Programs by Country: Spain + Dialogue of Civilizations


Spain – Spanish Language and Culture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Seville, Spain

Faculty Leader: Tania Muino Loureiro (t.muino-loureiro@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Courses:

  • CLTR4944: Spanish Culture, NU Core humanities level 1
  •  SPNS 2301/2302/3301/3302: Spanish Language and directed study

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/dialogue.Sevilla

Description:

This program is designed to help students improve their language skills and to immerse themselves in the Spanish culture. Students will learn about the different aspects that make Spain such a unique country. During the program, we will stay in Seville for four weeks and one week in Barcelona. We will also visit some of the other nearby cities and towns during weekends, such as historical Granada.

Seville is the capital of the southern region of Andalucía and the third largest city in Spain. It is easy to get around the city and all of the major historical and culture sites and the student’s accommodations and school are within walking distance of each other. The program will be based in here and students will feel more like locals than tourists. Sevillanos (The people of Seville) are friendly and good humored. The climate is warm and sunny and the pace of life is very relaxed. Seville is a city that keeps alive the spirit of its traditions. Seville boasts a variety of modern and traditional architecture with an explosion of colors and sensations. Here, you will experience Flamenco dancing and music, horse shows, bullfighting, tapas and the traditional fiestas.

While in Seville, students will be taking language classes during the morning and followed by the traditional “siestas”, where people tend to relax and enjoy time with their families. This is usually followed with a nap when possible, during the warmest part of the day and while most shops and establishments are closed. The culture classes and service learning (community service) will be taking place mainly in the afternoon. There will be different cultural events and activities organized, such as cooking lessons and Flamenco workshops.

Students will choose from several options to complete the Service Learning component of the Spanish culture course. These were the options for 2014 (please note that options will change for 2015). Students choose one option:

  1. Comedor Social San Vicente de Paul. Help at a soup kitchen managed by Hijas de la Caridad (http://hijascaridad.org).
  2. Banco de alimentos. Help with the collection and distribution of food donations. (http://www.bancodealimentosdesevilla.org).
  3. Cooperación International. Help with the distribution of clothes and food donations to families in need. (http://www.ciong.org).
  4. ONG Paz y Bien. Students work at an institution assisting people with autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities. (http://www.pazbien.org).
  5. Centro de mayores. Students volunteer at an elderly assisted leaving home and participate in a variety of activities with the residents.
  6. Clases de apoyo. Assisting kids with their homework in an after school program.
  7. Clases de inglés. Students work as a teacher´s aid for English instruction.

The Spanish Culture course will deal with history, politics, social factors, cultural life and pop culture in Spain from 1936 to the present. It will cover the civil war (1936-1939) and the process of transition into democracy that followed Franco's death in 1975. It will also examine the new freedom from censorship after Franco died, the new cinema, and the radical changes and modernization in values, family, sex and religion that occurred after that period.

While in Spain we will visit Barcelona and Granada. Barcelona is the second biggest city in Spain and as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world; it does not need an introduction. In Granada, you will experience life in a beautiful city full of history and culture. Granada was the last part of Spain to be under Moorish rule and you will still see the strong impact this has had in the city. We will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful La Alhambra palace, a World Heritage site and the inspiration for Washington Irving’s Tales of La Alhambra.


Spain: Journalism and Photography in Spain

Dialogue of Civilizations | Madrid, Spain

Faculty Leader: Prof. Carlene Hempel (c.hempel@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • JRNL 5360 Global Reporting
  • SPNS 1301/2301 Elementary/Intermediate Spanish Language Immersion

Description:

Students participating in this program will function as a traveling press corps. As international correspondents, they will find and pitch stories and report and write them (in English) on deadline for an online magazine created to showcase the course material. Students will also be expected to take photos for their stories, as well as provide video and audio when necessary and appropriate. Topics could include articles related to government, politics, religion, arts, sports, business and lifestyle. The estimated number of students for this program is no fewer than 15, and no more than 20. All the student work – articles to be published in an online magazine – will be “workshopped” vigorously throughout the program, edited and then posted with visuals and media.


Spain: Process Safety and Chemical Engineering Abroad

Dialogue of Civilizations | Tarragona, Spain

Faculty Leader: Ron Willey (r.willey@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer II

Courses: 

  • CHME 2322 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 1 Abroad
  • CHME 4625 Chemical Engineering Process Safety Abroad

Description:

This program will be based in Tarragona, Spain.  Two courses will be offered, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 1 Abroad and Process Safety Abroad.  Both are from the chemical engineering curriculum.  The first one is a required course in the curriculum.  The second one will serve as a chemical engineering elective.  The Dialogue is targeted to 2nd Semester Sophomores in the Chemical Engineering program who normally take 2 classes in Summer 2 including Thermodynamics 1.  In addition, to the courses, the program will include trips to local chemical industry in Tarragona, Spain region.  Each weekend, one day will be dedicated to cultural visits to historical sites in the Northeastern Spain (Tarragona and Barcelona).


Spain: Religion in Spain – From Moorish Rule to Christian Pilgrimage (Honors) – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | , Spain

Faculty Leader: Prof. Elizabeth Bucar (e.bucar@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • HONR 3309 Honors Seminar Abroad - The Act of Pilgrimage
  • HONR 3309 Honors Seminar Abroad -  Islam and Spain

Description:

Why this DOC?

Much of what we think of as typically “Spanish” has its roots in the tension between Christianity and Islam that came to define Spain. The course provides first hand experiences of role of religion in Spain through two units. First we travel to southern Spain to an area that for centuries was a Muslim country ruled by the Moors and called al-Andalus. Granada, Seville, Cordoba, and Toledo provide a laboratory to explore how Spaniards and the Christian church have historically dealt with the challenges of religious and ethnic plurality. Second we head north to visit the a pilgrimage route the Catholic Church promoted as part of its efforts to push the Muslim Moors out of Spain: the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. For over 1000 years, people of faith have traveled this route, where legends tell us St. James is buried. We will spend two weeks as pilgrims, walking the last 150 miles of the route, and resting in towns that bear vivid material evidence of the popularity of this practice through their ecclesial art and architecture. This unit will allow the student to explore the significance of pilgrimage by performing the actions of a pilgrim

Summer 2014 Program Blog