Intercultural Studies Abroad
Study Abroad in Madrid

SEMESTER – SPRING 2014

(10/01/2013 – 30/05/2013) Book it in our shop here

Spanish Language & Culture

Courses Language Credits Hours
Spanish Language Spanish 8
12
14
16
18
20
28
34
80
120
140
160
180
200
280
340
Spanish Culture & Civilization Spanish
English
4,5 45
Flamenco Spanish 4,5 45
Spanish Cinema English 4,5 45
Architecture & Painting in Madrid Spanish 4,5 45
The Culture of Food English 4,5 45
Madrid, the European Leisure Capital English 4,5 45

Intercultural & International Studies

Courses Language Credits Hours
Spanish Language Spanish 8
12
14
16
18
20
28
34
80
120
140
160
180
200
280
340
Comparative Culture I: Japanese & Spanish Cultures Spanish 4,5 45
Comparative Culture II: American & Spanish Cultures English
Spanish
4,5 45
Global Competence English
Spanish
4,5 45
International Marketing English 4,5 45
European Union English 4,5 45

Spanish Language

Courses are designed considering the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Spanish Civilization & Culture

This course offers a survey of Spanish Culture and Civilization. It is based on key topics that built contemporary Spanish society, those that will provide students with fundamental concepts and ideas to understand the historical, sociological and anthropological development of Spanish population.

Starting with those that place Spain in today’s world, it gradually increases complexity through the analysis of those civilizations that crossed the Iberian Peninsula, focusing on the diverse influences on Spanish identity.

Spanish Cinema

Spanish cinema provides an excellent opportunity to discover Spanish society and political changes in the last few decades. The most relevant directors such us Buñuel, Berlanga and Almodóvar will be analyzed through their works and will allow students to reflect on evolution of the country and the possibilities of creation in every political context. Some of the young directors such as Amenábar or León de Aranoa will also be presented to discuss the new trends of cinematography in Spain.

Architecture & Painting in Madrid

This course will analyze some of the main artistic manifestations in Architecture and Painting in Madrid. Students will have the opportunity to learn by seeing the art and its expressions in Madrid, both in the streets and in the most important museums of the city, including the Prado Museum and Centro Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía. Some of the greatest painters such as Goya, Velázquez, Dalí and Picasso will be discovered in depth and walks will include the Habsburg and Salamanca quarters and Modernist Gran Via.

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The Culture of Food

This course will introduce you to the extraordinary world of Spanish food. The relevant and complex meaning of food requires an interdisciplinary approach, so the course is enriched with the contributions of anthropology, sociology, contemporary history and chef’s reflections. Food is one the main diacritic symbols of regional differences in Spain. Students will analyze how these foods are related to identities. We will also examine the myth or reality of globalization through the food and the conflict between traditional cuisine and the new creative cuisine.

Flamenco

The best expression of Andalusian soul, flamenco has been declared an intangible treasure of cultural heritage by UNESCO. It is also an art that has represented Spanish culture all around the world. As flamenco expert Jose Gamboa, said “The grandeur of flamenco is that it is an art that has managed to bring in influence from every corner of our culture and recreate it with a language that is more powerful and newer”. In this course students will enjoy the immersion in this genre of music and art. Dancing, foot and arm technique, compás (rhythm) & palmas (clapping) will be part of the classes.

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Madrid, the European Leisure Capital

This course takes the student to one of the most dynamic capitals of Europe. As a meeting point for all Spanish people, Madrid will help you to understand Spanish culture as a whole and its diversity. Besides its famous museums, as Prado or Reina Sofía, its architecture and theatres, many other cultural and social offerings provide uncountable chances to enjoy yourself whenever you wish. In fact, Madrid is also known as a city that never sleeps.

Comparative Culture I: Japanese & Spanish Culture

This course will provide the students with a multi-facetted approach in order to better understand the similarities and differences between Japanese and Spanish Culture. The main emphasis will be on patterns of culture, values, behaviours, rituals, etc. Cultures will also be studied and compared in some of their most relevant artistic expressions, including painting, literature and film.

Comparative Culture II: American & Spanish Cultures

Why do Spaniards stare so much and smile so little? How do they form a line? In this class, students examine the experience of living in Spain from a cross-cultural perspective. In addition to studying the process of cultural adaptation as a sociological and personal phenomenon, students will learn some of the important differences in social norms, aspects of everyday life, and characteristics of non-verbal communication between the two countries.

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Students will also learn some of the history, facts and values that are behind some of the seemingly arbitrary behaviors that puzzle them. This will enable them to consider meanings that don’t coincide with those they would assign to the same behaviors in the United States, helping them to understand host families and Spanish friends and to be understood by them.

Global Competence

The complex art of social relations and negotiations can become an odyssey when it is to be carried out by people from different cultures. A large number of human relations and great business opportunities have failed because of the incapacity to understand the other. Good communication requires much more than just the use of lingua franca or the acceptable knowledge of the other’s language.

International Marketing

In a mere few years, globalization of customers and producers has changed international marketing strategies. Every company involved in this global process must be adapted to the needs and preferences of customers that have different levels of purchasing power as well as different cultures. This course will provide you with necessary knowledge to understand how to implement marketing practices across national boundaries.

European Union

This course provides an introductory description the European Union, its institutions, member countries and history. It also explains how the EU works as a political system and how the member states delegate some of their decision-making powers to shared institutions they have created, so that decisions on specific matters of joint interest can be made democratically at European level. Students will discuss the main challenges for EU in the 21st century and its future relation with US and other strategic countries.

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