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CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Required CIEE Language Courses
SPAN 1001 BAAD
This course, designed for students with little or no prior experience in Spanish, has a communicative approach, which means it emphasizes what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course students understand phrases and expressions of common use; communicate when carrying out everyday tasks; and know how to describe aspects of one’s own past and surroundings as well as issues related to one’s most immediate needs. The course seeks to provide a basic repertoire of linguistic elements and sufficient vocabulary to meet these communicative goals; students should be able to use simple grammatical structures and pronounce, generally, in a clear, comprehensible way. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
SPAN 2001 BAAD
This course has a communicative approach, which means it focuses on what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course, students understand the principle points of clear texts and writings in standard language; produce simple and coherent texts about themes of personal interest; describe experiences, events, wishes, and aspirations; as well as justify one’s own opinions or plans for the future. The linguistic elements and vocabulary that are acquired prepare students to deal with non-frequent themes and unpredictable situations. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.
SPAN 3001 BAAD
This class is designed to challenge students with a higher level of language ability to improve on the skills they have already acquired. The syllabus is organized functionally around objectives that students need in order to adjust to living and studying in the Spanish culture. The course covers all four communicative skills (listening comprehension, oral communication, reading, and writing) with special emphasis on complex aspects of the language that are particularly challenging for English-speakers. The course covers abstract functions of language such as expressing opinions, resolving conflicts, formulating complaints, making arguments, and negotiation. Grammatically, emphasis is placed on the correct use of the tools needed to achieve these aims: complex aspects of the various past tenses, the full range of subjunctive and conditional moods, and formal and informal registers. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.
SPAN 3007 BAAD
Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition, and Conversation
This course is designed for advanced students with a strong background in Spanish language. The course places special emphasis on complex aspects of grammar, such as the subjunctive and conditional modes, indirect speech, and the passive voice. Students also learn how to handle different registers or styles of Spanish (e.g. formal and informal) necessary to communicate effectively in all types of cultural situations. The course covers all four modalities: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. It is specifically designed for students who take University courses in Spanish. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.
SPAN 4002 BAAD
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers
This course is designed to meet the needs of heritage students. Heritage students include native speakers who learned Spanish at home, but who have had little or no formal education in the language. The course helps students develop a formal understanding of grammar, enrich their vocabulary, facilitate their ability to speak about a wider range of topics, and use different registers (formal, informal, etc.) in both written and spoken Spanish. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.
Required CIEE Core Course—Architecture and Design Tracks
AHIS 3006 BAAD/ARCH 3005 BAAD/VART 3003 BAAD
The City in Visual Culture/La Ciudad en la Cultura Visual
Visual Culture studies have been defined by Gillian Rose as “how people encounter visual images and what happens in those encounters”. This course has great potential for better explaining contemporary cities in their cultural context, both through the analysis of the ways in which cities have been represented visually and through the study of the material culture (architecture, monuments). Within this framework, this course will draw on a wealth of possibilities provided by the city of Barcelona to analyze issues such as urban transformation, local identity, thematization or historical memory. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
Required CIEE Course—Architecture Track
Students in the architecture track are required to take one of the two CIEE courses listed below.
ARCH 3004 BAAD
Architecture Design Studio – Intermediate Track
ARCH 4001 BAAD
Architecture Design Studio – Advanced Track
Design studio tracks can accommodate intermediate and advanced architecture students, who are placed in studio tracks based on their prior experience. Advanced students are architecture majors of junior or senior standing with two to three years of previous design experience. Intermediate students have one to two semesters of design experience. Students at different levels sometimes work together; however, the projects, expectations, and evaluations relate to the standing of the individual students.
The focus of this Design Studio is on an area of the city of Barcelona that is currently undergoing changes. The semester-long design study addresses urban strategies, architectural precedents, methodologies of analysis, design process, and program. Advanced and intermediate students may conduct site and program analysis as a group. Design projects are adjusted to the level of the students. Throughout the term, students explore a complex urban site and architectural program dealing with an actual local issue, from conceptual analysis to a developed project. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester/9 quarter hours.
AHIS 3002 BAAD
Catalonia and Spain Through the Arts
This course teaches students about Catalan and Spanish culture within the context of art history. We study some of the fundamental issues of the history and character of Spain and Catalonia, such as the Spanish Civil War and the Catalan independence movement through the eyes of privileged artists/witnesses including Velázquez, Goya, Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, Miró, and more. Relevant study tours are arranged. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
AHIS 3005 BAAD/ARCH 3003 BAAD
Gaudí and His Contemporaries: Art, Architecture, and Design Around 1900
This course examines the work of the main artists, architects, and designers of the western world during the times of the Art Nouveau style. Special attention is paid to Antoni Gaudí, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, and Josep Puig i Cadafalch, whose creations turned Barcelona into “a living museum of Art Nouveau architecture.” Other contemporary architects and designers whose works are studied are Victor Horta, Henry van de Velde, Hector Guimard, Louis C. Tiffany, and more. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
HIST 3001 BAAD
Past and Present in Barcelona
Barcelona is an attractive European and Mediterranean city known for its rich history, artistic heritage, and welcoming attitude towards visitors. This course is an interdisciplinary approach to the history of Barcelona. Students learn the history of the city from its foundation up to present day, with a special emphasis on the contemporary period. Urban development of Barcelona is analyzed using historical maps, videos, documentaries, and academic and literary texts. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
INSH 3003 BAAD
(Prerequisites: Students must have five semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, and must submit a cover letter, resumé, portfolio, website, Flickr, or other, with examples of their design work and graphic abilities in PDF format. Architecture track interns must have knowledge of architectural design software (Autocad), although they are mainly assigned manual modeling tasks. Design interns must have knowledge of at least the following graphic design software: Photoshop, Illustrator, and Freehand.
Qualified students have the opportunity to pursue an internship in the field of architecture or design with a local organization or company. Students spend an average of 100–120 hours at their internship placement. In addition to on-site business experience, students participating in the internship program have a weekly classroom component, taught in Spanish, which provides academic and intercultural support to their practical experience. Total hours: 135–160. Recommended credit: 3 semester hours/4.5 quarter hours.
MKTG 3001 BAAD/COMM 3001 BAAD
Marketing Cultural Heritage in the Global Age
This course examines how countries, cities, and local institutions market cultural heritage to attract more visitors and donor support. The course defines cultural heritage as an important resource for a local economy and then examines ways to apply marketing theory and communication strategies to cultural tourism. These include e-commerce, e-business, licensing, and merchandising. Taking Barcelona as a case study, the course examines ways in which the city has reinvented and repositioned itself over the past hundred years. Through major events including two World Fairs, the 1992 Olympic Games, and the 2004 World Forum of Culture, Barcelona has exploited its artistic and architectural heritage, balancing the often conflicting goals of preservation and exploitation of visual and artistic resources. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
ELISAVA Courses in Art and Design
Elective courses in Spanish are available to students on the Design Track at the ELISAVA Escola Superior de Disseny. Please note that not all courses are offered each semester, and that some courses have prerequisites. Students must have a minimum of three or four semesters of Spanish, depending on the course. Listed below are some of the courses that may be available:
Domestic Space and Furniture
Expression of Interior Design and Furniture
Expression of Product and Environment
Graphic and Interactive Expression
Projects: Graphic Design
Projects: Industrial Design
Projects: Interior Design
Elective courses in Spanish and in English are available to students on the architecture track at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura (ESARQ). Please note that not all courses are offered each semester, and that some courses have prerequisites. Listed below are some of the courses that may be available:
Artists and Architects: Constructing Culture
International Cooperation and Architecture