AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain - UAB
Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Course Descriptions

   

SPANISH LANGUAGE, LIBERAL ARTS AND BUSINESS

Students on this program can take up to 15 credits. Recommended credits are shown in parentheses.

Students who test into Spanish levels A1, A2, B1.1 or B1.2 have the option of taking either a 45-hour Spanish course for 3 credits or a 90-hour Spanish course for 6 credits.

Spanish language is not required although AIFS highly recommends that all students take a Spanish course in order to benefit fully from their study abroad experience.

Spanish Language
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 101 (3) (6)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Beginner A1
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 102 (3) (6)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Beginner A2
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 201 (3) (6)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Intermediate B1.1
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 202 (3) (6)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Upper-Intermediate B1.2
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 301 (6)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language-Advanced B2.1
Course Description:
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”.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 302 (6)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language-Upper-Advanced B2.2
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 401 (6)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language-Superior C1.1
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 402 (6)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language-Upper-Superior C1.2
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 403 (6)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language-Proficiency C2
Course Description:
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 sociolinguistic levels, and varied conversational recourses.

Program for Superior Level or Bilingual Students

Students who place into the Superior level may attend courses with Spanish students. The courses will be taught in Spanish or Catalan in a wide range of academic disciplines.

The academic calendar is different from the Spanish Language, Liberal Arts and Business Program described in this catalog since the exams for these courses are in February for the Fall and June for Spring.

Contact the AIFS Admissions Officer for more information.

Eixample Campus

Language - Business - Economics - Politics

The Eixample Campus is located in the heart of Barcelona. Business, Economics and Politics are the focus of the courses taught at the Eixample Campus. Students can choose from subjects taught at this or the Sant Pau campus as the connection between campuses is easy and can be made in only 18 minutes. On both campuses, small groups are the norm and all professors are native Spaniards. All courses are taught in English unless specified within the course description.

Courses at Eixample
Course Code and Credits: Business 305 (3)
Course Title: Cross Cultural Management
Course Description:
The aim of the course is to increase the awareness of the impact of national cultures on business. Students will be provided with theoretical and practical tools in order 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.
Course Code and Credits: Business 307 (3)
Course Title: International Business
Course Description:
This course provides an overview of the challenges facing businesses as they compete on the global playing field. 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.
Course Code and Credits: Business 308 (3)
Course Title: International Finance
Course Description:
This course 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.
Course Code and Credits: Business 309 (3)
Course Title: International Marketing Strategies
Course Description:
This course focuses on marketing strategy and management within the context of the international markets. It introduces the complex and constantly evolving realities of international marketing. It evaluates cultural differences and aims to enhance student skills in developing and implementing marketing strategies and decision making in the international contexts. It starts with an overview of the environments faced in international markets (cultures, economic systems, financial markets, governments and legal systems) and then addresses in depth the elements of global marketing strategy (product, price distribution) and its implementation.
Course Code and Credits: Business 310 (3)
Course Title: Strategic Management of the Firm
Course Description:
Focus is on the concept of strategy and the factors that impact on strategic decision making, implementation and evaluation. Students will learn to understand the relationship between strategic planning and business performance. They will conduct in-depth organizational, industrial and environmental analysis as well as appreciating how the differences in the economic, sociocultural, political and legal environments among countries affect the decision making process and strategic paths.
Course Code and Credits: Business 311 (3)
Course Title: Managing Services
Course Description:
This course presents a deep analysis in terms of interrelations which exist between marketing processes, operations, logistics and human resources in the services industry. Topics covered include: fundamentals of services marketing management; buyer behavior and segmentation; service relationships and brands, and creating the service experience: price, promotion and place.
Course Code and Credits: Business 315 (3)
Course Title: Human Resources Management: Finding Your Place in Organizations
Course Description:
The objective of this course is to enable students to find their place in organizations by developing the appropriated competencies and promoting the right attitudes and behavior. In order to balance life and career pursuits, nowadays, we talk about managing career trajectories. Ethics and tech savvy have also become critical. Students will 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.
Course Code and Credits: Business 316 (3)
Course Title: Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
Course Description:
This course 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.
Course Code and Credits: Business 317 (3)
Course Title: E-Commerce and Online Business
Course Description:
Students will analyze the factors that have provoked the incredible growth of e-commerce. The course 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.
Course Code and Credits: Business 330 (3)
Course Title: Negocios Internacionales (taught in Spanish)
Course Description:
For full course description please refer to Business 307/International Business. Prerequisite: Advanced level Spanish.
Course Code and Credits: Business 331 (3)
Course Title: Estrategias de Marketing Internacional (taught in Spanish)
Course Description:
For full course description please refer to Business 309/International Marketing Strategies. Prerequisite: Advanced level Spanish.
Course Code and Credits: Business 341 (3)
Course Title: Managerial Skills for International Business
Course Description:
Through business cases, debate, teamwork and role playing, students will learn the basics of management and leadership. Topics covered include: Human Resources management, career orientation, compensation and benefits, time management, emotional intelligence, professional selling skills and international organization structures.
Course Code and Credits: Business 342 (3)
Course Title: Doing Business in Emerging Markets
Course Description:
Emerging economies account for approximately 120 of a total of 160 recognized by the United Nations. The course is centered on the challenges and opportunities associated with the organizational management and business strategy in emerging economies. Business cases in emerging economies from diverse geographical regions such as Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Eastern Europe will be discussed.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 304 (3)
Course Title: Strategic Behavior in Business and Economics
Course Description:
The main objective is to provide the students with decision theory and game theory tools that can be useful not only in business environments but also in everyday life. Students will learn how to solve and analyze decision problems and games. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of Microeconomics and Mathematics.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 306 (3)
Course Title: International Economics
Course Description:
International economics is divided into two broad subfields: international trade and international money. International trade focuses on transactions that involve a physical movement of goods - real transactions. International money focuses on financial transaction and refers to the monetary side of the international economy. The course covers: 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.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 308 (3)
Course Title: The Creative Economy
Course Description:
The purpose of the course is to make students aware of the crucial role of creativity and innovation in the 21st century and provide them with tools to be effective actors of change in their organizations in the future.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 335 (3)
Course Title: Inequality, Poverty and Globalization
Course Description:
At the turn of the 21st century, the richest 5% of people received one-third of total global income. This course studies the development of international and global inequality; inequality within nations; gender inequality, and long term poverty. Has inequality increased over time? Does globalization make the world less equal? What policies have been implemented to reduce inequality and how effective have they been?
Course Code and Credits: Politics/Economics 312 (3)
Course Title: Understanding the European Economy
Course Description:
This course aims to deepen students’ knowledge of the institutional functioning of the E.U. as well as its most important economic policies. Review of three important E.U. policies: agricultural policy with an emphasis on possible future reforms; regional policy in the light of increasing competitiveness brought on by each successive step in European integration, and trade policy including a discussion of the most important economic accords between the E.U. and third countries.
Course Code and Credits: Politics/Economics 317 (3)
Course Title: The Political Economy of European Integration
Course Description:
This course introduces students to the main issues of economics and politics of European integration by using an economic approach. Through discussion on current policy on European integration, students will be able to apply and relate conceptual and theoretical knowledge underpinning the course of the economic and political process of European integration. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.
Course Code and Credits: Politics/Economics 322 (3)
Course Title: Politics, War and Economics in the Age of Globalization
Course Description:
This course examines the main changes in politics, economics and war since 1914 focusing on the different academic schools that tried to explain the major changes that affected people during the 20th century. Also important will be the study of theories that tried to organize how people live. These theories embrace economics, politics and sociology. One important element to be studied in this course is war, understanding this element as the last tool used by the State to achieve goals or stability.
Course Code and Credits: Politics 336 (3)
Course Title: Politics of the Developing World
Course Description:
This is an introductory course to the politics of development from a comparative perspective. We will be addressing development issues across different points in time and across different world regions. Two main topics/concepts will be analyzed throughout the semester: development and the state. We will study Latin America, Africa, and Asia, which form part of what is known as the developing world or Third World, which in fact we will make a problem out of this labelling. We will as well present a comparative overview of the Latin American, African, and Asian regions in general; and address and familiarize ourselves with the debates surrounding the virtues and vices of market economies (and globalization). In addition, we will seek to answer part of this course title’s premise/question, why did Francisco Pizarro (Spanish conquistador) won over Atahualpa (Inca Emperor)? throughout the semester. A cultural component, a film or play (related to development politics), will be part of this course by the end of the semester.
Course Code and Credits: Politics 343 (3)
Course Title: Geopolitics and International Relations
Course Description:
Geopolitics is the art and practice of using political power over a given territory. Students analyze geography, history and social scene with reference to spatial politics and patterns (ranging from state to international). The past and present are explored (Cold War and aftermath, North and Middle America, South America) before turning to the future (China 2020, American Power and the crisis of 2030, the 2040 prelude of war).
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 303 (3)
Course Title: Español para negocios (taught in Spanish)
Course Description:
Development of the linguistic tools necessary to survive in the Spanish-speaking business world. Students will learn to appreciate and adopt different registers and to apply the appropriate terminology according to social convention. Students will learn to take structured and meaningful notes from meetings and to write reports, letters, memos and all business-related documents. Prerequisite: Students must place into Intermediate level (B1.1) Spanish language or higher.

Sant Pau Campus

Architecture - Art - History - Language - Mediterranean Studies

The beautiful historical pavilions of the Sant Pau campus provide the backdrop to the Art, Architecture and History electives taught at the magnificent UAB Casa Convalescència building. Students can take subjects from either campus as the connection between campuses is easy and can be made in only 18 minutes. All courses are taught in English unless specified within the course description.

Courses at Sant Pau
Course Code and Credits: Architecture 329 (3)
Course Title: Barcelona City Planning and Architecture
Course Description:
The evolution of the city of Barcelona is explained using concepts of urbanism, politics and society. The course covers how cities shape societies and how societies shape cities. Students will compare Barcelona to other cities such as Madrid, Paris, London, Moscow, New York or Washington D.C.
Course Code and Credits: Art 325 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Contemporary Art
Course Description:
The course provides an introduction to Spanish contemporary art. It examines the concepts behind the work and the evolution of Spanish art in relation to similar movements in Europe and the United States. Includes visits to relevant exhibitions in Barcelona and talks by professional artists.
Course Code and Credits: Art 326 (3)
Course Title: Arte Español Contemporáneo (taught in Spanish)
Course Description:
For a full course description please refer to Art 325/Spanish Contemporary Art. Prerequisite: Students must place into Intermediate level (B1.1) Spanish language or higher.
Course Code and Credits: Art 327 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Art and Cultural Heritage
Course Description:
Covering art history of Spain 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. Attendance and oral participation are important: 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.
Course Code and Credits: Art 328 (3)
Course Title: Digital Photography
Course Description:
The course is designed for photography enthusiasts who want to take control of their camera and start to explore the beauty and diversity of 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.
Course Code and Credits: Art 339 (3)
Course Title: The Great Art Collections in Spain
Course Description:
Students will be able to recognize masterpieces of Spanish art and know the reasons that account for their unanimous positive appraisal. Analysis of artistic characteristics and their social and historical implications. Instruction includes lectures and field visits.
Course Code and Credits: Art 340 (3)
Course Title: The Seven Wonders of Spain, History of Spanish Architecture
Course Description:
Examination of the most representative buildings of each period that have been included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List for having outstanding universal value. Instruction includes lectures and field visits.
Course Code and Credits: Art 341 (3)
Course Title: New Tendencies in Spanish Contemporary Art
Course Description:
The frontiers between the classic disciplines are dissolving. Contemporary art is becoming ever more interdisciplinary, at times confusing and unclassifiable, where all kinds of fusions, exchanges, frictions, transactions and dialogues are occurring. There are new points of interaction, new crossings of information and action. This course is an introduction to some of these new territories and how they are explored by Spanish Contemporary artists.
Course Code and Credits: Art and Architecture 337 (3)
Course Title: Urban Interventions and Art as a Language
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Art and Architecture 338 (3)
Course Title: Modernism: Art Nouveau Architecture Sketched and Explained
Course Description:
The course offers the opportunity to discover the master works of Barcelona’s Art Nouveau architecture and the marvels of design contained in them. The history and cultural context of Modernism will be addressed in the classroom; however special emphasis is placed on practice outdoors. Students will sketch in front of buildings and in museums. No previous artistic training is necessary.
Course Code and Credits: Catalan 100 (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Catalan
Course Description:
This course is designed for students to learn a basic understanding of the catalan language to be able to use it in everyday life while in Barcelona.
Course Code and Credits: History 323 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Civilization and Culture
Course Description:
This course provides an extensive view of Spanish history before examining different cultures within Spain: Castilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician. 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). Students will see how Spain changed from a polarized country to a reference in the West.
Course Code and Credits: History 324 (3)
Course Title: Civilización y Cultura Española (taught in Spanish)
Course Description:
For full course description please refer to History 323/Spanish Civilization and Culture. Prerequisite: Students must place into Intermediate level (B1.1) Spanish language or higher.
Course Code and Credits: History 327 (3)
Course Title: Spanish History in the 20th Century
Course Description:
This course aims to explain the evolution of Spain since 1898. Politics, society, family and economics will be covered. By the end of the course, students will be able to understand major changes that took place in Spain since the defeat of the Spanish Armada in Cuba in 1898.
Course Code and Credits: History 328 (3)
Course Title: Mediterranean Culture and History
Course Description:
The goal of this course is to offer a wide introduction to the main evolution of the Mediterranean using not history but its cultures, religions and peoples. The main topics covered are: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Greece, Rome, Germanics, Byzantines, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the Renaissance, the Mediterranean family and the Modernization of the Mediterranean Societies.
Course Code and Credits: Politics 321 (3)
Course Title: Mediterranean Politics
Course Description:
This course explores the elements, figures and characters that shaped the Mediterranean political scenario since the French Revolution (1789) to the Barcelona Process or Euro-Mediterranean Policy. Students will understand the process that built the Mediterranean as it is today, giving special relevance to: the French Revolution, the emergence of Modernity and Liberalism in the Mediterranean, Italian Unification, European Imperialism in North Africa and the Middle East, dictatorships in the Mediterranean, the two World conflicts and the Cold War in the Mediterranean.
Course Code and Credits: Politics/Economics 322 (3)
Course Title: An Urban Approach to Spain and Europe: Cities and Globalization
Course Description:
This course aims to highlight the urban dimension of European society, making reference to the different phenomena that European (and Spanish) cities face today. Students are introduced to the economic, political and social factors that configure urban Europe in order to understand its development in a global world. The course combines theoretical and practical sessions, presenting case studies of different European and Spanish cities. Field trips are a component of this course.
Course Code and Credits: Politics 323 (3)
Course Title: A Greater Middle East
Course Description:
This course offers an in-depth introduction to a fundamental geostrategic area since the end of World War II; the Middle East. The course will cover each region, but will always maintain the bigger, global picture behind the specific region. Both the Carter Doctrine (1980) and George W. Bush’s Greater Middle East and North Africa Initiative (2004) provide the references through which each region is studied, together with North Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Area of Influence of the Central Command.
Course Code and Credits: Politics 328 (3)
Course Title: Cultures without State: The Case of Catalonia
Course Description:
Ideas of Nation, Nationalism and State are examined using the Catalan Case and the evolution of such ideas in the West. Characteristics of different ideas of Nationalism and the main evolution of the Catalan identity as well as tensions in the Basque country will be covered.