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Course Offerings

Highlights

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

Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to rising juniors and seniors
  • Open to students with one previous semester 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 and a course form)
  • One (electronic) passport-sized photo
  • Entry Documents: valid passport

Dates & Fees

SUMMER 1 2018
Jun 18, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
$5,880

Deadlines

SUMMER 1 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Apr 10, 2018

COURSE OFFERINGS

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

Students will choose two courses (45 hours each – 3 U.S. credits each). Students who are interested in taking a third course may do so for an additional fee. All courses may include on-site activities that are mandatory and part of the course evaluation. Enrollment and participation require attendance, study, the fulfillment of course workload (exams, papers) and active class participation.

Click this link to navigate to syllabi on the UPF website.

SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSE BEGINNING, INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED LEVELS

Beginning Level (3) – Conducted in Spanish

The objective of this level is for the student to be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of expertise particularly relevant; to know how to communicate when carrying out simple and routine tasks requiring no more than simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters; and to develop the ability to describe in simple terms aspects of one’s past and surroundings, as well as issues related to their immediate own needs.

Intermediate Level (3) – Conducted in Spanish

The main objectives of this level are: to understand the main points of clear standard written language, dealing with known issues, either in work, study or leisure; knowing how to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken, using the most common expressions of these functions in a neutral register; to produce simple connected text on familiar topics in which students have a personal interest; to describe experiences and events, dreams and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for their own plans and opinions; to be aware of the most important rules of courtesy and act appropriately; to know the most significant differences between the customs, manners, attitudes, values and beliefs prevalent in Spanish society and his/her own, and knowing how to respond appropriately to such differences.

Advanced Level (3) – Conducted in Spanish

The aim of this level is for the student to be able to understand the main ideas of complex texts that address both concrete and abstract topics, even if they are theoretical topics, provided they are within their own area of expertise; be able to interact with native speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that the communication is done without effort; express themselves with conviction, clarity and courtesy in a formal or informal register appropriate to the situation and the person or persons involved; produce clear and detailed texts on various subjects and explain a point of view on a topical issue giving the pros and cons of the different options.

ELECTIVE COURSES

Students choose one course from the options below.

Barcelona on Stage/Barcelona Unveiled: Documentary Workshop (3) – Conducted in English

In this hands-on course students will prepare a documentary about Barcelona and its experience of the city, from the identification of the approach to editing the project, through the writing of the script and filming.

Cataluña: Tierra de Encuentros y Territorio de Fronteras (3) – Conducted in Spanish

El curso aborda un análisis de cuestiones tales como la convivencia, el conflicto, la identidad, las migraciones y los flujos de personas, ideas y conductas, la frontera e interacción cultural, tomando como caso de estudio a Cataluña en dos momentos clave de su historia: la Edad Media (desde la Marca Hispánica hasta la expulsión de las culturas minoritarias) y la época contemporánea dentro del contexto español (desde el final de la Guerra Civil hasta la actualidad). Se estudian temas como la convivencia, pero también la fricción entre modelos de cultura y de sociedad en ambos momentos, prestando especial atención a los sucesivos fenómenos de inmigración interior hacia Cataluña desde la década de 1940; la inmigración multicultural de las últimas décadas y su papel en la reconformación del tejido social y de la fusión cultural a que da lugar; y el “reencuentro” de la sociedad catalana con las culturas medievales hasta la actualidad. El hilo conductor que acompañará a la reflexión conceptual es la idea de la tolerancia, y como ésta se ha mostrado, o se ha omitido, en cada uno de los momentos estudiados.

Contemporary Barcelona and its Cultural History (3) – Conducted in English

The cultural history of the city as a reflection of the contemporary cultural history of Spain, from the anarchist city to the cosmopolitan capital with international outreach. Focusing on the last two centuries and from a sociological/anthropological point of view, the course analyzes the Barcelona society, its most recent political history through its conflicts and cultural influences.

Crisis. ¿Por qué crisis?. Vivienda y mercado laboral: Claves para abordar la crisis española (3) – Conducted in Spanish

El objetivo de este curso es proporcionar conocimiento de forma intuitiva de algunas características propias de la economía española, especialmente, el mercado de la vivienda y el mercado de trabajo. A través de este conocimiento se conocerán las consecuencias que han tenido estas características para la economía española y sus perspectivas de futuro. Todo ello, realizando el análisis con una constante comparativa internacional (especialmente con el resto de la Unión Europea y Estados Unidos). Estas son algunas de las cuestiones que se plantearán a lo largo del curso: ¿Hasta dónde caerán los precios de la vivienda? ¿Puede España salir de la crisis sin el sector de la construcción? ¿Dónde deberían invertir las constructoras españolas? ¿Cuál es el precio real de la vivienda en España? ¿Cuál es el porcentaje de dinero negro en la compra de viviendas? ¿Se debe instaurar la dación de pago? ¿Cómo se podrían parar los desahucios? ¿Qué efectos tendría? ¿Es el Banco malo (Sareb) una buena solución? ¿Cómo funcionará? ¿Por qué España tiene tanto paro? ¿Como funciona el Mercado de trabajo en España? ¿Qué lo distingue de otros mercados de trabajo? ¿Se debe implantar el contrato único? ¿Sirve para algo el INEM?

Cultura y Literatura de los Siglos de Oro (3) – Conducted in Spanish

El curso se estructura en tres partes y una introducción metodológica. En la introducción se justificará la selección de textos y se proporcionará al alumnos los conceptos y los instrumentos necesarios para interpretar las obras en su contexto histórico, cultural y literario.

Current Issues on the European Union in a Global World (3) – Conducted in English

This course provides an overview of the European Union to ensure an understanding of the European construction and integration process( after the II World War and the successive enlargements of the EU in the 70s, 80s and 90s, after the fall of communism). The basic structure, institutions and decision and policy making processes of the EU today. The EU face to current and future challenges in a globalized world : economic and financial crisis, global power balance and world influence, next steps in economic and political integration.

Destination Barcelona: la ciudad y su escritura (3) – Conducted in Spanish

Destination Barcelona: la ciudad y su escritura es un curso en que, a través de la conceptualización y el desarrollo de un proyecto periodístico (un fanzine, un diario, una revista, una página web, un blog, según decidan los propios alumnos), pretende examinar la Barcelona del siglo XXI en toda su complejidad cultural y socio-económica. Aunque predominará la exploración literaria de la ciudad, también se integrarán a su representación otros discursos, como el fotográfico, el del cómic o el audio-visual. El alumno regresará a su universidad de origen tras haber sido protagonista de un proyecto original y creativo que le habrá permitido profundizar en la ciudad donde ha residido.

España y las Américas: transición y democratización (3) – Conducted in Spanish

El estudio de las transiciones y la democratización constituye uno de los temas de estudio fundamentales de la politología en general, y de Iberoamérica, más en particular. Por sus propias peculiaridades, el caso español se convirtió en un caso paradigmático que inspiró numerosos procesos de transición en otros países de América Latina. De un tiempo a esta parte, sin embargo, la evolución de la propia América Latina se ha vuelto para interrogar a la transición española y con ella a sus propias transiciones. En este curso nos proponemos una triple tarea: en primer lugar, estudiaremos los conceptos, métodos y teorías que nos permitan hablar del tema con el rigor que corresponde; seguidamente, examinaremos de forma comparada el impacto de la transición española en otros países de América Latina; por último, abordaremos las tendencias actuales que definen los escenarios de la política iberoamericana de manera compleja y por veces contradictoria, expresión de la tensión constante entre democratización y desdemocratización.

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, José Luis Guerín, Pilar Miró, Isabel Coixet, Icíar Bollaín, Judith Colell, etc.

La Edad de Plata: Intelectuales y Artistas en las Vanguardias Españolas de Entreguerras (3) – Conducted in Spanish

The course examines the cultural, artistic and intellectual wars of Spain, the period has been called “The Silver Age”. In addition to stopping at the role of new cultural and scientific institutions under the project of “modernization” Spain, the course examines the intellectual, literary and artistic generations 98 and 27, also considering the reception of the current avant-garde Spanish European, particularly Surrealism. The Barcelona of the years of World War I and the time of the Student Residence and the Board for Advanced Studies in Madrid are two of the most relevant case studies course.

Modern Statistical Computing in R (3) – Conducted in English

Over the recent years, R has become the leading software tool for statistical computing and graphics. The software is greatly enhanced by numerous contributed packages submitted by users. The majority of computing in the leading applied statistical journals is done in R, and R is used almost exclusively in some of the leading-edge applications, such as in genetics and data mining. The purpose of this course is to set a foundation for full exploitation and creative use of the statistical language for computing and graphics R. The course will introduce students to the syntax and inner workings of R, to become proficient in everyday computational tasks with datasets of all kinds, skilled in applications of elementary statistical methods, with emphasis on (initial) data exploration and simple graphics. Focus will also be placed on opportunities to enhance the learning experience in other statistical courses by illustrating and applying basic statistical concepts in R.

Sketches of Spain (3) – Conducted in English

The course analyses the categories, political, social, anthropological or aesthetic, at work in the idea of a Spanish “typicality”, a “Spanish-ness” or “españolidad”, in the realms of visual and material culture and in the arts. Its goal is a critical reflection on the notion of what denotes (or qualifies) in an object, an attitude, an artifact, a work of art, a piece of literature the condition of being “spanish”. The point of departure is a critical deconstruction of the “Spanish” topic at different moments in history (basically modern and contemporary times), and not an essentialist interpretation of a presumed cultural and anthropological “identity” of Spain. The course would address questions such as: how has “Spanish-ness” been fabricated historically in Spain and outside? how does it function symbolically at different levels and times? which is it its efficacy in the political discourse? How does it relate to exoticism and primitivism, violence, devotion, solidarity, heroism etc.? Main areas considered in this course: arts, literature, music, publicity, audiovisual production, design, among others.

Society and Politics in Contemporary Spain (3) – Conducted in English

This course is designed to give both political science and non-political science majors an overview of fundamental issues in the study of Spanish politics. The core of the course is the study of the nature and functioning of the Spanish democratic system installed since the middle of the seventies, paying special attention to the main political processes, institutions, actors, political culture, electoral behavior, political violence, European integration and international immigration. Students spend also some time at the beginning of the course studying the previous Spanish democratic experience (1931-1936), its collapse (1936-1939), the authoritarian rule imposed by Franco) and the Spanish transition to democracy (1975-1978), which has strongly influenced the current features of the Spanish political system.

Spanish Postmodernism and Beyond (3) – Conducted in English

This course studies current artistic practices in Spain, mainly performance, video creation, creative actions, media and net art, music, and photography and their interrelation with other aesthetic practices. The course combines a theoretical approach and the direct contact with visits to museums, galleries, theaters and others