COCC Courses in Barcelona


Core Course Requirements  

Spanish Language 

Every Barcelona student will study the language in a course to be taught by program partners Barcelona SAE: Span 102, 103, 201, 202, or 203. Two or three levels will be offered depending on enrollment.

HUM 107 Spanish Life and Culture (3 credits)  

Every Barcelona student will also study the culture of their host country in a course to be taught by Barcelona SAE local or international faculty. The student will gain a broad overview of contemporary Spanish society by examining cultural traditions and values. Besides topical lectures by native guest lecturers, the course engages students in experiential learning through field trips to such historic and cultural sites as Gaudi's Barcelona, the Gothic quarter, and the Dali museum.  

Dr. Jon Bouknight, Central Oregon Community College 

With degrees in English and Speech Communication, Dr. Jon Bouknight has taught at colleges in California, New Mexico, Washington and Oregon.  He currently teaches speech and writing classes at COCC.

Lucky enough to start life as a US Navy brat moving from post to post with his family, Bouknight brings extensive travel and study-abroad experience to this program.  In addition to serving as an adviser to study-abroad students and representing the Oregon International Educator's Consortium for his campus, Bouknight has previously taught in England and Italy. Now he eagerly looks forward to teaching in Barcelona, where he and his family once enjoyed several days camping near the Mediterranean and hiking through the Capitol's spectacular parks. 

As a regular teacher of Intercultural Communication, Bouknight believes that study-abroad experiences are the quickest, profoundest way to learn about our own limits and then overcome those barriers.


SP115:  Intercultural Communication (4 credits)   

waterfrontStudents explore cultural differences in communication styles and social values and their impact on work, family, legal and economic systems.  This section will take every opportunity to participate in the local culture enhancing everyone’s ability with Spanish and “polite” Catalan.  BarcelonaSAE’s tour of the soccer stadium will be supplemented with this class’ discussions of El Clasico, investigating the Barcelona-Madrid rivalry on the futbol pitch and off.  Diary of a Genius is one of Dali’s several autobiographical statements, which will augment the planned visit to the Dali Museum.  Finally, the most pressing topic of the day to Catalonians—their relation with Spain—is the subject of What’s Up With Catalonia and several of the Spanish Life and Culture sessions.  SP115 satisfies AAOT Gen Ed. Basic Skills, AAOT Discipline Studies, Arts and Humanities, and is a Cultural Literacy course.


Eng104:  Introduction to Literature:  Drama (4 credits) wall

Examines drama as literature, through its traditions, imaginative purposes, and organizing visions, such as tragedy, comedy and realism. Close reading and interpretation of selected plays with attention to the cultural contexts of their creation and to the literary dimensions of character, dialogue, plot, setting, language and theme.  The class will be invited to public performances in the local Barcelona theatre, including well known English plays performed in Spanish, and readings will be adjusted as needed according to offerings at local stages, such as the Guasch Theatre, Palau Musica Catalana, Borras Theatre, Teatro Lliure, and Café Teatra LLaitilol.  ENG105 satisfies AAOT Discipline Studies, Arts and Humanities credits.


SP 241 or J211: Media, Communication, Society (4 credits)   

Students will analyze the social and cultural impact of media, including broadcast, print, film, and digital communication.  Students will also examine careers in selected areas of media.  In this course, we will emphasize the early stages of media, from the age of oratory to the printing press, culminating in the planned Gothic quarter visit connected to the Spanish Life and Culture session on the 4,000 year history of Barcelona.  The history and varieties of American media will be contrasted (via News for All the People) with the local media.  A class excursion to Radio Barca—a station broadcasting in 3 languages (including English)—and other urban media centers like a local cinema (there are seven “original voice only movie houses” in Barcelona—Monday night is half price) will allow for first-hand experience of Barcelona media.  The class will feature other low-cost excursions, such as a visit to the top of a communications tower—Torre de Collserolla—or to the Tibidabo, the Museum of Automatons.  The final course assignment may be completed in a media format other than the digital essay.  SP241 satisfies AAOT Discipline Studies, Arts and Humanities credits.








































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