Tourism, Food & Culture in Spain
Barcelona, Alicante, Valencia
Presented by the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology and the College of Advancing and Professional Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, in partnership with Active Learning Abroad.
Sociological Concepts In Motion
- Modernization vs. Tradition
- Diffusionism Acculturation
- Sustainable Development
Tourism, Food and Culture in Spain is an exciting, faculty led 18-day study abroad program exploring Spain’s culturally and historically rich region along the Mediterranean Sea.
Because this program integrates the interdisciplinary perspectives of sociology, anthropology, and tourism studies, you will develop an understanding of Spanish culture focused on the reciprocal historical evolution of society, food, culture, and tourism in Spain. You will learn about sociological concepts in motion such as modernization, tradition, social and cultural change, diffusionism, innovation, acculturation, and sustainable development.
Spain enjoys world ranking in tourism and gastronomy:
- 3rd Most Visited Country in the World
- 2013 Best Restaurant in the World
- 2013 Best Woman Chef in the World
Tourism and gastronomy will be interpreted as “texts” that speak directly and indirectly about the cultural and social forces that produced them. We will make an historical journey starting from ancient times and close with today’s slow food movement and Spanish chef celebrities. Along the way, we will highlight the different current gastronomies in the most relevant tourist regions of Spain.
Spain offers a marvelous laboratory to study the inter-relationships of tourism, food and culture. Mass tourism in Spain began in the 1960s, exercising a strong impact on Spanish culture and society. While tourism is linked to modernizing, food is strongly linked to culture and tradition. The pervasive consequences of mass tourism’s “foreign” contribution can be observed by analyzing the changes occurring in Spanish culture and society.
At the heart of the Spanish Mediterranean coast, Alicante will be central to the program. Here, you will reside in centrally located shared apartments and classes will take place at the University of Alicante. From Alicante, you will embark on local field trips and visits to the fascinating coastal cities of Valencia, Altea, Benidorm, El Campello and Catalan Barcelona.
- To show how tourism and gastronomy can be instruments for sociological and cultural analysis.
- To explore Spain’s mix of ancient and modern legacies, from Roman and Arabic heritage to the most postmodern gastronomy.
- To examine and experience the impact of tourism today, through visits to some of the most important tourist destinations.
- Experiential learning - build greater globally literacy, understanding the European perspective and larger global issues.
|July 8||Departure from the US|
|July 9||Arrival in Alicante. Alicante city tour|
|July 10||University of Alicante welcome tour|
|July 11||Benidorm. Visit to Baly Hotel Sun|
|July 12||Free day|
|July 13||Taste of horchata y fartons|
|July 15||Field trip to Altea
Visit to Alfas del Pi wineries
|July 16||Santa Cruz Quarter and San Nicolás Cathedral. Santa Barbara Castle|
|July 17-19||Field trip to Barcelona|
|July 20||Lecture & culinary activity
Cooking paella/tortilla de patatas
|July 21||Field trip to El Campello|
|July 22||Visit Central Wholesale Market. Fresh products in Spain; Tapas tour|
|July 23||Field trip to Valencia|
|July 24||Free evening|
|July 25||Depart for the US|
- SOCIOL 480 Sociology of Tourism, 3 credits
- ANTH 280 Food and Culture in Spain, 3 credits
Graduate level credit is possible by special arrangement. Applicants interested in graduate credit must obtain permission before applying to the program.
Courses and lectures will be jointly directed and taught by:
Jorge Capetillo-Ponce, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology
Director of Latino Studies, UMass Boston
Antonio Aledo, PhD
Professor of Sociology
University of Alicante
Arturo Jarque, PhD
University of Alicante
Founder and CEO, ALA
Please be advised that international programs are subject to change, slight or major, at any time due to circumstances beyond our control; this includes any and all fees, dates, itinerary, and program activities. We will do our best to inform all applicants of any changes in as timely a manner as possible.
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Schedule and Fees
July 8 - 25, 2015
$799 tuition fee, payable to UMass Boston
$2,405 program fee, payable to Active Learning Abroad (ALA), to cover lodging, hotel accommodations during field trips, two meals per day, and all on-site program-related transport.
If enrollment exceeds 29, participants will enjoy a discounted fee; enrollments below 25 entail a small surcharge.
The program fee does not include textbooks, airfare to/from Spain. Please do not purchase airfare until formal notice of acceptance has been received.
May 8, 2015
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This course is open to all University of Massachusetts Boston students. Individuals from other colleges and universities are also welcome to apply.
Applications are reviewed every week until April 30th. Early applications are strongly encouraged, especially if planning to apply for a campus loan.
As part of the application process students must meet with Professor Capetillo during scheduled times in March and April.
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