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Each course is worth one full-year credit. Students are not permitted to register for more than one course. Classes will take place Monday through Thursday mornings (Toronto time). 

Courses

ANT395Y0 Special Topics in Anthropology: Andalusian Cuisine – A Window to Spanish Culture

ANT395Y0 Special Topics in Anthropology: Andalusian Cuisine – A Window to Spanish Culture

Food is one of the most central phenomena defining any culture. This is especially true in Spain, and in Andalusia specifically, where its cuisine has defined the region for centuries. In this course, we will take an interdisciplinary approach to explore the history and tradition of food within Andalusia and in Spain in general. We will examine the relationship between food and culture, and how both have transformed and shaped each other over the years. Our learning inside the classroom will be supplemented by weekly cooking classes, in which we will get to explore the local cuisine with a more hands-on approach. 

Prerequisites: None
Breadth Requirement = None
Recommended Preparation: ANT100Y1 or ANT200Y1 or ANT203Y1 or ANT204H1 or ANT207H1
ANT395Y0 Syllabus

Course Video

Food is one of the most central phenomena defining any culture. This is especially true in Spain, and in Andalusia specifically, where its cuisine has defined the region for centuries. In this video, Professor Natalia Couste shares what she's planning to cover in this course in 2021.

Field Trips (tentative)

Virtual field trips will be held on Tuesdays and virtual cooking workshops featuring a chef from one of Seville's cooking schools will be held on Thursdays. The course instructor will also create videos which will be based on specific aspects of Seville's culture and gastronomy. The virtual field trips will include the following sites:

  • Torre del Oro (Golden Tower), Torre de la Plata (Silver Tower) and the Santa Cruz neighbourhood
  • Winery tour (TBC - Bodegas de Góngora near Seville or Pedro Jimenez in Jerez)
  • Food Market at Metropol Parasol (Las Setas)
  • Basilippo/Almazara - Olive oil tasting

Instructor

Dr. Natalia Couste completed her doctoral studies at The University of Toronto, where she worked as a course instructor. She has done extensive research on urban spaces and participated in numerous symposiums in Canada and Spain. Based on a transatlantic perspective she carried a comparative study between contemporary Mexico City, Santiago de Chile and the Golden Age urban spaces of Madrid and Seville. She earned her Master’s Degree at the University of Western Ontario specializing in Southern Cone literature. She’s currently the acting coordinator for the Canada-Spain Summer Abroad Program. Her professional interests include international education and the development of innovative cultural programs for international students and scholars. 

 

FAH390Y0 Studies Abroad in Spanish Art & Architecture: Seville – Twenty Centuries of Art History

FAH390Y0 Studies Abroad in Spanish Art & Architecture: Seville – Twenty Centuries of Art History

This course will explore facets of Spain’s rich artistic tradition by placing a special emphasis on Seville’s very own unique and extensive art history. We will survey artistic trends and developments across twenty centuries in Seville, beginning with the Antiquarium Roman ruins and ending with architect Santiago Calatrava’s contemporary Alamillo Bridge. Seville’s varied artistic history will allow us to examine Roman monuments, Islamic palaces and Gothic cathedrals. We will also analyze works by many of Spain’s greatest painters and architects. Weekly site visits and virtual field trips will allow students to use Seville’s rich cultural heritage as a sort of “laboratory” where they will be able to engage with the material covered in class in a meaningful way. 

Prerequisites: None
BR = 1
FAH390Y0 – Course Syllabus

Field Trips (tentative)

Students will participate in virtual onsite filmed visits to spectacular historic monuments. The virtual visits will include:

  • Italica - a Roman ruin near Seville
  • The Alcazar of Seville - a spectacular Islamic Mudejar palace including Gothic Renaissance architecture as well as a huge exotic garden
  • The Cathedral of Seville - the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world also boasts Islamic and Renaissance elements and it is filled with art
  • Mudejar Churches of Seville - we will take a walk around Seville visiting these unique 14th century structures
  • The Fine Arts Museum of Seville
  • Baroque Seville - we can see several of the world's best examples of Baroque architecture in Seville: San Luis, Hospital de la Caridad, Hospital de los Venerables to name a few

This course also includes live virtual tours outside of Seville: 

  • The Mosque of Cordoba - this building is a unique treasure in Western Europe, a 9th to 11th century Islamic mosque. We will also see a Roman bridge and the old Jewish quarters of Cordoba
  • The Alhambra Granada - the mountainous city of Granada has what is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in all the world, the 13th-14th century Islamic Palace, the Granada

Course Video

Course instructor, Eric Davis, describes his course in greater detail in this video.

Instructor

Eric Davis was born in Laramie, Wyoming and raised in Lawrence, Kansas. He has a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Kansas and a Master´s degree in Art from the University of Seville (La Facultad de Bellas Artes de Sevilla). He is currently doing his doctorate in that same Seville University. He has worked as an artist painting in Seville since 1992 and has taught Art and Art History to international students in several university programs in Seville. He has also worked as a tour guide in Spain and in Africa for the past five years. 

 

SPA255Y0 Introduction to the Hispanic World

SPA255Y0 Introduction to the Hispanic World

This course has two main objectives: to explore the diverse cultures and the interrelationship between Latin America and Spain over five centuries (1492 to the present). We will study the institutions, beliefs and symbols that have shaped these cultures. We will also study how Seville served as the cultural axis between the New World and Europe for centuries. The streets, monuments and museums of the city reflect the path to that past but also project into the future. Our virtual visits to key Sevillian sites will complement the material covered in the text. The course is open to students from other disciplines. 

Prerequisites: None
BR = 1
SPA255Y – 2021 Course Syllabus

Virtual Field Trips (Tentative)

This course will include live stream visits of Alhambra in Granada, the Cathedral and the Giralda Tower, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Barrio Santa Cruz, Triana, and La Capilla de San José, etc. There will also be live stream visits to Roman ruins of Munigua in the Sierra Norte and various sites in the centre of Seville, and to Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, to emphasize the city's connection to ancient Rome and the prevalences of Al-Ándalus culture in the region.

Course Video

SPA255Y0 has two main objectives: to explore the diverse cultures and the interrelationship between Latin America and Spain over five centuries (1492 to the present). In this video, John Julius Reel introduces the course while showing off some of Seville.

Instructor

John Julius Reel has a B.S. in mathematics from Davidson College, and an M.A. in English Literature from the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York (CUNY). He has taught journalism and composition at various branches of CUNY, as well as academic writing for the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) in Seville. He is the author of a memoir in Spanish, ¿Qué pinto yo aquí? Un neoyorquino en la ciudad de nunca jamás, and has collaborated as both editor and writer in El derbi final, an award-winning anthology of writings about the Seville soccer derby. His cultural journalism has appeared in Spanish newspapers like Diario de Sevilla, Opinión de Málaga and El Mundo, and his English essays in literary journals such as Gravel, Sweet, Cleaver Magazine, Ruminate Magazine and Sport Literate.