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Economics + Culture

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Application Deadline

April 15, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 15, 2018
  • Dates: Sep 5 – Dec 22, 2018 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 3 – Apr 20, 2018 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 6, 2017 – Apr 20, 2018 (33 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Overview

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Host of the 1992 Summer Olympics, Barcelona is an ideal place to explore the economic impact of hosting a massive world-wide event. With innovative economic programs, thousands of years of culture and history, and a reputation as a key player in global business, learning opportunities are virtually endless for today’s students. Guided day and overnight trips to other parts of Spain further enhance this international adventure.

Unique Experiences

  • Analyze current challenges for the European economy

    and explore the differences between European and U.S. economic models.

  • Get an insider’s look

    on the impact of European integration on Spain’s economy.

  • Strengthen your intercultural leadership skills

    by completing group projects with Spanish students.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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  • beaches

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Location & Culture

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Culture, sport, fashion, finance, media, entertainment – Barcelona is brimming with it all. The largest city on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is home to 1.6 million in the city proper and 4.5 million in the broader metro area. It is edged with a river on either side and backed by the Serra de Collserola mountains to the west. A walk through the city reveals 2,000 years of history at every turn, including Roman ruins, 19th century modernista architecture, ultramodern showpieces, and the Gothic buildings of the Old Town.

Castilian Spanish and Catalan are both official languages. Catalan is regularly used in all aspects of life, but not imposed. Taxi drivers, shopkeepers, professors, host families – all speak clear Castilian when Spanish speakers are present. Spanish is widely used at the university. Students don’t need to speak Catalan, but learning a few words can open doors to making friends.

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The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • See for yourself why landmarks like Museu Picasso and Gaudi’s La Sagrada Família engender awe from visitors around the world.
  • Take one-day trips out of the city to explore Catalonia, with highlights that could include Greek and Roman ruins at Empuries, the medieval town of Girona, and the lush wine region in Penedés.
  • Explore beyond Barcelona with a weekend trip within Spain or Europe, and get to know the history and culture of another Spanish or European treasure.

INTERNSHIP

  • Get valuable international work experience with a for-credit internship. You might develop a marketing plan for the Museum of Chocolate in Barcelona, or use market research to see how social responsibility affects start-ups at Associacio Coworkings de Catalunya (COWOCAT).
  • Placements include start-ups, small to medium sized companies, and magazine and publishing houses, among others. Internships include a weekly class to support the experience with academics.

LANGUAGE-LEARNING ENHANCEMENT

Lectures, films, discussion groups, and neighborhood tours are all possibilities that will expand your cultural knowledge while you practice speaking Spanish.

 

CIEE GUARDIAN ANGELS

Native university students welcome our visiting students and help them get to know the city and meet new friends. You’ll join them in small groups for fun city tours, cooking classes, flamenco night, and more.

 

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays. Live with a Spanish-speaking family -- with or without another CIEE student -- and immerse yourself in the city’s language and culture. Each student has his/her own room and weekly laundry service. Homestays are located in Barcelona, no more than 30 minutes from the CIEE Study Center by public transportation.

    Residence Halls. Students live with other Spanish and international students. Residence halls include single rooms with shared kitchens and common areas.

    Apartments. Apartments may have double or single rooms. They have shared kitchens and laundry facilities. Students live with other CIEE students. 

    Housing is tight in Barcelona. If we can’t accommodate your first housing choice, we’ll let you know before you arrive. All housing is within a 30 minute commute to the CIEE CIEE Barcelona.

  • MEALS

    Homestay students have breakfast and dinner with their host families and are responsible for lunch. Meals are not included at residence halls or apartments.

Barcelona, Spain

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE STUDY CENTER

    Near Barcelona’s main square, Plaza Catalunya.

  • B

    UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA

    Ramblas campus, Olympic Village campus, port campus

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    Getting Around

    Students walk or take the bus or metro to get from their lodgings to CIEE and university classes

What People are Saying

  • I love my academic experience studying abroad this semester, especially with the combination of CIEE and UPF classes. I was able to meet other study abroad students in my CIEE classes, but also some local students in my UPF classes. I give CIEE a ton of credit for the teachers that I had this semester. They cared so much about the course content that they were teaching all of us and stayed enthusiastic throughout the entire semester. But at the same time, they were very understanding of our position as study abroad students and I never felt stressed or overwhelmed. I loved my teachers and courses!

    Eliza, Colgate University, Spring 17
  • The experience was awesome, good diversification between studies, fun, culture, trips, people.

    Francesco, Fordham University,Fall 16

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What you need to know

The program details

This program is a perfect fit for economics students who want to pursue rigorous classes at a top-notch university, begin or further their Spanish language skills, and learn about culture in either English or Spanish.

Known for its small class sizes, international outlook, internationally recognized economics program, UPF’s economic curriculum includes commercial management, labor economics, game theory, public policy analysis, international finance, social entrepreneurship, and more.

Language courses are taught by experienced professors who specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language. All other courses are taught by experienced university faculty and business professionals.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    UPF economics and business courses meet twice a week for 1.5 hours, plus additional seminar sessions in small groups, and include local and international students. UPF Hispanic and European studies (UPF-HESP) courses include only other international students. Courses at CIEE-Barcelona typically include no more than 15 students (Spanish language) or 10-25 students (elective courses). Only CIEE students take CIEE electives and language courses.

  • GRADING

    Students are evaluated based on class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, exams, papers, and oral presentations. CIEE, UPF and UPF-HESP courses are graded based on class participation, problem sets or a project, and a final exam; some require term papers and/or midterm exam. UPF and UPF-HESP professors grade on a 10-point scale, and points are converted to U.S. letter grades.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Courses are academically challenging, and involve daily reading and homework assignments, and attendance at lectures and field trips. Spanish professors typically lend students less support than American counterparts. Students are responsible for knowing dates of exams and assignments. Dates are firm and attendance is required. As students gain proficiency in Spanish, they are encouraged to use their skills more and more, for maximum growth.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 3.0.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    3 semesters of college-level micro- or macroeconomics. 1 semester of calculus recommended Must have Junior-level standing or higher by time of arrival in Barcelona

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15 semester/22.5  quarter hours Total credit, academic year: 30 semester/45 quarter hours Contact hours: CIEE, UPF-HESP, and UPF courses: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

Students enroll in five courses per semester, one of which must be at UPF:

  • 1 CIEE Spanish-language course
  • 1-2 courses at the UPF Department of Economics & Business or at the UPF HESP program
  • 2-3 elective courses at CIEE 

Fall 2018 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

  • SPAN 1001 BASP: Beginning Spanish
  • SPAN 1002 BASP: Pre-Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 2001 BASP: Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 3001 BASP: Advanced Spanish
  • SPAN 4002 BASP: Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Conversation III
  • SPAN 3003 BASP: Advanced Spanish for Students of Business and Economics
  • SPAN 4001 BASP: Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers

CIEE ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ELECTIVE COURSES

  • BUSI 3001 BASP: Corporate Financial Decision Making
  • MKTG 3001 BASP (ENG): International Marketing (in English)
  • BUSI 3003 BASP: Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • BUSI 3002 BASP: Strategic Issues in International Manufacturing
  • BUSI 3004 BABC / MGMT 3003 BABC: Strategic Management
  • ECON 3006 BASP: The Spanish Economy in the European Union
  • ECON 3002 BASP: European Economic Integration and its Impact on the Spanish Economy (in English)
  • ECON 3004 BABC: International Economics
  • ECON 3005 BASP: Competitve Strategy: A European Perspective
  • MGMT 3004 BASP: International Human Resource Management
  • ECON 4001 BASP: Re-Imagining Capitalism
  • MGMT 3002 BASP: Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility: From Theory to Practice

CIEE ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS COURSES—IN SPANISH

  • BUSI 3003 BABC / MKTG 3003 BABC: International Marketing - Spanish
  • BUSI 3005 BABC / MGMT 3006 BABC: International Management
  • ECON 3001 BAEC (SPAN): European Economic Integration and Its Impact on the Spanish Economy

CIEE HUMANITIES COURSES—IN ENGLISH

  • AHIS 3001 BASP (ENG): Catalonia and Spain Through the Arts (in English)
  • COMM 3301 BASP: Intercultural Communication and Leadership
  • POLI 3002 BASP (ENG): Spain Today: Politics and Society (in English)
  • HISP 3001 BASP: Urban Culture in Contemporary Barcelona
  • HIST 3002 BASP (ENG): Past and Present in Barcelona (in English)
  • INSH 3801 BASP (ENG): Internship Seminar (in English)
  • LITT 3001 BASP (ENG): Literary Images of Catalonia and Spain (in English)
  • MKTG 3004 BABC: Branding and Cultural Icons: The Case of Barcelona
  • POLI 3001 BASP: The Politics of Western Europe

CIEE HUMANITIES COURSES—IN SPANISH

Spring 2018 courses

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REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

CIEE ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ELECTIVE COURSES—IN ENGLISH

CIEE ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ELECTIVE COURSES—IN SPANISH

CIEE HUMANITIES ELECTIVE COURSES—IN ENGLISH

CIEE HUMANITIES ELECTIVE COURSES—IN SPANISH

UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS COURSES—IN ENGLISH:

This is a sample list of courses; please notice that not all the following courses are available every year.

ADVANCED MACROECONOMICS
Prerequisites: Introduction to Macroeconomics. The Solow Model. Economic Growth with Endogenous Savings (Household savings behaviour, Ramsey-Cass-Koopmans model, Diamond model). Economic Growth with Human Capital and Externalities (with the AK model). R&D and Economic Growth.

CONSUMER BEHAVIOR
The scientific study of consumer behavior. Consumer memory. Assessment processes. Decision-making processes. Attitude development. Social influence. Pro-social behaviour. Internet and the consumer behaviour patterns.

COMMERCIAL MANAGEMENT II
Marketing is a way of thinking about business. The success of an organization depends on the success of its marketing activities. The role of Marketing management in organizations is: to identify and measure the needs and wants of consumers, to determine the targets the business can serve, to decide on the appropriate products and services to serve these markets, and to determine the optimal pricing, promotion and distribution strategies to be implemented. In this course we will complement the basic concepts studied in the first course on Marketing Management I (Dirección Comercial I). This second course is managerially oriented, focusing on the strategic decisions available for the managers to approach the targeted segments and deliver value to the final consumers. The first part of the course (topics 1-4) analyzes the decisions taken by the firm at the strategic level: market segmentation, positioning strategies, product-life-cycle management and international strategies. The topic 5 studies the Marketing Plan. The last four topics (6-9) analyze the managerial strategies for the different marketing tools available to the brand managers: product, line, branding, communication, pricing and distribution.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT II
Direcció Financera II (DF II) is the natural continuation of Direcció Financera I (DF I). These courses deal with the two main challenges faced by the financial management of a company: the investment decision, concerning the use of company resources in productive projects, and the funding decision, or of capital structure, which examines how to obtain the money needed to finance the investments. If DF I focused on the analysis of the investment decisions, DF II will focus on the financing decisions. We first review the basic concepts already studied in DF I: the computation of expected cash flows, the valuation concepts such as the NPV and the IRR; and the necessary adjustments to take into account risk. Then, we should study in detail the methods of financing companies or, in other words, the capital structure. We will investigate the different types of debt financing, contrasting them with the rights and obligations arising from financing via equity (shares). The last part of the course introduces the main valuation methods, which are then used to value company projects and entire companies.

FOREIGN TRADE II
The international environment and globalization. Advantages and disadvantages of the internationalization of the company. Duties and customs in foreign trade. Foreign trade documentation. International transport. Means of payment in international markets. The financing of foreign trade. The international recruitment. Communication strategies and promotion in foreign markets.

GAME THEORY AND DESIGN OF INSTITUTIONS
Prerequisites: Introduction to Microeconomics. Knowledge of Game Theory. Monopolies, oligopolies, and imperfect competition. Product differentiation. Entry strategies. Regulation and competition policies. Market structures, patents, and innovation.

HUMAN RESOURCES II
This course offers the latest psychological perspectives on the main challenges in Human Resource and Personnel Management; starting with an individual’s entry into an organization all the way until her exit. By the end of the class, you will have a deep understanding and basic hands-on experience with regard to hiring, compensation, motivation and well-being, organizational exit, and many more HR practices in light of the empirical evidence that supports or discourages their use.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS HISTORY
Business organisations in theory and in history. Medieval origins. The international business in the modern era, between privilege and specialization. From the first to the second industrial revolution. The free standing company. The emergence of modern multinationals. Governments and international business: the era of the nationalizations; the era of regulation; the era of privatizations and of deregulation. New multinationals in the new globalization.

INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
Analysis of segmentation and evaluation of international markets. Entry strategies to foreign markets. Adaptation of the product and of the line of products to foreign markets. International communications strategies. Distributions strategies in foreign markets. Adaptation of prices to foreign markets. The international Marketing Plan.

INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
It is compulsory to have completed Financial Economics. Forward rates. Forecast future exchange rates. Purchasing power parity. Covered and uncovered interest rate parity.

INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATION
The course builds on basic microeconomics concepts to study in detail both the interactions between different firms and between firms and consumers. The course first introduces basic concepts in Industrial Organization to study imperfect competition and the determinants of market power. It then proceeds to analyze important topics in competition policy, such as cartels and merger policy. In the third part of the course issues of consumer protection are studied using concepts from Behavioral Economics. The fourth part of the course then proceeds with an analysis of network industries, which have gained importance due to many Internet businesses with network characteristics.

NEW TOPICS IN MARKETING MANAGEMENT
Marketing subject is focused on understanding external, economical and company factors that build the Marketing strategies of the company. Students will be able to identify in different markets and environments the updated trends and practices used now by marketers in companies, they will also be able to understand how brand management works, they will learn how new tools such as digital media are giving new solutions to the companies to market their products and services. They will be able to build the best consumer approach taking into account the consumer target with the most efficient brand strategy that dramatically changed with the consistent irruption of new media, new consumer values and global trends. The subject will cover topics such as omnichannel strategies, new consumer behavior, new marketing metrics for the brand and new tools used in the marketing practice.

FORECASTING TECHNIQUES
The course focuses on time series analysis with view towards model-based prediction. Basic skills in statistics and computing with R is a prerequisite, a previous course in econometric analysis of linear time series is desirable although by no means necessary (additionally, such material can be learnt parallel to this course). The modelling and computational methodology developed in the course applies to a wide range of scientific fields, including engineering, environmental sciences, biochemistry, natural language processing, but in this course we concentrate on applications to economics and finance, such as the extraction of stochastic business cycles and volatility prediction using daily and intraday high-frequency data. The aim of the course is to train the skills and the understanding of building, fitting, checking, and predicting with sophisticated linear and non-linear time series models. Additionally, to study the structure and the empirical characteristics of certain financial time series.

MODERN STATISTICAL COMPUTING IN R
The purpose of this course is to set a foundation for full exploitation and creative use of the statistical language for computing and graphics R. The course will introduce students to the syntax and inner workings of R, to become proficient in everyday computational tasks with datasets of all kinds, skilled in applications of statistical methods, with emphasis on data exploration and graphics. Recommended: at least one course on statistics.

OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
Introduction to production management. Process design and long term capacity planning. Location of production plants. Quality management. Inventory management. JIT. Aggregated planning. Material requirements planning (MRP) and capacity requirements planning (CRP). Short term scheduling techniques.

PSYCHOLOGY AND BUSINESS
Social psychology fundamentals: social perception, social cognition, impression formation, social influence and persuasion. Creativity: idea generation, idea evaluation and idea selection methods. How group processes, organizational culture and structure affect creativity. Negotiation: principled negotiation, one to one negotiation, team negotiation.

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT I
Introduction: why study strategy? The horizontal and vertical limits of the company. Diversification and fusions. Structure of markets and competition. Dynamic competition. Strategic commitment. The threat of entry to market. Industrial analysis. Strategic positioning and competitive advantage. Sustaining the competitive advantage.

TOPICS IN MACROECONOMICS
Advanced course; topics may change. Examples of topics covered 2013-14: Sovereign Risk. International Financial Crises. Monetary Policy and Unemployment. Macro Modeling at Central Banks. Unemployment and Mismatch. Macroeconomic Effects of Asset Bubbles. Information and Politics. Globalization and Labor Market Outcomes. Offshoring and the Gains from Globalization.

ECONOMETRICS III
The Econometrics III course closes the sequence of Econometric courses (I and II). It is a course devoted to the study of the econometric tools suitable for the treatment of individual data (Microeconomics). The course analyses data from surveys, referring therefore to physical persons, family units or companies. This is an increasingly common type of information, both due to the accessibility of microdata from official statistics, and the growing number of surveys that companies and institutions perform in order to collect information.

ADVANCED MACROECONOMICS I
The course introduces the major endogenous growth paradigms (Product-Variety and Shumpeterian) and then shows how they can be used to analyze various aspects of the growth process and to think about the design of growth policy.

INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATION
The course builds on basic microeconomics concepts to study in detail both the interactions between different firms and between firms and consumers. The course first introduces basic concepts in Industrial Organization to study imperfect competition and the determinants of market power. It then proceeds to analyze important topics in competition policy, such as cartels and merger policy. In the third part of the course issues of consumer protection are studied using concepts from Behavioral Economics. The fourth part of the course then proceeds with an analysis of network industries, which have gained importance due to many Internet businesses with network characteristics.

REAL ANALYSIS
Real analysis is a standard first year course in undergraduate mathematics. Typically courses offered in mathematics are too advanced relative to the needs of a vast majority of economics students, and concentrate on various topics that are not readily helpful for studying economic theory. The topics covered in this course reflect a standard background material of any advanced optimization course and are much more relevant for economics. The course covers various topics centered around the study of behavior of real-valued functions: set theory, real topology, continuity, differentiation, and convexity. It is essential for more advanced studies in economics, econometrics and optimization.

ECONOMIC INSTITUTIONS AND MARKETS
“Economic Organizations and Markets” examines the main concepts and theories of Organizational Economics at an intermediate level within an integrated framework. Its goal is to give students a set of tools to help them analyze business problems, take business decisions (especially those related to human resource management), and better understand the business environment.

UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS COURSES—IN SPANISH:

This is a sample list of courses; please notice that not all the following courses are available every year.

GESTIÓN DE INSTITUCIONES SANITARIAS / MANAGEMENT FOR HEALTH INSTITUTIONS
Health macromanagement and public health. The burden of illness and the most efficient actions. Institutional mesomanagement of services and techniques of business management. Health centers and their environments. Health micromanagement: motivation and incentives in efficiency and clinical practice.

DIRECCION ESTRATEGICA I/ STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT I
Introduction: why study strategy? The horizontal and vertical limits of the company. Diversification and fusions. Structure of markets and competition. Dynamic competition. Strategic commitment. The threat of entry to market. Industrial analysis. Strategic positioning and competitive advantage. Sustaining the competitive advantage.

ECONOMIA INTERNACINAL I (INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS I)
En esta asignatura se analizarán las causas y consecuencias del comercio internacional. A tal fin los estudiantes aprenderán las herramientas teóricas necesarias para entender por qué los países comercian entre sí, cuáles bienes intercambian, y quién se beneficia de este intercambio. Se estudiarán además las razones por las que los países pueden tener incentivos a restringir o reglamentar el comercio internacional, y las herramientas de política comercial.

INVESTIGACION DE MERCADOS/ MARKET RESEARCH
Determining the necessary information for decision making. Type of information. Sampling processes. Variables measurement scales. Questionnaire design. Information collection process. Sources of error. Univariate description of populations. Cross tables. Introduction to multivariate analysis methods.

JUEGOS DE EMPRESA/ BUSINESS GAMES
Business simulation. Business Game using knowledge form Strategic Management, Marketing, Human Resources Management, Logistics, Accounting, and Finance.

UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA HESP COURSES (IN ENGLISH) SPRING 2018:

This is a sample list of courses; please notice that not all the following courses are available every year.

POLITICAL MARKETING
This course aims at understanding the contexts in which political brands are being modelled in contemporary world. The dynamics of political brands can no longer be understood solely from a communication perspective, a marketing approach or a political science perspective. Concepts such as political star-system, celebrity politicians, political show business or media performance are well settled in specialized practices and academic research and also become an interesting field for the emergence of new professions.

NEUROSCIENCES FOR HUMANITIES
How reliable is our perception of the world? What is consciousness? Is free will an illusion? Does beauty reside in our brain? Neurosciences study the brain, from genes and cells to behavior and, during the last years, the scientific study of the brain has provided radical new clues about how the brain works. This knowledge has strong implications for many areas of human activity outside the conventional environment of medicine or psychology, and expands to economics, laws, philosophy or art. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the dialogue between neurosciences and humanities, thereby breaking the classical gap between CP Snows' "Two Cultures". The intersecting topics range from philosophical and ethical issues, such as free will, the grounds of knowledge, or economic behavior, to questions related to art and culture.

SCREENING THE GLOBAL WORLD: CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND PUBLIC TELEVISION SPACE 
How should Television treat the diversity of contemporary societies? How to respond to the challenge of global communication preserving, at the same time, the adequate discursive treatment of diverse cultural groups, minorities, the phenomenon of immigration and the representation of Otherness in broader social sense? In US the industrial TV model and private stations shape social imaginary, but variety of other countries choose the primacy of public television in order to promote values of equality and the integration of citizens. This course will analyze a variety of public television programs from all over the world, dedicated to the subject of diverse cultural identities, transcultural issues, representation of Otherness in different social modalities, including the depiction of foreign cultures, national minorities and immigration. Some examples will also expand to the area of sexual diversity, treatment of disabled and the relationship between totalitarian regimes and democracy. The examples treated along the course will be chosen from the UPF's unique archives of international television festivals INPUT, held every year since 1977. As a principal reference for establishing the criteria for adequate visual treatment of cultural diversity issues the course will introduce the competences of Media Literacy, familiarizing the students with the tools for constructive analysis as well as patterns of creation of 'television of quality'. The goal is to offer valuable insides and firm criteria for approaching the television as a public service and its role in shaping the values of diversity in contemporary societies.

CROSSROAD IN THE ARAB COUNTRIES: AUTHORITARIANISM, SPRING AND ISLAMIC STATE
The Islamic State or ISIS or Daesh is now the main threat in de Arab world. After 9-11, five events determines the evolution in the political landscape: the war in Afhganistan, the war in Iraq, the aftermath of the Arab Spring, the blockage in the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, and the consolidation of the Islamic State like a political and military reality. For the West, especially in Europe, the main consequences are the terrorism (security crisis) and the refugees (humanitarian crisis). Another questions are the relations between Western and the Arab and islamic governments, the management of the war in Syria from the West, and the crisis inside the Arab world (suna vs. chia, fundamentalism vs. liberalism, the status of women, etc.). In this situation, the intervention of Russia in Syria and the agreement with Iran promoted for the president Obama complete the field of the global crisis. (Former course: El laberinto árabe: de las primaveras al estado islámico). 

CONTEMPORARY SPANISH ART
The objective of this course is to offer a survey approach to the history of artistic developments in Spain from Goya to Barceló. A background on this specific field is not required. For this reason not only the main artistic events will be covered, but also some political, historical and cultural issues that might be relevant. Landscape art, gender production, the Spanish take on Primitivism and the dynamics between artistic creation and finance capital are some of its more relevant aspects. Classical examples of oil painting will be combined with references to such contemporary media as performance, videoart or installation art. Although this course is mainly based on lectures and class debate, three visits to galleries and exhibitions plus a self-guided visit will be also part of the course requirements. These visits will be made during the class time, and are equivalent to a usual in-class session.

CORPORATE BRAND PATRIMONY IN THE CONTEXT OF EUROPEAN CULTURAL IDENTITY
Since the globalization of the economy at the end of the last century, the context of brand communications in today's businesses has radically changed. Communication strategies to reach any type of target group are challenged to anticipate stakeholders' interests, build brand equity beyond good products and services and be able to remain competitive in a highly-active technological context that has reversed some of the traditional ways of managing businesses. In this global environment, corporate communications demand greater levels of ethics and responsibility towards the society in which it operates and larger collaborative synergies and collaboration processes. To this respect, Europe's competitive-edge is like any other's, at stake, but the asset of intellectual capital and cultural identity it portrays in its legacy, may be just the right kind of differentiation brands need to successfully compete in the 21st C.

GLOBAL MARKETING & CULTURE OF FC BARCELONA: PLAYING FOR FUN OR FOR KEEPS
European football (soccer) has become a major cultural vehicle in the global world, both in terms of economical impact and social influence. This course focuses on how this sport shapes the social, economical and cultural realms, and tries to interpret the different links between the game itself and the dimensions surrounding it: media coverage, aesthetic value, political targeting, public and corporate policies... In that context, FC Barcelona remains a unique case, studied in business schools as an example of global market branding, while passionately lived by millions of fans all over the world. Moreover, Barcelona city offers a privileged standpoint to better understand football as a growing issue within contemporary culture.

THE BARCELONA LEADERSHIP JOURNEY TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY: ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND BUSINESS TRANSFORMATIONS
This course celebrates the city of Barcelona and embarks students in a journey to better understand the concept of Sustainability and its novel developments. From an environmental, social and business perspective, the course covers the main challenges that sustainability raises for the city of Barcelona and beyond. Relying on innovative individual and collective pedagogical practices, the course offers an integrative and deep learning process.

ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN
This course will examine the nature and complexity of interactions between the regions of the Mediterranean during the second and the first millennia BC. The cultural florescence of the Ancient Mediterranean civilizations had its origins in a series of colonial entanglements beginning first in the eastern Mediterranean. Minoan and Mycenaean communities began to establish links with Egypt and the Near East in the first centuries of the II millennium BC. From then, over a period spanning more than two thousand years, and ending with the Roman conquest, colonists, merchants, sailors and conquerors sought to benefit from the commercial and cultural opportunities provided by the riches of the eastern, central and western Mediterranean.

BARCELONA: THE RISE OF A DESIGN CITY
'Barcelona, the Rise of a Design City' looks at one of the most exciting periods of the city's recent history: what is known as the 'Barcelona design boom', a cultural phenomenon that helped define the Spanish transition to democracy in the 1980s and the city's Olympic dream in the 1990s. For a few years and in sharp contrast to the preceding decades, design became one of the main cultural frameworks of Barcelona's identity, both locally and abroad. Paired with architecture in a seemingly unavoidable partnership, it provided the seeds from which ultimately emerged the narrative of the city as it is seen today: that of a sophisticated European metropolis, miraculously emerging from the ashes of a decaying post-industrial provincial capital. Initially addressing local design practice and design retail, and later embracing architecture as well, this course follows the way in which these disciplines turned ideas about local identity, modernity, social and cultural value into everyday material artefacts and environments. Design and architecture were placed at the heart of the city's popular culture, and of its international success to this day.

SEPHARAD: HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF JEWISH SPAIN
The course presents an itinerary around the human, historical and cultural heritage of the Spanish Jews, from the Middle Ages to present day. The first part of the course keeps a historical focus, studying the cultural history of Sepharad, from the origins to the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. The Sephardic Diaspora and the development of the judeo-hispanic culture, the return of the Sephardic Jews from the late 19th Century, of European Jews during the inter-war period and how the Shoah relates to Spain will also be covered. The second part of the course will focus on the cultural, architectural and human recovery of the Spanish Jewish heritage. Both the human and patrimonial aspects of such recovery will be analyzed, through the case study of different private and public initiatives aimed to develop tourism or marketing projects revolving around the “myth” of Sepharad. Students will work on individual or group projects to delve into questions such as: How is Jewish heritage and history presented in Spain? What are the strategies and outcomes of such projects? What is the prevalent discourse in these cultural initiatives? How does the Spanish society today face its Jewish cultural roots?

GLOBALIZATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND SOCIAL COHESION
Cooperation for development is a fundamental objective for various international actors such as the United Nations (UN), more concretely the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); the World Bank; and the European Union. International cooperation, from a multilevel and integral point of view, implies not only the participation of intergovernmental and State institutions but also of local governments and non-governmental organizations. In this context, all actors have to contribute from their own areas of expertise in order to improve the system. The European Union is a paradigmatic illustration of this multilevel approach and commitment to international cooperation for development. Currently, Europe is the main source of funds for cooperation. The European Commission and governments, both at national and at local level, conduct several development programs and projects that not only seek to provide funds but also to exchange experiences in relation to governability and public policies. The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the principal issues related to development and international cooperation, with a special emphasis on the role of the EU as main donor in the field of official development assistance (ODA). The main thrust of the course will be on outlining the institutional and political mechanisms of international development, as well as examine their impact in developing territories. At the same time the course aims to offer students a deepened insight into some of the most controversial debates surrounding the current state of affairs of international cooperation.

A MESSY GARDEN. A HISTORY OF THE CULTURAL VALUES OF EUROPE
The course is intended to provide an understanding of the basic aspects of what we may call a European civilization. Europe has a long and rich history and has contributed decisively to what our world is today. Europe has invented many ideas and beliefs about man and his world, has spread this ideas and beliefs to other continents, and many of its values are still today guiding our actions and ruling our attitudes towards life. The understanding of this particular legacy seems an important issue for young students coming from different cultural and historical backgrounds and spending a course in a European country. Each session will discuss in detail some of these different aspects and elements of European civilization in order to recognize that particular legacy. It will be essential to consider also the darker sides of our long history, to be critical towards our past, in order to get aware, as Stefan Wilkanowicz claimed, of the richness of our heritage, drawing from the wealth of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Greek philosophy, Roman law, and humanism with both religious and non-religious roots; aware of the values of Christian civilization, which is the basic source of our identity; aware of the frequent betrayals of these values by both Christians and non-Christians; aware of the good and the evil that we have spread to the inhabitants of other continents; bemoaning the social catastrophe caused by the totalitarian systems that have originated within our civilization.

BARCELONA, THE CITY AND ITS HISTORY
This course introduces the student to the city of Barcelona by studying its past and analyzing its present. This interdisciplinary course covers subject in history, geography, art, architecture, and urban planning. Materials include images, maps, academic and literary texts, videos, field studies, and documentaries. We will also discuss issues relevant to people living within the city of Barcelona today.

SPAIN IN CINEMA: GLOBAL AND LOCAL PERSPECTIVES
The course approaches Spanish national cinema as well as transnational/foreign productions related, in a variety of ways, to Spanish culture. The goal is to show how both local and global films shape diverse visions of Spanish history, art and society while constructing inspiring dialogues with above mentioned areas of art/knowledge. Various interactions between cinema and canonic works of Spanish culture (Don Quixote, Don Juan, the paintings of Picasso) are contrasted and the relationship between films and Spanish history (Civil War, Columbus’s travels, Spanish transition) is examined. The diversity within Spanish society, representations of the current economic crisis, effects of globalization on both local cinema and real life are studied through the works of young authors (Lacuesta, Vermut). All filmic examples are also used to analyze the concept of Spanish identity and stereotypes related to Hispanic culture.

UNDERSTANDING GLOBALIZATION: HISTORICAL ROOTS OF ECONOMIC, POLITICAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGES BETWEEN EAST ASIA, AMERICA AND EUROPE
No one can contest that contemporary globalization harbors unprecedented features (internet, global flight connections, multinational corporations, supranational organizations...). But how new is globalization, compared to previous patterns of contact among societies in different regions of the world?. The course puts the contemporary discussion of globalization into historical perspective by examining the long-lasting interactions of East Asian, Latin America and Southern European countries from 1500 to the present day. The course aims to get a rich and better understanding about how it works, to know which different factors are involved, to study the ins and outs of this secular process, and to determine more precisely what is really new about the recent developments. 

All this will help to answer: Why the world has become more and more global and, at the same time, some local dynamics reacts in a different direction?; When, how and why Europe and North America diverged dramatically in wealth and economic development from the rest of the world?; In which way, did the technological change, the people's movements, the circulation of ideas, religious or languages influenced the globalization process?.
The course will offer a systematic historical look at globalization, generally arguing that relevant changes of globalization should be seen as emerging in phases, that could turn out to be 1500's, 1800's and the late 20th Century. The course tries to move our vision of globalization away from an exclusive focus on essentially contemporary developments and move our vision away from the Western civilization tradition to focus on other major civilizations. 

The growing need for historical perspective on international relationships, global economic patterns of contacts and cultural exchanges has fueled the increasing interest, from international organizations, global companies and institutions with global targets, to find and hire professionals who could develop some of the competences that this course provides.

UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA HESP COURSES—IN SPANISH:

This is a sample list of courses; please notice that not all the following courses are available every year.

COMUNICACIÓN Y SOCIEDAD EN ESPAÑA
La asignatura analiza los medios de comunicación en España y Europa. El curso está muy vinculado a la actualidad informativa en España y Europa. Los alumnos desarrollarán también un taller de radio (Workshop) en la segunda parte del curso, donde pondrán en práctica los conocimientos teóricos adquiridos.

LA PROTECCIÓN INTERNACIONAL DE LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS
Este curso pretende aproximar a los estudiantes al sistema de protección internacional de los derechos humanos configurado desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Se abordarán los mecanismos de protección de los derechos humanos bajo los auspicios de las Naciones Unidas, las instituciones encargadas de su protección a nivel regional o continental, con especial referencia al espacio europeo de protección de derechos y, finalmente, se estudiará España como ejemplo de un ordenamiento constitucional protector de derechos humanos que se interrelaciona y somete a los mecanismos de protección internacional de los derechos humanos. Asimismo, se abordarán algunos temas especialmente controvertidos en el seno de los debates de los derechos humanos. Estos temas serán abordados desde una óptica de derecho comparado, haciéndose hincapié en las similitudes y diferencias sobre la manera de abordar estos temas por parte de los ordenamientos europeos y el norteamericano. Se estudiará el alcance y los límites sobre el derecho al aborto, el reconocimiento de derechos a las personas homosexuales, la problemática de la libertad de expresión y la prohibición de partidos políticos, las consecuencias de la libertad de religión y el laicismo en aquello que hace referencia a la enseñanza de la religión y la presencia de símbolos religiosos en las escuelas y, finalmente, la problemática de los derechos humanos en la lucha contra el terrorismo y el estatus y protección de los derechos económicos, sociales y culturales en un Estado del Bienestar en crisis.

PICASSO, MIRÓ, DALÍ Y EL ARTE DE LA MODERNIDAD
El objetivo del curso consiste en introducir al estudiante en los principales episodios del arte del siglo XX. Con un tema de fondo: las complejas relaciones entre tradición y vanguardia, clasicismo y modernidad, revolución y reacción artísticas a lo largo de todo un siglo.

LOS MOVIMIENTOS SOCIALES EN EL SIGLO XXI ANTE LA GLOBALIZACIÓN, LA CRISIS Y LOS PROCESOS DE DEMOCRATIZACIÓN
Este curso busca ofrecer análisis de la actuación de los movimientos sociales de diversos lugares del mundo ante fenómenos del siglo XXI como la globalización, la crisis política y económica, y los procesos de democratización. Los movimientos sociales se han configurado como actores sociales y políticos que están incidiendo en la globalización que se está construyendo, en los procesos de democratización en los países árabes y en la profundización democrática en los principales países occidentales.

IMÁGENES DE ESPAÑA EN EL CINE CONTEMPORÁNEO
El curso ofrece una introducción al cine español desde el inicio de la democracia, en los años setenta, hasta la actualidad, con una atención particular hacia aquellos cineastas que destacan tanto por su valor artístico como por su capacidad para reflejar los rasgos más destacables de la realidad y la cultura española contemporánea.

BARCELONA, LA CIUDAD Y SU HISTORIA
Barcelona ha sido etiquetada por Newsweek Magazine como la “coolest city in Europe”, otorgándole a su vez la reputación de una ciudad cosmopolita con una gran proyección internacional. Sin embargo, al igual que sucede con otras ciudades, esta ciudad también presenta sus propias complejidades y contradicciones. Este curso pretende introducir la ciudad de Barcelona al estudiante mediante el estudio de su pasado y el análisis de su presente. Este estudio interdisciplinar constituido por la historia, la geografía, el arte, la arquitectura y el urbanismo cubre los múltiples ángulos que han conformado esta ciudad. Para ello se usaran imágenes, mapas, textos académicos y literarios, videos, estudios de campo y documentales. Asimismo, también se discutirán los asuntos más relevantes para la gente que en la actualidad conforma esta ciudad.

DE LOS ESTEREOTIPOS CULTURALES AL DIÁLOGO TRANSCULTURAL
La asignatura busca desarrollar la competencia intercultural y transcultural del estudiante de español mejorando a la vez su nivel de comunicación en español. Se examinarán los tópicos, malentendidos culturales, estereotipos, prejuicios ligados a la cultura española desde la cultura propia de los estudiantes. Partiendo de ese análisis se persigue llegar a desarrollar la comunicación intercultural y transcultural en español, de manera que con un conocimiento más profundo de lo que supone la cultura española pero también su propia cultura, los estudiantes puedan también comunicarse mejor en español, entendiendo así que la lengua y la cultura van unidas. Asimismo, para desarrollar dicha comunicación se requiere ofrecer a los estudiantes herramientas lingüisticas y discursivas que le permitan comprender y comunicarse interculturalmente en español en distintos ámbitos temáticos donde se manifiestan tópicos, estereotipos y prejuicios (la familia, el trabajo, la comida, el ocio, etc.)

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

In 2016, we awarded over 1,000 scholarships totaling more than $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization. This year's no different. In fact, every year we give this unrivaled amount of funding, because we’re on a mission to help YOU go abroad, too! Explore your options today.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Three-day orientation – an introduction to Spanish culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

No Hidden Fees

Program

Spring 2018 16 weeks Academic year 2017-2018 33 weeks Fall 2018 16 weeks

Application Due

Apr 15, 2018

Start Date

Jan 3, 2018 Sep 6, 2017 Sep 5, 2018

End Date

Apr 20, 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Dec 22, 2018

Fees & Housing

$18,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $14,183 **

Housing = $4,200 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $18,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $2,600

International Airfare = $1,250 ††

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $300

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,800

Total Estimated Costs = $8,010

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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 $500 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

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

$35,800
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $26,933 **

Housing = $8,400 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $35,800

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $5,200

International Airfare = $1,250 ††

Local Transportation = $800

Books & Supplies = $600

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $5,600

Expenses during break = $600 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $14,710

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 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

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

††† academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

$18,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $14,183 **

Housing = $4,200 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $18,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $2,600

International Airfare = $1,250 ††

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $300

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,800

Total Estimated Costs = $8,010

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 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

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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