Stay Tuned for Spring 2018 Course Information
HUM4615 The City as Text: Mapping Cultural Histories in Barcelona and Madrid
Jenny Rademacher, Ph.D.; Associate Professor, Hispanic Literature and Cultural Studies
Director, Languages and Global Cultures
||Monday, October 17, 2016
||Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 (9:00 AM)
|Initial Application Deadline
||Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 (11:59 PM)
|Rolling Applicaiton Deadline
||Sunday, November 27th, 2016 (11:59 PM)
|-- Pre-Travel (all are required)
||Monday, February 6, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Monday, MArch 6, 2017
||Friday, March 17th-
Sunday, March 26th, 2017
||TBD; post travel deliverable and class meeting should be expected
Madrid and Barcelona, Spain
Open to students who have completed the pre-requisite work and are in good academic and social standing with the college. See below (Program Details) for pre-requisite details.
Program Fee: $2,300
Airfare (Group): $1,100
Tuition: Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is included in the spring semester flat rate tuition charge (up to 20 credits)
Additional Expenses: See financial considerations below.
This course is framed as “City as Text” because the city becomes our laboratory and our classroom - an extended text not limited to what is housed in a library; rather we will learn first-hand through direct encounters with each city’s public places and often more hidden histories. Approaching these two cities from a design thinking perspective, each day includes explorative mapping of the city as a source and outgrowth of invention and creativity. In this course, we will consider the social and political history of both cities by actively examining the characteristics and innovations of their urban spaces. Why is each city designed as it is? How has it changed, and in response to what factors? We will delve critically into how Barcelona and Madrid have sought to market or “brand” their images, and – delving into the cityscape – what constitutes genuine tradition versus touristic or nationalistic myths. Students will conduct field research in various neighborhoods, using strategies like trendspotting and coolhunting to consider how the use of urban space and its potential are being redefined through restaurants and food markets, art and architecture, fashion and culture, and smart uses of technology. A key part of this course for students will be the opportunity participate in their own choice of what to “read” -- neighborhood mapping; observation decision making; which foods to try; interesting pathways.
INFORMATION SESSION PRESENTATION SLIDES: Info Session Slides_Spain 2017.pdf
4 credits, Advanced Liberal Arts
Madrid and Barcelona, Spain
Open to students who have completed the pre-requisite work and are in good academic and social standing with the college. See below for pre-requisite details.
RHT (I and II), Foundation AHS 1000, at least 1 intermediate liberal art (LVA, CVA or HSS).
Coach bus, metro/transit, train; A recommended international flight itinerary will be provided to students registered for the course. Students are responsible for booking their own flight AFTER the course has been confirmed to run (i.e. participant minimum is reached). The international flight cost is not included in the program fee.
Arrival Airport Code
||Included in the spring semester flat rate tuition charge (up to 20 credits)
|Financial Aid & Grant Information
||Contact SFS for more information
|Estimated Additional Meals
|Visa (if applicable)
||See notes below
||$4,135 (includes international flight)
Program Fee and Airfare
Includes: accommodations, breakfast, ground transportation, program planned meals and cultural excursions
Not included: tuition, international airfare, visa costs, personal expenses and meals not stipulated as inclusions
The program fee and international airfare are paid to the Glavin Office.
Tuition, Financial Aid and Grant Information
To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.
Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on the US Department of State Foreign Per Diem Rates (as of 9/1/2016) and reflect corporate rate estimates. These estimates are generally higher than student's needs, however, expenses vary with individual spending.
All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to Spain before committing to the course. Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.
Professor Rademacher teaches a wide variety of interdisciplinary courses on the history, politics, literature, and film of Spain, Latin America, and the Latino experience within the U.S. Prior to coming to Babson, she taught at the University of Virginia, Georgetown University, and Randolph College. She holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from University of Virginia, an M.A. in International Affairs and Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a B.A. from Harvard University. She has published extensively on contemporary Spanish literature, film, and cultural studies in The Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Ciberletras, Hispanic Issues Series, and Monographic Review, among others. Her current project is a book manuscript entitled Lost in the Supermarket: Biographical Uncertainty in Contemporary Spanish Narrative. Since her appointment in fall, 2008, she has also served as Director, Languages and Global Cultures at Babson.