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09/04/2014 - 12/19/2014
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Extended to: 04/15/2014
Credit:
15 semester / 22.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
3.0 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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10/01/2013
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3.0 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Whether you’re a beginner ready to throw yourself into Spanish language study or an intermediate student ready to take your Spanish proficiency to the next level, there’s no better place to immerse yourself in language and culture than Barcelona.

Studying abroad in Barcelona offers you intensive language instruction and area studies electives that allow you to improve your language skills and understanding of Spanish culture and history in one of Europe’s most beautiful, dynamic, and cosmopolitan cities. And with homestays, a language seminar, and various cultural activities and excursions, study abroad in Barcelona offers you an exciting, supportive and unique intercultural experience.

Study abroad in Spain and you will:

  • Continue your Spanish studies or improve your beginner Spanish language skills while experiencing the vibrant city of Barcelona
  • Participate in the Language and Culture Seminar, which includes exchange events with local students and is specifically designed to help you deepen your study abroad experience
  • Explore the dynamic Catalonia region and participate in cultural and educational activities including visits to museums, cathedrals, and the historic district; and enjoy excursions to Girona, Empúries, Andalusia, Madrid, Mallorca, or the Pyrenees
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Whether you have a foundation in Spanish, or no experience at all, the study abroad program in Barcelona offers language learning courses that suit your particular needs and abilities. You’ll also have access to a variety of electives, taught in English and in Spanish, on subjects ranging from art, literature, and cinema to law, media, business, religion, and politics.

Excursions

Enjoy a series of excursions to sites of interest in and around Barcelona. Three-day trips include guided visits to places and monuments of cultural or historical significance in Catalonia, such as the Dalí Museum in Figueres or Roman ruins in the city of Tarragona. You’ll also take part in a weekend trip to a major Spanish city like Madrid, Granada, or Seville.

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Immersion

Study abroad in Barcelona and you're provided with a number of programs and activities to help your integration into the university and local community including Guardian Angels, local university students who help introduce you to the city’s culture, and a Language and Culture seminar which brings together Spanish and American students for conversation exchange.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2014 (15 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
09/04/2014
12/19/2014
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,373
Housing ***
$4,075
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Homestay includes two meals daily. No meals are included for students in the Residencia option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,750
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in residencia; homestay students should budget $1,150 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2014 (14 wks)
10/01/2013
01/02/2014
04/12/2014
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,373
Housing ***
$4,075
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Homestay includes two meals daily. No meals are included for students in the Residencia option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,750
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in residencia; homestay students should budget $1,150 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015
10/01/2014
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015
Extended to: 04/15/2014
09/04/2014
TBA
$33,900

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$25,348
Housing ***
$8,150
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Homestay includes two meals daily. No meals are included for students in the Residencia option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$5,200
International Airfare **
$1,750
Local Transportation
$800
Books & Supplies
$600
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$5,600

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in residencia; homestay students should budget $1,150 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
    • Overall 3.0 GPA
    • Junior standing or above
    • 1–3 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Recommended credit for the semester is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours. Recommended credit for the academic year is 30 semester/45 quarter hours. Students may request to take an additional elective for a total of 18 credits per semester. All students must enroll in at least 15 semester credits.

Contact hours for CIEE and Hispanic and European Studies (HESP) courses are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated. Required language courses have 90 contact hours and 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students are required to enroll in beginning, pre-intermediate or intermediate Spanish and choose three electives from CIEE or HESP courses. Note that one elective must be a CIEE course. CIEE courses are taught in English and HESP courses are taught in either English or Spanish. Students who have completed three semesters of Spanish are encouraged, though not required, to take at least one course in Spanish.

All students take a Spanish placement exam upon arrival, which places them in the appropriate UPF Spanish language course. The language courses meet intensively during the first two weeks and continue at a regular pace throughout the rest of the semester.

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About the City

About The City

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own distinctive history, culture, and language. Set between mountains and the Mediterranean sea, the city's population is 1.6 million, with a total of 4.5 million in the greater metropolitan area. Walking though the city, one can observe 2,000 years of architectural history—Roman remains, the network of narrow streets in the Old Town, the 19th Century Eixample district with its original examples of Modernista architecture—contrasting with the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign its skyline.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Marilena De Chiara

Marilena De Chiara, supervises and administers the Language and Culture Program and the summer Language and Culture program. The Resident Director also assists students with academic, administrative and day-to-day matters. Marilena, a native of Naples (Italy), holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Universidad Pompeu Fabra and a M.A. in Literary Criticism. As part of her doctoral studies, she spent a year and a half at Yale University. Her research interests are focused on Performance Studies and the role of Cultural Icons in the representation of creative cities like Barcelona. She is also trained in Translation Studies in Spanish Language.

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You are about to depart for one of Europe’s most beautiful, dynamic, and cosmopolitan cities. Barcelona is not only a seaside city near spectacular mountains, but it is also a city of artists, architects, and designers. From the audacious heights of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família church to Salvador Dalí’s surrealist fancies, the city has played host to many artistic movements.

No matter what side of the Catalan character fits your personality best, be prepared for a challenging academic program that will bring many rewards in the future., Barcelona will be the highlight of your undergraduate career.

— Marilena De Chiara, Resident Director

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The Universitat Pompeu Fabra was created in 1990. It offers degrees in law, economics, business, social sciences, communications, humanities, and technology. Features include its highly dedicated teaching staff, small class size, focus on technology, and international outlook. The University is located throughout Barcelona, with buildings near the Ramblas, the Olympic Village, and the port. You will be attending your classes at the Ciutadella Vila Olímpica Campus.

The CIEE Study Center in Barcelona, Spain, is located in two adjoining historic buildings on Passatge Permanyer, near Passeig de Gràcia and Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square. This historic passatgeway provides a quiet haven in the city center and houses CIEE classrooms, a computer lab, staff offices and student lounges.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Study abroad students can choose to live in either Spanish homestays (there is an option to live in a homestay along with another CIEE student) or in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students. These are located in urban settings throughout the city. Students living in a homestay will have breakfast and dinner provided at home, while lunch is at the students’ expense. Kitchen space is allotted to students should they wish to make lunch to bring to campus. Many students choose to eat at one of the university-run cafeterias. Students in homestays will have their laundry done for them once a week. Meals and laundry are not included in the student residencia option, but students share fully equipped kitchens where they can prepare their own meals and laundry facilities are available. All homestays and residencias are located in the city of Barcelona and within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of the CIEE Study Center and host institutions.

As space in the residencias is limited, study abroad students who request to live there but cannot be assigned a place are accommodated through a homestay placement. In the event that there are more requests to live in a residencia than the total available spaces, students with more advanced Spanish take priority over those with less Spanish. Proficiency level is based on students’ CIEE Spanish course pre-registration and academic background in Spanish, as reflected on the transcript. Students who are not assigned the housing option of their choice are notified by the resident staff prior to arriving in Barcelona.

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Orientations

Orientations

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You'll begin your study abroad experience in Barcelona even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program, and to identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

A three-day orientation session conducted at the beginning of the study abroad program introduces you to the country, culture, and the academic program, as well as provides practical information on living in Spain and Barcelona in particular. Themes such as the Spanish university system, an introduction to Catalonia, health and safety, banking, and cultural adaptation are covered. Orientation also includes structured cultural activities, guided tours and time with your Guardian Angel, a local student guide. A language placement exam is conducted during orientation, and you are placed in the appropriate language courses based on the results. Ongoing support is provided by center staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enables laptop. You'll have wireless Internet access in your homestay or student residencias and be able to use the WiFi and computer room at the CIEE Study Center.

You'll receive a UPF student card and email account, and have access to all University computer rooms for class-related activities. You'll receive a code and password for Campus Global (the UPF Intranet), which will give you access to class notes, slides, grades and your professors’ contact information.

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Culture

Culture

The academic program is complemented with a series of field trips and visits. In addition, CIEE organizes cultural activities and events throughout the semester. This program includes gastronomy-based activities such as a tapas night with Guardian Angels, a cooking class, or a hike in the mountains followed by a local meal. Three-day trips including guided visits to places and monuments of cultural or historical significance in Catalonia, such as the Dalí Museum in Figueres or Roman ruins in the city of Tarragona. In addition, CIEE includes a weekend trip to a major Spanish city (Madrid, Granada, Seville, Bilbao/San Sebastian or other). Field trips and excursions supplement class work and introduce students to the rich diversity of the geographic, linguistic, and cultural areas of Spain and its major cities.

Although there are no formal community service activities in this study abroad program, volunteer opportunities can be arranged by CIEE staff.

Immersion

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Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels are local university students who help CIEE study abroad students to settle into their life in Spain through small group activities like flamenco night, cooking classes,and tours of the city, and participate in field trips and other events. Guardian Angels are there to help you make friends at the University, introduce you to the city’s culture, and generally help you adapt to life in Barcelona. The Guardian Angels Program is a unique feature of the CIEE Study Center in Barcelona.

Language and Culture Seminar

The Language and Culture Seminar allows you to gain a deeper intercultural understanding during your study abroad experience. You'll examine your own personal and cultural values, as well as the host culture’s values and how they are perceived in order to facilitate a bridge between the two. In addition to discussion-based sessions, there are several sessions for you to put new language and culture skills to use. As a part of the seminar, American and Spanish students are brought together and conversation exchanges are arranged. The Intercambio Nights offer a great opportunity to practice Spanish language while meeting local students and discovering typical places in Barcelona. The Language and Culture Seminar also includes walking tours around the city, conversations with guest speakers and participation in local activities, such as a training session with Castellers (human tower groups).

Catalan

Castilian Spanish and Catalan are both official languages in Barcelona and the region. Catalan is regularly used in all aspects of life, but is not imposed on non-Catalan speakers. Taxi drivers, shopkeepers, service representatives, professors, and homestay families all speak clear Castilian whenever a Spanish-speaker is present. Spanish is widely used at the University, and you'll be advised on which classes are taught in Spanish. While it is not necessary to speak Catalan to survive in Barcelona, you will find that learning a few words can be an enjoyable experience and open doors to making friends.

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Academics

Academics

The Language and Culture study abroad program is designed for students who are interested in beginning to study the Spanish language or improving on their basic language skills, while taking classes in history, politics, art, or Spanish and Catalan culture.

All students enroll in beginning, pre-intermediate or intermediate Spanish at the UPF and choose three electives from either CIEE courses or Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) courses at UPF. HESP courses focus on the emerging European Union and Spain, on the history of Barcelona, on Spanish cinema and literature, politics and society. CIEE encourages students to take a minimum of two HESP courses in order to facilitate their integration in the University and its culture. HESP courses are taught in English and in Spanish, while CIEE courses are taught only in English.

Academic Culture

The CIEE courses are taught at our Study Center, language and HESP courses are taught at UPF near the Olympic Village.

CIEE and HESP courses are academically challenging, dynamic, and involve daily reading and homework assignments, as well as regular attendance at lectures and field trips. HESP class size does not exceed 35 students. CIEE courses rarely exceed 20 students. UPF language courses have an average of 10 to 15 students per class. UPF and CIEE classrooms are modern, comfortable, and equipped with the most up-to-date technology used for instruction.

The fall semester program begins in early September and ends just before Christmas. The spring semester program begins in early January and runs through the end of April. Students are not allowed to arrive later or depart earlier than the proposed dates, and early departure for or late return from vacation is not allowed. Any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the program, during vacation periods, or upon completion of the study abroad program.

Nature of Classes

HESP and UPF language courses are with other international students. CIEE courses are with other CIEE students only.

Language Environment

As students gain proficiency in Spanish, the resident staff encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings. They are encouraged to meet with local students through CIEE language exchanges, spend time with their host family, and to interact with people they meet. The more students participate, the greater their development of Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society.

Grading System

In CIEE and HESP language and culture courses, students are graded on the basis of class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, examinations, papers, and oral presentations, similar to standards in the U.S. Spanish professors grade on a 10-point scale, which is converted to a letter grade.

Study abroad students must check with their professors to find out exam and other due dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter the deadline for a student who has made travel plans on the same day an exam is scheduled or an assignment is due.

Language of Instruction

English
Spanish

Faculty

HESP courses are taught by UPF faculty. Language courses are taught by experienced professors who specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language. CIEE courses are taught by local university faculty.

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required Language Courses

These courses meet for 12.5 hours per week during the first two weeks and six hours per week for the remainder of the semester for a total of 90 hours and six semester credits.

Beginning Spanish Language
(Prerequisite: one semester of college-level Spanish, or the equivalent)
This course uses a communicative approach, focusing on what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course, students are able to communicate when carrying out everyday tasks, understand phrases and expressions of common use, and describe aspects of their own past as well as issues related to their 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 some simple grammatical structures and in general be able to pronounce in a clear, comprehensible way.

Intermediate Spanish Language
(Prerequisite: two or three semesters college-level Spanish, or the equivalent.)
This course uses a communicative approach, focusing 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 familiar topics in which there is a personal interest; describe experiences, events, wishes, and aspirations; justify their own opinions; and express plans for the future. The linguistic elements and vocabulary that are taught prepare students to deal with non-frequent topics and unpredictable situations.

CIEE Electives

AHIS 3001 BALC

Catalonia and Spain Through the Arts
This course teaches students about Catalan and Spanish culture within the context of art history. The course analyzes some of the fundamental issues of the history of Spain and Catalonia, such as the Spanish Civil War and the Catalan independence movement, through the eyes of privileged witnesses including Velázquez, Goya, Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, and Miró. Relevant study tours to different museums, historical districts, and symbolic neighborhoods are arranged almost every week during the second part of the course.

LITT 3002 BALC

Literary Images of Catalonia and Spain
This course analyzes literary sources in order to examine the crucial concepts that make up the Catalan and Spanish contemporary identities including the Spanish Civil War, Catalan nationalism, the recuperation of historical memory in contemporary Spain, and so on. Texts discussed include, but are not limited to, Mercè Rodoreda’s The time of the doves and Javier Cercas’ Soldiers of Salamis. On-site classes will explore and analyze literary Barcelona.

Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) Electives

The academic offering may vary from semester to semester. This is a sample of courses that have been taught in previous semesters.

Courses taught in English

An Introduction to the European Union: European Union Law and Economic Integration
This course will focus on European Union (EU) Law and Economic Integration for U.S. students. The approach adopted will be based on the class readings while emphasizing the interaction between the professor and the students during the class sessions. This course will provide a basic overview of the EU. This overview will include the history of European integration from legal, institutional, and economic perspectives; the basic structure and institutions of the EU today; the policy-making procedures; and the EU's current and future challenges. The course will not assume a background in law.

Ancient Mediterranean: Colonial Encounters and Imperialism
This course examines the nature and complexity of interactions between the regions of the Mediterranean during the second and first millennia BC. This is a particularly complex phenomenon both archaeologically and historically, as there is a great deal of political, social, and linguistic diversity.

Anglo American Travelers in Spain
This course provides a survey of the representation of Spain in Anglo-American letters throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Students will analyze major writings by such authors as Washington Irving, Henry W. Longfellow, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Evelyn Waugh, and Gerald Brenan (alongside other texts by lesser known authors) in order to discuss the most prevalent commonplaces on Spain present in the fiction and the travel writings from this period.

Barcelona 1900: Modernisme in the City
Between 1888 and 1929 Modernism takes place in Barcelona like the same cultural movement that is occurred in Europe at the end of the 19th and 20th century. The case is, in particular, remarkable in Barcelona as an emerging metropolis in the Spanish outlook. The course is based on the precedents that made possible the “explosion” of Modernism in Barcelona, as the principal operators that intervened in the development of modernism as well as the aim to obtain a general overview of the artistic movement and the city where it takes place.

Barcelona: The City and its History
Barcelona enjoys the reputation of a cosmopolitan city with a great international projection. Behind a glossy and tourist-friendly façade, the city has a complex history. This course introduces the student to the city of Barcelona by studying its past and analyzing its present. This interdisciplinary course covers subjects in history, geography, art, architecture, and urban planning.

Between Tolerance and Conflict: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula
This course examines the history of Medieval Iberia from the perspective of a society characterized by an unprecedented interaction between the Mediterranean's three civilizations (Muslim, Christian, and Jewish). Specifically, the course debates the historical paradigms (for example, co-existence and tolerance vs. intolerance) frequently used to depict the cultural diversity of Iberian Peninsula's medieval experience.

Business Organizations in Europe
The course is aimed at the study of the most frequent legal forms of business organization within the European Union (corporations), taking into account the efforts undertaken in Europe to unify the legislation of the different Member States. The course examines the relevant models of organization in a comparative perspective, looking at national and European legislation, and considering the experience in the U.S.

Comparing Media
The aim of this course is to provide students with a general overview of the Spanish and European Media. They study the relationship between media and politics, journalism and literature, and the impact of media ethics in Europe. In order to achieve this goal, the students will analyze European newspapers, online media, and television.

Contemporary Spanish Art
This course offers a survey approach to the history of artistic developments in Spain, from Goya to present day. In addition to the main artistic events, relevant political, historical, and cultural issues are covered. Although the course is primarily based on lectures, visits to museums and exhibitions are part of the course requirements.

Global Media and International Journalism in the 21st Century
This course looks at world news management from the beginning of the 21st century to the present day. The consolidation of global media such as Al-Jazeera in the Arab world, Tele Sur in Latin America, and Zee TV in India is reviewed. By analyzing case studies such as the media coverage of Islam, the Africa story, the European Union, and the image of Spain in the foreign press, we analyze the role of the foreign correspondent as an intercultural mediator, the media construction of the “Other,” the new actors in the global news narrative, and ask the question: how does the future of the world news system shape up?

Law and Dictatorship: The Spanish Case
This course examines the evolution of law under dictatorships in a comparative point of view. Although the Spanish dictatorship (Franquismo) is its focus, other totalitarian experiences in Europe and Latin America are presented. While this is a course of comparative legal and political history, present and future developments are also discussed. Although the time of dictatorship is (almost) finished, authoritarianism is still alive—even if it does not show itself as the old-fashion dictatorships but dressed as “Showroom Democracies.” Finally, the relationship between law and non-democratic forms of power in the present times are analyzed.

Nationalism in Europe Today: The Catalan Case
This course explains how Nationalism became one of the major political ideologies of the West beginning in the 18th century and how it remains a very powerful and motivational idea for many humans. By studying the Catalan case, students gain an understanding of the global phenomenon and the main goals it seeks.

Political Ideas in Historial Context: From the French Revolution to Post-Communism
By representing a systematic introduction to the major political ideas that emerged and developed in Europe, from the French Revolution to post-communism, the premise of this course investigates the concept that political ideas are always emerging and should be understood in specific historical contexts. Each class starts with an examination of the historical and cultural context, and connections are built between specific political ideas, works of art, and their historical context in an attempt to better understand the modern and contemporary history of European Civilization. The course gives special weight to Spain.

Society and Politics in Contemporary Spain
This course examines the sociological and political aspects of post-Franco Spain, emphasizing elements of change and continuity—the constitution, political parties, monarchy, populace, and immigration.

Spain in Cinema: Local and Global Perspectives
The course analyzes different aspects of Spanish culture, history, and society through films. Both local and international productions are used to present historic events (Columbus’s travels, the Civil War), myths (Don Quixote, Don Juan) and artists (Goya, Picasso) that originate from Spain. Documentaries of international renown describe transitional and contemporary Spain.

Transatlantic Perspectives in Literature: Modern Narratives in Spain and the Americas
This course offers a comparative analysis of well-established narrative texts of the Spanish, Latin American, English, and North American traditions in the light of four main theoretical approaches in today’s literary criticism. Students read all texts in English and have the opportunity to contrast their own American and English literary tradition with that of the Hispanic world. At the same time, they are provided an overview of narrative theory in order to help them acquire the technical skills necessary to not only analyze individual works, but also to overcome the limitations of national literatures.

The Time of the City: Barcelona and XX Century Latin American Literature
Throughout the reading and analysis of excerpts from novels from three of its most representative authors (Julio Cortázar, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Gabriel García Márquez) the course will establish, recognize, and understand the motives than allowed the cultural and publishing doors of Spain and thus Europe to open to Latin American literary production.

Courses taught in Spanish

Lengua y Cultura Catalana
Barcelona: La Ciudad y su Historia
Arte y Artistas
Español: Técnicas de Expresión Oral
Literatura Española Contemporánea
Comunicación y Sociedad en España
Comunicación Intercultural

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