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Summer in Seville 2021

Program Overview

Seville is the capital city of Andalusia, one of the most visited, colorful and historically significant regions of Spain. Seville is perhaps best known for being one of the most important Moorish kingdoms of the Middle Ages and the center of trade with the New World during the colonial era. In addition, many of the typically “Spanish” cultural phenomena that attract tourists (flamenco, bullfighting, tapas and olive orchards) are identified with this Southern city. With over one million inhabitants, the capital city has a lot to offer, without feeling congested or overwhelming like many large cities.

During this five week virtual program (Summer 2021 only), you will be able to take one of three courses: SPAN 255Y0 Topics in Hispanic Culture; FAH390YO, a course on Spanish art history; or ANT395Y0, a course on Spanish cuisine and culture. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required.

University of Toronto – Summer in Seville

SPA255Y0 Introduction to the Hispanic World

For Summer 2021 Only

Virtual Field Trips and Extracurricular Activities

SPA255Y0 Introduction to the Hispanic World

This course has two main objectives: to explore the diverse cultures and the interrelationship between Latin America and Spain over five centuries. We will study the institutions, beliefs and symbols that have shaped these cultures, as well as how Seville served as the cultural axis between the New World and Europe. The streets, monuments and museums of the city reflect the path to that past but also project into the future. Once a week, we will meet outside of the classroom and the city will be our laboratory. Our visits to key Sevillian sites will complement the material covered in class. The course is open to students from other disciplines.

Prerequisites

None.
BR=1.
SPA255Y – 2021 Course Syllabus

Field Trips

This course will include the following field trips:

  • Cathedral of Seville
  • Itálica
  • The Royal Palace of Seville
  • Local food market
  • Winery
  • Olive oil factory
  • Beach
  • Flamenco show

The program will conclude with a two-night, three-day trip to Córdoba and Granada during which students will visit the famous Alhambra palace. This course will also include a trip to Salamanca, the cradle of Spanish culture.

 

The total cost of these field trips is CAD$1,150 which include entrance fees, transportation and guides.

Instructor

John Julius Reel has a B.S. in mathematics from Davidson College, and an M.A. in English Literature from the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York (CUNY). He has taught journalism and composition at various branches of CUNY, as well as academic writing for the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) in Seville. He is the author of a memoir in Spanish, ¿Qué pinto yo aquí? Un neoyorquino en la ciudad de nunca jamás, and has collaborated as both editor and writer in El derbi final, an award-winning anthology of writings about the Seville soccer derby. His cultural journalism has appeared in Spanish newspapers like Diario de Sevilla, Opinión de Málaga and El Mundo, and his English essays in literary journals such as Gravel, Sweet, Cleaver Magazine, Ruminate Magazine and Sport Literate.

FAH390Y0 Studies Abroad in Spanish Art & Architecture: Seville – Twenty Centuries of Art History

For Summer 2021 Only

Virtual Field Trips and Extracurricular Activities

FAH390Y0 Studies Abroad in Spanish Art & Architecture: Seville – Twenty Centuries of Art History

This course will explore facets of Spain’s rich artistic tradition by placing a special emphasis on Seville’s very own unique and extensive art history. In this course, we will survey artistic trends and developments across twenty centuries in Seville, beginning with the Roman ruins of Itálica and ending with architect Santiago Calatrava’s contemporary Alamillo Bridge. Seville’s varied artistic history will allow us to examine Roman monuments, Islamic palaces, and Gothic cathedrals.

Prerequisites

None
BR=1
FAH390YO – 2021 Course Syllabus

Field Trips

This course will include the following field trips:

  • Cathedral of Seville
  • Itálica
  • The Royal Palace of Seville
  • Local food market
  • Winery
  • Olive oil factory
  • Beach
  • Flamenco show

The program will conclude with a two-night, three-day trip to Córdoba and Granada during which students will visit the famous Alhambra palace. This course will also include a trip to Madrid, to visit its world-famous museums and architecture.

 

The total cost of these field trips is CAD$1,150 which include entrance fees, transportation and guides.

Instructor

Eric Davis was born in Laramie, Wyoming and raised in Lawrence, Kansas. He has a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Kansas and a Master´s degree in Art from the University of Seville (La Facultad de Bellas Artes de Sevilla). He is currently doing his doctorate in that same Seville University. He has worked as an artist painting in Seville since 1992 and has taught Art and Art History to international students in several university programs in Seville. He has also worked as a tour guide in Spain and in Africa for the past five years.

ANT395Y0 Special Topics in Anthropology: Andalusian Cuisine – A Window to Spanish Culture

For Summer 2021 Only

Virtual Field Trips and Extracurricular Activities

ANT395Y0 Special Topics in Anthropology: Andalusian Cuisine – A Window to Spanish Culture

Food is one of the most central phenomena defining any culture. This is especially true in Spain, and in Andalusia specifically, where its cuisine has defined the region for centuries. In this course, we will take an interdisciplinary approach to explore the history and tradition of food within Andalusia and in Spain in general. We will examine the relationship between food and culture, and how both have transformed and shaped each other over the years. Our learning inside the classroom will be supplemented by weekly cooking classes, in which we will get to explore the local cuisine with a more hands-on approach.

Prerequisites

None
Breadth Requirement = None
Recommended Preparation: ANT100Y1 or ANT200Y1 or ANT203Y1 or ANT204H1 or ANT207H1
Note: Not all food allergies can be accommodated for this course.
ANT395Y0 – 2021 Course Syllabus

Field Trips

This course will include the following field trips:

  • Cathedral of Seville
  • Itálica
  • The Royal Palace of Seville
  • Local food market
  • Winery
  • Olive oil factory
  • Beach
  • Flamenco show

The program will conclude with a two-night, three-day trip to Córdoba and Granada during which students will visit the famous Alhambra palace. Students will also visit the cities of Aracena and Jerez, signature places for the best Spanish country ham and sherry wines.

 

The total cost of these field trips is CAD$1,000 which include entrance fees, transportation and guides.

Instructor

Dr. Natalia Couste completed her doctoral studies at The University of Toronto, where she worked as a course instructor. She has done extensive research on urban spaces and participated in numerous symposiums in Canada and Spain. Based on a transatlantic perspective she carried a comparative study between contemporary Mexico City, Santiago de Chile and the Golden Age urban spaces of Madrid and Seville. She earned her Master’s Degree at the University of Western Ontario specializing in Southern Cone literature. She’s currently the acting coordinator for the Canada-Spain Summer Abroad Program. Her professional interests include international education and the development of innovative cultural programs for international students and scholars.

Calendars and Schedules 2021

Sun., July 4 Welcome in Seville, Zoom Meeting
Mon., July 5 Classes begin, Recorded Tour of Roman Seville
Tues., July 6 Live Feed Virtual Visit: Metropol Parasol, Recorded Tour of Itálica Roman Ruins
Wed., July 7 Recorded Tour of Córdoba
Thurs., July 8 Recorded Tour of Granada
Mon., July 12 Live Feed Virtual Visit of the Alcazar of Seville
Tues., July 13 Recorded Tour of the Cathedral of Seville
Wed., July 14 Live Feed Virtual Visit of the Alcazar of Seville
Thurs., July 15 Mid-Term Exam, Live Feed Tour of Seville
Mon., July 19 All in-class lectures
Tues., July 20 Recorded Tour of Seville’s Museum of Fine Arts
Wed., July 21 All in-class lectures
Thurs., July 22 Mid-Term Exam, Live Feed Virtual Tour of Seville
Mon., July 26 All in-class lectures
Tues., July 27 All in-class lectures
Wed., July 28 Live Feed Virtual Visit of La Cartuja, Contemporary Art Museum
Thurs., July 29 Final Exam
Fri., July 30 Program Ends
Sun., July 4 Welcome in Seville, Zoom Meeting
Mon., July 5 Classes begin
Tues., July 6 Virtual Visit to Torre del Oro, Torre de la Plata, House of Trade and Barrio Santa Cruz
Wed., July 7 Class
Thurs., July 8 Hands on experience: Practical cooking class
Mon., July 12 Class
Tues., July 13 Virtual Visit to Food Market Las Setas and Fishing village Conil de la Frontera
Wed., July 14 Class
Thurs., July 15 Hands on experience: Practical cooking class
Mon., July 19 Class
Tues., July 20 Virtual Visit to local winery
Wed., July 21 Class
Thurs., July 22 Hands on experience: Practical cooking class
Mon., July 26 Class
Tues., July 27 Virtual Visit to Basilippo Olive Oil Factory
Wed., July 28 Class
Thurs., July 29 Class
Fri., July 30 Program Ends