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Study Abroad in Barcelona (UPF): Courses

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Take one 4-week course plus another 4-week or 2-week course. For an additional fee of $475 students can select an additional 2-week course and earn an extra 2 credits.

4-Week Courses

The courses listed below are taught in English unless otherwise stated.

Business 301 (3) | Culture and Business: Spain's Top Brands 

Analyzes the historical, political, business, social and anthropological elements at work in the “import” and “export” of the Spain brand and its assets and offers a review of Spain’s main industries and businesses. Offers a descriptive and critical reflection on the notion of Spanish brands and their equity exploits across the globe; their distinctive traits, the diversity of mixed cultures, identities and realities the country portrays and how the communications world influences competitiveness. The course questions Spain’s unique attributes and examines the symbols and strategic brand discourses of Spanish businesses and institutions. The course is most suitable for advertising, public relations and communications students, as well as for humanities, business and economics and political sciences majors.

Computing 313 (3) | Modern Statistical Computing in R 

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

Film 310 (3) | Barcelona on Stage: Documentary Workshop

Provides students with an introduction to documentary film making. Special attention will be given to the renewal of the Spanish and Catalan film scene in the last 15 years. The course consists of both theoretical and practical sessions. During lecture classes the professor will present the history of Spanish and Catalan documentary and will set the theoretical basis for the production of a documentary. During practical sessions students will develop a project of a documentary where they can express their particular way of seeing Spanish reality. Students will work in small teams to produce a 15-minute film, from the conception of the idea to the final editing, including the writing of the script and the shooting.

Hispanic Studies 302 (3) | Contemporary Barcelona and its Cultural History 

Examines the cultural history of the city as a reflection of the cultural history of contemporary Spain, from the anarchist city to the cosmopolitan capital with international outreach. Focusing on the last two centuries and from a sociological and anthropological point of view, the course will analyze Barcelona society and its most recent political history through its conflicts and cultural influences. Interviews and on-site visits are foreseen to grasp the testimonies of relevant stakeholders. The course has an interdisciplinary approach at the intersection of urban studies, Catalan history, Hispanic studies, cultural studies, and anthropology. 

Politics 312 (3) | Brexit, EU and the Global World: Current Challenges in European Politics and Society

Social inequalities, national security, climate change, the rise of nationalism and populism are some the most serious challenges that national democracies face today in the era of globalization. How can national governments defend the interests of their citizens in an even more interconnected economic and political context? How does globalization affect national public policies and what can national states do? The course aims at providing a critical overview on the current challenges that national democracies will have to face in the next years. Geographically, it focuses on Europe and Spain and how political actors and central governments play a role in the international scenario. It studies how and to what extent the European Union Member States own independent policy autonomy to handle economic and institutional crises and to foster human development.

2-Week Courses

Art 304 (2) | Interactive Media Art

Organized and conducted as a workshop, this course focuses on the contemporary art practices known as interactive media art. Strategically situated at the intersection between the arts, humanities, science, technology and society, interactive media arts offer a privileged field from which our world can be re-examined. The interdisciplinary nature of this subject will allow students from any field to bring their own personal knowledge, skills and perspectives into discussion and class activities and, above all, into their own course project. The expected outcome is a personal project which will be developed, prototyped, presented and evaluated within the three-week course. The process will be structured in the following interrelated stages: education, research, experimentation, production, dissemination and reception.

Biology 319 (2) | Understanding the Biology of Humans

Provides basic knowledge to understand the big issues that current biology has generated in society. These debates transcend the strict scientific field and require basic awareness and serious discussion platforms. The course aims to interest students in humanities, law, economics and any student who is interested in the biological side of the human being in a social context.

Gender Studies 312 (2) | Gender, Power and Violence 

Around the world, no place is less safe for women than their own home – almost one in three women have suffered physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner and one in four women have suffered psychological violence. The public sphere is neither free from gender-based violence (GBV), with sexual violence being a widespread global phenomenon in the workplace, in university campuses, in the streets or in the context of armed conflicts. GBV is one of the main drivers of the production and reproduction of gender inequality. This course examines GBV from an interdisciplinary approach, including sociological, legal, political science and media perspectives. It provides a forum for students to explore contemporary issues in GBV from both a theoretical and practical standpoint (using local and international case studies) through the discussion of ongoing controversies about the causes and effects of such violence. It also analyzes the policy responses addressing GBV coming from states, civil society and international actors and assesses the extent to which they are effective (or not). Given that the experiences of GBV and the interactions with institutions vary across groups, the course will pay attention to how gender intersects with race, class, and sexuality.

Politics 310 (2) taught in Spanish | Derechos Humanos en el Siglo XXI/Human Rights in the 21st Century

Studies the way in which systems of international protection of human rights have been or can be reflected in other areas, be it in literature and comics, in cinema and other audiovisual media such as documentaries and podcasts. The subject has a practical approach and aims to implement new methods of law education applied to the investigation of human rights. 

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