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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. 

Course Format
Courses will be a mixture of synchronous class sessions and asynchronous assignments/work. Synchronous class sessions will typically be scheduled at a time between 8:00am - 12:00pm Pacific Time and will usually take place four days out of the week, for approximately 45 minutes per session. These sessions will be supplemented by asynchronous assignments/work outside of the synchronous class sessions.

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ANTHROPOLOGY

ANT 375: THE EUROPEAN CITY IN LITERATURE AND THE VISUAL ARTS 
-  Exploration of the rise and the establishment of the urban setting as the nexus of contemporary European culture and civilization through cinema, the novel, poetry, music, and paintings. 

ART HISTORY


ARH 320: 
PICASSO, MATISSE, DALI AND THE MEDITERRANEAN - The work of these three international artists with distinct cultural roots is explored on an individual basis within the wider framework of European art movements. In each case, students will study the acceptance and/or rejection of tradition, the interaction with Spanish art and artists, and personal experience. The course will also pay special attention to the role of both outside stimuli (war, relationships) and inner forces (imagination).

BUSINESS


BUS 303: INTERCULTURAL MANAGEMENT
- This course is designed to introduce students to concepts and fundamentals of international management. The course will consider aspects of management within an international and culturally complex environment, while considering the business influences within the global workplace.

BUS 358: 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.

LEA 305: LEADING CHANGE IN A GLOBAL WORLD - The primary objective of this course is to learn a method for assessing your knowledge, abilities, values, and interests relevant to leadership so that you will be able to develop and implement a plan for enhancing your leadership throughout your career and life. The enabling objectives are: (a) To systematically identify your current and desired capability (i.e., knowledge, abilities, values, and interests); (b) To develop an individualized learning agenda and plan for the next 3-5 years; and (c) To explore techniques to assist others in doing the same. This course will explore questions that will impact students' professional lives, such as: Who are effective leaders? How are they different than managers? How do they think and act? What makes us want to follow them? How are leaders developed? How can people help others become effective leaders? What type of leader do I want to be? And, what can I do to become that type of leader? **Offered as Social Impact Practicum course. 


COMMUNICATION STUDIES


COM 316: 
MEDIA AND CONFLICT - This course examines the role media play in the progression and public perceptions of conflict. Relevant topics will include media and military intervention, portrayals of protest movements, and news and entertainment coverage of crime, rumors, domestic politics, violence, and ethnicity.

COM 375: THE EUROPEAN CITY IN LITERATURE AND THE VISUAL ARTS 
-  Exploration of the rise and the establishment of the urban setting as the nexus of contemporary European culture and civilization through cinema, the novel, poetry, music, and paintings.

CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES 
 | SOCIOLOGY

CCS 306: CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES IN FOOD AND CULTURE
- Both the Mediterranean diet and French gastronomy have been declared by UNESCO as world heritage.  This course will explore the language and the culinary customs of French cuisine, examining differences in food patterns between the US and France.  Students will explore the fundamentals of French and regional food and eating, including the history, the use of ingredients, as well as the political and economic factors affecting rural French food systems.

CCS/SOC 358: 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.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS  | POLITICAL SCIENCE


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

IR 316: 
MEDIA AND CONFLICT - This course examines the role media play in the progression and public perceptions of conflict. Relevant topics will include media and military intervention, portrayals of protest movements, and news and entertainment coverage of crime, rumors, domestic politics, violence, and ethnicity.

FRENCH

FRE 211: LIVING IN FRANCE: LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
- The goal of this course is to deepen students' knowledge of contemporary France, particularly regarding social, cultural, and historical issues.  The class will be mostly conducted in French and will focus on developing listening comprehension, oral competence, and socio-cultural communicative proficiency through the use of video and audio-based media, movies, songs, etc. This course is designed for students with one or two semesters of college-level French.

LITERATURE

LIT 375: THE EUROPEAN CITY IN LITERATURE AND THE VISUAL ARTS
-  Exploration of the rise and the establishment of the urban setting as the nexus of contemporary European culture and civilization through cinema, the novel, poetry, music, and paintings.