1963. Berkley and Los Angeles: U of California, 2005.

Hirsch, Edward. The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration. Orlando, Florida: Harcourt Books, 2002.

Mann, Vivian B., Glick, Thomas F., and Dodds, Jerrilynn D., eds. Convivencia: Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Medieval Spain. New York: George Braziller, 1992.

Menocal, María Rosa. The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain. New York: Back Bay Books, 2002.

Nash, Elizabeth. Seville, Córdoba and Granada: a Cultural and Literary History. Oxford:

Single Books Limited, 2005.

Tremlett, Giles. Ghosts of Spain: Travels through Spain and its Silent Past, New York:

Walker & Company, 2006.

Course Evaluation:

20% Tasks and attendance 40% Final exam 30% Projects 10% Subjective evaluation (students are expected to come prepared to class and profesor will value that students are showing a mark of improvement)

Spanish Grading Scale:

Matrícula de Honor 10 Sobresaliente 9 – 9,9 Notable 7 – 8,9 Aprobado 5 – 6,9 Suspenso 0 – 4,9 No Asistencia (Student has exceeded the allowed number of unexcused absences)

Please find as a reference the following grading scale conversion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student’s home university or institution to determine the final grade equivalencies.

Matrícula de Honor = A+ Suspenso = F Sobresaliente = A No presentado = Incomplete (attended Notable = B classes but did not take final exam) Aprobado =C No Asistencia = Incomplete (enrolled in the course but did not attend class)

Appeal grades: The deadline for claiming notes is 30 days from the reception at the university certificate.

Class Presentations: Each student will present one 10-15 minute presentation on a particular subject/theme related to the course content. Presentations may include visuals, audio supplements, etc. If a student chooses to do a PowerPoint presentation, it is his/her responsibility to save it on a pen drive prior o send it to his/her email account prior to class. Presentation topics are included in parenthesis on the tentative class program, the date under which the theme appears being the date of the actual presentation. Presentations should complement and go beyond (rather than regurgitate) ideas/subjects discussed in class/commented through assigned readings. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that s/he is in class the days of his/her presentation.

Quizzes and Homework Assignments: Students are responsible for completing assignments in a timely manner. Late assignments and make-up quizzes are only accepted/allowed with a justified absence. Unless otherwise stated (in advance), quizzes will take the form of short answer questions.

Midterm and Final Exams: The midterm and final exams will include essay questions (given to students prior to the exams) and one or more of the following: identification, short answer and multiple-choice questions. The tests shall be completed in class within the two-hour time period. Exam dates are given to students at the beginning of the course and are to be respected; make-up exams will not be given to accommodate family visits, travel plans, etc.

Final Paper: Each student will prepare a 3- 4 page typed, double-spaced final paper on an approved topic. Students are required to prepare two drafts. The first draft will be peer edited in class and utilized as a springboard for discussion in pairs. Upon receiving class feedback, students will be expected to modify their papers accordingly. On the final day of class students will present their paper and participate in a round table discussion. This class day and activity is obligatory. Both copies of the paper need to be handed in that day, along with the peer-editing sheet. Each copy along with the oral presentation will constitute a percentage of the final grade received for the assignment (first draft 35%, final draft 50%, presentation 15%).

Class Attendance: class attendance is obligatory, it is checked every class day and it is reflected in the course attendance sheet that is sent to the University.

An 85% of attendance is required for the successful completion of the course. Not missing any class will be considered positively.

If a student exceeds this limit, the grade in the transcript for this subject could appear as “not attended course”.

Tardiness: It is expected that students arrive to class on time and that they return directly to class after any given class break. Arriving 10 minutes late (or more) and/or early class departures are considered unexcused absences and will be taken into account as half an absence (one hour). Courses cannot be audited; attendance is only possible for students enrolled in the specific class.

Attendance is not only class presence. Professors will encourage active class participation and discussion and will be taken into consideration as part of the course evaluation.

*Course content subject to change