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Course Offerings

Highlights

  • Classes taught in Spanish & English
  • FORUM on Education Abroad QUIP accreditation
  • International excursion

Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Junior or Senior Standing at time of application
  • Open to all levels of Spanish speakers
  • Students who wish to take advanced-level Spanish courses must have completed 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Additional application forms (including a housing form, a course form, and visa form)
  • Personal Statement/Motivation letter
  • One (electronic) passport-sized photo
  • Copy of passport (or confirmation of passport application)
  • Entry Documents: valid passport with student visa

Dates & Fees

ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
Sep 15, 2017 - Mar 23, 2018
$22,480
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
Jan 2, 2018 - Mar 23, 2018
$11,880
FALL SEMESTER 2018
Mid-Sep, 2018 - Mid-Dec, 2018
$11,880
FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
Sep 15, 2017 - Dec 14, 2017
$11,880
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
Mid-Sep, 2018 - Late Mar, 2019
$22,480

Deadlines

ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority: May 1, 2017: Standard: May 15, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority: Oct 1, 2017; Standard: Oct 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 1, 2017
FALL SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority: May 1, 2018: Standard: May 15, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2018
FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority: May 1, 2017: Standard: May 15, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority: May 1, 2018: Standard: May 15, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2018

Course Offerings

If you require syllabi that are not listed above, please contact your API Program Manager.

Click this link to navigate to syllabi on the UPF website. Spanish language syllabi can be found on the bottom-left side entitled “Spanish Language Courses.” Cultural elective syllabi can also be found on the bottom-left side listed by session.

SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES

Beginner Level Spanish (6) – Conducted in Spanish

La orientación del programa es comunicativa, tanto en sus fines como en la metodología que sigue. Ello significa que los objetivos, en sus distintos niveles de concreción, se fijan en términos de capacidad de uso de la lengua; que los contenidos se derivan de los objetivos así establecidos; y que la metodología de trabajo se basa en la realización de actividades de uso, acompañada de los necesarios procesos de reflexión sobre la lengua que faciliten la interiorización y el dominio de sus diversas estructuras y unidades.

Intermediate Level Spanish/Advanced Level Spanish/Superior 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

51601 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.

51609 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.

51610 Comunicación y sociedad en España y Europa (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 Espa&ntildde;a 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.

51621 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.

51719 – De los estereotipos culturales al diálogo transcultural (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.).

51631 La protección 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.

51665 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.

51695 “Sepharad”: History and Heritage of Jewish Spain (3) – Conducted in Spanish

The course presents an itinerary around the human, historical and cultural heritage of the Spanish Jews, from the Middle Ages to present day. The first part of the course keeps a historical focus, studying the cultural history of Sepharad, from the origins to the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. The Sephardic Diaspora and the development of the judeo-hispanic culture, the return of the Sephardic Jews from the late 19th Century, of European Jews during the inter-war period and how the Shoah relates to Spain will also be covered. The second part of the course will focus focus on the cultural, architectural and human recovery of the Spanish Jewish heritage. Both the human and patrimonial aspects of such recovery will be analyzed, through the case study of different private and public initiatives aimed to develop tourism or marketing projects revolving around the “myth” of Sepharad. Students will work on individual or group projects to delve into questions such as: How is Jewish heritage and history presented in Spain? What are the strategies and outcomes of such projects? What is the prevalent discourse in these cultural initiatives? How does the Spanish society today face its Jewish cultural roots?

COURSES OFFERED DURING THE SPRING IN ENGLISH

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.

51603 The Barcelona Leadership 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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

51628 A Messy Garden” 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.

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

51664 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.

51666 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.

51667 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.

51668 Crossroad in the Arab Countries: Autoritarism, Spring and Islamic State (3) – Conducted in English

The Islamic State or ISIS or Daesh is now the main threat in de Arab world. After 9-11, five events determines the evolution in the political landscape: the war in Afhganistan, the war in Iraq, the aftermath of the Arab Spring, the blockage in the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, and the consolidation of the Islamic State like a political and military reality. For the West, especially in Europe, the main consequences are the terrorism (security crisis) and the refugees (humanitarian crisis). Another questions are the relations between Western and the Arab and islamic governments, the management of the war in Syria from the West, and the crisis inside the Arab world (suna vs. chia, fundamentalism vs. liberalism, the status of women, etc.). In this situation, the intervention of Russia in Syria and the agreement with Iran promoted for the president Obama complete the field of the global crisis. (Former course: El laberinto árabe: de las primaveras al estado islámico).

51697 Corporate Brand Patrimony 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 century.

51709 Political Marketing  (3) – Conducted in English

El objetivo de este curso es el de enriquecer las aproximaciones desde las que se aborda tradicionalmente el análisis y la práctica del Branding Político. El escenario en el que se crean, se distribuyen y se consumen las “marcas políticas” ya no puede ser abordado únicamente desde las disciplinas del Marketing, de las Ciencias de la Comunicación o de la Ciencia Política. Las nociones de star-system de la política, la consideración de los políticos como celebrities o la Política Pop entre otras denominaciones plantean un escenario de performance mediática que se aleja de las tradicionales ideologías políticas para constituirse como auténticas marcas en un contexto caracterizado por el fenómeno de la Globalización y la Cultura del Espectáculo. (Curso anterior: Política pop y branding político en el contexto global)

51718 Spain in Cinema: Global and Local Perspectives (3) – Conducted in English

The course approaches Spanish national cinema as well as transnational/foreign productions related, in a variety of ways, to Spanish culture. The goal is to show how both local and global films shape diverse visions of Spanish history, art and society while constructing inspiring dialogues with above mentioned areas of art/knowledge. Various interactions between cinema and canonic works of Spanish culture (Don Quixote, Don Juan, the paintings of Picasso) are contrasted and the relationship between films and Spanish history (Civil War, Columbus’s travels, Spanish transition) is examined. The diversity within Spanish society, representations of the current economic crisis, effects of globalization on both local cinema and real life are studied through the works of young authors (Lacuesta, Vermut). All filmic examples are also used to analyze the concept of Spanish identity and stereotypes related to Hispanic culture.

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.

51664 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.

51667 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.

51666 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.

51665 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.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COURSES

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Courses are conducted in Spanish and English. Not all classes are available each semester and additional classes may be offered.

51713 The EU in the World (3) – Conducted in English

How similar is the European Union (EU) compared to other countries such as the United States? Do they play similar roles in the world? How internal (Brexit) and external events (Trump) may affect the very nature of the EU and its foreign policies? This course studies the EU and its external activities through the discussion of key issues on the EU agenda placing a comparative focus on the United States. The first part of the course analyzes the historical evolution of the European polity and the decision-making of its external action. It raises questions about the geographical and political limits of Europe, what are the main drivers of its integration and tackles the issue of Brexit. The second part of the course deals with a variety of challenges of globalization that the EU faces in world politics: trade liberalization,global warming, energy supplies or international migration are some of the issues that will be tackled separately in different sessions. Finally, the last part analyzes the relations between the EU and other states and world regions: from the neighborhood in Eastern Europe and the Middle East to the major global players such as the United States.

51693 International Business and Globalization (3) – Conducted in English

How does international business drive economic globalization and affect people across countries? How do international business and current domestic and international political issues affect each other? What challenges and opportunities do firms face operating internationally? The course starts with an overview of economic globalization from a historical, political and sociological perspective, focusing on its most relevant aspects associated to international business: the role of states and international institutions (e.g., World Bank, IMF, EU); socioeconomic development; inequalities within and across countries; international migration; domestic political debates referred to globalization. The second part of the course examines some key management topics associated to globalization: global corporate social responsibility; diverse national political environments; internationalization and alliance strategies; global marketing; global human resources management.

51690 España en el mundo: política exterior y diplomacia pública (3)

¿Es realmente España una potencia media con presencia global, tal y como defienden los diplomáticos y políticos españoles? ¿En qué grado la Unión Europea ha modificado las prioridades de España en su política exterior? ¿La crisis económica y financiera, que tanto ha afectado a los españoles, ha sido también una causa de deterior de la imagen de España en el exterior? El objetivo de este curso es profundizar en el papel de España en el mundo, a partir de los instrumentos de análisis de una de las subdisciplinas de las Relaciones Internacionales, el Análisis de las Políticas Exteriores.

51715 The International Politics of Latin America (3) – Conducted in English

How do countries in Latin America relate with each other and with the rest of world? What institutional structures are used to promote regional cooperation and to participate in an increasingly interconnected world? This course engages students with the debates concerning the main dynamics of the Latin American international relations, with a focus on the last three decades but with attention to the legacies of earlier political, economic and social developments affecting the region. The course is structured around interactive lectures, student presentations, and class and group discussions.

LEGAL STUDIES COURSES

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Introduction to Comparative Private Law (3) – Conducted in English

The course will introduce students to the world’s main legal systems, their historical origins, and their most important features. The reading assignments and classroom discussions will focus on different methods of legal thinking that have led to distinct, yet equivalent legal institutions for solving problems. The course will analyze how different legal traditions have solved problems related to core issues in private law. Students will be offered an overview of contracts, property, torts and family relations, followed by a comparison of the different legal approaches to them. The course will also look at current trends toward the harmonization of different legal systems, a critical aim in today’s globalized business world, as well as the evolution and interaction of various legal traditions.

Law, Justice, and Legitimacy (3) – Conducted in English

This course offers students an introduction to the fundamentals of public law and the normative analysis of law. Students will analyze key questions such as what law is, what its nature is, what it is for or what function it serves, and many other basic legal ideas. The concept of constitutionalism will be one of the main overall focuses. The course will also introduce students to the general normative analysis of the content and limits of the law from a moral point of view. Additionally, the course offers a brief introduction to contemporary theories of justice and an overview of contemporary political philosophy in relation to the law. It also addresses the question of how current globalization processes are affecting domestic legal orders and transforming the traditional scenario in which both justice and legitimacy make their respective claims.