Institute for Field Education

Academic courses

The curriculum of the Andalucía Program

During the preparatory session all students follow two foundational, interdisciplinary courses specifically designed to provide non-specialists a grounding in the regional and national context. In addition, all students are given instruction in “survival” Arabic. As a result of this preparation students become interns ready to take their place, and take part in the work of their host organization.

The two courses comprising the preparatory session:

- Spain and the Arabo-Islamic World: Peoples, histories, current realities
- An Introduction to Southern Spain: City, culture, resistance


I. Spain and the Arabo-Islamic World: Peoples, histories, current realities
Highlighting key moments and themes of Iberian history while devoting significant time and attention to social, political, religious, and cultural issues, in particular with the rise of the modern Spanish state in the 19th century. Each class meeting illustrates and develops a particular thematic aspect or historical moment of the overall theme of the course which addresses relations between Iberia and the Mediterranean world, from antiquity to today. By the end of the course students will have acquired a coherent view of the importance of the Andalucían civilizational crossroads for Spain and for Europe.

II. An Introduction to Southern Spain: City, culture, resistance
The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the history of southern Spain, its cultural transformations and economic reality, through the prism of daily life. The inter-disciplinary content draws on social science research, contemporary history and current social realities. More than a case study, the city of Sevilla and its neighborhoods serve as the central reference point for the various themes treated in the course. Andalucía and Sevilla illustrate to perfection the multiple and often conflicting sources of social change, new and old forms of regional identity, and potential for creative resistance.

Each course is comprised of both lectures and discussion or workshop sections (clases practicas).

The preparatory session ends with An 8-day study tour of al-Ándalus themes – past and present – in Morocco (Tangiers, Tetouan, Chefchaouen, Fez, Rabat.) The preparatory curriculum includes a course in “survival” Arabic, to help with students’ integration.


During the internship period

III. University direct-enroll course
Beginning during the preparatory session and continuing until the end of the semester, students are enrolled in a local university course selected from a short list of university courses which correspond to the program Track (I or II, see above) in which they are enrolled.
- The courses corresponding to Track I, History and Culture in Andalucía, are offered by the Faculties of Philology and Geography & History of the Universidad de Sevilla (US).
- The courses corresponding to Track II, Contemporary Social/Economic Issues from the Andalucían Perspective, are offered by the University Study Center of Andalucía.
See a list of courses with short description

IV Independent Field Study and Research Paper
During the internship period students complete an independent research project to be handed in at the end of the semester. This project is a thirty-page research paper established according to formal methodological guidelines under the direction of a research advisor thoroughly familiar with the subject area of the research. Research topics are carefully chosen and validated to ensure an organic link between the central themes of the internship itself and the topic of the independent study. A well-designed research question draws upon primary sources available through student’s professional milieu such as interviews, data, documentation, access to other actors in the field, etc. as well as a familiarity with the relevant literature.

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