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Course Offerings

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

SPRING SEMESTER 2015-2016
Jan 2016 - Mar 2016
$12,500
ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016
Sep 11, 2015 - Apr 8, 2016
$23,500
SPRING SEMESTER 2014-2015
Jan 4, 2015 - Mar 28, 2015
$12,500
FALL SEMESTER 2015-2016
Sep 11, 2015 - Dec 11, 2015
$12,500

Deadlines

SPRING SEMESTER 2015-2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority: Oct 1, 2015; Standard: Oct 10, 2015
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 1, 2015
ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority: May 1, 2015: Standard: May 15, 2015
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2015
SPRING SEMESTER 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority: Oct 1, 2014; Standard: Oct 10, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 1, 2014
FALL SEMESTER 2015-2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority: May 1, 2015: Standard: May 15, 2015
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2015

Course Offerings

SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES LEVELS 200, 300 & 400

Click this link* to navigate to syllabi on the UPF website. If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Manager.

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

Click this link to navigate to syllabi on the UPF website. If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Manager.

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

51628 A messy garden. A History of the Cultural Values of Europe (3) Conducted in Spanish

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.

51627 Ancient Mediterranean (3) Conducted in Spanish

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.

51600 Barcelona, the City and its History (3) Conducted in Spanish

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.

51622 Barcelona: the Rise of a Design City (3) Conducted in Spanish

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 artifacts and environments. Design and architecture were placed at the heart of the city’s popular culture, and of its international success to this day.

51630 Business Organizations in Europe  (3) Conducted in Spanish

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.

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.

51629 Contemporary Law: Dictatorships and Transitional Justice from a Comparative Perspective (3) Conducted in Spanish

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.

51607 Contemporary Spanish Art (3) Conducted in Spanish

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.

51618 Corporate Brand Equity in the Context of European Cultural Identity (3) Conducted in Spanish

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.

51602 Global Marketing & Culture of FC Barcelona: Playing for fun or for keeps (3) Conducted in Spanish

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.

51632 Neurosciences for Humanities (3) Conducted in Spanish

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

51617 Politics and Society in the European Union (3) Conducted in Spanish

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.

51611 Spain in cinema: local and global perspectives (3) Conducted in Spanish

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 

51603 The Barcelona Journey Towards Sustainability: Economic, Business & Social Transformations (3) Conducted in Spanish

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. *this is the former “The Barcelona Journey towards Sustainability” course. Only the title has been revisited

51619 Understanding Globalization: Historical Roots of Economic, Political and Cultural Exchanges between East Asia, America and Europe (3) Conducted in Spanish

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).

COURSES OFFERED DURING THE SPRING IN ENGLISH

51628 A Messy Garden. A History of the Cultural Values of Europe (3) Conducted in English

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.

51627 Ancient Mediterranean (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.

51600 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.

51622 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 artifacts and environments. Design and architecture were placed at the heart of the city’s popular culture, and of its international success to this day.

51630 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.

51629 Contemporary Law: Dictatorships and Transitional Justice from a Comparative Perspective (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.

51607 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 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.

51618 Corporate Brand Equity in the Context of European Cultural Identity (3) Conducted in English

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.

51602 Global Marketing & Culture of FC Barcelona: Playing for fun or for keeps (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.

51632 Neurosciences for Humanities (3) Conducted in English

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

51617 Politics and Society in the European Union (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. *this is the former “An Introduction to the EU” course. Only the title has been revisited

51611 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

51603 The Barcelona Journey towards Sustainability: Economic, Business & Social Transformations (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. *this is the former “The Barcelona Journey towards Sustainability” course. Only the title has been revisited

51619 Understanding Globalization: Historical Roots of Economic, Political and Cultural Exchanges between East Asia, America and Europe (3) Conducted in English

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)

COURSES OFFERED DURING THE FALL IN ENGLISH

The Barcelona Journey towards Sustainability: Economic, Business & Social transformations (3) – Conducted in English

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.

Corporate Brand Equity in the Context of European Cultural Identity (3) – Conducted in English

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 (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.

Globalization, Development and Social Cohesion: Which Role for International Development Cooperation? (3) – Conducted in English

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.

Global Media and International Journalism (3) – Conducted in English

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the worldwide media panorama has undergone structural changes which have dramatically changed the relationship between global politics and the transnational communication system. The former Anglo-American dominance over global news flow has been replaced by a new circuit of cultural, regional and national systems all competing in what former French president Jacques Chirac called  the “global battle of images”.In this sense, the present course looks at world news management up until now before analyzing the consolidation of global media such as Al-Jazeera in the Arab world, Tele Sur (Latin America) or Zee TV (India) to look at their role in the global news story and the development of “South-South” communication.Through the analysis of case studies such as the media coverage of Islam, the Africa story, the European Union and finally the image of Spain in the foreign press, we can 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?

Politics and Society in the European Union (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. *this is the former “An Introduction to the EU” course.

Screening the Global World: Cultural Diversity and Public Television Space (3) – Conducted in English

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.

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

The course represents a systematic introduction to major political ideas that emerged and developed from the French Revolution to globalization The classes will be based on analyzing and debating political ideas and arguments of representative authors such as E. Burke, A. de Tocqueville, J. S. Mill, K. Marx, F. Nietzsche or Hannah Arendt. Relevant documentaries and films will be discussed in order to better grasp the historical context and the power of ideas in shaping political events.

Understanding Globalization: Historical Roots of Economic, Political and Cultural Exchanges between East Asia, America and Europe (3) – Conducted in English

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).

COURSES OFFERED DURING THE FALL IN SPANISH

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.

El laberinto árabe: de las primaveras al estado islámico (3) – Conducted in Spanish

El curso se articula en cinco áreas de interés: la situación del mundo árabe al desencadenarse las primaveras, los actores políticos, las consecuencias inmediatas, las situaciones de crisis y los agentes externos. Cada una de las áreas de interés se estructura de acuerdo con el siguiente esquema: una introducción, una descripción y unas conclusiones. Al final del curso se aborda el nuevo marco de relaciones de los paises árabes con Estados Unidos y la Unión Europea, la situación del conflicto árabe-israelí y las relaciones del mundo árabe con Turquía y con Irán.La situación del mundo árabe al desencadenarse las primaveras se aborda desde tres vertientes: la naturaleza política de los regímenes, la crisis social y el sistema de alianzas intraárabes y del mundo árabe con Occidente, el papel de Arabia Saudí y las demás petromonarquías.Los actores políticos se concretan en el estudio de las fuerzas desencadenantes de las primaveras -las organizaciones de la oposición (laicas y confesionales), los jóvenes, las mujeres, etc.-, los medios a su alcance, las redes sociales, los medios informativos que las apoyaron y el apoyo al proceso de las clases medias urbanas (Egipto, Túnez).Las consecuencias inmediatas se centran en la situación en los paises con procesos de reforma en marcha después de la quiebra de los regímenes políticos que los precedieron y en aquellos otros en los que las reformes han sido pilotadas desde el poder (Marruecos, Jordania).Las situaciones de crisis se analizan sobre todo a partir dos conflictos con un impacto regional y estratégico enorme: la guerra civil siria y el proceso de cambios en el Yemen.Los agentes externos se concretan en las organizaciones yihadistas que aspiran a sacar algun provecho de las primaveras -Al Qaeda del Magreb Islámico en el Sahel, Al Qaeda en Yemen-, el papel de los paises Occidentales, Israel y la pugna por la hegemonía en la región.

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.

Los movimientos sociales en el siglo XXI ante la globalización, la crisis y los procesos de democratización (3) – Conducted in Spanish

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.
Se atenderá a las propuestas, las formas de organización y acción, los debates suscitados y los impactos generados. Las principales áreas geográficas de estudio serán América, Europa, el norte de África y Oriente medio. Para el análisis se combinaran las perspectivas que nos ofrecen diferentes disciplinas académicas, destacadamente, la ciencia política, las relaciones internacionales, la sociología, la economía, la historia, la filosofía política, la investigación para la paz, la psicología social, los estudios de género y el periodismo de investigación.

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.

Sociedad y Política en la España Contemporánea (3) – Conducted in Spanish

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 behavior 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.

COURSES OFFERED DURING BOTH TERMS

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.

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.

Picasso, Miró, Dalí y el arte de la Modernidad (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 plástico.