Barcelona: The Cosmopolitan City

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Art History
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Fall, Spring, Summer
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Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city, with a great international projection. This course is an introduction to the city of Barcelona by studying its past and also analyzing its present. This course will review the most important moments in the history of Barcelona and will study the urban development of the city, focusing on the ways those historical events can be seen in the present layout of the city. The course will also analyze the expression of Catalan and Mediterranean identity in its art, its buildings, and traditions. The class will proceed chronologically, from the creation of the Roman city of Barcino to the present day paying special attention to those moments in history when the city flourished –Middle Ages, industrial period, Modernism, post-Franco period-, or when it got the international focus –the World´s Fairs of 188 and 1929, and the Olympics of 1992. In this class, we will also analyze the Barcelona Model.


This course is offered during the regular semester and in the summer. For summer sections, the course schedule is condensed, but the content, learning outcomes, and contact hours are the same.