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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.

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.

Spanish language courses

Students wishing to take a Spanish language course during the summer program take a placement test after arrival in Barcelona. Please contact the AIFS Program Advisor for course syllabi.

Language levels are defined according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Learn more.

Spanish language is available at 3 levels:

  • Español Inicial 59048 (3)
  • Español Intermedio 59050 (3)
  • Intermediate
  • Español Avanzado 59051 (3)

2-Week Courses

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.

Ethics 59097 (2) | Current Ethical and Legal Challenges in Sport

Sport has acquired in the last decades of the last century and the early years of XXI an extraordinary importance. It can be said that sport has suffer a deep transformation from a merely marginal activity that it only interested fans and sports institutions, to a more than relevant presence in all media. Certainly sports news today occupy more than half the space of radio and television news programs around the world and its presence in written newspapers has increased significantly.

Law and Economics 59068 (2) | Law and Economics - Why Should We Obey?

The course objective is to analyze the incentives created by laws and legal institutions, as well as their implications for economic activity in a globalized world. Microeconomic models will be used to conduct positive and normative analysis of certain legal rules and complement the analysis with real case studies. The course offers to help them use the knowledge they have in their professional and private lives.

Communication 59095 (2) | Oral Communication for Students

The most recent curricular parameters reflect the importance of oral communication skills amongst students, who must become competent public speakers. A substantial portion of the time students spend working is devoted to public presentations, in which they must present and explain their academic projects. Mastery of oral communication skills is thus essential to these professionals for effectively delivering these public presentations.

Health and Sociology 59096 (2) | Population Health and Well-being consequences of Demographic Changes

Health and well-being consequences of demographic change are key challenges for research and innovation as they concern citizens’ health and have enormous economic implications and innovation opportunities (with equitable access to prevention, treatment and care throughout the life cycle).

Recent political and economic developments within Europe and global pressures related to population trends magnify the relevance of health and well-being and its impact on socioeconomic dynamics, as well as to the pressure that demographic changes such as population aging exert place on health systems and social safety nets.

This course examines population health and well-being consequences of demographic changes from an interdisciplinary approach, including sociological, demographic, economic and political science, particularly in developed countries. Professors will pay attention to the links between these demographic changes and social and public policies.

Sociology 59031 (2) | Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

The world is faced with serious and complex social and environmental problems that require a deep understanding of the systems where they occur in order to find innovative solutions. This course introduces students to the concepts, strategies and processes of social innovation and social change. We will examine the state of the world from a social economic perspective and learn how social innovation can help solve existing and future problems. We will explore social entrepreneurship as the vehicle for social innovation and learn about its challenges and opportunities. We will learn that innovation and entrepreneurship require a mentality that is not deterministic, in order to deal with the uncertainty and complexity.

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