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Virtual Courses


As part of IAU's virtual semester program, students have the option to take up to 9 credits of academic credit, which can be earned through a combination of Virtual Internships, Consulting Internships, Experiential Learning Practicums, and Remote Academic Courses.  All remote courses will be conducted in English except for those specified below. The remote course offerings are listed below.

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All courses carry 3 units unless otherwise specified. All course offerings are subject to change. 

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ARC 308: Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management - What is the relationship between on-the-ground archeological research and the process of archeological presentation in the museum? Students will study the processes of archeological research and collaborate with specialists from the Musée du Vieil Aix-en-Provence, and the Musée d’archéologie de Marseille. Simulated projects will explore the intricacies of cultural resource management. **offered as Social Impact Practicum

ART 325: Museum Studies: The Online Catalogue Raisonne - What is involved in creating an online catalogue raisonné? Students will study the form of the recent publication of the online catalogue raisonné of Paul Cézanne and work with an online raisonné committee which is in the process of creating the online catalogue raisonné of renowned artist, Leo Marchutz. The course includes on line dialogues with renowned Cézanne specialists, the Princeton Museum, and the Musée Granet to learn about the intricacies of gathering information for catalogue raisonné research.**offered as Social Impact Practicum

ART 326: Museum Studies: Islamic Art and Museum Education Programming - This course studies Islam and the West (EU & US) through art and art history, examines the influence of Islamic art on Western art from the 8th century CE until today, and teaches the students how to create museum educational tours and programs. Students will study the Islamic art collections that reside in various museums in Europe (Louvre, British Museum, V & A, and the David Collection in Copenhagen), the Islamic art galleries at the MET in NYC, and at the Aga Khan Museum of Islamic art in Toronto. We will discuss the educational programs of these museums, and each student will create his/her own tour and/or program for use in the museum educational system.**offered as Social Impact Practicum


BUS/CCS/SOC 359: Sports in Catalonia, Spain & Europe - A Cultural Approach - Sport is an integral part of Spanish society that affects all levels of life from social institutions to government and law. A recent example of this is the Catalan government deciding to ban bullfighting – an age-old tradition that demands great respect in other parts of Spain. This course uses sport as a prism to understand the Spanish society. We begin with a theoretical foundation of sport and society, then delve more specifically into sports in Spain and Catalonia, covering topics such as history, politics, gender, gambling, racism, media influence, violence, and identity.


IR 305: Contemporary US Diplomacy in an Age of Change: From 9/11 to COVID-19 - The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined that modern diplomacy is conducted in a world of rapidly evolving and interconnected global challenges: the spreading dangers of weapons of mass destruction; new and more malignant forms of terrorism; regional and sectarian conflicts; failed and failing states; global economic dislocation; and transnational health, energy and environmental concerns. This social impact practicum will explore contemporary U.S. foreign policy and the challenges that face its practitioners. It will also examine how U.S. diplomats organize their work in a world where longstanding assumptions about U.S. leadership are questioned from all sides of the domestic political spectrum. Students will explore the context of US diplomacy today through direct discussions with U.S. diplomats (past and present) and analysts located around the world. They will hone essential written and oral communication skills by presenting to U.S. diplomats practical proposals for confronting a current U.S. foreign policy challenge.**offered as Social Impact Practicum

HIS 326: Spanish Civilization & Culture - This course starts with a view of Spanish history, and then examines the different cultures within Spain: Castilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician; focusing mainly on language, nationality, and political implications. The rest of the course will travel throughout the various aspects of the Spanish Civilization, understanding civilization as lifestyle and society (family, immigration, youth, economic crisis, politics...), and also the various artistic ways of expression (painting, architecture, literature, music and cinema). By using concepts from these various subjects, students will study how Spain changed from being a polarized country to an alleged reference in the West.

POL 357: Nationalism in Comparative Perspective - This course studies the relationsihp between states and nations in both a theoretical and comparative perspective with a particular focus on the Catalan, Basque and Spanish experiences. It analyzes state-building processes and the development of nationalism, as well as the social, economic and technological conditions behind its emergence, transformation and contrasting discourse. The course aims at providing a solid theoretical background on the subject of nationalism as well as introducing students into the social and political reality that permeates in Spain's daily life and shapes Spaniards' political mindframes and identities.