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Sociology and OMAD Spain: Challenges in Contemporary Spain (Exploration Seminar) (Outgoing Program)
- Locations: Leon, Spain
- Program Terms: Early Fall
- Budget Sheets: Early Fall
|Academic Term||Early Fall 2018|
|August 20- September 16, 2018|
|Estimated Program Fee||$5,515|
|Credits||5 UW credits|
|Program Directors||Edgar Kiser | email@example.com
Cicero Delfin | firstname.lastname@example.org
|Program Manager||Katherine Kroeger | email@example.com|
|Priority Application Deadline||February 15, 2018|
|Extended Application Deadline||March 15, 2018|
|Information Sessions||TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.|
|General||This program analyzes the politics, economics and culture of Spain to understand the social conflicts and struggles that emerged after their economic crisis. There are opportunities to meet and talk to people involved in politics and social movements, and we will visit important Spanish sites.|
|Visas||This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.|
Students on this program travel to three parts of Spain to learn about some of the critical issues affecting Spanish society in the wake of the global economic crisis. Students will have the opportunity to hear from a range of policymakers addressing these issues as well as affected groups and individuals, and will be encouraged to reflect and write on how Spain's situation and efforts in these areas are similar or different from the US. Topics will include: the challenge of regional diversity and separatist movements, debates about feminism, the Roma community, integration of immigrants and minority rights, activism against housing evictions, youth unemployment and the broader challenges and repercussions of economic austerity.
The four-week program will run in early fall 2018 and will be led by Dr. Edgar Kiser, UW Professor of Sociology. Kiser's specific areas of interest include political sociology, and the effects of culture and history on politics.
The program will begin with a three-day introduction to Spain in the nation’s energetic capital, Madrid. The session in Madrid is designed to introduce students to historical and contemporary Spain, and will include walking tours of the city, site visits and meetings designed to update students on the country’s current situation and challenges as seen from the nation’s capital.
Most of the program will be located at the UW Leon Center, taking advantage of the Center's connections to the local community. The Leon Center is located in the heart of the old city in the 16th century tower of the Palacio del Conde Luna. Students will be housed in single-room dorms in Leon within walking distance of the Leon Center. The historic city is famous for its Medieval architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The very popular Camino Santiago pilgrims' trail runs though Leon, and the city receives thousands of pilgrims and other visitors every year. A very livable and approachable small city, Leon is an excellent venue for getting acquainted with Spanish culture and society.
The program will conclude with a four day trip to Barcelona, where we will again visit museums, talk with local politicians and activists, and spend some time enjoying local architecture and beaches.
Madrid, Sevilla, Leon, & Barcelona - Spain
The Leon Center will house students in local dorms typically used by students from the University of Leon, Spain.
The program requires moderate walking to site visits and other extracurricular activities. There are no planned required activities that require excessive amounts of walking or trekking.
5 UW Credits
Contemporary Spain faces many serious challenges: they are still trying to recover from an economic crisis caused mainly by a housing bubble, the state is deeply in debt, unemployment is very high (especially among young people), inequality is high and increasing, and there are ongoing conflicts over religion, regional differences, and immigration. This should all sound very familiar, since Spain is facing many of the same problems that plague the United States. This class will use theories from sociology, political science, and economics to analyze contemporary Spain, focusing on the challenges they currently face. We will address several specific questions, including: are neoliberal austerity policies the best way to increase economic growth?; do economic crises increase conflict between majority and minority groups?; what is the best way to integrate immigrants into new societies?; when do regional differences within countries lead to conflicts and separatist movements? We will also explore issues such as gender equality in the workforce, the Spanish Monarchy and how it relates to Basque and Catalan separatist movements, and the legacy of the civil war in contemporary Spanish politics and society. Contemporary Spain provides a perfect context for discussing some of the most important debates in the social sciences today, and will also give us new insights into our own country.
Learning goals include:
This program has three interrelated learning objectives. First, students will get to know Spain in depth through a combination of classroom lectures and reading, visits to several important sites in different parts of the country, meeting with local politicians and activists, and exploring the diversity and dynamism of Spanish culture in their free time. Second, students will learn general theories of economic crisis, group conflict, immigration, and diversity and use these ideas to understand important features of contemporary Spain. We will constantly be going back and forth between abstract ideas and the concrete realities of contemporary Spain. Third, we will use the Spanish case and a lens to analyze similar problems and issues in the United States. We too are affected by the global economic crisis, and we have our own debates about how to handle immigration and minority rights – by seeing how these issues are addressed in Spain we can gain new insights about our own country.
Assessment: students will be evaluated on a final paper on a topic of their choosing that they will present to the class (60%), and on participation both in class and in other program activities (40%).
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