TALES OF THE AL ANDALUS
For more than seven centuries the Iberian Peninsula was a Muslim country called Al-Andalus, where a unique, sophisticated, and luxurious culture flourished all through the territory.
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the history, society, art and architecture of Al Andalus from its initial presence in the Iberian Peninsula in 711 to its disappearance in 1492.
Students will learn about the historical and cultural interactions between the Muslim and Christian worlds including how they were intrinsically connected for a significant part of Spain’s medieval history. Students will learn about these turbulent times by exploring the complex yet fruitful relationships between the different cultures.
They will also explore the profound influences that developed over the years throughout many fields, still present in Spanish culture. At the same time, they will have the opportunity to visit some of the most emblematic sites including Malaga, Cordoba, Granada, and Seville while being guided by different experts including architects, artist, historians, artisans, and designers.
They will learn about the sophistication of Moorish palaces, the advanced architecture and engineering techniques, gardening design, as well as other artistic manifestations that made their culture unique.
All students registered in this program have the option of taking an additional Spanish language class.
This is a multiple destination course and students will have the opportunity to travel to different emblematic cities of Al Andalus including Toledo, Malaga, Cordoba and Seville among others.
July 1st - 30th, 2020
Location: Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain
Course fee: 4,100 €
Universtity course accredited (3 credits – 45 hours)
Accommodation (double rooms)
Advising prior to departure
24/7 local support
Classes: All courses are delivered in English.
Participants will:Engage in group activities to empower their team-building skills in order to be able to solve problems through design thinking processes, collaboration, and creativity.Meet social, business and community leaders in order to learn from their personal experiences.Visit local business, entrepreneurship centers and social organizations and institutions where projects are taking place.