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Global Cities

FALL SEMESTER IN BARCELONA

Go Beyond

Apply by January 15 and save $300 off of your program fee!

Explore and thrive in this eclectic city. Barcelona offers something for everyone – enjoy a Flamenco performance, tour Gaudi architectural masterpieces, or delight in a gastronomic adventure at La Boqueria, and much more!

This immersive study abroad program gives you insight into the significant ways in which Barcelona has been imagined, invented, and transformed by globalization. Choose from a range of courses covering a variety of disciplines such as business, Spanish language, history, political science, art, urban/global studies, and film. Earn 15-18 credits.

September 1, 2019
thru December 14, 2019
Program Fee: $15,995
Application Deadline June 7, 2019

The Barcelona Experience

This cultural powerhouse on the Mediterranean will keep you busy for the whole semester. Stroll the beaches, climb the Sagrada Familia, try something new in La Boqueria, brush up on your Spanish, and cheer on the hometown football club. Barcelona truly has it all!
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Experience

Explore the diversity of eclectic Barcelona with our My Global City events: learn about Mediterranean cuisine with a Tapas tasting, explore the Gothic Quarter, or tour Gaudi architecture.

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Live

Live like a barcelonés and stay in shared apartments or opt for a homestay, all within commuting distance to the CAPA center.

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Learn

Choose from a range of courses covering a variety of disciplines such as business, Spanish language, political science, communications, history, urban/global studies, film, art history, and much more!

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Intern

During your internship you'll acquire real-world professional skills. This is a great way to enhance your classroom experience and your resume!

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Program Inclusions

  • TuitionEarn 15-18 credits in the Fall (courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted; internships are 3 or 6 credits). Credits are issued by the University of Minnesota.
  • HousingLive in shared apartments or a homestay (with your own room and two meals a day), all within commuting distance to the CAPA Center. Homestays incur a supplementary fee.
  • Local Transit PassA local transit pass is included for the length of the program.
  • ActivitiesSocial events and program activities include an arrival lunch, mid-term dinner featuring traditional Catalan cuisine, and a farewell dinner with a flamenco show. Volunteer opportunities are also available.
  • InternshipParticipate in an internship opportunity, earn credit and gain valuable skills! Placements are in English or in Spanish. You must have at least 4 semesters of Spanish language to participate in a Spanish internship.
  • My Global CityCAPA-led events each semester include a walk through the Gothic quarter, with its labyrinth of streets in the oldest parts of the city, and a visit to Santa Maria del Mar, an excellent example of Catalan Gothic and Barcelona's "forgotten" cathedral. Other activities vary by semester and reflect what is on at the time.
  • ExcursionFull-day excursions to Montserrat, and to Girona and Figueres, where you will visit the Dalí Museum.
  • 24/7 Emergency SupportCAPA maintains a comprehensive health and safety plan with staff available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.
  • InsuranceYou’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.
  • SupportThe CAPA team is available throughout your program to help you make the most of your experience.

Courses

Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: Barcelona  

Cities around the world are striving to be "global": Barcelona, the capital of Catalunya, is one of the largest and most cosmopolitan cities in Spain. It is globally renowned for its art and architecture, possessing no fewer than nine UNESCO-designated world heritage sites, and has become a major destination for global tourism. This course examines the emergence of this elegant, creative city as Spain's gateway to the Mediterranean, and analyzes the role of population dynamics, industrial change and globalization in shaping the city and the lives of its inhabitants. The course traces the changing nature of Barcelona's relationship with the rest of Spain, Europe, and the wider world, and examines the major urban challenges facing the city today. Students will analyze the city's historical development, the impact of political repression under Franco and the city's emergence as a model for community participation and urban citizenship. Topics will include the interplay of urban, regional and national politics in shaping the cityscape; resurgent nationalism and innovations in art and architecture; the role of the 1992 Olympics as a catalyst for urban regeneration; the impacts of gentrification, tourism, and the recent economic crisis on the city and its inhabitants; and future scenarios of urban change. The course also aims to help students contextualize their travels and encounters in Barcelona, and to develop informed interpretations of their experiences, as well as enhance their understanding of recent Spanish and Catalan history, politics and society. Syllabus is coming soon; contact us for more details.

BCLA URBS 3345

Architectural History of Spain  

This course will look at the history of architecture and urban design in Spain. Beginning with a brief introduction of the ancient styles (from the first civilization of the Iberian Peninsula), it will focus upon developments in architecture and urban planning in Spain from the first century A.D until the contemporaneity. Special attention will be paid to XIX and XX centuries in Barcelona, and several relevant field visits will be made.

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BCLA ARTH 3319

Business Ethics in the Global Market  

The ethical landscape of business is constantly changing, and this course will examine those changes most effecting business: accelerating globalization, constant technological updates, proliferating of business scandals. This course is an analysis of how business and society interact through the study of consumerism, technology, and ethical and moral conviction. It is also an introduction to the concept of business ethics, an overview of major ethical issues that businesses face today, and a discussion of moral philosophy through an understanding of classical and contemporary ethical theories.

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BCLA BUSN 3371

Global Environmental Politics: Balancing Human and Ecological Welfare  

Human activity is responsible for many environmental issues facing the international community today. This class will explore these core environmental issues, with a special focus on their relation to biodiversity loss and climate change. It seeks to analyze the roles of states, international organizations, multinational corporations and civil society in the causation and solution process of environmental degradation while at the same time discussing some of the philosophical/ethical aspects of these issues. The underlying goal is to evaluate the effectiveness of global environmental governance and how it attempts to balance national, economic and corporate interests with global environmental welfare.

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BCLA PSCI 3360

Global Internship Workshop (3 credits)  

The Global Internship Workshop is a unique and innovative opportunity for students to combine their internship placement (and living abroad) experience with a weekly in-class educational and mentoring experience (session), which aims to develop students' personal and professional skills while earning academic credit. The Global Internship Workshop fits in with CAPA's philosophy and practice of Globally Networked Learning, whereby students can learn about the social and cultural context of their internship placement and the host region and country, as well as other Global Internship Workshop themes, through comparative global analysis. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through a selection of CAPA Masterclasses given by leading professionals from a diverse range of fields. Thus, the weekly discussion-based sessions with their active learning approach, gives students the opportunity to discuss and analyze theories and models of work, critical thinking and organizational behavior and management in a cross-cultural context.

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BCLA INTP 3347

Global Internship Workshop (6 credits)  

The Global Internship Workshop is a unique and innovative opportunity for students to combine their internship placement (and living abroad) experience with a weekly in-class educational and mentoring experience (session), which aims to develop students' personal and professional skills while earning academic credit. The Global Internship Workshop fits in with CAPA's philosophy and practice of Globally Networked Learning, whereby students can learn about the social and cultural context of their internship placement and the host region and country, as well as other Global Internship Workshop themes, through comparative global analysis. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through a selection of CAPA Masterclasses given by leading professionals from a diverse range of fields. Thus, the weekly discussion-based sessions with their active learning approach, gives students the opportunity to discuss and analyze theories and models of work, critical thinking and organizational behavior and management in a cross-cultural context.

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BCLA INTP 3348

Global Marketing  

This course will provide the basic knowledge of global marketing focusing on the impact of environment on the firm strategy, the development and implementation of a global marketing strategy and the understanding of consumer behaviour management in a global strategy. Case studies applied to worldwide business contexts as well as more specific European contexts will provide concrete illustrations for the students.

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BCLA BUSN 3372

Intercultural Management  

This course is designed to introduce students to concepts and fundamentals of international management. The course will consider aspects of management within an international and culturally complex environment, while considering the business influences within the global workplace.

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BCLA BUSN 3370

Introduction to Photography  

This course is designed for beginning students in photography, and specifically presents digital camera techniques as a means of personal expression. Observing/capturing, digital process, printing and screen presentation will be addressed in relation to specific subjects, intentions and aesthetic judgements. The particular study abroad experience of each student will be one of the main focuses throughout the semester. Students are expected to bring a digital camera and a laptop with some means of editing (although computers and basic Photoshop is available in the computer lab.)

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BCLA ARTS 1107

Media and Conflict  

The course will provide a structured approach to address different media systems. It will explore the dynamics of news, politics, conflicts and freedom of the press. Focusing on ongoing, international crises of global importance, we will examine how various international media report on topics including armed conflicts, human rights abuses. We will study the dynamics governing news media environment and structures. We will try to understand why different audiences from different cultural spheres perceive the same news in sometimes a diametrically opposed way. We will examine the rich arsenal of repression tools used by authoritarian and even democratic regimes to suppress press freedom or spin news to their advantage. We will look at the ways and means by which courageous journalists try to circumvent these obstacles.

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BCLA COMM 3350

Nationalism in Comparative Perspective (taught in Spanish)  

This course studies the relationship between states and nations in both a theoretical and comparative perspective with a particular focus on the Catalan, Basque and Spanish experiences. It analyzes state building processes and the development of nationalism, as well as the social, economic and technological conditions behind its emergence, transformation and contrasting discourse. The course aims at providing a solid theoretical background on the subject of nationalism as well as introducing the students into the social and political reality that permeates in Spain's daily life and shapes Spaniards' political mind-frames and identities.

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BCLA PSCI/SPAN 3365

Picasso, Matisse, Dali and the Mediterranean  

During the 19th century Paris was the center of artistic activity. A shift occurred in the early 20th century which displaced that center to the south. This course investigates the work of early 20th century modern artists in relation to Mediterranean myth and culture. Particular emphasis is given to the work of Picasso, Matisse and Dalí.

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BCLA ARTH 3318

Spain as Seen Through Its Movies: 1980s to Today (taught in Spanish)  

This course will investigate the ways in which Spanish films participate in the creation of contemporary identities through cinematic form. We will address the following general questions: a) what it means to speak of a national cinema; b) how cinema constructs and/or contests of his or her-story; c) cinema's impact on shifting notions of what constitutes the human condition; d) how the formal qualities of cinematic narrative shape on-screen stories; f) where and how issues of gender, sexuality, class, and ethnicity surface in cinematic articulations of the relationship between national identity, global trends and personal history.

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BCLA FILM/SPAN 3316

Spanish 101  

Spanish 101 is a course designed for students who have never received any Spanish instruction and/or who, in theory, do not know any Spanish. This course will offer you 1) the development of your Spanish communicative proficiency in the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing); 2) acknowledgement and awareness of Hispanic cultures; and 3) the opportunity to use Spanish in real-world situations. In order to achieve these goals, Spanish will be the language of communication in the class. Therefore, your instructor will strive to use only Spanish in class, and students are expected to use Spanish as the means of communication. This course is 45 contact hours and worth 3 credits.

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BCLA SPAN 1101

Spanish 102  

Spanish 102 is a course designed for students who successfully completed Spanish 101 or its equivalent. It is the second semester of elementary Spanish. This course will help you reach different goals: 1) the development of your Spanish communicative proficiency in the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing); 2) acknowledgement and awareness of Hispanic cultures; and 3) offer you the opportunity to use Spanish in real-world situations. In order to achieve these goals, Spanish will be the language of communication in the class. Therefore, your instructor will strive to use only Spanish in class, and students are expected to use Spanish as the means of communication. This course meets for 45 contact hours and is worth 3 credits.

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BCLA SPAN 1102

Spanish 201  

This course is designed for students with some prior knowledge of Spanish. Students who can already use a few basic words and phrases, and who can understand very simple requests and responses are appropriate for this level. Students entering this course are also able to read and interpret the basic meaning of simple sentences and phrases. Students who have studied basic Spanish in high school or in college but never continued to build their skills may find this level appropriate. Students who have studied another Romance language may also be capable of entering this level. The language assessment process will determine the appropriate level for each individual student. This course is 45 contact hours and worth 3 credits.

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BCLA SPAN 2201

Spanish 202  

El propósito principal de este curso es revisar y practicar ciertos puntos gramaticales del español. La práctica de esos puntos gramaticales se basará en actividades comunicativas que mejorarán las habilidades orales y escritas de los estudiantes. El estudio y práctica de estos puntos gramaticales se hará a través de varios medios (ej. la lectura de textos, tecnología, etc.) y usando diferentes metodologías. De esta se intentará cubrir las diferentes necesidades de los estudiantes y sus diferentes estilos de aprendizaje.

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BCLA SPAN 2202

Spanish 301  

Span 301 incluye un estudio detallado de la estructura gramatical de la lengua española enfocado en las expresiones idiomáticas y la sintaxis. También se desarrollan modos diversos de redacción y de conversación alrededor de temas actuales pertinentes al mundo de hispanohablantes en las Américas y en Europa.

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BCLA SPAN 3301

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