UC Davis Summer Abroad

Announcements

Status: Planned for 2018

Three Cultures of Medieval Spain

Salamanca, Segovia, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville and Granada, Spain

Arrive Date: June 18, 2018    End Date: July 13, 2018

Program Overview

The confluence of the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim peoples in Medieval Spain offers a prime example of multiculturalism in contrast to the rest of Europe of the day. This cultural synergism was fueled by the Arab´s superior material culture when they invaded Spain in the 8th century and continued until their expulsion by the Catholic rulers, Isabel and Ferdinand, in 1492. The cultural exchanges among these three cultures during the medieval period were all-pervasive, profoundly shaping the Spanish language, the urban geography, the architecture, the aesthetics, the literature, and the evolving Castilian identity. This program will introduce students to the legacy of this period illustrated by visits to Salamanca, Segovia, Hervás, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Cadiz, and Granada. 

Instructor:  Robert Blake

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  30

Program Coordinator:  Greg Gundersen

Info Session Presentation

Courses

Spanish (SPA) 142Topics in Spanish Culture (4 units)

Spanish (SPA) 198Field Study (4 units, P/NP)

Program Highlights
  • Guided tours of the principal historical cities of Spain: Segovia, Toledo, Córdoba, Sevilla, Granada.
  • Guest lectures and readings about the Spanish Medieval period.
  • Local transportation, museum fees, lodging, and most meals pre-arranged.
  • Pre-arranged home stays with Spanish families for most of the program.
  • Pre-arranged special food tastings and cultural/musical events (e.g. flamenco).