Participants attend all four of the following classes:
Barcelona in Historical Context: Roman Origins to the Spanish Civil War
Students trace Barcelona's development from its origins at the end of the 1st century B.C. through to the present.
Topics examined include how a small Roman city became a major medieval metropolis, the impact of the Islamic world in the early Middle Ages, the trade and economy of the Mediterranean world in the 13th and 14th centuries, politics and government in the city in its period of medieval splendor, how the discovery of the New World affected the Old World, the effects of the War of Spanish Succession, the impact of industrialization, and the Spanish Civil War in Barcelona. Placing these aspects in a broader Spanish and European context, students gain a wider appreciation of how European cities have evolved.
Classes include visits to archeological excavations, museums, palaces, monuments, and houses. In order to further delve into the history of the city, students investigate less immediately obvious aspects of Barcelona's history, such as street names and the plan of the city.
The course meets for 3 1/2 hours one morning a week, starting at the residence hall and then spending much of the class time on foot, viewing the sites.
Teacher: Marina Díaz
Marina Díaz holds a Ph.D. in history from Tufts University and a B.A. in political science from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. At the present time, she serves as an instructor at the Institute for International Education of Students (IES) in Barcelona, where she teaches courses on the history of Barcelona, Spanish contemporary history and political science, and discrimination and religious minorities. Before coming to Barcelona, she taught at King’s College, University of London. In addition to teaching, Marina organizes visits to historical sites for university students and advises U.S. universities on study-abroad programs in Spain.
Barcelona—The Community: Catalonia, Spain, and the European Union
Students examine how communities are formed in Europe and how they are connected to and interact with larger political and economic unions. Beginning with an exploration of the emergence of the European Union (EU), the course focuses on the roles played by members within the EU and the challenges that the EU faces in the future. Questions explored include how Barcelona and Catalonia relate to Spain, how Spain relates to Europe, and how the EU relates to the world.
Students complete a course project consisting of a series of debates on topics such as immigration policy in Europe and the U.S., American and European approaches to free trade, and other issues of contemporary import.
The course meets for two hours two mornings a week at the University of Barcelona's Professional Studies facility.
Teacher: Joan Carles Suari
Joan Carles Suari received his doctorate in economics from the University of Barcelona, where he teaches the courses Foreign Trade in Practice and European Integration. He is Adviser to the Barcelona Port Authority and has worked as an international consultant in Morocco, Israel, Peru, and Uzbekistan. He was a trainee at the European Commission in 1981 and is now a member of the GroupEuro and Team Europe.
The City: 20th-Century Architecture, Urban Development, Art, and Design in Barcelona
Students explore Barcelona‘s different periods and discover how art, architecture, and the city evolved together. While exploring modern, urban development against the backdrop of Barcelona's history, emphasis is placed on the dynamic interplay of architecture, art and design, and urban planning in the 20th century.
The course combines classroom sessions with extensive exploration of the city's urban layout, architectural sites, museums, and residential neighborhoods.
The course meets for morning classroom sessions at the University of Barcelona's School of Professional Studies and then goes off-campus for site visits in the afternoon. On the last day of class, students present their final projects.
Teacher: David Hernández Falagán
David H. Falagán holds a Ph.D. in theory and history of architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalunya - BarcelonaTech. He has taught at the Sustainable Housing Laboratory of the 21st Century since 2007 and at the Massana School of Arts and Design since 2012. He has published books and papers on architecture and housing and specializes in contemporary Spanish architecture and construction history. David also edits the website Arquilecturas. His work as an architect has been internationally awarded.
Spanish Language Workshop
Designed to enhance students' experience of living in Spain, the workshop provides a more formal opportunity to develop language skills, focusing on everyday conversation, reading, and writing. Students are grouped according to language proficiency.
Beginning students learn to understand simple messages in daily life and to express themselves in basic, everyday situations. The curriculum centers on oral and written exercises that introduce students to the Spanish language from a communicative point of view. It provides an initial approach to the social and cultural domains of the language.
Intermediate students expand on their basic skills so as to be able to express complex ideas and arguments, and read and understand more difficult texts of their own interest. The course seeks to expand their awareness of cultural and linguistic differences of Spanish.
Advanced students with a strong command of Spanish sharpen their written and oral communication skills through a series of level-appropriate exercises. The course pays special attention to oral usage, so that students gain the ability to explain their ideas and opinions and defend their own points of view. The program emphasizes the social and cultural domains of the language.
Teacher: Carolina Forns Bernhardt
Carolina Forns Bernhardt holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and education from the University of Barcelona. She has served as an associate professor in the department of teaching languages and literature at the University of Barcelona since 1999 and as a professor for the master of teaching Spanish as a foreign language (Master de Formación de profesores de español como Lengua Extranjera E/LE) at the University of Barcelona since 2001. She specializes in ethnographic studies on beliefs and attitudes, specifically regarding languages in contact and Hispanic language and culture in the United States. From 1995 until 1997 she was Spanish lecturer at the University of Chicago and taught Spanish as a heritage language at the Instituto Cervantes in Chicago.
Open to students entering grades 11 or 12 or freshman year of college in the fall.
Programs are conducted in English and no knowledge of a secondary language is required.
Program details are subject to change at the discretion of the University.