Online Class: Spanish Culture 101


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  • 23
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  • 10
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Course Description

Whether you're traveling to Spain or any other Latin American country for business or pleasure, it's important to understand the culture, the behaviors, the values and morals of the people at your destination.

Business or leisure travelers to Spain need to deal with passports and other important documents. Those traveling to business for Spain should understand the etiquette of doing business in this culture. Cultural awareness issues also include proper manners and expectations in business gatherings and negotiations. This course will offer you tips in successfully engaging in business in Spain.

Students will also learn basic travel tips and safety issues as well as what to expect when traveling through Spain and respecting its customs and traditions. This course explores some of the more popular festivals that occur throughout the year and introduces some of Spain's most delicious culinary delights.

The Spanish are an incredibly passionate people who love their entertainment. Spanish traditions and customs, from flamenco to bullfighting, are found in every region of the country. As a predominantly Catholic nation, ancient tradition, expectations and values are steeped in their customs regarding birth, baptism, passage into adulthood, marriage and death.

Changing values and the political landscape of Spain have brought the country through centuries of strife. Today, Spain is a wonderfully diverse country rich in both contemporary ideals and values that nevertheless blend with centuries of tradition. Finally, students will conclude the course with a brief glimpse into a few famous Spanish tourist destinations and World Heritage Sites.

Spain is a beautiful, rich and culturally diverse country bordered by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean on its western coastline and on its south and eastern sides by the Mediterranean. It also shares its northern border with France and Andorra as well as the Bay of Biscay.

Known officially as the Kingdom of Spain, the country is the second largest in the European Union and the fourth largest in all of Europe. Centuries of history, conquest, and war has shaped what we know as Spain today.
 
When in Spain, you will hear Spanish. There are 4 official languages in Spain - Castellano, Euskera (Basque), Catalan and Gallego. Dialects are Bable and Valenciano.

Spain became a unified country in the 1400s, but before and since, has served as a major influence in European and World history.

Before traveling for business or pleasure, it's always a good idea to know a little something about the country that you're visiting. Throughout this course, we'll offer a brief glimpse into the culturally diverse land known as España. We'll start with a very brief history of Spain's growth through the centuries and then focus on the type of documents that visitors may need to travel to Spain.

Throughout the course, we'll also offer information regarding business etiquette, and some travel do's and don'ts, for both business travelers and recreational travelers. Understanding the culture, attitudes, and behaviors of any culture focuses on its past. In this course, you'll also learn about the most popular Spanish festivals and receive a brief glimpse into tasty traditional dishes and eating customs.

No visit to Spain would be complete without knowing the most popular tourist destinations and options for entertainment. At the same time, students will receive a brief introduction into Spanish religion, customs, traditions, and values. Knowing such information will help you get along in the country as well as engage in business without risking behaviors that may prove offensive.

Finally, students will learn how the changing values and political landscape of Spain have created one of the most interesting yet diverse countries in Western Europe. So let's get started.  

A Very Brief Glimpse into Spanish History

We're not going to offer a deep or involved history of Spain in this course, but we would like students to become familiar with several turning points in its history. Spain is rich in its history of Celts and Iberians; the Celts occupying the western half of the country, the Iberians on the Mediterranean side, and the Basques to the West and in the Pyrenees mountains.

Spain has always thrived in trade due to its location and proximity to both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. As with many other countries in Europe, she was at times under the control of the great Roman Empire. She also engaged in world battles, occupations, and wars with the Germans, the Visigoths, and the Moors, just to name a few.

Spain eventually came to its greatest power in the 16th and 17th centuries, one of Europe's most powerful countries when it came to its many colonies, trade routes, and global wealth. Eventually, the Spanish Empire extended to North and South America, the South Pacific islands, and sections of Europe, including Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, and areas of North Africa.

Spain was responsible for opening new trade routes by sea and by land. She enjoys a rich history of explorers and the power of its Spanish armadas. However, numerous wars leading into the 17th century decreased Spain's control and power, leading to a period of gradual decline.

The war of Spanish Succession, which raged between 1701 and 1714, divided Spain and weakened her global powers and influence. In 1793, Spain once again went to war against the New French Republic. Again, war literally divided the country until Spain made peace with France in 1795. Unfortunately, peace didn't last long, and in 1807, Spain once again declared war against Britain and Portugal. French troops occupied a large number of Spanish fortresses, which eventually led to several puppet monarchs. 

Spain Today

Over the decades, and into the 19th and 20th century, Spain continued to see and experience strife and war. The brief-lived Spanish-American war, fought in the spring of 1898, further weakened the economic foundation of Spain. The Spanish Civil War of the mid- to late-1930s, led by General Francisco Franco, along with the support of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, led to more internal strife, loss of lives, and the emigration of hundreds of thousands of Spanish citizens.

Franco maintained power over Spain until the mid-1970s, when Juan Carlos succeeded him. Under Carlos, the Spanish Constitution of 1978 finally brought democracy to Spain. Today, Spain is broken down into autonomous communities and regions including:

  • Andalusia.
  • Castille and Leon.
  • Valencia.
  • Castille La Mancha.  

Spain is further subdivided into 50 provinces, which also include the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.

Tourism has long been economically beneficial to Spain, due to its climate, architectural, cultural, and historical monuments and its geography. High standards of hotels in Spain exceed those of neighboring countries, and transportation within Spain offers a network of highways and railways throughout the country.

Spain enjoys high-speed rail networks, and its tracks link major cities such as Seville, Barcelona, Valencia, and Madrid. Spain boasts nearly 50 public airports, the busiest of which is the airport of Madrid, known as Barajas. Other major airports are located in Las Palmas, Majorca, and Barcelona. Smaller airports in popular tourist destinations such as Tenerife, Seville, and Valencia also serve millions of travelers a year.
 

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Lesson 1. Spanish History 101

Spain is a beautiful, rich, and culturally diverse country bordered by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean on its western coastline and on its south and eastern sides by the Mediterranean. Its northern border is France. 15 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: History of Spain; Spanish History
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Spanish History 101

Lesson 2. Preparing to Travel

In this lesson, students will be given information regarding what is required to travel, as well as how to obtain a passport or visa for travel to Spain and other Latin destinations. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Staying Healthy While Traveling
  • Take Poll: Travel to Spain
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Preparing to Travel

Lesson 3. Doing Business in Spain

When traveling to Spain for business, keep in mind that things you might ordinarily do in your workplace, with your boss, or with coworkers may not necessarily be accepted in another country. 109 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Doing Business in Spain; Spanish Business Tips
  • Complete Assignment: Business Management Style
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Doing Business in Spain

Lesson 4. Travel Tips and Safety Issues

Spain is a popular tourist destination for millions of travelers each year. Also a burgeoning finance center, major cities around the country bring business travelers to Spain year round. 9 Total Points
  • Review Article: Travel Tips for Spain
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Travel Tips and Safety Issues

Lesson 5. Spanish Festivals

Now, we'll talk about some of the most popular Spanish festivals. If your trip should fall on any of these special days or festivals, it's a good idea that you know what to expect. 108 Total Points
  • Review Article: Carnival in Spain
  • Take Poll: Spanish Festival
  • Complete Assignment: Spanish Festivals
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Spanish Festivals

Lesson 6. Spanish Cuisine

Before we talk about the different cuisines and delicious dishes from the country, we should begin with a brief overview and history of the cuisine. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Spanish Regional Cuisines
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Spanish Cuisine

Lesson 7. Spanish Entertainment

Spaniards are legendary for their enthusiasm for entertainment. In Spanish and Latin American cultures, "downtime" is often spent with friends and family. 109 Total Points
  • Review Article: Bullfighting in Spain
  • Complete Assignment: Bull Fighting
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Spanish Entertainment

Lesson 8. Spanish Religion

Spain and many Latin American countries are predominantly Roman Catholic. Catholic traditions, rituals, and rites often play an important role in a Spaniard's life. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Religion in Spain
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Spanish Religion

Lesson 9. Spanish Values

As a general rule, it's recommended that any business or leisure traveler research, be aware of, and understand the customs, values, and traditions of any country that they're visiting. 109 Total Points
  • Review Article: Spain's Social Values
  • Complete Assignment: Compare and Contrast
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Spanish Values

Lesson 10. Spanish Customs and Traditions

To visit Spain is to immerse yourself in a different environment. Spanish customs and traditions have been practiced in Spain for hundreds of years. 10 Total Points
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Spanish Customs and Traditions

Lesson 11. Famous Spaniards

Travelers to Spain and other Latin American countries would do well to briefly research the individuals who have shaped the country to which you are traveling. 110 Total Points
  • Review Article: Spanish Explorers
  • Complete Assignment: Three Famous Spaniards
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Famous Spaniards

Lesson 12. Culture Clash, Spain: Past and Present

In this lesson, we'll offer a brief comparison of the changes that have helped to shape modern Spain. 110 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: 2011-2012 Spanish Protests; Spanish Society Since the 1970s
  • Complete Assignment: New Things
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12: Culture Clash Spain Past and Present

Lesson 13. Spanish Tourist Destinations

Regardless of the reason that you go to Spain, take the time for some R&R while you're there. Spain's major cities and surrounding regions offer something to delight everyone. 273 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Spanish Tourism; Top 10 Tourist Attractions
  • Take Poll: Spanish Tourism
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: Your Tourist Stop
  • Complete Assignment: Final Thoughts
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 13: Spanish Tourist Destinations
  • Complete Exam: The Final Test
992
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know Spanish history.
  • Know traveling and doing business in Spain.
  • Know Spanish festivals, cuisine, and entertainment in Spain.
  • Know Spanish religion, values, and special customs/traditions.
  • Recognize famous Spaniards.
  • Describe Spanish tourist destinations, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: Spanish Culture 101
Course Number: 8900275
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Nancy Fillip
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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