Academic Information for University of Toronto

Summer in Seville

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 your five weeks in Seville you will be able to take one of four courses: SPAN 100YO, an intro to Spanish course; 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. Classes will take place Mondays through Thursdays (time TBA) and there will be some mandatory field trips outside of regular class time.

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.

SPA100Y0 Spanish for Beginners

SPAN100Y0 Spanish for Beginners

This is an intensive introductory course designed to present the fundamentals necessary for understanding, speaking, reading and writing Spanish and to provide a range of opportunities for students to gain practical insights into the customs and cultural contexts of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world. In-class instruction combines lectures with small group sessions where grammar practice and conversation skills will be emphasized through a variety of activities. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisites

No previous knowledge of Spanish, or placement test results.
Exclusion: SPA120Y1, SPA219Y1, SPA319Y1, SPA220Y1, SPA320Y1, SPA420H1

BR=1

****SPAN100YO will not be offered virtually in Summer 2021. Course Syllabus for summer 2022 will be coming soon!”

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

Instructor Hannah Smith is a native of Kansas who developed her passion for travel, culture, and thus language at a very early age. Growing up in middle America, along with frequent viewings of the Travel Channel, fed her curiosity to explore the world outside the U.S. This dream was first realized when she studied in Seville during university and later when she received a prestigious Fulbright grant to teach English in La Rioja, Spain. Since then she has taught Spanish at Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City. Hannah aims to share her passion for international education with students and is a dynamic educator who takes learning outside the classroom. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and Secondary Education from Creighton University as well as a M.A. in Linguistics, Literary, and Cultural Studies from the University of Seville and has over 5 years of experience teaching Spanish and English to learners of all ages in the U.S. and Spain.

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

Sunday, July 1 Arrival in Seville: Estanislao del Campo Residence Hall

      • Avenida Carretera Su Eminencia 2A
      • Tel: 955 062 480
      • http://www.rusevilla.com/
8:00 pm: Meeting and Group Dinner

Meet at the front door of the Residence Hall

Monday, July 2 10:00-11:30 am: Orientation Meeting

Residence Rules and Regulations

12:00 pm: Orientation Meeting

Safety, Security, Practical Information

Tuesday, July 3 First day of classes
Wednesday, August 1 Final exam
Farewell dinner: Time and Place TBA
Friday, August 3 Students depart. Leave residence before 10:00 am

Class Schedule

Classes: July 3 – 30 (Mondays-Thursdays)

NAME TIME LOCATION
SPA100Y0 – Spanish Language 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Room 27
SPA100Y0 – Recitation 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Residence Hall, TBD
SPA255Y0 – Topics in Hispanic Cultures July 3 – July 12: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Room 25
July 16 – August 1: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

FINAL EXAM: August 1, Time TBD


Cultural visits:
In addition to field study visits, the following excursions are also mandatory for all students:

DATE VISIT TIME AND PLACE
July 10 (Tuesday) Cathedral of Seville 11:30 am
July 17 (Tuesday) Royal Palace of Seville (Reales Alcázares de Sevilla) 10:00 am
July 17 (Tuesday) Flamenco Show Meet at Casa de la Memoria (Calle Cuna 6) at 7:15 pm
July 19 (Thursday) Trip to Basilippo, Olive Oil Factory Meet at the front door Residence Hall at 9:30 am
July 21 (Saturday) Trip to the beach Meet at the front door Residence Hall at 9:30 am
July 26 (Thursday) Trip to Góngora Winery

*note: this is an optional visit. An additional fee will be charged for participation

Meet at the front door Residence Hall at 6:15 pm
July 27-29 (Friday-Sunday) Trip to Córdoba and Granada Meet at the front door Residence Hall at 8:30 am

Class Schedule

Classes: July 3 – 30 (Mondays-Thursdays)

NAME TIME LOCATION
FAH390Y0 – Topics in Art History 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Room 37

FINAL EXAM: August 1, Time TBD


Cultural visits:
In addition to field study visits, the following excursions are also mandatory for all students:

DATE VISIT TIME AND PLACE
July 4 (Wednesday) Visit to the Archaeological Museum (Museo Arqueológico) 9:45 am
July 11 (Wednesday) Visit to the Catedral of Seville 11:30 am
July 17 (Tuesday) Flamenco Show Meet at Casa de la Memoria (Calle Cuna 6) at 7:15 pm
July 18 (Wednesday) Royal Palace of Seville (Reales Alcázares de Sevilla) 10:00 am
July 19 (Thursday) Trip to Basilippo, Olive Oil Factory Meet at the front door Residence Hall at 9:30 am
July 20 (Friday) Visit to Hospital de la Caridad 10:30 am
Visit to Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes) 12:00 pm
July 21 (Saturday) Trip to the beach Meet at the front door Residence Hall at 9:30 am
July 25 (Wednesday) Visit to the Center of Contemporary Art (CAAC) 11:00 am
July 26 (Thursday) Trip to Góngora Winery
*note: this is an optional visit. An additional fee will be charged for participation
Meet at the front door Residence Hall at 6:15 pm
July 27-29 (Friday-Sunday) Trip to Córdoba and Granada Meet at the front door Residence Hall at 8:30 am