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Barcelona

Dates

July 2 – July 27, 2019

Cost

$3,975 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Anthropology, Archaeology, Philosophy, Political Science

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

KIIS Barcelona takes full advantage of this cosmopolitan seaport on the Mediterranean. Walking through the city reveals its Roman past, distinct gothic quarter, sublime modernist expansions, and experimental contemporary architecture. Barcelona also boasts a beachfront, Olympic village (1992), hiking trails, and easy access to other Spanish cities, as well as other European centers. Classes may include walking tours, museums, galleries, cafés, and parks.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Residence hall, 2 students per room

Mandatory orientation on Saturday, April 13 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

DirectorDr. Kelli Carmeankelli.carmean@eku.edu

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

ANTH 366 Topics: Archaeology of Rome in Spain

Dr. Kelli Carmean

This course explores the archaeology of the Roman presence in Spain. Quite literally, we will investigate the roots of Barcino (modern Barcelona) by going underground into the city’s early “basement” foundations. The course includes site and museum visits, as well as a day trip to Tarraco (modern Tarragona), Rome’s Mediterranean seaside capital of Hispania Tarraconensis.

PHIL 401 Topics: Political Philosophies of the Spanish Civil War

Dr. Peter Fosl

Understanding the authoritarianism emerging today, requires understanding the authoritarianism of the past. The contest of political ideologies that animated the Spanish Civil War presents a telling example of how fascistic authoritarianism can overtake the other dominant ideologies of the modern political order. This course will examine authoritarianism, capitalism, socialism, anarchism, and republican liberalism with an eye both to their roles in the Spanish Civil War and to their ongoing relevance today.

PHIL 401 Topics: Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Philosophy in Spain

Dr. Peter Fosl

This course will address the dynamic philosophical centers of medieval and later Spain, especially in Andalućia. Texts will center on Islamic philosophers such as Ibn Tufayl and Ibn Rushd and Jewish philosophers such as Judah Havlevi and Moses ben Maimon. Attention will focus upon the way Andalusia influenced later philosophy in northern Europe and elsewhere.

PS 460 Topics: Nationalism in Contemporary Spain

Dr. Drew Seib

This course uses Barcelona and Spain as a case study of ethnicity and nationalism. Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is known for its separatist movement, which is alive and well today. We consider sources of nationalism in Spain through visits to historical sites and museums, then turn to understanding the perpetuation of the nationalistic beliefs through cultural activities such music, castling, dancing, and art.  

PS 460 Topics: Contemporary European Politics

Dr. Drew Seib

This course examines politics of contemporary European issues, using Spain as the backdrop. The course begins with an examination of government institutions and the development of political parties and identities in Europe. Next, the course examines several major European issues, including issues dealing with immigration, religion, culture, and economics.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Please speak to your home campus advisor or study abroad office for course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

El Monumental

A key piece of Spanish cultural identity is the Bull Fight. But is it Catalonian? Barcelona has two Bull Rings: One is now a bustling, multi-story shopping center in the heart of Plaza Espanya. The other is El Monumental, an off-the-beaten track excursion. At El Monumental, we’ll explore the history (and current Catalonian ban) of the “sport” as well as consider its role in the ongoing struggle for identity and nationalism in Barcelona.

Roman Aqueduct

There is little doubt that the Ancient Romans were expert engineers. One of their greatest feats was to move large quantities of water long distances, over challenging terrain, all by gravity. On our Tarragona excursion, not only will we visit and discuss one Spain’s famous double-tiered aqueducts, we’ll be able to walk across it to the other side of the valley. Hummm, wonder what the Romans would think of us splashing through their drinking water?

Roman Ruins

To study ancient Rome in Barcelona, quite literally you have to go into the basement. The roots of this ancient city are still visible today; once you know what to look for, you’ll start seeing how this wonderful urban center grew and changed over time. One of Barcelona’s major museums in underneath the modern streets and buildings, so down we’ll go to check out the many parts and pieces of ancient normal life.

Tarragona Amphitheater

Gladiatorial combat took place in Roman amphitheaters like the one we’ll visit in Tarragona. Here, beside the blue Mediterranean, men fought to the death. Both archaeological and philosophical readings will prepare students to think about this culturally and politically important, consequential, as well as beautiful place.

Catalonian Museum of Archaeology

At the Catalonian Museum of Archaeology we dive into the many and varied ancient civilizations that once lived in the place now known as Barcelona. Among the exhibits we’ll see golden rings, precious stone pendants, mosaics and frescos, cremation urns, and the ubiquitous Roman amphorae, the “plastic bottle” of Ancient Rome.

City of Barcelona Museum

The MUHBA includes an archaeological site that traverses the history of the city from Roman to Gothic streets.  This visit to the museum introduces the city center and historic sites as well as navigating the city on your own through public transportation.

Neighborhood Walk

We willl walk through the Pedralbes area around our program housing to help you get your bearings for landmarks, local restaurants, grocery stores, shops and so on.

What's Included

Program Cost: $3,975 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Barcelona Metro/Bus Pass

Accommodations

Groups Excursions & Transport

Medical Insurance

Security Evacuation Protection

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your roundtrip airfare (approx. $1600), textbooks & materials, passport fees ($135), meals + personal expenses (approx. $1100 minimum), independent travel ($800, optional) and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

International Flight

Estimated Cost:  $1,575 – $1,675

The KIIS Barcelona program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Spain with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Barcelona, Spain is overnight, arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Barcelona departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Dates

July 2 – July 27, 2019

Cost

$3,975 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Anthropology, Archaeology, Philosophy, Political Science

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

KIIS Barcelona takes full advantage of this cosmopolitan seaport on the Mediterranean. Walking through the city reveals its Roman past, distinct gothic quarter, sublime modernist expansions, and experimental contemporary architecture. Barcelona also boasts a beachfront, Olympic village (1992), hiking trails, and easy access to other Spanish cities, as well as other European centers. Classes may include walking tours, museums, galleries, cafés, and parks.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Residence hall, 2 students per room

Mandatory orientation on Saturday, April 13 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

DirectorDr. Kelli Carmeankelli.carmean@eku.edu

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

ANTH 366 Topics: Archaeology of Rome in Spain

Dr. Kelli Carmean

This course explores the archaeology of the Roman presence in Spain. Quite literally, we will investigate the roots of Barcino (modern Barcelona) by going underground into the city’s early “basement” foundations. The course includes site and museum visits, as well as a day trip to Tarraco (modern Tarragona), Rome’s Mediterranean seaside capital of Hispania Tarraconensis.

PHIL 401 Topics: Political Philosophies of the Spanish Civil War

Dr. Peter Fosl

Understanding the authoritarianism emerging today, requires understanding the authoritarianism of the past. The contest of political ideologies that animated the Spanish Civil War presents a telling example of how fascistic authoritarianism can overtake the other dominant ideologies of the modern political order. This course will examine authoritarianism, capitalism, socialism, anarchism, and republican liberalism with an eye both to their roles in the Spanish Civil War and to their ongoing relevance today.

PHIL 401 Topics: Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Philosophy in Spain

Dr. Peter Fosl

This course will address the dynamic philosophical centers of medieval and later Spain, especially in Andalućia. Texts will center on Islamic philosophers such as Ibn Tufayl and Ibn Rushd and Jewish philosophers such as Judah Havlevi and Moses ben Maimon. Attention will focus upon the way Andalusia influenced later philosophy in northern Europe and elsewhere.

PS 460 Topics: Nationalism in Contemporary Spain

Dr. Drew Seib

This course uses Barcelona and Spain as a case study of ethnicity and nationalism. Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is known for its separatist movement, which is alive and well today. We consider sources of nationalism in Spain through visits to historical sites and museums, then turn to understanding the perpetuation of the nationalistic beliefs through cultural activities such music, castling, dancing, and art.  

PS 460 Topics: Contemporary European Politics

Dr. Drew Seib

This course examines politics of contemporary European issues, using Spain as the backdrop. The course begins with an examination of government institutions and the development of political parties and identities in Europe. Next, the course examines several major European issues, including issues dealing with immigration, religion, culture, and economics.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Please speak to your home campus advisor or study abroad office for course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

El Monumental

A key piece of Spanish cultural identity is the Bull Fight. But is it Catalonian? Barcelona has two Bull Rings: One is now a bustling, multi-story shopping center in the heart of Plaza Espanya. The other is El Monumental, an off-the-beaten track excursion. At El Monumental, we’ll explore the history (and current Catalonian ban) of the “sport” as well as consider its role in the ongoing struggle for identity and nationalism in Barcelona.

Roman Aqueduct

There is little doubt that the Ancient Romans were expert engineers. One of their greatest feats was to move large quantities of water long distances, over challenging terrain, all by gravity. On our Tarragona excursion, not only will we visit and discuss one Spain’s famous double-tiered aqueducts, we’ll be able to walk across it to the other side of the valley. Hummm, wonder what the Romans would think of us splashing through their drinking water?

Roman Ruins

To study ancient Rome in Barcelona, quite literally you have to go into the basement. The roots of this ancient city are still visible today; once you know what to look for, you’ll start seeing how this wonderful urban center grew and changed over time. One of Barcelona’s major museums in underneath the modern streets and buildings, so down we’ll go to check out the many parts and pieces of ancient normal life.

Tarragona Amphitheater

Gladiatorial combat took place in Roman amphitheaters like the one we’ll visit in Tarragona. Here, beside the blue Mediterranean, men fought to the death. Both archaeological and philosophical readings will prepare students to think about this culturally and politically important, consequential, as well as beautiful place.

Catalonian Museum of Archaeology

At the Catalonian Museum of Archaeology we dive into the many and varied ancient civilizations that once lived in the place now known as Barcelona. Among the exhibits we’ll see golden rings, precious stone pendants, mosaics and frescos, cremation urns, and the ubiquitous Roman amphorae, the “plastic bottle” of Ancient Rome.

City of Barcelona Museum

The MUHBA includes an archaeological site that traverses the history of the city from Roman to Gothic streets.  This visit to the museum introduces the city center and historic sites as well as navigating the city on your own through public transportation.

Neighborhood Walk

We willl walk through the Pedralbes area around our program housing to help you get your bearings for landmarks, local restaurants, grocery stores, shops and so on.

What's Included

Program Cost: $3,975 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Barcelona Metro/Bus Pass

Accommodations

Groups Excursions & Transport

Medical Insurance

Security Evacuation Protection

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your roundtrip airfare (approx. $1600), textbooks & materials, passport fees ($135), meals + personal expenses (approx. $1100 minimum), independent travel ($800, optional) and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

International Flight

Estimated Cost:  $1,575 – $1,675

The KIIS Barcelona program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Spain with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Barcelona, Spain is overnight, arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Barcelona departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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