Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain - UAB

Study Abroad in Barcelona: Courses

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Please refer to the academic overview for course selection guidelines. Recommended credits are shown in parentheses.

Students will be placed in the appropriate Spanish language level determined by an on-line placement test and course registration will not be finalized until after arrival on campus.

Spanish Language classes meets for four hours per day Monday through Friday and are taken at the UAB-Sant Pau Campus. Students are advised to gain pre-approval from their home institution for several different levels of Spanish in order to ensure that they receive credit for the course they are placed into following the placement test.

Maymester Program (3 Weeks)

Students take one content course for 3 credits. All courses are taught in English.

Art 328 (3) | Digital Photography

Students will get in-depth knowledge of digital cameras, learn the basics of composition, retouch images and learn about, and get inspiration from, some of the historical masters of photography. Students will then apply what they have learned and use their skills to work on an individual photography project. **Students are require to have a DSLR, Bridge or Rangefinder camera for this class.

Art and Architecture 337 (3) | Urban Interventions and Art as a Language

Students develop an understanding of fundamental elements which assist with the observation of painting and sculpture. The course then looks at works of art as urban interventions with reference to the cityscape of Barcelona. Students will participate in scheduled visits to museums and public spaces.

Business 312 (3) | Business in Action: Local Companies in a Global World

The goal of this module is to gain an insight into the different strategies and operational activities of Catalan and Spanihs institutions and companies working within the European framework. Students will maintain direct contact with the business and ecomomic world in Barcelona where, with the full personal support and collaboration of the instructor, they will gain hands-on experience of observing, researching, interacting with and analyzing a range of local companies.

Business 312 (3) | Brand Barcelona: Marketing the Global City

Brand Barcelona: Marketing the Global City will critically examine the success of the ‘Barcelona Model’ of urban redevelopment, paying particular attention to the way in which marketing has extended its sphere of influence from the selling of commodities to the selling of places. Given the consequent commodification of the city, the question will be raised as to who has benefited and who has lost out in this transformation. As well as providing a solid foundation in theory the course will also consider contemporary debates over the regeneration of Barcelona and will involve you in an exploration of the ‘invisible city’ that is concealed by Barcelona’s business/tourist friendly façade, through field studies and films. An important part of the assessment will involve project work, through which you will be encouraged to uncover aspects of the city which reveal something about how it is being transformed through its global promotion.

Business 341 (3) | Managerial Skills for International Business

The module intends to enable students to develop the competencies required to succeed in an International Business environment as future managers. Management education can be based on the content of management (what a manager’s job is) and the process of management, or the how of a manager’s job. Our focus will be on the second approach: helping students to develop behaviors that characterize a leader keeping their own genuine style and personality in multicultural and diverse contexts.

History 323 (3) | Spanish Civilization and Culture

As a way of providing students a starting perspective and a general framework, this course opens with an extensive and chronological view of Spanish history and its cultural/artistic evolution from prehistory to the present. The course continues with an in-depth examination of the current Spanish sociological and political situation, pointing out specific case studies depending on their relevance. By using concepts from these various disciplines, students will learn about how Spain changed from a polarized country in constant distress to become a fully modern, westernized country.

Spanish Language Courses

(Intensive Spanish Language Program, 4 and 6-week Spanish Language and Culture Programs)

See Spanish Language course descriptions listed above.

Spanish 101 (3) (4) (5) | Intensive Spanish Language-Beginner A1

This level is for students who have no previous knowledge of Spanish. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in everyday situations and those related to personal experiences. Students will be able to exchange simple and direct information. Included topics are: present tense of regular and irregular verbs, demonstrative and possessive adjectives, pronunciation and intonation, uses of “ser”, “estar” and “hay”, frequent reflexive verbs and definite and indefinite articles.

Spanish 102 (3) (4) (5) | Intensive Spanish Language-Elementary A2

Students who have studied Spanish only in high school or one or two semester(s) in college generally place in this level. Students will be able to understand and express themselves in everyday situations and those related to personal experiences, with basic language recourses. Students will be able to exchange simple and direct information. Included topics are: forms and uses of the gerund; forms and uses of “gustar”, “encantar”, “interesar”, the differences between “ser” and “estar”, the preterit perfect tense; positive imperative and expression of cause and excuse.

Spanish 201 (3) (4) (5) | Intensive Spanish Language-Intermediate B1.1

Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with one or two semester(s) in college, usually place in this level. Students will be able to understand and express themselves in general situations that require the exchange of information and show personal attitudes about many themes, not exclusively related to personal experience. Content includes: contrasting uses of the indefinite and the indicative perfect, morphology and uses of the indicative imperfect, “hace”, impersonal “se”, “parecerse”, and possessive adjectives and pronouns, making hypothesis.

Spanish 202 (3) (4) (5) | Intensive Spanish Language-Upper Intermediate B1.2

Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with two or three semesters in college, usually place in this level. The course is similar to Spanish 102; however focus is on communication skills and grammar plus the future and conditional tenses are covered. Content also includes: morphology and uses of the present subjunctive, giving advice, morphology and uses of the imperfect subjunctive.

Spanish 301 (3) (4) (5) | Intensive Spanish Language-Advanced B2.1

Students with at least five semesters of college Spanish, experience living in a Spanish-speaking country or Spanish study on a regular basis since elementary school usually place in this level. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in multiple and unfamiliar situations that will require exchanging information with complex linguistic structures. Content includes: uses of the imperfect, preterit, conditional, imperative, and subjunctive, correlation of the tenses in specific situations–arguments, debates, degrees of possibility, causes, consequence, etc., direct and indirect object pronouns, and the impersonal “se”.

Spanish 302 (3) (4) (5) | Intensive Spanish Language-Upper Advanced B2.2

Students with at least five semesters of college Spanish, experience living in a Spanish-speaking country or Spanish study on a regular basis since elementary school usually place in this level. The course is similar to Spanish 301 but with greater emphasis on the subjective. Specific content includes: use of the subjunctive in forming opinions, values and attitudes, marginal uses of the imperfect: dreams, fiction, virtuosity, use of the compound conditional in the formulation of hypothesis and phonetic characteristics of Spanish.

Spanish 401 (3) (4) (5) | Intensive Spanish Language-Superior C1.1

Students with at least six semesters of college Spanish usually place in this level. Students will be able to understand and express themselves correctly and with fluidity in situations familiar to them and communicate adequately in unfamiliar situations through linguistically complex structures.

Spanish 402 (3) (4) (5) | Intensive Spanish Language-Upper-Superior C1.2

Students with at least six semesters of college Spanish usually place in this level. Students will be able to understand and express themselves correctly and with fluidity in situations familiar to them and communicate adequately in unfamiliar situations through linguistically complex structures.

Spanish 403 (3) (4) (5) | Intensive Spanish Language-Proficiency C2

Bilingual students generally place into this level. The course is similar to Spanish 401 but with greater emphasis on prepositional patterns of verbs, problematic prepositions, proverbs and sayings, lexical adaptations on different socio-linguistic levels, and varied conversational recourses.

Spanish Language and Culture Program (4 weeks)

Take an 80 contact hours Spanish Language course for 5 credits. See course descriptions under SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES. In addition, students may pay a supplement of $895 and take one of the following 3-credit courses taught in English.

Business 301 (3) | Business in Europe

By the end of this course, students will have a greater understanding of the political and legal framework of Europe as well as knowledge of the economic and institutional environment. Policy making in the E.U. and its repercussions in the European business environment will also be covered. The course aims to help students understand the functions of the E.U. and the regulations within which companies must operate.

History 305 (3) | Understanding Barcelona: the City and Its History

This course explores the history of Barcelona from past to present by examining the changes in the physical landscape of the city. A broad approach is taken which not only focuses on written text, but also includes the visible historical identity in buildings and traditions.

Spanish Language and Culture Program (6 weeks)

Take a Spanish language course plus a course taught in English or two courses taught in English for up to 6 credits. See Spanish Language course descriptions listed above.

Spanish Language (3) |

Students take a 45 contact hours Spanish language course taught at all levels from beginner to advanced. See courses listed under Spanish Language Courses for descriptions.

Architecture 329 (3) | Barcelona City Planning and Architecture

The evolution of the city of Barcelona is explained using concepts of urbanism, politics and society. Students will compare Barcelona to other cities such as Madrid, Paris, London, Moscow, New York or Washington D.C.

Art 327 (3) | Spanish Art and Cultural Heritage

From prehistoric times to the present, dealing in more detail with the Baroque period, Modernism and 20th century art. Regular visits to museums to keep the class as close to real artistic practice as possible. Students are expected to contribute to class development with questions and commentaries, reading assignments and visiting exhibitions in preparation. Interest in art and architecture is a prerequisite.

Art 328 (3) | Digital Photography

Students will get in-depth knowledge of digital cameras, learn the basics of composition, retouch images and learn about, and get inspiration from, some of the historical masters of photography. Students will then apply what they have learned and use their skills to work on an individual photography project. **Students are required to have a DSLR, Bridge or Rangefinder camera for this class.

Art and Architecture 338 (3) | Modernisme: Art Nouveau and Architecture

Modernisme is the most idiosyncratic, creative and original of all European and American Art Nouveau movements. It also gives Barcelona its distinctive image and brings immediately to mind the name of Gaudí. Art Nouveau was a groundbreaking artistic movement of tremendous consequence in the art of the West. An understanding of its roots, aspirations and cultural atmosphere is essential to understanding Catalan Modernisme and the artistic, social and personal values it stands for. Many of those values were shared with most European artists of the time, and they are at the root of 20th and 21st century art.

Business 305 (3) | Cross-Cultural Management

Aims to increase awareness of the impact of national cultures on business. Students will be provided with theoretical and practical tools to improve their productivity. Cultural dimensions analyzed include: individual versus collective identity; rigid versus flexible norms (price, business contract); task (“specific”) orientation versus people (“diffuse”) orientation; power distribution and vision of time and priorities.

Business 307 (3) | International Business

Focus is on the economic foundations of international business and the main forces that shape business across countries: political, economic, cultural, and legal forces. The last part of the course will analyze the internal aspects of a firm oriented towards international business.

Business 308 (3) | International Finance

Extends the principles of finance to the international context. Topics include: exchange rate determination; foreign exchange markets; currency derivatives; currency forecasting; offshore markets; saps and interest rate derivatives; risk management and cost of capital for foreign investments.

Business 309 (3) | International Marketing Strategies

Evaluates cultural differences and aims to enhance student skills in developing and implementing marketing strategies and decision making in the international contexts. Addresses the environments faced in international markets (cultures, economic systems, financial markets, governments and legal systems) and then analyzes in depth the elements of global marketing strategy (product, price distribution) and its implementation.

Business 315 (3) | Human Resources Management

Develops the appropriate competencies and promotes the right attitudes and behavior. Students will also have to design a marketing plan where they are the product. We will study the latest trends in job searching as well as web 2.0 technologies to create one’s personal branding and product placement in the labor market.

Business 316 (3) | Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation

Explores business creation and growth as a multidimensional phenomenon in both independent and corporate (“intrapreneurship”) settings. By linking theory and practice, the course aims to provide students with an entrepreneurial perspective and a hands-on experience in the development of new business ventures.

Business 317 (3) | E-Commerce and Online Business

Explores the technical underpinnings as well as the legal and fiscal environment of e-commerce, particularly in the Spanish arena. Students will understand the concepts related to marketing online and publicity on the internet and will develop business strategies to conduct e-commerce.

Economics 306 (3) | International Economics

International economics is divided into two broad subfields: international trade and international money. Topics include labor productivity and comparative advantage: the Ricardian model; resources, comparative edge and income distribution; the standard trade model; international mobility of labor and capital, and the political economy of trade policy.

History 323 (3) | Spanish Civilization and Culture

Provides an extensive view of Spanish history before examining different cultures within Spain. Focus is mainly on language, nationality and political implications. The rest of the course will travel throughout the various aspects of Spanish civilization, portrayed through artistic expression (architecture, painting, literature, music and cinema).