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CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Students may choose from a selection of 6-week courses offered by the CIEE Madrid Study Center. Sample courses include:
ECON 3001 MADR / EURO 3001 MADR
Economics of the European Union and Spain
The primary objective of this course is to expose students to issues involved in international economics, focusing on the European Union and Spain. Students learn the framework of the European economic integration process and how it has influenced the development of the Spanish economy. Students apply economic reasoning to a range of problems relevant for understanding the mechanisms and institutions of the European Union. Special attention will be placed on the current integration problems, economic relationships, European common policies, and the theoretical and empirical answers implemented to try to solve EU problems and challenges in the context of general globalization.
BUSI 3001 MADR / MKTG 3001 MADR
This course will equip students with the tools and terminology to explore and understand marketing practices in a global environment. Students learn the scope and challenge of international marketing, the dynamic environment of international trade, the culture, political, legal, and business systems of global markets, the global market opportunities and finally, the ways to develop global marketing strategies. Students will also learn to develop a formal analytic framework of decision-making based on international marketing practices through group projects and case studies.
HIST 3001 MASP
Contemporary History and Culture of Spain
This history course review concepts of continuity and change in Spanish national identity and culture. The aftermath of the Spanish-American War in 1898 gave Spain a very different world view, at times inward-looking or repressive towards certain social groups. Nevertheless, Spain also gained an international reputation for grasping progressive social change at distinct points of its recent history, starting with the Second Republic to recent laws that favor gender equality and gay marriage. In addition to describing political landmarks in Spain´s history, the class also evaluates the role of art, film, literature and architecture in shaping the country´s national and multicultural identity to date.
BUSI 3002 MADR
Business Law and Ethics
Western societies and international companies are demanding a new business and economic model based on ethics, transparency, and solidarity. Therefore, one of the main challenges organizations are now facing is how to ensure that employees act ethically and work with integrity. Management of organizations requires a certain ethical behavior in order to generate the trust needed for economic activities. In this post-crisis scenario, in which business values are being redefined, the concept of corporate social responsibility becomes increasingly relevant. CSR policies are seen as an effective way to implement a culture of ethical organization that would ultimately render regulations unnecessary. Students learn to recognize ethical issues, demonstrate familiarity with alternative frameworks for ethical reasoning, and discern trade-offs and implications of employing different ethical frames of reference when making business decisions.
SPAN 2001 MADR
Intermediate Spanish, I
Through an emphasis on writing, combined with a grammar review, this course is designed to develop language fluency and reflection, and students are expected to acquire functional and useful language skills for daily practice. Understanding textual information in context and writing clearly with correct register, style, and grammar is also practiced by way of regular exercises, tests, and a final exam.
All students enroll in the 8-week CIEE Global Internship with Integrated Academic Seminar and then will have the option to choose one of the two elective courses.
Required CIEE Internship
INSH 3806 MASP
Academic Internship in Madrid
The CIEE Global Internship program combines a full-time internship with a hybrid integrated academic seminar to provide professional exploration and specific skills development, enhance intercultural understanding, and a contextualized real-world work experience in a local or multi-national company or organization. The 8-week program includes between 220 and 240 hours of onsite internship project work alongside a 30-hour hybrid integrated academic seminar focusing on local business culture, intercultural communication, professional development, and linkages between local observations and global trends. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities that include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopsis of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.
CIEE Elective Courses
Students choose one of the following courses:
COMM 3301 MADR (ENG)
Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this course, you will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help you more appropriately and effectively engage, communicate, and lead in local as well as other intercultural contexts. Course participants explore a variety of topics in intercultural communication based in the context of students’ experiences abroad, and practice intercultural learning processes that can be applied when working across cultural differences in a wide variety of common contexts. Students increase their cultural self-awareness and develop critical personal leadership skills that equip them to become more effective citizens and leaders in an increasingly interdependent world.
BUSI 3007 MASP
Doing Business in Europe
This course aims to provide an introduction to the related influences of business, society, government and culture in the region and link these influences to students’ experience within their professional internship program and academic coursework. Using our location of Madrid as our beginning reference point, this course will review Europe’s economic and cultural contexts and major changes. We will explore the shared cultural history and diversity across the region (for purposes of this course, we will focus on the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, and Italy). Through small group work and individual inquiry, we will strive to focus on gaining an understanding of the major cultural groups in each country, their heritage and business activities along with the country’s current challenges and opportunities for trade and expansion within the region and globally. By using current business cases and media coverage of economic, political and business issues, we will focus on what we as outsiders to the region need to quickly assess and integrate into our business approaches for success in the region.