Hispanic Studies offer the choice from a wide range of modules including options in Medieval Spanish Culture, Hispano-American Culture, Basque Culture (Euskera), Galician Studies, Spanish Cinema, Modern Spanish Novel, and Linguistics.
When specifically talking about Hispanic Philosophy, then the most relevant topics are oriented to specialized studies in ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, moral philosophy, aesthetics, and, fundamentally, History of the Hispanic philosophy.
The Hispanic Philosophy option has been designed by Spanish universities for Anglo-Saxon students. But in recent years, more and more Latin American students have chosen to enroll in the different modalities of study: Specialization, Master’s degree or, even, Bachelor’s degree.
A degree in Philosophy and Hispanic Philology allows you to develop a broad understanding of the Spanish language as well as Spanish and Latin American culture and society, with a deep learning of the philosophical issues that have challenged thinkers in the region for centuries.
The courses are generally divided into a half module of Hispanic Philology and another half of Philosophy.
When speaking of Hispanic Studies, the objective is to develop oral and written fluency in Spanish, and accurate knowledge of the culture, history and society of Spain and Latin America.
The gradual coverage of various aspects such as cinema, music, linguistics, literature, art and sport imply integrating a set of context methodological instruments to be able to locate, later on, the set of philosophical ideas developed.
Language learning remains central to any Hispanic Philosophy curriculum, and for the rest, universities in most cases offer a wide range of optional modules, such as Basque or Catalan. This allows the student to build their own path of knowledge and to establish their own challenges, all within a framework of understanding the history of the region.
The fundamental core of understanding Hispanic Philosophy It is given by the objective of developing a strict appreciation of the key stages of ancient, medieval and modern Spanish culture, by examining their social, political and historical context.
This implies knowing the key factors that influenced the changes and the philosophical manifestations intertwined with the artistic evolution: medieval scholasticism, baroque and modernism, Spanish positivism in the 19th century and, in contemporary times, existentialism and vitalism.
This will allow the student to interpret social, political and artistic events in a specific historical context, and to respond to the new phenomena of the current Spanish reality.
The curricula cover periods of philosophical expression that start from: the emergence of the Spanish nation (711 – 1492); The Golden Age; the rise of Spanish America (1492 – 1812); XIX century and end of the empire; the Latin American independences (1812 – 1898); Spain from 1898; the civil War; the times of Franco (1936 -1975); America and Spain in the 20th century (1898 – 1975); Transition to a Modern Spain (1975 – 2000); contemporary times (1,975 thousand – 2000).
The student’s specialization in Hispanic Philosophy It will allow us to respond to current problems, according to tasks in journalism, the nation’s foreign service, teaching and research, etc., that is, in a wide range of strategic sectors to interpret the Spanish reality from a fundamental perspective.
The University of Sheffield offers 4-year postgraduate degrees in Hispanic Philosophy studies, with a program similar to that offered by the University of Liverpool.
Universities such as the Autonomous University of Madrid, Barcelona or Extremadura offer various studies in Hispanic Philosophy, Hispanic Philosophy and Hispanic Studies, whether it is courses, specializations, masters or undergraduate degrees.
There is also the possibility of starting doctoral studies on the subject at any of the Spanish universities, since, in each case, they have important libraries with specialized bibliographic material on the subject.