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Above: Summer 2016 Madrid Study Abroad students with Professor Cruz at the Congreso de Diputados, Spain's national legislature.

About the Program

The Madrid Summer Study Abroad Program consists of two 300-level undergraduate courses, three field trips outside of Madrid, visits to five major Madrid museums, tours of City Hall, the state, and national legislatures, as permitted, meetings with politicians, advocates, and activists, guest lecturers, and participant-observation in plazas and neighborhoods, and participation in social, cultural, and political events as permitted. Classes are held at the Instituto Internacional Madrid, in the Castellana neighborhood of the Salamanca district of Madrid. Internships are a one-credit option for bilingual students.

Program Staff

The program is led by Political Science Associate Professor José E. Cruz. He teaches the two program courses and is assisted in Madrid by Dr. Carlos Vela and Liliana de la Luz, from the Instituto Internacional. The Instituto staff coordinates all the logistical aspects of the program including housing with Spanish families for participants, transportation and lodging for field trips, local transportation, museum visits and guided tours, and access to computer and library resources.

Courses

RPOS 399 Comparative Urban Politics: Madrid and New York

This course examines the political differences and similarities between Madrid and New York focusing on social movements. The point of reference to set the comparative time framework is Spain. We target the period from 1975 to the present; 1975 marks the end of the Francisco Franco dictatorship and the beginning of a transition to democracy in Spain. The course seeks to promote not just a political but also a social and cultural appreciation of these two great global cities through readings, discussions, lectures, films, works of art, and site visits. We set the comparative context through readings and lectures about New York and then shift focus to Madrid combining abstract study with field experience.

RPOS 399 Comparative Migration: Spain and the United States

This course compares the migration experience of people from Latin America to Spain and the United States, focusing on Madrid and New York City as the receiving settings. For this course, the comparative time framework is set by the United States. We target the period since 1965 to the present; in 1965 the United States overhauled its immigration policy, leading to decisive increases in migration from Latin America and the Caribbean. The immigration experience of Latin American people is examined through readings, discussions, lectures, films, and site visits. We set the comparative context through readings and lectures about the U.S. and then shift focus to Spain, combining abstract study with field experience.

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