The University of Montreal (UdeM) and the Institut Ramon Llull will shortly be signing an agreement to consolidate Catalan Studies at this university through the creation of a Minor (a first-cycle programme of 30 credits) due to begin in the autumn. This means increasing the current presence of Catalan language and culture studies, taught at Montreal since 2007, with nine courses on offer instead of six. The Catalan presence will consist of four language courses, one introduction to Catalan culture, one directed reading, one literature, one French-Catalan translation, one study trip and one Stage.
It will be possible to combine the Minor with other modern languages majors and minors. The university will make sure that the courses of Catalan language, literature and culture are integrated in the optional blocs of the study programmes of several connected subjects (especially International Studies, Anthropology, History, Art History, Arts and Human Sciences, Linguistics, Comparative Literature, French Language Literatures, Communication Sciences, Political Sciences and Sociology), in which the other languages of the Department of Modern Literature and Languages are already present.
The creation of this Minor has been largely possible thanks to the work of UdeM Catalan Studies lecturer Èric Viladrich, who has been giving classes there since 2007 with a high degree of involvement and commitment. In a video filmed during the recent International Symposium for Catalan Teachers, Viladrich said that his students come from different subjects like Political Sciences or those linked to different literatures and that in the last five years, several students have found work in the field of French-Catalan translation thanks to these Catalan Studies courses.
Through the new agreement, UdeM will go from subsidising 23% to 44% of Catalan Studies.
Catalan language and culture classes have been given there since 2007
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