The Cultures and History of Medieval Catalonia

The area between Barcelona and Nimes has a distinctive atmosphere, and its position between the Mediterranean, the Iberian Peninsula, and northern Europe meant that from the Romans onwards the region has been strategically significant. Today visitors encounter a unique tapestry of classical, Visigoth, Jewish, Muslim and Christian influences, recognized by the Spanish as ‘Catalonian’ (French ‘Languedoc’) culture. In the Middle Ages the region was a crossing-point for pilgrims travelling to and from Santiago, an embarkation point for Crusaders, a refuge for popes escaping Rome, and a hotbed of religious dissent and conflict (for example, the Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade). This course explores the dynamic cultures of medieval Catalonia.

Course Tutor
Carole Cusack

Supplied Course Material
Course Booklet

Units & Pricing
6 units / $78 per person

Course Code for Enrolment

Getting Started

  1. Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.
  2. Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.
  3. Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.
  4. Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.