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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain; Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Liberal Studies Domain: EL
Program Description:
Spain
Come to Madrid and Barcelona this summer! Talk to filmmakers, representatives from media organizations, and local activists involved in urban communication projects!

Madrid and Barcelona represent two very different sides of Spain. This study abroad program will introduce students to Spanish culture as it is connected to film culture and urban life. Students will consider the ways that contemporary and historical cinematic representations of politics and culture both mirror and deviate from everyday experiences of residents and visitors.

Each city embodies different sides of Spanish culture. After the end of the Francoist dictatorship, Spain underwent a period of liberalization—of social and cultural modernization—which was best represented in cinema through Pedro Almodóvar’s films. Our focus on cinema’s representation of cultural life will be complemented with an exploration of street-level culture in an effort to understand the weight of the past in the city of the present, as much as how Madrid is currently experienced by locals, tourists, and people outside the city.

Barcelona is a relatively small but very diverse city, and the site of a robust regional culture, very much independent from the more dominant Spanish culture based in Madrid. We will visit historic places and places that became iconic in past and recent films—which many times express the ongoing contradictions between cosmopolitanism, gentrification and social exclusion. spain

We will meet film scholars, filmmakers, representatives from media organizations, and local activists involved with a variety of urban communication projects (e.g., green urbanism, hyperlocal journalism, mass transportation expansion, housing, and cultural affairs). Students will have the opportunity to enhance their learning experience by creating a visual portfolio that expresses, through a unique imagery, their impressions and explorations of Spanish culture. Students will also write a journal, which will help them discuss their experience abroad, as much as to create their own portfolio.

Some of the cultural experiences include a Flamenco show in the heart of Madrid, a visit to an open flea market that has been selling since the 16th century, a walking graffiti tour in culturally-rich Barcelona, a field trip to spell bounding buildings and social spaces, and meetings with film scholars and city activists. We will also visit the filmotheques of each city and learn about the place that cinema has in Spanish social life.

 

Daniel Makagon is an associate professor in the College of Communication. He teaches courses in urban communication, audio documentary, and cultural communication. His research focuses on relationships among urban spaces, community, and alternative cultural practices. You can reach Prof. Makagon at dmakagon@depaul.edu
 


Luisela Alvaray is an associate professor and teaches in the College of Communication. She completed her master’s and doctoral degrees in critical studies in film and television, and specializes in Latin American cinema, transnational cinemas, cultural studies and film historiography. You can reach Prof. Alvaray at LALVARAY@depaul.edu
 

All students will be enrolled in the following 2 courses:
 
Course MCS 350 (Undergraduate)/ 523 (Graduate): Topics in Global Cinema--Spanish Cinema Required for all students
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Spring 2020
Class meeting times Wednesdays from 5:45 - 9:00 PM in the Loop
Taught by Daniel Makagon and Luisela Alvaray
Course description This course provides and introduction to Spanish culture and society through its cinema. The course will address cultural stereotypes and definitions of self/other, as well as notions of nationality in cinema. We will focus on representations of the city as social and symbolic space, in order to understand the important changes that took place after the end of the Franco dictatorship in 1975. By the end of the course, students will understand that the country’s cinematic representation is linked to its political, social and economic evolution.. This course counts toward the International Communication minor. All students (graduate and undergraduate students) are required to take this course in order to participate in the study abroad program.
Additional course information All students (undergraduate and graduate) must enroll in MCS 350/523. Enrollment in CMN 398/598 is optional for graduate students.
 
Course CMN 398 (Undergraduate)/ 598 (Graduate): Study abroad Spain--Cinema and the City (Graduate students may elect to not enroll in this course)
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Spring 2020
Class meeting times Wednesdays from 5:45 - 9:00 PM in the Loop
Liberal Studies domain Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Daniel Makagon and Luisela Alvaray
Course description This study abroad program to Madrid and Barcelona will introduce students to Spanish culture as it is connected to film culture and urban life. We will meet film scholars, filmmakers, representatives from media organizations, and local activists involved with a variety of urban communication projects (e.g., green urbanism, hyperlocal journalism, mass transportation expansion, housing, and cultural affairs). This course counts toward the International Communication minor.
  Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Living arrangements (whether homestays, hotels, hostels, etc.) are still to be determined, but students should expect modest accommodations with shared rooms.
 

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.

 

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. In addition, please ensure that your passport will be valid for at least six months after the end of the program. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly and that students are responsible for ensuring that they have the necessary documentation to enter the country legally.
 

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Get a primer on Castellano before going to Spain so you don't have to rely on your classmates for translating.
  • Make sure to stick together as a group and have each other’s backs always.
  • Enjoy, take pictures but also remember to put down the camera and enjoy the moment.
  • Make sure to budget accordingly prior to the trip.
  • Pack snacks, as days can get long and you may get hungry during the middle of the day.
  • Keep an easygoing mindset, because things are subject to change and the best thing you can do is go with the flow.

 

Questions about this program? Contact your study abroad advisor, Elizabeth Hall at ehall36@depaul.edu or visit during open advising hours.
 


DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/01/2020 03/01/2020 TBA TBA