Summer Term in Barcelona, Spain Course Catalog
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History, Politics, and Culture Courses
Taught in English.
Taught in English.
The course analyses the categories, political, business, social, anthropological or aesthetic, at work in the idea of a Spanish "typicality", a "Spanish-ness" or "españolidad", in the realms of visual and material culture, advertising and public relations, graphic design and in the arts. Its goal is a critical reflection on the notion of what denotes (or qualifies) in an object, an attitude, an artifact, a work of art, a piece of literature, the condition of being "Spanish" and how the graphic industry and the communications world has helped businesses and institutions in the building of a Spanish competitiveness. The point of departure is a critical deconstruction of the "Spanish" topic at different moments in history (basically modern and contemporary times), and not an essentialist interpretation of a presumed cultural and anthropological "identity" of Spain. The course would address questions such : how has "Spanish-ness" been fabricated historically in Spain and outside? How does it function symbolically at different levels and times? Which is it its efficacy in brand discourses of Spanish businesses and institutions? Main areas considered in this course are advertising, public relations, typography and graphic design. Taught in English.
Taught in Spanish.
The goal of this seminar is to provide the student with a basic, but professional, level of knowledge of documentary film making. Special attention will be given to the successful renewal of the Spanish, and in special cases, the Catalan, film scene in the last 15 years. The seminar includes a practical exercise where the student can discover his particular way of seeing Spanish reality. The seminar consists in theoretical and practical lessons. During six weeks (three days per wee; each class meeting for three hours) students and the tutor Ricardo Iscar will meet and discuss ideas and the situation of the contemporary documentaries. Taught in English.
This course provides a dynamic, multi-disciplinary introduction to Postmodern Culture in Spain. It covers nearly forty years of local artistic production, from the raise of democracy in the mid seventies to the establishment of the globalized paradigma during the first decade of the XXI Century. We will discuss recent classics as well as emerging artists, and we will cover a wide range of artistic practices, from photography to afterpop music, including installation art, performance art and comic art. Although the course offers several relevant clues to understand the historical context and particular conditions in Spain, it is also intended as a more general insight into contemporary artistic strategies and topics. Taught in English.
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/anthropological point of view, the course will analyze the 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.
Summer term students can select 1-3 content courses from the Barcelona International Summer School at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Classes available in English and Spanish. For current offerings, see courses under "5 weeks modules" here: https://www.upf.edu/web/barcelonasummerschool/courses-and-syllabi
Taught in English.
Over the 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 will introduce 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 will also be placed on opportunities to enhance the learning experience in other statistical courses by illustrating and applying basic statistical concepts in R.
This course is designed to give both political science and non-political science majors an overview of fundamental issues in the study of Spanish Politics. The core of the course is the study of the nature and functioning of the Spanish democratic system installed since the middle of the seventies, paying special attention to the main political processes, institutions, actors, political culture and electoral behavior. We will spend also some time at the beginning of the course studying the previous Spanish democratic experience (1931-1936), its collapse (1936-1939), the authoritarian rule imposed by Franco and the Spanish transition to democracy (1975-1978) which has strongly influenced the current features of the Spanish political system. Taught in English.
This course is oriented to students interested in Spanish politics. The course does not assume prior knowledge of Spanish and/or European politics.
This course aims at providing historical and critical tools for the understanding of the construction and integration processes of the European Union after the II World War and its successive enlargements in the 1970s, the 1980s and the 1990s with the fall of communism. It studies the basic structure and the institutions of the EU today and its decision and policy making processes. Central to the course will be the issue of the EU in front of current and future challenges in a globalized, such as the present economic and financial crisis, global power balance and world influence, next steps in economic and political integration. Special reference will be made to the implications on Member countries economies derived from adopting the single currency. Taught in English.
Basic knowledge in economics is highly recommended.