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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Required CIEE Language Courses
Students are placed in one of the following courses, taught in Spanish.
SPAN 3001 BALA
Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition, and Conversation
Designed for advanced students with a strong background in Spanish language, this course places special emphasis on complex aspects of grammar, such as the subjunctive and conditional moods. Students also learn how to handle different registers or styles of Spanish (for example, formal and informal) necessary to communicate effectively in all types of cultural situations. The course covers all four modalities: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. It is specifically designed to prepare students for university courses.
SPAN 3006 BALA
Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition, and Conversation II
For students who desire further work on Spanish grammar and structure after the intensive course, this course continues to develop complex aspects of Spanish grammar and syntax through analysis of texts (oral and written), presentations, and short compositions. Specific attention is placed on expository writing required in direct enrollment courses at UPF and in giving short oral presentations in class.
SPAN 3008 BALA
Advanced Spanish for Academic Discourse
The objective of this course is to improve the students’ communicative and writing skills in order to facilitate their relationship with the academic environment and university classes. The course focuses on developing vocabulary and discourse styles for academic verbal communication. Through a number of class presentations, students are expected to put into practice a variety of discourse styles. Students also read newspaper articles from a variety of Spanish-speaking countries.
SPAN 4001 BASP
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers
This course is designed to meet the needs of heritage students. Heritage students include native speakers who learned Spanish at home, but who have had little or no formal education in the language. The course helps students develop a formal understanding of grammar, enrich their vocabulary, facilitate their ability to speak about a wider range of topics, and to use different registers (formal, informal, etc.) in both written and spoken Spanish. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
CIEE Elective Courses (taught in Spanish)
LING 4002 BALA/SPAN 4006 BALA
Language and Society in the Spanish-Speaking World
The subject of this course—the relationship between language and society—was traditionally known as “sociolinguistics.” An enormous field, sociolinguistics deals with issues such as language maintenance and change; language variation; linguistic nationalism and language as a marker of social identity; and language policy. Language is both a principle means of transmitting culture and one of its most important systems. Some researchers have even gone so far as to assert that language can shape culture. This course explores all of these questions in the context of Spanish as it is developed and currently spoken in Spain and the Spanish-speaking world. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
AHIS 3003 BABC
Catalonia and Spain through the Arts
This course teaches students about Catalan and Spanish culture within the context of art history. The fundamental issues of the history and character of Spain and Catalonia, such as the Spanish Civil War and the Catalan independence movement, through the eyes of artists/witnesses including Velázquez, Goya, Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, and Miró are studied. Relevant study tours are arranged. 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. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
HISP 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. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
HIST 3003 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. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
ECON 3001 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. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Pre-requisite: Economics/Business major or minor.
BUSI 3003 BABC/MKTG 3003 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. Pre-requisite: Business major or minor.
BUSI 3005 BABC/MGMT 3006 BABC
This course provides students with the framework, tools, and factual knowledge required to understand the institutional and competitive environment and managerial challenges of firms in international competition. It analyzes the socio-cultural, political, and economic characteristics of a country and how they influence the behavior of firms; and studies the main economic flows around the world, its barriers, and their impact on firms. It also introduces briefly the study of internationalization methods used by firms. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Pre-requisite: Business major or minor.
INSH 3003 BALA
Qualified students have the opportunity to pursue an internship in an organization within a variety of industry sectors. Placements are carefully selected and students develop projects in NGOs, magazines and publishing companies, marketing and business companies, among others. In addition to the on-site work experience, students have a weekly classroom component that provides academic support for their internship experience. Students must have five semesters of college-level Spanish to participate. Total hours: 135. (15 seminar, 120 work placement). Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) Courses
Not all classes are offered each semester. The final list of courses will be available upon arrival in Barcelona.
Communication and Society in Spain/Comunicación y Sociedad en España
This course intends to show the functioning and structure of the media in Spain. For that purpose, sessions alternate theory and practice in order to reflect the general communication system and its peculiarities.
Contemporary Spanish Literature (20th Century)/Literatura Española Contemporánea
This class provides students a critical approach to the different genres, literary trends, and most representative authors of Spanish literature during the contemporary period of the 20th century. The texts are placed into context by dealing with the different literary issues that arise from them, as well as their relation with the arts, history, and thinking of their time.
Images of Spain in Contemporary Cinema/Imágenes de España en el Cine Contemporáneo
This course offers a vision of Spanish cinema, from the beginning of democracy in the 70s until present day. Special attention is placed on directors who are well known for their artistic values as well as for their capacity to reflect the Spanish society and the recent social changes in Spain, such as Almodóvar, Amenábar, Médem, and Guerín.
Literary Myths and Philosophy in Hispano-European Tradition/ Mitos Literarios y Filosofía en la Tradición Hispano-Europea
This course analyzes specific dimensions of Spanish tradition through one of the founding myths of Western culture: the figure of Don Juan. The character of Don Juan is persistent in myths of European tradition dating back to medieval legends and has subsequently given rise to different versions and commentaries by scholars, writers, and philosophers, both through the arts (Molière, Mozart, Byron, Mérimée, Dumas, Strauss, Trakl, Puskin) and philosophy (Kierkegaard, Ortega, Gasset, Unamuno).
Oral Expression Techniques/Técnicas de Expresión Oral
This seminar is for students who wish to improve their spoken Spanish in academic or formal contexts. The seminar follows a methodology that combines communication practice with reflection and observation of the resources and linguistic phenomena.
Social Movements and Contemporary World. U.S., Europe, and Spain (1950–2009)/Movimientos
Sociales y Mundo Contemporáneo. Estados Unidos, Europa, y España (1950–2009)
This course looks into modern social movements (civil rights, peace, feminist college) and examines some of the major activists and the social sectors that form them. It studies their foundations and analyzes their impact. The course has two goals—monographic and comparative. A comparative analysis enriches the vision of individual cases, and allows one to relate the historical development of these proposals and highlight existing influences.
Medieval Spanish Literature and the Golden Century/Literatura Española de la Edad Media y el Siglo de Oro
This course examines the main authors and literary works of the Spanish Medieval Golden century as a fundamental period of Spanish literary history. The course analyzes texts of different literary genres (poetry, prose, theatre) following a chronological order, starting in the early Medieval centuries and continuing through the 17th century. This course does not focus on the literary theory but rather on the history of literature.
Society and Politics in Contemporary Spain/Sociedad y política en la España contemporánea
This course is designed to give both political science and non-political science majors a robust overview of key features of Spanish Politics. The core of the course is the study of the nature and functioning of the Spanish democratic system established by the late seventies. It pays special attention to the main political processes, institutions, actors, belief systems and political behaviour in the country, including contemporary political violence and international immigration.
At the beginning of the course, some sessions will be devoted to study the previous Spanish democratic experience (1931-1936), its collapse (1936-1939), the authoritarian rule imposed afterwards and the Spanish transition to democracy (1975-1978), episodes that have left their mark on the features of the current Spanish political system.
Regular University Classes at UPF
The following list is a general selection of regular UPF courses available to international students and is subject to change. CIEE students enroll in Trimester I courses in the fall and Trimester II courses in the spring.
Fall: Contemporary Art, Contemporary Thought I, Geography, Greek Art, Medieval History, and Primitive Art
Spring: Contemporary History I, Esthetics and Cultural Philosophy, Medieval History, Modern Art, Modern History, Pre- and Ancient History
Politics and Public Administration
Fall: International Public Law I, Political Actors: Parties and Interest Groups, and Public Policy II
Spring: Intergovernmental Relations, International Public Law II, Political Science II, and Spanish Politics I and II