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Berkeley Summer Abroad

Barcelona, Spain: Contemporary Catalan and Spanish Politics - SUSPENDED

  • Summary


    The rise of right-wing populists marks contemporary politics in many parts of the world. Their success is attributed to large segments of the population feeling un- or underrepresented by existing political parties.
    In Spain, two new political parties, from the left and the right, have altered the political landscape. Using Barcelona as a home base, we will discuss how Spanish politics and the Catalonia question are deeply intertwined by immersing ourselves in local history and politics. We will visit key historical sites, visit the Catalan Parliament, and meet local politicians.
    This course will explore why right-wing populists are so successful in many contemporary democracies and how Spanish and Catalan's parties face challenges similar to those that seem to undermine established political parties across the globe. 
    Dates: July 5, 2020 - August 1, 2020

    Units: 6

    Language of Instruction: English
    • Poly Sci N140G: Political Parties (3 units) +
    • Poly Sci N149G: Selected Topics in Area Studies (3 units)

    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    2.0 GPA or higher
    • There are no prerequisites or restrictions for participation.

    • Students will live in student dormitories in Barcelona with two students to a room. 
    • Daily breakfast provided.
    • Students will share rooms with other program participants. Please note that, due to in-country policies, students will be paired with roommates based on the gender listed on their passports. If you have clarifying questions, please feel free to reach out to the program staff.

    • Application opens February 3, 2020
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 15, 2020

  • Courses

    During the program, you will take two courses for a total of six UC Berkeley units.

    Course 1: Poly Sci N140G
    Title: Political Parties
    Instructor: Pradeep Chhibber
    Units: 3
    The rise of right-wing populists marks contemporary politics. In this course, we discuss how populists achieve enough support to win power, particularly when entrenched political parties oppose them. To understand the rise of populists, we delve into the origins of political parties, their support base, and their organization. We then discuss the influence of a crisis of representation on the electoral success of populists in democratic contests. Is their success linked a large segment of the population feels un- or underrepresented by the existing political parties?

    Students are expected to:
    1. Participate actively in class discussions.
    2.  Submit three reactions papers that are due by Monday morning before class.  These should be a brief summary of the main conclusions of the literature and/or offer questions that should be addressed by scholars working in the area.
    3. An in-class final
    Course 2: Poly Sci N149G
    Title: Selected Topics in Area Studies
    Instructor: Jordi Munoz
    Units: 3
    The main goal of this course is to help students to become familiar with contemporary Spanish and Catalan politics. Students will gain familiarity with the historical background and main institutional features of Spanish democracy, with a specific focus on the Catalan region and the issue of territorial integration within Spain. We will also cover some of the recent developments.

    Throughout the course, we will use the Spanish case to motivate broader discussions on some key topics of comparative politics: civil wars, democratization, secessionism, terrorism and political violence and party system formation.

    The course will combine lectures with visits to historical sites, institutions and meetings with politicians and experts to gain first-hand knowledge of the topics covered

    You can fulfill the L&S International Studies breadth requirement by full participation in a Berkeley Summer Abroad program. All of the required courses must be completed with a C-/P or better. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.

  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee 

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees,
    which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2020 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300
    Program Fee $2,995 $2,995
    Total Cost $5,509 $6,295

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document
    Management Fee of $60.

    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    2020 Estimated Expenses Amount

    International Airfare and Transportation $1,308
    Additional Meals $784
    Books $218
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $560
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $2,870


    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per-unit cost:

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $419 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 per unit

    The program fee includes* the following items:

    • Student housing for the duration of the program with breakfast every morning and some lunches.
    • On-site orientation activities, excursions, etc.
    • Travel insurance to cover accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for group transportation, guest speakers, etc.
    • The $400 deposit. If accepted to the program, the $400 deposit is non-refundable and will be applied towards your program fee. If you are waitlisted or denied admission to the program, your deposit will be refunded. If you request to withdraw your application prior to an admission decision being issued, or cancel your participation after being accepted to the program, the deposit remains non-refundable. 

    *Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for daily travel to and from classes

  • Timeline
    Application opens February 3, 2020
    Application closes March 15, 2020
    Applicants notified of selection March 20, 2020
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 3, 2020
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Barcelona July 5, 2020 
    Last day of program August 1, 2020

    * These events take place on the UC Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    † Students should plan to fly to Spain and check into program housing in Barcelona, Spain on July 5, 2020.  Students are expected to check out of program housing on August 1, 2020. Students who depart after the last day may do so, but they are responsible for arranging their accommodations outside of the program end date.

    All dates are subject to change.

  • Instructors

    Program Director: Pradeep Chhibber
    Pradeep Chhibber is a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He researches political parties and party systems. His recent publications are the influence of ideology and institutions on party system change, religion and political participation, and the rise of right-wing populist parties. Most of his research focused on the relationship of social divisions and party systems, particularly on the influence of ethnic, class, and religious divisions on party preference.  Pradeep has published on party politics and party system change in Canada, Spain, India, and the United States. He was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Barcelona in 2017-18.

    Co-Instructor: Jordi Munoz
    Jordi Munoz is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science of the University of Barcelona, and Fellow at the Institutions and Political Economy Research Group. Previously, Professor Munoz was Ramón y Cajal research fellow at the UB (2014-19), postdoctoral researcher (Juan de la Cierva) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and PhD student at the Pompeu Fabra University, where he graduated in 2009 with a dissertation on the effect of democratization on the change in the Spanish nationalist discourse and citizens’ attitudes. He has also been visiting researcher at the University of Gothenburg (2012) and Yale University (2007-08). His broad research interests are related to political behavior and comparative politics. He teaches quantitative methods and political behavior. He has written on corruption and voting, support for secession, Spanish national identity, trust in European institutions or voting behavior.  His work has been published in journals such as The Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Comparative Political Studies, The Journal of Peace Research, European Union Politics or Electoral Studies, among others.