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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Eligibility: 01 First Year, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Field of study: Fine & Applied Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer
Academic Level: Undergraduate CAP-Approved Courses: Yes
Program Description:

Spain: Music, Politics and SocietyBarcelona, Spain

(Barcelona, with trips to Madrid and the Basque Country)

About the Program

Soak in Spanish and Catalan culture while basking in the famed climate of Europe’s largest city on the Mediterranean—Barcelona! This program offers students a chance
to explore how Spanish and Catalan music, politics, society, and culture are interwoven in the broad fabric of Spanish history and present-day Catalonia, as well as reflected in Latina/o identity today. Complimenting classroom learning, students will visit some of Spain’s most architecturally and culturally significant sites while being immersed in the cultural, political and musical energy of Spain. Beyond Barcelona, students will have the opportunity to explore other parts of Spain, allowing them to see the unique qualities of Barcelona and come to a deeper understanding of the vibrant mix of cultures within Spain.

Curricular Options

Students are required to enroll in 7 credit hours, but may enroll in 10 credit hours. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor regarding eligibility for courses, pre-reqs, etc. More information regarding courses can be found in the University Bulletin. In addition, we have listed the current CAP status for each course. However, students should consult DegreeWorks for the most accurate information since courses that satisfy CAP requirements may vary by year of admission or according to a student's major. The Degree Audit is specific to each student. Consult your academic advisor for details.

MUS 365: Music in Society: Sights and Sounds of Barcelona (3 credits) 
This course will study how music and musicians affect, and are affected by the human societies in which they live. It will specifically explore the indigenous musics of Barcelona, Catalonia, Madrid and the Basque country.
CAP: Arts
SSC 200: Globalization: Spanish Politics and Society (3 credits)
This course will explore Spanish politics and society in an era of globalization. We will examine political, economic, social and cultural aspects of Spain and the Catalan region (including Barcelona) from the perspective of the social sciences. 
CAP: Social Sciences Integrated
POL 300: Issues: Spanish Politics and Society (3 credits)
This course will explore Spanish politics and society: major institutions (parliament, political parties, monarchy), regionalism and minorities (Catalans, Basques), economic challenges, role of religion, status of women, and international relations (European Union, NATO, and the UN).
ANT 306: Culture and Power  (3 credits)  
Exploration of how culture and power are intertwined in the process of transformation of cultural beliefs and practices in Spain. We will particularly focus on the formation of modern Spanish state, and the attendant cultural politics and struggles of seceding, especially in the case of Catalan.  Sophomore standing or higher.
CAP: Inquiry; Diversity and Social Justice
UDI 310. MAXIE: Experience (1 credit; required)
This courses aims to utilize the city as the classroom where students can make sense of their experience through interactive discussion, group activities, and independent journaling. Through reflection, students internalize their study abroad experience and may undergo changes impacting attitudes and actions in their home country and at UD.  Graded mini-course required of all student participants.

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Dr. Donna M. Cox,  Professor, Department of Music (Site Coordinator)
Dr. Jaro Bilocerkowycz, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Simanti Dasgupta, Associate Professor, Anthropology & Human Rights Center Research Associate


Students must be 18 years of age or older and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.

Pre-Departure Orientation

For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience.  All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings). The schedule for your MAXIE course is as follows: 

Thursdays, 6:30pm-8:00pm
UDI 220 - M9
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Classes begin the first week of March and last until the end of April.

Once students have changed their status to “committed” in the application system, they should register for UDI 220 via Porches by searching Spring 2018, Mini-Courses (as the Department), selecting UDI 220, and finding the correct section number.

Cost and Refund Policy

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Barcelona, Spain

Program Ratings:
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Academic Experience:
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Cultural Experiences:
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This program is currently not accepting applications.