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 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. 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

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 (July 8-10) during which students will visit the famous Alhambra palace. This course will also include a trip to Salamanca (July 15-17), 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

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 (July 8-10) during which students will visit the famous Alhambra palace. This course will also include a trip to Madrid (July 22-24), 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

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 (July 8-10) 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

Friday, July 1 Arrival in Seville: YOUNIQ Sevilla Residence

      •  Calle Plácido Fernández Viagas, 6
      • Tel: +34 857 718 955
      • Web: YOUNIQ 
8:00 pm: Meeting and Group Dinner

Meet at the front door of the Residence Hall

Sunday, July 3 9.00 AM: Safety and Health Orientation
10.30 AM: Paseo en coche de caballos
Monday, July 4 First day of classes
Monday, August 1 Final Exam
Tuesday, August 2 Farewell Dinner
Wednesday, August 3 Students depart. Leave residence before 10:00 am

Intro to Hispanic World – Class Schedule

Classes: July 3 – 30 (Mondays to Thursdays). Professor: John Julius Reed

NAME TIME LOCATION
SPA255Y0 – Topics in Hispanic Culture 10.00-13.00 Aula 4

FINAL EXAM: August 1, Time TBD


Intro to Hispanic World – Cultural visits

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

DATE VISIT TIME AND PLACE
Tuesday, July 12 Royal Palace of Seville (Reales Alcázares de Sevilla) 10.30 AM
Saturday, July 30 Itálica and the beach 9.00 AM
Monday, July 18 Basilippo (Olive Oil Factory) 9.00 AM
Tuesday, July 19 Cathedral of Seville 10.30 AM
Saturday, July 2 Metropol Parasol – Las Setas 9.30 AM
July 8-10 (Friday-Sunday) Córdoba and Granada 8.30 AM
July 15-17 (Friday-Sunday) Salamanca TBA

Art History – Class Schedule

Classes: July 3 – 30 (Mondays-Thursdays). Professor: Eric Davis

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

FINAL EXAM: August 1, Time TBD


Art History – Cultural visits

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

DATE VISIT TIME AND PLACE
Tuesday, July 12 Cathedral of Seville 10.30 AM
Thursday, July 7 Royal Palace of Seville (Reales Alcázares de Sevilla) 11.00 AM
Saturday, July 2 Metropol Parasol – Las Setas 9.30AM
Saturday, July 30 Itálica and the beach 9.00 AM
Monday, July 18 Basilippo (Olive Oil Factory) 9.00 AM
July 8-10 (Friday-Sunday) Córdoba and Granada Meet at the front door Residence Hall at 8:30 am
July 22-24 (Friday-Sunday) Madrid TBA

Andalusian Cuisine – Class Schedule

Classes: July 3 – 30 (Mondays-Thursdays). Professor: Natalia Couste

NAME TIME LOCATION
ANT395Y0 – Andalusian Cuisine 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Aula 3

FINAL EXAM: August 1, Time TBD


Andalusian Cuisine – Cultural visits

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

DATE VISIT TIME AND PLACE
Monday, July 18 Basilippo (Olive Oil Factory) 9.00 AM
Tuesday, July 19 Cathedral of Seville 10.30 AM
Tuesday, July 12 Royal Palace of Seville (Reales Alcázares de Sevilla) 10.30 AM
Wednesday, July 20 Jabugo 12.00 PM
Tuesday, July 26 Puerto de Santa María 10.00 AM
Saturday, July 30 Itálica and the beach 9.00 AM
Saturday, July 2 Metropol Parasol – Las Setas 9.30 AM
July 8-10 (Friday to Sunday) Córdoba and Granada 8.30 AM