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Highlights

  • Classes: taught in Spanish & English
  • Housing: Student apartments, local host families and residence halls (additional fees apply for Barcelona residence halls)
  • International excursion

Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Completed API application
  • University Contact Information Form
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Additional application forms (including a housing form, a course form, and visa form)
  • One (electronic) passport-sized photo
  • Copy of passport (or confirmation of passport application)
  • Entry Documents: valid passport with student visa
  • Open to juniors and seniors only
  • Language: Intermediate, advanced & superior level students only, must have completed 2-3 semesters of college level Spanish or equivalent

Dates & Fees

ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015
Sep 12, 2014 - Mar 28, 2015
$22,480
FALL SEMESTER 2014-2015
Sep 12, 2014 - Dec 23, 2014
$11,980
SPRING SEMESTER 2014-2015
Jan 4, 2015 - Mar 28, 2015
$11,980
SPRING SEMESTER 2013-2014
Jan 3, 2014 - Apr 1, 2014
$11,980

Deadlines

ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority: May 1, 2014: Standard: May 15, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2014
FALL SEMESTER 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority: May 1, 2014: Standard: May 15, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2014
SPRING SEMESTER 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority: Oct 1, 2014; Standard: Oct 10, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 1, 2014
SPRING SEMESTER 2013-2014
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority: Oct 1, 2013; Standard: Oct 10, 2013
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 1, 2013

Course Offerings

SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES LEVELS 200, 300 & 400

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Intermediate Level Spanish/Advanced Level Spanish/Proficiency Level Spanish (6) – Conducted in Spanish

Intermediate-level students learn to understand the main ideas of any standard written text, as well as to communicate in a variety of daily situations that demand an exchange of information and opinions. Advanced-level students learn to use and understand complex linguistic structures to communicate in a variety of situations that demand an exchange of information and opinions. The course consists of 90 contact hours and is subdivided into two consecutive modules. The first of these modules is intensive and lasts for 25 hours over a two-week period. The second module is extensive and has 65 hours of classes delivered over a period of approximately 12 weeks. This course is required for all non-native Spanish speakers.

HISPANIC STUDIES COURSES

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Courses are conducted in Spanish and English. Students take 2-3 of the following courses. Not all classes are available each semester and additional classes may be offered.

COURSES OFFERED DURING THE SPRING IN SPANISH

Arte y artistas (3) – Conducted in Spanish

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. 
Todo ello se realizará a través de la aproximación a cinco artistas catalanes o estrechamente vinculados a Cataluña, pero de indudable relevancia universal. Y, como se desprende del título del mismo, tomando como punto de partida sus obras más significativas, con un método que alejándose del discurso historiográfico o biográfico sitúa en primer plano las obras concretas y parte siempre del lenguaje plástic

Barcelona, la ciudad y su historia (3) – Conducted in Spanish

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.

Comunicación y sociedad en España (3) – Conducted in Spanish

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.

Culturas Hispánicas de la Edad Media al Siglo de Oro: textos y contextos  (3) – Conducted in Spanish

Es habitual que a los estudiantes que cursan español en las universidades norteamericanas, ya sea como ‘minor’ o como ‘major’, se les exija un conocimiento introductorio que abarque una visión panorámica de la Edad Media al Siglo De oro. Estos cursos suelen tener una estructura filológica muy tradicional y consisten, por lo general, en una lista de obras canónicas, de difícil lectura, objeto de mera erudición y desligadas del contexto y en que se produjeron y aún más, sin conexión con cuestiones actuales. En este curso se presentarán los principales textos de la literatura española desde sus inicios hasta la decadencia del Imperio español. Se atenderán tanto los aspectos de historia literaria como la relación con los contextos de creación y recepción de los títulos escogidos con el fin de trazar el desarrollo del imaginario social y cultural dominante. Desde esta perspectiva, se analizarán de manera central dos polos que han configurado, hasta hoy, el debate sobre el ‘ser’ de España: (1) Las Españas: uniformidad y diversidad en la Península Ibérica y (2) España, en los márgenes de Europa.

De los tópicos, prejuicios, estereotipos y malentendidos culturales en Español (3) – Conducted in Spanish

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.) 

España en Transición: la construcción de una sociedad democrática (3) – Conducted in Spanish

La sociedad española ha vivido cambios de gran transcendencia en los años que van des de finales de los 50 hasta los años 80. Este curso busca plantear la realidad de la España que salía de una guerra civil, que vivió una posguerra represiva y como bajo el franquismo empieza a construir la sociedad que emerge con rotundidad durante el periodo de la transición a la democracia y de la que somos herederos. Cabe preguntarse cuáles fueron los factores que explican este cambio. ¿Que hizo posible que una dictadura cerrada en ella misma se transformara en una sociedad preocupada por la libertad, plenamente democrática y que se convirtió en cosmopolita y abierta al mundo? para entenderlo habrá que fijarse en la evolución de diferentes ámbitos de nuestra sociedad y ver que ha facilitado estos cambios: ciudadanía, vida política, economía, cultura…Nada de lo que ha pasado se puede entender sin una mirada mucho más amplia que atienda a todo aquello que se movió en diferentes direcciones y que creó una nueva realidad. Habrá que fijarse en cosas tan diferentes como la incidencia del turismo, del crecimiento económico de los años del “desarrollismo”, de la lucha en las universidades, en las fábricas o en los barrios para acabar con el franquismo y crear un mundo diferente, de los cambios en la Iglesia, en el cine, la música…També hay que ser conscientes del periodo internacional en el que todo esto fue posible y las influencias internacionales que contribuyeron a hacerlo posible, especialmente des de los Estados Unidos y Europa.

Español: técnicas de expresión oral (3) – Conducted in Spanish

El curso está planteado para que el estudiante gane seguridad y fluidez en su producción e interacción oral en español. Para ello, se hace especial hincapié en el vocabulario así como en los marcadores discursivos y expresiones con función fática. Las clases están pensadas para que el estudiante se sienta cómodo hablando en español sobre temas muy diversos. El curso se plantea a partir de las necesidades individuales de cada estudiante; así, a partir de un primer diagnóstico del profesor y de una concreción de objetivos por parte del estudiante, se formula una evaluación individualizada para cada estudiante

Imagenes de Espana en el Cine Contemporaneo (3) – Conducted in Spanish

.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. Las diferentes sesiones del curso exponen el imaginario plural del cine español más reciente, a través de la obra de autores como Pedro Almodóvar, Víctor Erice, Julio Médem, Alejandro Amenábar o José Luis Guerín.

La proyección internacional de los derechos humanos (3) – Conducted in Spanish

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.

Transiciones y Democratización: el caso español en perspectiva comparada (3) – Conducted in Spanish

El estudio de las transiciones y la democratización constituye uno de los ámbitos interdisciplinares más importantes de la politología. Desde los primeros trabajos sobre los orígenes de la dictadura y la democracia, hasta el estudio sobre la calidad de la democracia, la transitología ha evolucionado en paralelo a la propia ciencia política. El caso español, por sus propias peculiaridades, se ha convertido en un caso paradigmático que ha inspirado numerosos procesos de transición en otros países. En este curso nos proponemos una doble tarea: estudiar los conceptos, métodos y teorías sobre el tema y examinar comparativamente el impacto de la transición española en otros lugares.

COURSES OFFERED DURING THE SPRING IN ENGLISH

Ancient Mediterranean: Colonial Encounters and Imperialism (3) – Conducted in English

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 City and its History  (3) – Conducted in English

Once labeled by Newsweek magazine as the “coolest city in Europe,” Barcelona enjoys the reputation of a cosmopolitan city with a great international projection. Like all places, however, it is not without its complexities and contradictions. 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 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.

The Barcelona Journey towards sustainability (3) – Conducted in English

This course celebrates the city of Barcelona and embarks the student in a journey to better understand the concept of Sustainability and its novel applications. Starting with the question “why Barcelona?”, we then move to enlightening examples of sustainability in the history and art of the city. Inspired by different concrete realizations, we analyze different approaches to sustainability, experience its emotionally loaded “dark side”, visit several research institutions firmly committed to sustainability, visit some natural areas and finish the course with an inspiring experiential session.

Barcelona: the rise of a design city (3) – Conducted in English

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

Between Tolerance and Conflict: Jewish, Christians and Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula (3) – Conducted in English

This course will examine the history of Medieval Iberia from the perspective of a society characterized by an unprecedented interaction between the Mediterranean’s three civilizations (Muslim, Christian and Jewish). Specifically the course will debate the historical paradigms (e.g. convivencia, tolerance vs. intolerance) frequently used to depict the cultural diversity of Iberian Peninsula’s medieval experience. 

As well as providing a general introduction to the cultural parameters of Medieval Iberia’s three civilizations, the course will highlight these societies’ modes of interaction and mutual influence. Special attention will be paid to the ways in which contemporary concerns have shaped historians’ depictions of Medieval Iberian societies and the dynamics of cross-faith interaction. 

Throughout the course the importance of local specificity (for example, the differing social and political circumstances in the Crown of Castile and the Crown of Aragon) will be emphasized in understanding the possibilities of cultural interaction.

Business Organizations in Europe (3) – Conducted in English

The course is aimed at the study of the most frequent legal forms of business organization within the European Union (corporations), taking into account the efforts undertaken in Europe to unify the legislation of the different Member States. 
The course examines the relevant models of organization in a comparative perspective, looking at national and european legislation, and considering the experience in the United States. Corporate decision making process and financial structure will be examined. In addition, the course pays particular attention to the role that play the rules of corporate governance, their different application, and the consequences of the financial crisis on these practices. 
Policy issues will be emphasized, and economic and cultural arguments will be taught to provide the students with accurate analytical tools in order to examine different legal solutions.

Class, Nationalism and Civil War: Tradition and Modernization in Modern Spain (3) – Conducted in English

Rich in cultural and ethnic diversity as much as in social and economic inequality, Spain was during the late 1930′s the theater of one of the fiercest civil conflicts in Europe. The course discusses the causes and processes behind the conflict by reviewing the history of modern Spain. The civil war left a deep imprint in Spaniards’ political identities that continues to exert an influence in Spain’s contemporary political system. 

The course follows Spain’s evolution throughout the economically expansive but politically regressive period of Franco’s fascist dictatorship (1939-1975), to explore the extent to which social change eroded the old cleavages. The political developments of democratic Spain in the last 35 years—the renewed tensions between national consensus and regional autonomy, the political polarization along the old ideological lines—can be understood from a perspective that looks at tradition as a set of ideological references readily available to the new generations but continuously reinterpreted under the pressure of modernization.

Comparing Media (3) – Conducted in English

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

Contemporary Spanish Art (3) – Conducted in English

The objective of this course is to offer a survey approach to the history of artistic developments in Spain from Goya to our days. 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.
Although this course is mainly based on lectures and class debate; three visits to galleries and exhibitions 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 lecture.

An introduction to the EU (3) – Conducted in English

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. 

Law and Dictatorship (3) – Conducted in English

The “short twentieth century” (Hobsbawm) was not, as many expected it to be, the century of democracy and political liberalism. Far from it, many parts of Europe experienced totalitarianism and authoritarianism. Today we can find different books and documentaries about this phenomenon made by historians, political scientists and sociologists. If somebody is interested about the importance of law during totalitarian regimes, he or she will realize that legal scholars, especially in Spanish State, did not pay much attention to the legal systems of these dark periods. Legal systems described by liberalist theories worked as a barrier against totalitarianism. Nonetheless, law was also a relevant way to ensure social and economic control under dictatorships. Law was a tool of repression and social control but also for legitimizing political power. This course will examine the evolution of law under dictatorships from a comparative point of view. Although the Spanish dictatorship (“Franquismo”) will be the centre of these lessons, we will also analyze other totalitarian experiences in Europe and Latin America. This is a course of comparative legal and political history. However, we will also observe present and future developments. Although the time of dictatorship is (almost) finished authoritarianism is still alive. In many cases it may not show itself as the old fashion dictatorship but as a showroom democracy. Finally, we will analyze the relationship between law and non-democratic forms of power in the present times.

Playing for Fun or for keeps: Football Club Barcelona in the global village (3) – Conducted in English

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.
A number of broad topics related to football will be explored in the course (in an introductory fashion), including FC Barcelona’s case study as an example of both national implications and artistic possibilities, since it embodies the representation of certain Catalonian values while arguably being the most accomplished team of the 21st Century. With that in mind, FC Barcelona can be examined both as an emotional investment for local fans, and as a highly successful brand to be consumed by global audiences. On top of that, largely unquestioned assumptions about fans engagement, national identity and team identification must be revised at the turn of the new century. We will critically reflect on the role new actors play in the sporting arena: social media, global fandom, and the celebrity culture (with multi-million dollar footballers becoming rock stars) that overshadows the team values. In a nutshell, the course will try to make a point about the significance of sport in the modern era, and will do so by highlighting the implications a brand like FC Barcelona can have in social, economical and media contexts.

Self-determination and Secession: a European view (3) – Conducted in English

This course offers an overview of the concept and practice of self-determination concerning its history and application to different contexts. From Mr. President Woodrow Wilson Fourteen Points to the recent Catalan Declaration of sovereignty or the Scottish 2014 referendum the notion of self-determination has suffered several changes. On one hand, this course provides a theoretical knowledge on self-determination and secession through its history, main theories and international legal status. On the other hand, it applies theoretical knowledge to processes of self-determination in Eastern and Western Europe. At the end of the course the student will be able to identify different meanings of self-determination through history and will have an expertise on practical cases in Eastern Europe (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Slovenia) and Western Europe (Basque Country, Catalonia and Scotland).

Spain in cinema: local and global perspectives(3) – Conducted in English

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, Dalí) that originate from Spain. Documentaries of international renown describe transitional and contemporary Spain. The early works of well-known directors Pedro Almodóvar and Carlos Saura illustrate Spanish countercultures. Spanish cinema is represented through the flux of local artists abroad (and vice versa), and uses of Spain as a film site. The Catalan perspectives are reflected through Barcelona representations and local visions of Otherness

COURSES OFFERED DURING THE FALL IN ENGLISH

Geographies, People and Society in Modern Spain (3) – Conducted in English

This course introduces the reality of Spanish society and economy from a geographical perspective. The classes will combine thematic and regional approaches as well as some in-depth case studies. The main goal of the course is to introduce students to the realities and peculiarities of Spanish society stressing regional differences and the similarities with international economic, social and political trends. By the end of the course students will be able to understand the most significant events of Spanish society and they will also have a geographic background in which to integrate their other studies during their time in Spain. Most of the topics will be treated from a very current perspective, using recent events from newspapers or TV news as examples. Topics will include the peculiarities of the Spanish political structure, with special emphasis on the regional level; the changes in the demographic structure of Spain, and the increasing role of women in society; the labour market and the effects of migration (internal and international), the role of real estate and tourism in the economic development of Spain, and the relationship between culture and political power in modern Spain.

Global Media and International Journalism in the 21st Century (3) – Conducted in English

From the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the media world has undergone structural changes that have ended up altering the relation between global politics and the transnational system of communications. The former Anglo-American control of the global news flow has been substituted by a new circuit of unknown cultural, regional and national systems. In this context, the course analyzes how the management of the media world has been carried out up-to-date.

Imperium: Exercising Power in an Ancient Global World (3) – Conducted in English

The Mediterranean basin of II CE may well be described as a global space, dominated by a single economy and defined by a shared culture in which side by side with an official language there is a language of high culture, included in the curriculum of a standardized education. This world, which represents itself as a brilliant moment in the history of humankind, is the result of the progressive expansion of the power of Rome. How did this come about? To what extent is it comparable to the imposition of a single power in our global world? Where do single or national identities stand in the unified context of a “civilized world”? Which mechanisms better ensure – then and now – the maintenance of the “global” structures?

Political Ideas in Historical Context: from the French Revolution to Post-Communism (3) – Conducted in English

This course represents a systematic introduction to the major political ideas that emerged and developed in Europe from the French Revolution to post-communism. The premise of the course is that political ideas always emerge and should be understood in specific historical contexts. Correspondingly, each class will start with an examination of the historical and cultural context, followed by an analysis of political ideas and arguments of representative authors such as E. Burke, A. de Tocqueville, J. S. Mill, K. Marx, F. Nietzsche. To this end, we will build connections between specific political ideas, works of art, and their historical context, in the attempt to better understand the modern and contemporary history of European civilization. The course will give a special weight to Spain as part of the broader European context, by discussing the main political moments and ideas that marked its modern and contemporary history.

COURSES OFFERED DURING THE FALL IN SPANISH

Barcelona/Madrid – Literature and Cinema on the Contemporary City (3) – Conducted in Spanish

The course addresses a twofold problem: first, how to think about the city based on its contemporary artistic representation (especially in literature and cinema, but also in painting, comic books or television), and second, how to position that reflection in the current debate on national, European, Globalization – in short, local, collective and international identity.

Lengua y cultura catalanas (3) Conducted in Spanish

Este curso está pensado para que estudiantes que tienen un conocimiento de español básico. A través de este curso se les introducirá en la lengua y cultura catalanas, a través del componente comunicativo, con el objetivo de facilitar el aprendizaje del catalán en un nivel inicial hasta conseguir una competencia mínima que pueda permitir una comunicación básica y la adquisición de las bases para poder seguir avanzando en el aprendizaje del catalán si así se desea.

Además se hará un repaso de las fiestas tradicionales de Cataluña que se celebren en el periodo del curso y se presentarán las peculiaridades de la sociedad catalana en relación a cada uno de los temas tratados.

Comunicación y sociedad de riesgo: terrorismo, crisis ambientales y nuevos desafíos globales (3) Conducted in Spanish

La asignatura permitirá conocer y comparar la gestión del riesgo en Europa y Estados Unidos. También se analizaran los principales episodios críticos vividos en España y en el conjunto del continente durante los últimos años. Se compararan diferentes tipos de crisis y se explicará la gestión comunicativa por parte de los medios de masas.

Hispanic Culture and Newspaper-Literary Supplements (3) – Conducted in Spanish

The course is based on the presentation, knowledge and study of contemporary Hispanic culture through reading and analysis of the major cultural supplements of national newspapers. Special attention is paid to the contributions of writers and artists.

Literatura Española Contemporánea (3) – Conducted in Spanish

Este curso se inscribe en el ámbito de la historia de la literatura y se centra en el período que comprende la modernidad estética, atendiendo a algunos precursores decimonónicos, y analizando las principales derivas creativas que se desarrollarán a lo largo del siglo.

Medieval and Golden Age Spanish Literature (3) – Conducted in Spanish

The course covers the major authors and works of the Spanish Middle Ages and Siglo de Oro, as a fundamental stage in the history of Spanish literature. Texts from different genres are analyzed (poetry, fiction, drama) in chronological order, starting with the Middle Ages and continuing through the 17th century. The course does not focus on the literary theory but on the history of literature.

Mitos Literarios y Filosofía en la Tradición Hispano-Europea (3) – Conducted in Spanish

En este curso analizaremos las modulaciones específicas sufridas por uno de los mitos fundacionales de la cultura occidental: la figura de Don Juan. El personaje de Don Juan es uno de los mitos persistentes en la tradición europea cuyo origen se remonta a las leyendas medievales y que, posteriormente, ha dado lugar a diferentes versiones y comentarios por parte de eruditos, tanto desde el punto de vista de las artes: la literatura (Tirso, Zorrilla, Molière), la música (Mozart) y el cine (Bergmann, Gonzalo Suárez), como desde el punto de vista de la filosofía (Kierkegaard, Ortega y Gasset, Unamuno).

En estas dos semanas de curso intentaremos familiarizarnos con los componentes originarios del mito para, posteriormente, analizar algunas de sus manifestaciones artísticas y filosóficas. Comenzaremos con la elaboración literaria del mito en las obras de El burlador de Sevilla, de Tirso de Molina y el Don Juan Tenorio de Zorrilla.

En un segundo bloque analizaremos, de la mano del filósofo danés Kierkegaard, la versión operística de Don Juan: el Don Giovanni de Mozart. Nos centraremos en el libreto de Da Ponte, así como en la naturaleza de la magnífica música escrita por Mozart y su puesta en escena.

En el tercer bloque, veremos el Don Juan, en una doble perspectiva de la mano de dos reconocidos directores: Bergmann y Gonzalo Suárez. El primero, en su obra El ojo del diablo, nos presenta una visión cómica, una verdadera bufonada, sorprendente en el marco de la filmografía del gran director, que nos obligará a una reflexión en torno a la imagen y la seducción. En el segundo caso nos aproximaremos a la obra del español Gonzalo Suárez que ejercita una peculiar recreación de la versión que Molière ensayó del mito de Don Juan, resaltando su dimensión trágica.

Finalizaremos con algunas reflexiones filosóficas, de la mano de Ortega y Gasset, Unamuno, Pérez de Ayala y otros, en torno al papel del mito en el imaginario europeo, y sobre la naturaleza erótica-religiosa del Don Juan.

Vosotros o Ustedes? Communicacíon, Lengua y Cultura de los Hablantes de Español en España y en América Latina (3) – Conducted in Spanish

El objetivo de este curso es permitir a los aprendices de español comparar distintas variedades del español que se habla tanto en España como en América Latina, así como acercarse a los contextos socioculturales en los que se hablan dichas variedades. A través de textos reales, tomados de distintos medios de comunicación (radio, televisión, Internet) y con diferentes registros (formal/informal), los estudiantes podrán: (i) conocer aspectos sutiles y particularidades de diversas variedades de español y (ii) reflexionar sobre distintas formas de decir, utilizando una misma lengua bajo la influencia de factores geográficos, sociales y culturales.

Aprovechando la situación multicultural de Cataluña, la identificación de las variedades será reforzada y evaluada a través del estudio de relatos orales cotidianos (anécdotas) de hablantes de diferentes modalidades de español recogidos por los propios alumnos.

Curso útil para estudiantes que desean profundizar en sus conocimientos del español y conocer los entornos socioculturales en los que se habla español.

Viajes y Crónicas: Imágenes del Descubrimiento y la Expansion Colonial en la América Hispánica (3) – Conducted in Spanish

El curso se aproxima a la construcción del imaginario de la conquista, el viaje y la exploración del territorio y el paisaje americano a partir de un acercamiento a relatos audiovisuales concretos con una atención particular hacia aquellas película que destacan tanto por su valor artístico como por su capacidad para reflejar algunos de los cuestionamientos y problemas fundamentales de esta parte consustancial de la historia de la relación entre España y el continente americano. A través de las diferentes sesiones del curso se intenta ofrecer un panorama amplio, con un énfasis tanto en la propia lógica del viaje como, por otra parte, en las implicaciones antropológicas y filosóficas de la conquista. La mecánica del curso, por otra parte, se fundamenta en la participación de los estudiantes, que obtendrán las herramientas teórico-críticas necesarias para enfrentarse a la historia de la relación entre España y Latinoamérica.

COURSES OFFERED DURING BOTH TERMS

Arte and Artistas (3) – Conducted in Spanish

The focus of this course is on exploring Spanish art through the Barcelona art collections. Students do not need to have any specific background in Spanish art or in art history to take this course.

Barcelona: La Ciudad y su Historia (3) – Conducted in Spanish

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.

Barcelona: The City and its History (3) – Conducted in English

Once labeled by Newsweek magazine as the “coolest city in Europe,” Barcelona enjoys the reputation of a cosmopolitan city with great international projection. Like all places, however, it is not without its complexities and contradictions. 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. Students review the most important moments in the history of Barcelona through its urban and architectural landscape. Issues relevant to people living within the city of Barcelona today are also addressed. The course consists of a mixture of lectures, discussions, and field studies.

Between Tolerance and Conflict: Muslims, Jews and Christians (3) – Conducted in English

This course examines the history of Medieval Iberia from the perspective of a society characterized by an unprecedented interaction between the Mediterranean’s three civilizations (Muslim, Christian and Jewish). Specifically, the course debates the historical paradigms (e.g. convivencia, tolerance vs. intolerance) frequently used to depict the cultural diversity of Iberian Peninsula’s medieval experience. In addition to providing a general introduction to the cultural parameters of Medieval Iberia’s three civilizations, the course highlights these societies’ modes of interaction and mutual influence. Special attention is paid to the ways in which contemporary concerns have shaped historians’ depictions of Medieval Iberian societies and the dynamics of cross-faith interaction. Throughout the course the importance of local specificity (for example, the differing social and political circumstances in the Crown of Castile and the Crown of Aragon) is emphasized in understanding the possibilities of cultural interaction.

Comparing Media (3) – Conducted in English

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

Comunicación y Sociedad en España (3) – Conducted in Spanish

This course analyzes means of communication in Spain and in Europe. The course is closely linked to the latest news in Spain and Europe. Students will also develop a radio workshop in the second part of the course, where they will be able to put into practice all the theoretical knowledge they acquire.

Contemporary Spanish Art (3) – Conducted in English

The objective of this course is to offer a survey approach to the history of artistic developments in Spain from Goya to today. A background in 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. Although this course is mainly based on lectures, some visits to museums and exhibitions will also be part of the course requirements.

Imágenes de España en el Cine Contemporáneo (3) – Conducted in Spanish

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. Las diferentes sesiones del curso exponen el imaginario plural del cine español más reciente, a través de la obra de autores como Pedro Almodóvar, Víctor Erice, Julio Médem, Alejandro Amenábar o José Luis Guerín.

Spain in Cinema: Local and Global Perspectives (3) – Conducted in English

The course analyzes different topics of Spanish history, society, culture and arts through cinematographic representation. The class uses both Spanish and foreign films to compare their perspectives and points of view on the topics suggested. The course focuses on the intercultural features of the syllabus and its importance in the present. The contemporary Spanish society has been depicted through documentaries of international renown as well as through contra-culture and subcultures that have played an important role in the Spanish transition, and have also shaped the work of well-known authors such as Pedro Almodóvar or Carlos Saura.