Psychology in Barcelona
Come to Barcelona, a metropolis known for its beauty, architecture and music, and explore some of the most important questions of the human experience. This program offers two upper-division psychology courses, which are taught in English and emphasize Spanish culture.
In addition to the academic component of the program, you will hear from guest speakers, partake in excursions, and take four, one-hour introductory Catalan classes to learn the offical language of Barcelona and Catalonia. One of the excursions included on the program is an all-day trip to Terragona to visit northern Spain's famous Roman ruins.
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PSY388: Psychology of a Meaningful Life (300 level Psychology Elective)
PSY388: Human Sexuality (300 level Psychology Elective)
Psychology of a Meaningful Life, will consider the theoretical and empirical bases of what constitutes a productive, satisfying and consequential life. An important angle of this class will be its comparison of different cultural ideals, namely the American emphasis on independence, autonomy and achievement and the Spanish emphasis on interconnectedness, social harmony, and familial pride. As part of the course, we will hear from visiting Spanish social scientists about the links between Spanish identify, culture, and psychology. This course will be co-taught by UO faculty Jeffery Measelle and local Barcelona faculty.
Human Sexuality will cover the topic of human sexuality from a psychological perspective with an emphasis on both US sexuality and cross-cultural sexuality. A wide range of topics will be covered including sexual responses, sexual practices, and sexual dysfunctions and their treatments. There will be a focus on understanding common misconceptions regarding sexuality and current controversies in the field. Past and present analysis on research and historical underpinnings influencing the cultural evolution of sexuality across cultures will be discussed. Sexual behaviors and identity will be discussed through personal development, culture, biological influences as well as the influence of attitudes, behaviors, knowledge, practices and myths on human sexuality. Course content will also examine sexuality throughout different developmental stages, fertility, reproduction, sexual functioning and privilege, socialization, dating, marriage, family, sexual orientation, non-traditional relationships, contraceptives and sexual responsibility. Interviews and lectures with mental health professionals will be provided as opportunities to students. This course will be taught by Barcelona faculty.
You will take classes at the IAU center, which houses five classrooms, study areas, an open-air terrace, as well as a meditation and reading room. There are several cafes and restaurants nearby where you can study or relax before or after class. The center is within walking distance of four metro stops and three bus lines for easy access to all of Barcelona.
Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.
Jeff Measelle is a Professor of Psychology and faculty member within the UO Global Health Center and Program. His research specialties include early childhood, stress, and the effects of culture on development. Of relevance to the current application, he is fluent in Spanish, having lived in Spain for 10 years of his childhood, including 3 years in Barcelona. Professor Measelle is the recipient of several UO distinguished teaching awards, including a Williams Fellowship.
Jennifer Ablow is an Associate Professor of Psychology. Her research focuses on prenatal development, high-risk developmental contexts, stress, and interventions to support early development. Dr. Ablow has traveled extensively throughout Europe and speaks French.
You will stay in homestays with another student in the program. The host families have at least a working proficiency with English, as do most people in Barcelona. Your host family will provide you breakfast and dinner.
Note: Although useful, Spanish or Catalan language is not required to participate in the program. Both courses are taught in English, and most of the population in Barcelona speaks at least a little English.
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