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CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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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.
Beginning Spanish Language
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. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.
Pre-Intermediate 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 understand the principle points of clear texts and writings in standard language; knows how to describe in the past and to exchange information about daily routines, experiences, likes and interests. The linguistic elements and vocabulary that are taught prepare students to deal with frequent topics and daily situations. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.
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. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.
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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
HIST 3002 BABC
Past and Present in Barcelona
Barcelona is an attractive European and Mediterranean city known for its rich history, art heritage, and welcoming attitude towards visitors. Students learn the history of the city from its founding up to the present day, with a special emphasis on contemporary life. Course content includes art, history, and urban planning. Urban development of Barcelona is analyzed using historical maps, videos, documentaries, and academic and literary texts. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
CATA 1001 BABC
Introduction to Catalan Language in its Social Context
This course is designed to help beginning Catalan learners develop the fundamental linguistic skills needed to communicate. This course assumes students already have intermediate to advanced knowledge of Spanish. Special emphasis is placed on the socio-cultural context in which students live. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
POLI 3001 BABC
The Politics of Western Europe
This course is designed to provide an overview of fundamental issues in the study of Western European politics. Topics include the nature and functioning of the Western European democratic system since the end of World War II, with emphasis on the processes, institutions, important figures, political culture, and citizens’ electoral behavior. The process of the nationalization of the electorates and the development of universal suffrage, and the creation of the current parliaments and governments are also studied. Other topics addressed in the course include the formation of political parties, party politics, and the development of current political and social conflicts. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
HISP 3004 BABC / POLI 3003 BABC
Spain Today: Politics and Society
This course focuses on the transition years from 1975 until the present. The course focuses on both political and sociological aspects. Spain’s return to democracy and its implications are analyzed in detail. Topics such as the 1978 constitutional system and creation of a decentralized political system, and an analysis of the different political parties are covered. The course also addresses important sociological aspects such as the dramatic change undergone by the traditional Spanish family in this period, and the role of mass media in Spanish society. Other topics include the contemporary migration movements in Spain, the development of national identities, and the independent movement in the Basque Country and Catalonia. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
ECON 3002 BAEC
European Economic Integration and its Impact on the Spanish Economy
This course analyzes the process of the European integration, with an emphasis on the economic impact. The course starts with a historic review of the world situation at the end of World War II. The birth of the former European Economic Community and the consequences of its subsequent expansions are explained. The Maastricht Treaty, the formation of the current EU, and the European monetary union are also analyzed. Emphasis is placed on the development of various EU policies that affect all EU countries, with a special emphasis on how the economic integration process has impacted the economy of Spain. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Economics/Business major or minor.
BUSI 3002 BABC/MKTG 3001 BABC
The future of all business is stated and recognized to be global. This course is designed to enhance the student’s understanding and appreciation of the importance and relevance of international marketing in today’s global economy. The course emphasizes the knowledge of world geography, regional alliances/conflicts, and cultural diversity in the world. It approaches the complexity of marketing environs and decisions, and the global marketing issues that challenge American companies. It focuses on marketing strategy, development, and implementation. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Business major or minor.
ECON 3001 BABC
The Spanish Economy in the European Union
This course examines the social structure and economic history of modern Spain. The course starts with an overview of Spanish history necessary to understand the ways in which the economy has developed in recent times. Special emphasis is placed on economic developments during the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and the post-war transition. The effect of Spain’s entrance in the EU is also discussed. Classes consist of a combination of lectures and discussion about major periods. Company visits are an important part of the course as they give students insight into the structure of modern Spanish business. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Economics/Business major or minor.
ECON 4001 BAEC
The Capitalist System: A Critical Review
Students gain in this course an in-depth understanding of the economic roots and rules of capitalism and be able to explain the role of capitalism in shaping their own lives. In addition, students will be capable of tracing the reasons behind the most severe problems facing humanity and be able to take a standpoint with regard to globalization and to the alternative economic arrangements designed and proposed by different organizations. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Economics/Business major or minor.
MGMT 3008 BABC
Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility: From Theory to Practice
The objective of this course is to present students with some specific tools and methodologies for understanding, managing, and developing innovative solutions for sustainability issues in a corporate setting. Items to be covered include identifying central sustainability issues; stakeholder mapping; stakeholder engagement; developing innovative sustainability projects; embedding sustainability in core business practices; managing inherent sustainability paradoxes; developing metrics to measure social and environmental impacts; and implementing sustainable competitiveness strategies. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Economics/Business major or minor.
ECON 3005 BABC
Competitive Strategy: A European Perspective
In this course we will analyze the strategic decisions made by firms to compete successfully in the marketplace, with a special emphasis on European specific problems and environment. The course will provide basic foundations of industrial economics, an introduction to game theory as a tool of strategic thinking but also consider other approaches from management science. We will consider American, European and Spanish firms case studies. We will also discuss the implications and limitations of corporate strategy given by competition law. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Economics/Business major or minor.
ECON 3006 BABC/MGMT 3004 BABC
International Human Resources Management
This course will analyze Human Resources Management (HRM) from multiple perspectives: economics, sociology, social psychology and the law. At the same time, we will consider that HRM is an essential strategic tool for the firm and its design corresponds to the general manager so it is not all a specialty of the “personnel” department. As a course of international HRM, we will mostly consider European and Spanish firms case studies and compare them to the usual cases from American firms. We will also discuss recent findings in the area from experimental economics for compensation policy. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Business major or minor.
COMM 3301 BASP
Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this class, you will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help you communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Barcelona as well as in other intercultural contexts. We will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of your experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that you can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. You will increase your own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help you become more effective in an interdependent world. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
INSH 3801 BASP (ENG)
Qualified students have the opportunity to pursue an internship with a local organization or company, including a variety of industry sectors. In addition to the on-site business experience, students participating in an internship have a weekly classroom component, which provides academic support for their internship experience, as well as supporting students’ intercultural development. Total hours: 135. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
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
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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
Global Marketing and Culture of FC Barcelona
European football (soccer) has become a major cultural vehicle in the global world, both in terms of economic impact and social influence. This course focuses on how this sport shapes the social, economic 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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
The Barcelona Journey towards Sustainability: Economic, Business and Social 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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
Politics and Society in the European Union
The course is aimed at introducing the main institutions and the structure of the EU to US students. Module 1 of the course will examine the origin and the development of European integration process, the main theories behind the process of integration and the institutional structure of the EU. Module 2 is more policy-oriented and it will focus on some of the most relevant issues surrounding the contemporary debate on European integration: formulation of the EU budget, enlargement, neighborhood policy, the EU in the international scenario and the democratic deficit. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
Corporate Brand Equity in the Context of European Cultural Identitiy
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 others, 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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
Understanding Globalization: Historical Roots of Economic, Political and Cultural Exchanges between East Asia, America and Europe
The course aims to put the contemporary discussion of globalization into historical perspective by examining the long-lasting interactions of East Asian countries, Latin America and Southern Europeans from 1500-1800 in order to be a rich and understandable explanation of three hundred years of globalization.
The course will focus on the debate about economic histories of divergence between the East and the West. A debate opened by neo-Weberians, on the one side, and historians grouped in two groups: Fernand Braudel, Immanuel Wallerstein and his followers in the World Systems School, and the Californian School (including Ken Pomeranz, Roy Bin Wong and others). Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
Globalization, Development and Social Cohesion: which role for International Development Cooperation?
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 programmes 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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
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? Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
Courses taught in Spanish
Barcelona: La Ciudad y su Historia
Español: Técnicas de Expresión Oral
Literatura Española Contemporánea
Comunicación y Sociedad en España