Courses


Courses taught as part of the IFE Program in Asturias are intended for non-specialists as they prepare for integration and participation in their internship regardless of their subject of concentration.

 

The academic rigor of the IFE program is unparalleled. IFE teaches you what makes Asturias special as a city and a cultural site. The academic experience extends beyond the classroom through excursions to cultural and historical sites. Learning about Asturias in class allows students to converse with native speakers in a meaningful way, instead of focusing on the awkwardness of being a student in a foreign place

Brandon. Hispanic Studies, Political Science

 

Discussion group: reading the local press / visit to an organic dairy farm

HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS OF MODERN SPAIN

Highlighting key moments and themes in Spanish history, this course provides non-specialists a grasp of the institutions and realities of contemporary Spain by demonstrating their historical origins. The course draws case studies from Asturian history and culture.

The format of instruction includes lecture-seminars, discussion groups, and guided site visits.

Site visits include Cangas de Onis, Covadonga, the Tito Bustillo Cave...

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ASTURIAS AND THE DYNAMICS OF SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION

This course examines the seismic changes at work in Spanish society from the modern to the contemporary era. While adopting a primarily sociological approach, the course also analyzes dynamics of identity, memory, demographics and culture.

The format of instruction includes lecture-seminars, discussion groups, and guided site visits.

Site visits include The Museum of the Asturian Peoples, the Rastro flea and street market, the Mar de Niebla Social Action Foundation, the Niemeyer Cultural Center in Aviles...

 

THE ASTURIAS SEMINAR: SPANISH SOCIO-ECONOMICS IN EUROPE AND THE WORLD

 

The course provides an introduction to the dynamics of the Spanish economy and the web of entrepreneurial activity in Asturias. The socio-economic development of this region and the significant changes it has undergone is placed in its national, European and international contexts. Special attention is paid to the challenge of sustainability.
In addition to a formal analysis of local economic realities, the course includes personalized professional coaching for each student-intern as a member of a work team in their host organization.