Bates Fall Semester Abroad, Spain
Professors López (Spanish) and Melvin (History)
The Bates Fall Semester in Tarragona provides the opportunity for an intensive immersion experience in Spanish language and culture in a unique location, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Mediterranean coast. Tarragona has a storied heritage: The capital of the former Roman province of Hispania Tarraconensis and a meeting point between Christian and Muslim Spain during the medieval period, it is home to ancient Roman ruins, narrow medieval streets, and a twelfth-century cathedral. It is also a modern city, with a bustling port and the region's premier university, the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV). A thriving local culture includes theaters, museums, concerts, and traditional fiestas celebrated in the city's streets. Tarragona is located approximately one hour south of Barcelona in southern Catalonia. The program is affiliated with the URV, an institution attended by approximately 12,000 students. Founded in the sixteenth century, URV is one of Spain's oldest universities. Known for the quality of its teaching, URV has a reputation as one of the leading universities in Europe.
The program begins in late August with a short intensive language program designed to help students of all abilities improve their proficiency and comfort with Spanish. Students continue their study of Spanish throughout the semester with two courses taught by URV faculty. While some knowledge of Spanish language is helpful, it is not required. Two other courses are taught in English by Bates faculty members. The program ends in mid-December.
BSAS 001. Intensive Spanish Language I.Courses at novice, intermediate, and advanced levels are designed to help students communicate with their surroundings. Course work focuses on the rapid improvement of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Open to first-year students. Staff.
BSAS 002. Intensive Spanish Language II.Courses at novice, intermediate, and advanced levels are designed to help students communicate with their surroundings. Course work focuses on the rapid improvement of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Open to first-year students. Staff.
BSAS 004. Spain's Golden Age of Empire.The events of 1492 sparked the transformation of Spain. The voyages of Columbus and his successors propelled it from a collection of kingdoms at the margins of European society to a powerful global empire—the world's first—whose territories stretched from Italy to the Americas, Asia, and Africa. That same year the Reconquest and expulsion of Jews marked a shift from a multicultural and religiously plural society to one recognized as the guardian of Christianity. This course explores what happened to Spanish culture and society during this era of intense change from 1492 to 1800. Topics include the Armada and the rise of Spanish imperial power; the expulsions of Jews and Muslims; migration and its consequences; and the Inquisition and religious culture. Open to first-year students. K. Melvin.
BSAS 005. Building Memory: Narratives of the Spanish Civil War.The Spanish Civil War is both an important historical landmark and the main theme of myriad literary and film narratives produced since the establishment of democracy in Spain. In the course, students discuss fictional representations of this armed conflict within the context of the current memory boom in European cultures. Theories of memory (cultural and collective) and post memory provide the framework for textural and cultural analysis. Some questions guiding these analyses are: What is the role of these narratives? What type of national identity do they propose? What do they suggest about Spain's position in Europe? How do they negotiate conflict? Open to first-year students. F. López.