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The Hispanic and European Studies Program provides beginning through superior-level Spanish speakers the opportunity to take a variety of courses in Spanish or English at one of the most prestigious universities in Barcelona.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Excursions (overnight, day, international)

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry with host families)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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Application 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 Approval 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

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Barcelona programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Lisbon

    Lisbon is a European city like no other. It boasts as grand a cultural and historical heritage as many other European cities but also has an earthier side that sets it apart. An impressive Gothic cathedral, the Hieronymites Monastery, St. George’s Castle and Torre de Belém are all part of the colorful cityscape. Another side of Lisbon is discovered wandering around the narrow lanes of Alfama, Rossio and Barrio Alto Quarters, and taking in the sounds and rhythm of the city. One experiences a step back in time through visits to the cultural sites in Lisbon, while also gaining an impression of the differences between Portugal and Spain.

  • Winery and Calçotada

    El Penedès is one of Spain’s richest regions both in historical and gastronomical terms. Sant Sadurní d’Anoia is the center of production of cava (sparkling wine). You will discover a place of stunning beauty and culture in a vineyard built by “Modernista” architects. Calçotada is an annual gastronomical celebration held only in Winter time. It’s grilled green onion dipped in romesco sauce.

  • Seville

    Seville, capital of the Andalucía region of southern Spain, is a unique example where history, tradition, and modernity merge in an incomparable city. The core of Islamic Seville includes the area on the East bank of the Guadalquivir where the Cathedral, the Christian Alcázar, and the medieval quarter is known as the Barrio Santa Cruz is located today. To explore the city’s narrow streets and smell the orange blossoms in Spring while mingling with people at a cafe is definitely an unforgettable experience.

  • Girona & Besalú

    Girona is a jewel of culture and history acquired over 2.000 years. The medieval town is surrounded by a magnificent wall which is preserved almost in its entirety. The Jewish quarter, known as the “Call”, spreads out in a maze of small, narrow and often steeply sloping streets. Besalú was a meeting place of different cultures, which have enriched the heritage of the town. It is a small and picturesque village with great architectural value.

  • Madrid

    Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.

  • Montserrat

    Montserrat is regarded by many Catalans as the most important spiritual and cultural center of Catalonia. The 14th century Benedictine Monastery is where the monks worship Catalonia’s Patron Saint, the Black Madonna of Montserrat. As one travels up the mountains, one has a chance to admire the breathtaking views from the Shrine located 2100 feet above sea level.

  • Paris

    One of the most intriguing cities in the world, Paris is brimming with amazing museums, architecture, fashion, and beauty. Innumerable monuments built to reflect the glory of France and its rulers stand testament to the city’s rich history.

  • Gastronomy and the Mediterranean Sea

    Delta del Llobregat is the area placed between Montjüic and Garraf. It is a natural environment outside the noisy Barcelona. Close to the delta there are coastal villages such as Castelldefels and El Prat del Llobregat. In one of these villages students will have the chance to taste a traditional sea Catalan meal.

  • Lisbon

    Lisbon is a European city like no other. It boasts as grand a cultural and historical heritage as many other European cities but also has an earthier side that sets it apart. An impressive Gothic cathedral, the Hieronymites Monastery, St. George’s Castle and Torre de Belém are all part of the colorful cityscape. Another side of Lisbon is discovered wandering around the narrow lanes of Alfama, Rossio and Barrio Alto Quarters, and taking in the sounds and rhythm of the city. One experiences a step back in time through visits to the cultural sites in Lisbon, while also gaining an impression of the differences between Portugal and Spain.

  • Winery and Calçotada

    El Penedès is one of Spain’s richest regions both in historical and gastronomical terms. Sant Sadurní d’Anoia is the center of production of cava (sparkling wine). You will discover a place of stunning beauty and culture in a vineyard built by “Modernista” architects. Calçotada is an annual gastronomical celebration held only in Winter time. It’s grilled green onion dipped in romesco sauce.

  • Montserrat

    Montserrat is regarded by many Catalans as the most important spiritual and cultural center of Catalonia. The 14th century Benedictine Monastery is where the monks worship Catalonia’s Patron Saint, the Black Madonna of Montserrat. As one travels up the mountains, one has a chance to admire the breathtaking views from the Shrine located 2100 feet above sea level.

  • Madrid

    Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.

  • Paris

    One of the most intriguing cities in the world, Paris is brimming with amazing museums, architecture, fashion, and beauty. Innumerable monuments built to reflect the glory of France and its rulers stand testament to the city’s rich history.

  • Seville

    Seville, capital of the Andalucía region of southern Spain, is a unique example where history, tradition, and modernity merge in an incomparable city. The core of Islamic Seville includes the area on the East bank of the Guadalquivir where the Cathedral, the Christian Alcázar, and the medieval quarter is known as the Barrio Santa Cruz is located today. To explore the city’s narrow streets and smell the orange blossoms in Spring while mingling with people at a cafe is definitely an unforgettable experience.

  • Girona & Besalú

    Girona is a jewel of culture and history acquired over 2.000 years. The medieval town is surrounded by a magnificent wall which is preserved almost in its entirety. The Jewish quarter, known as the “Call”, spreads out in a maze of small, narrow and often steeply sloping streets. Besalú was a meeting place of different cultures, which have enriched the heritage of the town. It is a small and picturesque village with great architectural value.

  • Gastronomy and the Mediterranean Sea

    Delta del Llobregat is the area placed between Montjüic and Garraf. It is a natural environment outside the noisy Barcelona. Close to the delta there are coastal villages such as Castelldefels and El Prat del Llobregat. In one of these villages students will have the chance to taste a traditional sea Catalan meal.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester

The Hispanic and European Studies Program provides beginning through superior-level Spanish speakers the opportunity to take a variety of courses in Spanish or English at one of the most prestigious universities in Barcelona. The language course is equivalent to 6 credits, whereas elective courses are typically equivalent to 3 credits. Courses are taken with other international students. Students are welcome to complete up to 15 credits per semester and can add additional courses for an extra fee. The Spanish language course is available for all levels, but it is only required for those students who plan on taking all of their courses in Spanish. Students who plan on taking their courses in Spanish must have a minimum of 4 semesters of college-level Spanish experience.

Students complete a placement exam upon arrival and are placed into a Spanish course based on the results of that exam.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students will receive a transcript from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra upon completion of their program.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Alicia Castillo

    Alicia Castillo will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.

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    Ruth Layola Gómez

    Ruth will be your Housing Director in Barcelona and will organize your living accommodations for you!

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    Mireia Pujol

    Mireia Pujol will be your Student Services Director in Barcelona and will assist you in adjusting to the Spanish culture!

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    Arnau Roma Sansa

    Arnau Roma Sansa will be your Academic Director on-site and will assist you in achieving your educational goals abroad.

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    Rebecca Cott

    Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - rebecca.cott@apiabroad.com

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    Lauren Daniels

    Lauren Daniels will be your Program Manager for this location and will prepare you to go abroad with us!

    Email - lauren.daniels@apiabroad.com

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    Gabi Perches

    Gabi Perches will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - gabriela.perches@apiabroad.com

COURSE OFFERINGs

Students will take one Spanish language course (which is available for all levels but only REQUIRED for students planning on taking all of their courses in Spanish). They may then choose 2-3 elective courses (offered in either English or Spanish). Not all courses are available each semester. Additional classes may be offered once a student is on-site.

CREDIT INFORMATION

Most API partner universities in Spain operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

Beginner Level Spanish

In this course students will learn basic phrases and expressions, learn how to communicate daily tasks as well as expressing needs, etc in the simple past.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

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Intermediate Level Spanish/Advanced Level Spanish/Superior Level 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

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

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51601 Barcelona, la ciudad y su historia

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Imágenes de España en el cine contemporáneo

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51610 Comunicación y sociedad en España y Europa

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51621 Los movimientos sociales en el siglo XXI ante la globalización, la crisis y los procesos de democratización

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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De Los Estereotipos Culturales al Diálogo Transcultural (From Cultural Stereotypes to Cross-Cultural Dialogue)

This course examines the stereotypes, prejudices and misunderstandings related to Spanish culture from the students' own cultures and applying critical thinking to examine them.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51631 La protección internacional de los Derechos Humanos

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51665 Picasso, Miró, Dalí y el arte de la Modernidad

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51695 “Sepharad”: History and Heritage of Jewish Spain

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 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?

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51600 Barcelona, the City and its History

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 in the city of Barcelona today.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51603 The Barcelona Leadership Journey towards Sustainability: Economic, Business & Social Transformations

This course celebrates the city of Barcelona and embarks the student on 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51607 Contemporary Spanish Art

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 in this specific field is not required. For this reason, not only the main artistic events will be covered, but also some political, historical and cultural issues that might be relevant. Landscape art, gender production, the Spanish take on Primitivism and the dynamics of 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, video art 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51619 Understanding Globalization: Historical Roots of Economic, Political and Cultural Exchanges between East Asia, America and Europe

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).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51622 Barcelona: the Rise of a Design City

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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51627 Ancient Mediterranean

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 fluorescence 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51632 Neurosciences for Humanities

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

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51664 Global Marketing & Culture of FC Barcelona: Playing for Fun or for Keeps

European football (soccer) has become a major cultural vehicle in the global world, both in terms of economic impact and social influence. This course focuses on how this sport shapes the social, economic 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51666 Screening the Global World: Cultural Diversity and Public Television Space

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 a broader social sense? In the US the industrial TV model and private stations shape social imaginary, but a 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 the 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51667 Globalization, Development and Social Cohesion: Which Role for International Development Cooperation?

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 a 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 the development and international cooperation, with a special emphasis on the role of the EU as the 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51668 Crossroad in the Arab Countries: Authoritarism, Spring and Islamic State

The Islamic State or ISIS or Daesh is now the main threat in the Arab world. After 9-11, five events determine the evolution in the political landscape: the war in Afghanistan, 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). Other 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 (Sunni vs. Shia, fundamentalism vs. liberalism, the status of women, etc.). In this situation, the intervention of Russia in Syria and the agreement with Iran promoted for president Obama complete the field of the global crisis. (Former course: El laberinto árabe: de las primaveras al estado islámico).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51697 Corporate Brand Equity in the Context of European Cultural Identity

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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51709 Political Marketing

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)

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spain in Cinema: Global and Local Perspectives

The course addresses both Spanish national as well as international cinema as it relates to Spanish culture. The goal is to show how both local and global films shape Spanish history, art, and society while constructing inspiring dialogues with the above mentioned areas of art/knowledge.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51713 The EU in the World

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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51693 International Business and Globalization

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 with 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 with globalization: global corporate social responsibility; diverse national political environments; internationalization and alliance strategies; global marketing; global human resources management.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51690 España en el mundo: política exterior y diplomacia pública

¿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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51715 The International Politics of Latin America

How do countries in Latin America relate to each other and with the rest of world? Which 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Introduction to Comparative Private Law

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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Law, Justice, and Legitimacy

This is a multidisciplinary course that aims to integrate the perspectives of law, political philosophy, international relations, and political science.This course focuses on the structure, aims, and content of public law, and the main discussions about its justice and legitimacy.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Beginner Level Spanish

In this course students will learn basic phrases and expressions, learn how to communicate daily tasks as well as expressing needs, etc in the simple past.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

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Intermediate Level Spanish/Advanced Level Spanish/Superior Level 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

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

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51601 Barcelona, la ciudad y su historia

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Imágenes de España en el cine contemporáneo

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51621 Los movimientos sociales en el siglo XXI ante la globalización, la crisis y los procesos de democratización

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51665 Picasso, Miró, Dalí y el arte de la Modernidad

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51600 Barcelona, the City and its History

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 in the city of Barcelona today.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51603 The Barcelona Leadership Journey towards Sustainability: Economic, Business & Social Transformations

This course celebrates the city of Barcelona and embarks the student on 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51619 Understanding Globalization: Historical Roots of Economic, Political and Cultural Exchanges between East Asia, America and Europe

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).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51664 Global Marketing & Culture of FC Barcelona: Playing for Fun or for Keeps

European football (soccer) has become a major cultural vehicle in the global world, both in terms of economic impact and social influence. This course focuses on how this sport shapes the social, economic 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51666 Screening the Global World: Cultural Diversity and Public Television Space

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 a broader social sense? In the US the industrial TV model and private stations shape social imaginary, but a 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 the 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51667 Globalization, Development and Social Cohesion: Which Role for International Development Cooperation?

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 a 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 the development and international cooperation, with a special emphasis on the role of the EU as the 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51697 Corporate Brand Equity in the Context of European Cultural Identity

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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Global Media and International Journalism

This course looks at present day world news management, analyzing 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 asking the question: How does the future of the world news system shape up?

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Politics and Society in the European Union

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

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Political Ideas from the Early Modern Age to the Digital Revolution

The course is a systematic and critical introduction to the major political ideas that have been developed from the emergence of modernity to the current digital revolution.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Español: técnicas de expresión oral (Spanish: Oral Expression Techniques)

This course aims to improve students Spanish speaking and listening comprehension through both a practical and instrumental approach.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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El laberinto árabe: de las primaveras al estado islámico (The Arab Labyrinth: From Springs to the Islamic State)

Analyze the developments that led to the Arab-Muslim world to the current situation.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Literatura Española Contemporánea (Contemporary Spanish LIterature)

The objective of this course is to offer a survey approach to the history of artistic developments in Spain from Goya to Barceló. 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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Sociedad y Política en la España Contemporánea (Society and Politics in Contemporary Spain)

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 behaviour in the country, including contemporary political violence and international immigration.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51713 The EU in the World

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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51693 International Business and Globalization

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 with 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 with globalization: global corporate social responsibility; diverse national political environments; internationalization and alliance strategies; global marketing; global human resources management.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51690 España en el mundo: política exterior y diplomacia pública

¿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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51715 The International Politics of Latin America

How do countries in Latin America relate to each other and with the rest of world? Which 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Introduction to Comparative Private Law

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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Law, Justice, and Legitimacy

This is a multidisciplinary course that aims to integrate the perspectives of law, political philosophy, international relations, and political science.This course focuses on the structure, aims, and content of public law, and the main discussions about its justice and legitimacy.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Beginner Level Spanish

In this course students will learn basic phrases and expressions, learn how to communicate daily tasks as well as expressing needs, etc in the simple past.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

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Intermediate Level Spanish/Advanced Level Spanish/Superior Level 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

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

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51601 Barcelona, la ciudad y su historia

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Imágenes de España en el cine contemporáneo

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51610 Comunicación y sociedad en España y Europa

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51621 Los movimientos sociales en el siglo XXI ante la globalización, la crisis y los procesos de democratización

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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De Los Estereotipos Culturales al Diálogo Transcultural (From Cultural Stereotypes to Cross-Cultural Dialogue)

This course examines the stereotypes, prejudices and misunderstandings related to Spanish culture from the students' own cultures and applying critical thinking to examine them.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51631 La protección internacional de los Derechos Humanos

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51665 Picasso, Miró, Dalí y el arte de la Modernidad

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51695 “Sepharad”: History and Heritage of Jewish Spain

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 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?

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51600 Barcelona, the City and its History

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 in the city of Barcelona today.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51603 The Barcelona Leadership Journey towards Sustainability: Economic, Business & Social Transformations

This course celebrates the city of Barcelona and embarks the student on 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51607 Contemporary Spanish Art

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 in this specific field is not required. For this reason, not only the main artistic events will be covered, but also some political, historical and cultural issues that might be relevant. Landscape art, gender production, the Spanish take on Primitivism and the dynamics of 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, video art 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51619 Understanding Globalization: Historical Roots of Economic, Political and Cultural Exchanges between East Asia, America and Europe

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).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51622 Barcelona: the Rise of a Design City

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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51627 Ancient Mediterranean

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 fluorescence 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51632 Neurosciences for Humanities

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

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51664 Global Marketing & Culture of FC Barcelona: Playing for Fun or for Keeps

European football (soccer) has become a major cultural vehicle in the global world, both in terms of economic impact and social influence. This course focuses on how this sport shapes the social, economic 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51666 Screening the Global World: Cultural Diversity and Public Television Space

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 a broader social sense? In the US the industrial TV model and private stations shape social imaginary, but a 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 the 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51667 Globalization, Development and Social Cohesion: Which Role for International Development Cooperation?

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 a 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 the development and international cooperation, with a special emphasis on the role of the EU as the 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51668 Crossroad in the Arab Countries: Authoritarism, Spring and Islamic State

The Islamic State or ISIS or Daesh is now the main threat in the Arab world. After 9-11, five events determine the evolution in the political landscape: the war in Afghanistan, 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). Other 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 (Sunni vs. Shia, fundamentalism vs. liberalism, the status of women, etc.). In this situation, the intervention of Russia in Syria and the agreement with Iran promoted for president Obama complete the field of the global crisis. (Former course: El laberinto árabe: de las primaveras al estado islámico).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51697 Corporate Brand Equity in the Context of European Cultural Identity

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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51709 Political Marketing

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)

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spain in Cinema: Global and Local Perspectives

The course addresses both Spanish national as well as international cinema as it relates to Spanish culture. The goal is to show how both local and global films shape Spanish history, art, and society while constructing inspiring dialogues with the above mentioned areas of art/knowledge.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Global Media and International Journalism

This course looks at present day world news management, analyzing 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 asking the question: How does the future of the world news system shape up?

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Politics and Society in the European Union

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

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Political Ideas from the Early Modern Age to the Digital Revolution

The course is a systematic and critical introduction to the major political ideas that have been developed from the emergence of modernity to the current digital revolution.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Español: técnicas de expresión oral (Spanish: Oral Expression Techniques)

This course aims to improve students Spanish speaking and listening comprehension through both a practical and instrumental approach.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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El laberinto árabe: de las primaveras al estado islámico (The Arab Labyrinth: From Springs to the Islamic State)

Analyze the developments that led to the Arab-Muslim world to the current situation.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Literatura Española Contemporánea (Contemporary Spanish LIterature)

The objective of this course is to offer a survey approach to the history of artistic developments in Spain from Goya to Barceló. 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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Sociedad y Política en la España Contemporánea (Society and Politics in Contemporary Spain)

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 behaviour in the country, including contemporary political violence and international immigration.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51713 The EU in the World

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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51693 International Business and Globalization

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 with 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 with globalization: global corporate social responsibility; diverse national political environments; internationalization and alliance strategies; global marketing; global human resources management.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51690 España en el mundo: política exterior y diplomacia pública

¿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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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51715 The International Politics of Latin America

How do countries in Latin America relate to each other and with the rest of world? Which 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Introduction to Comparative Private Law

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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Law, Justice, and Legitimacy

This is a multidisciplinary course that aims to integrate the perspectives of law, political philosophy, international relations, and political science.This course focuses on the structure, aims, and content of public law, and the main discussions about its justice and legitimacy.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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

API students in Barcelona can choose from three different housing options. Students may choose to live with a host family, in a student apartment, or in a student dormitory. Internet access is included in all three options.

Students who choose to live with families share a double room with a fellow API student and be provided with 2 meals per day and laundry service. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

API apartments in Barcelona generally have 2-4 bedrooms (the majority of which are double-rooms) with a shared kitchen, common area, and bathrooms. Apartments are located throughout the center of Barcelona and tend to be 30-45 minutes from the universities. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

Students who would prefer apartment-style living alongside other Spanish and American students would enjoy API’s dorm/residence hall option. The student dorm has both single and double-room options, with a shared kitchen and private bathroom. Internet access is guaranteed in all rooms. This option carries an additional fee.

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*Students who complete their applications by the priority deadline will be registered for classes and assigned API housing first. As such, students applying early have a better chance of getting their desired courses and their first-choice housing assignment.

*Please note the application deadline has been extended for the Spring session. Additional fees may apply.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 2, 2020 - Mar 25, 2020 $11,980 Oct 1, 2019 Oct 17, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Fall Sep, 2020 - Dec, 2020 $11,980 May 1, 2020 Jul 1, 2020
Academic Year Sep, 2020 - Mar, 2021 $22,980 May 1, 2020 Jul 1, 2020
Spring Jan 4, 2019 - Mar 22, 2019 $11,980 Oct 1, 2018 Nov 1, 2018
Fall Sep 17, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019 $11,980 May 1, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Academic Year Sep 17, 2019 - Mar 25, 2020 $22,980 May 1, 2019 Jul 1, 2019