Spain, Barcelona

Barcelona: Gateway to the Mediterranean in the Early Modern Age (15th-19th Centuries)

when 11 July 2016 - 22 July 2016
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 500

This is a nine-part course which explains the history of the Mediterranean region through the focal point of Barcelona. The course offers a multidisciplinary and transnational approach to understanding social, cultural, economic and political life in the Mediterranean region in the Early Modern period, emphasizing the importance of the movement and exchange of people, objects, ideas and practices in determining the course of history. The course structure is designed to reflect the dynamic character of Barcelona as a centre of exchange in the Mediterranean region from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. Most of the historical sites, which include several of the Barcelona’s hidden treasure from the early modern age, including the Consolat del Mar, Palau Requesens (the Academy of Fine Arts), and the Real Acadèmia de Medicina, will be studied on site through lectures and field work. In addition to on-site visits, the course will include sightseeing tours of Barcelona’s old town to explore urban spaces dating from the early modern age that were used by part of society for social interaction, royal ceremonies, other official ceremonies, and prosecutions. The aim of the on-site lectures is to encourage students to develop their own point of view, based on direct observation of the historical sites. The course will be organized in three-part classes lasting three-and-a-half hours, with the exception of the opening and final sessions, these will consist of a one-hour lecture, an hour’s group discussion based on the course texts that students will receive in advance, and a one-and-a-half-hour visit. An online forum will be opened after each session for group discussion and participation. No final examination is required, but the overall assessment will take into account each student’s participation in class and in the online forums.

Course leader

Dr Ida Mauro . Teacher in the Department of Modern History, Faculty of Geography and History. Universitat de Barcelona

Target group

International Students and professionals

Course aim

The aim of the on-site lectures is to encourage students to develop their own point of view, based on direct observation of the historical sites. The course will be organized in three-part classes lasting three-and-a-half hours, with the exception of the opening and final sessions, these will consist of a one-hour lecture, an hour’s group discussion based on the course texts that students will receive in advance, and a one-and-a-half-hour visit

Credits info

3 ECTS
30 hours

Fee info

EUR 500: Vat included.
Registration can be completed online or in person.
Registration opens on 9 February and closes seven days before a course starts.
*We offer reduced prices for University of Barcelona Students, Special Partners (even fee waiver), International Networks where the University of Barcelona belongs, and early bird registration discount.
EUR 450: The University of Barcelona has agreements with other Universities to waive fees of these courses, please ask your institution.