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SPAIN

Contemporary Spain in Context: Spanish Culture through Social Interaction

SPAN 214

4 Credits - FDR HU

4 Weeks in Spain

Professor Antonio Reyes

This program offers students a unique opportunity to improve their communication skills in the Spanish language by interacting with native speakers on a daily basis and understanding some of the cultural elements that define Spanish society today. This course examines contemporary social issues in Spain through lectures and through interviews with local subjects in Spain. Lectures provide a formal understanding of contemporary Spanish society, while students' interviews of local subjects provide data for further analysis by the students that may contrast, complement or further develop their understanding of current social issues.

This program takes place in Cádiz, on the southwestern coast of Spain, a short distance from Africa and Portugal. Cádiz was founded by the Phoenicians, and through its rich history, was conquered by the Romans, the Moors, and attacked by Napoleon. Surrounded by water, the city has some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain.

Students will live with host families in Cádiz. There will be field trips to historical sites, archeological museums, cathedrals, a vineyard, flamenco shows, food tastings, and an evening boat tour through the bay of Cádiz.

Prerequisite: One 200-level Spanish course and instructor consent.

Program Fee (paid to W&L):  $2,750.  This includes room and board, cultural activities and field trips, supplemental health insurance.

Estimated Additional Expenses: Airfare ($1,200-$1,400); ground transportation ($100); spending money ($500).

Contact Professor Reyes for further information.