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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 instructor will also create short videos which will be based on specific aspects of Seville’s culture and gastronomy. The virtual field trips will include the following sites:

  1. Torre del Oro, Torre de la Plata, House of Trade and Barrio Santa Cruz.
  2. Food Market Las Setas
  3. Góngora Winery
  4. Basilippo Olive oil Factory.

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 the following pre-recorded virtual visits:

  • Itálica Roman Ruins. Among the finest Roman ruins in Spain, the lost city of Itálica boasts a spectacular amphitheater and wonderful mosaic floors.
  • The Islamic mosque of Córdoba. This is a unique monument in Western Europe, and we will also wander the Jewish quarters and look at the impressive Roman Bridge!
  • The Islamic tower of the Giralda, Seville.
  • The Alhambra Islamic Palace of Granada. This is one of the true wonders of the world and it is one of the most beautiful places to visit in all of Spain.
  • The Cathedral of Seville
  • The Fine Arts Museum of Seville

This course also includes the following live virtual tours:

  • The Metrosol Parasol de Sevilla. This is a curious Ruin of the old Roman City of Seville.
  • The Alcázar of Seville. This unique building, a combination of Islamic and Christian Architectural styles, is one of the main attractions of Seville.
  • The Barrio Santa Cruz of Seville
  • Plaza de España and the Parque Maria Luisa. This is the masterpiece of Regionalist Architect Anibal Gonzolez, and the Park is the most beautiful, exotic park in Spain.

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.