GBL 244 IS SPAIN AND MOROCCO: HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ENCOUNTERS 4 S.H.
With the life and tribulations of today's local communities as the focal point, students in this course will explore the links between Morocco and Spain on a variety of levels: the rich cultural and historic heritage from the Al Andalus era; the intersection of the “developing” and “developed” worlds; and the global impact of the increasing animosity between historically Muslim and Christian societies. In this course we will seek to make connections between Spanish and Moroccan histories and cultures, and engage in discussions on the relevant contemporary issues of diversity, inequality and co-existence, as well as religious and cultural pluralism and (in)tolerance.
Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 144
This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the prerequisite preparatory seminar course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.
It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for Winter Term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of Winter Term tuition will not be collected.
There will also be a required meeting about the course in April.
Spring Meeting Information
The spring meeting will meet on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 3-4 p.m., location Carlton 221.
Fall Course Meeting Information
The fall pre-departure course will take place on Fridays from 3:05 - 4:45 p.m., location TBD.
Activity Level: Moderate
You will spend much of the day exploring. Whether walking through historic neighborhoods at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, your days will be full. You'll need to keep up with the group, including stairs and moderate movement.
Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during registration for Winter Term.
To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.
The tentative dates for the program are January 7 through January 24, 2020.
While official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September, the tentative group departure point is Miami (MIA) and return point is New York (JFK).
Note: This information is subject to change based on airline changes and cancellations.
- Reales Alcázares
- A Royal Palace of Seville was originally a Moorish fortress. It was registered by UNESCO as the World Heritage Site in 1987.
- General Archive of the Indies.
- The Archive houses extremely valuable collection of documents from the history of the Spanish Empire from the times of the Conquest to the independence movements of the Americas.
- Seville Cathedral (Built in the 16th Century)
- This is the largest gothic cathedral and third largest cathedral of the world and the burial site of Christopher Columbus.
- Madinat al-Zahra
- This city includes an archeological site and museum. The city of Medinat al-Zahra was the political and administrative capital of Al-Andalus in the 10th century and an extraordinary example of Muslim presence on the Iberian Peninsula.
- Walking tour of the city of Córdoba
- Córdoba is the capital of Islamic Caliphate. The city was also the capital of Hispania Ulterior during the Roman Empire, as well as the Roman Republic. The most populous city of the 10th century, Córdoba, is a symbol of coexistence between Jews, Muslims and Christians. Also, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Cathedral of Córdoba and former Mosque
- Walking tour of the city of Granada
- Visit to La Alhambra and Palacios Nazaries
- Visit to El Generalife and Partal
- Visit to Sacromonte and Albayzin in Granada
- Traditional Jewish and Gypsy neighborhoods
Tangier and Tetouan
- Walking tour of Medina (city center) of Tangier
- Visit to American Legation of Tangier
- US National Historic Landmark
- Walking tour of Medina of Tetouan
Fez and Sefrou
- Visit Medinas of Fez and Sefrou
- These cities are known for their tolerance towards diversity. The two cities have most elegant Medinas, as well as are considered to be the melting pots of different cultures. The Cave of the Believer in Sefrou is revered by Jews, Muslims and Christians and considered a sacred place for pilgrimage for people of all these religions.
Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.
Students will be housed in shared accommodations in hotels.
Costs for global study vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill).
Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.
Detailed cost information will be available on the budget sheet. The cost for this program is currently TBD.
Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.
For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page or the financial planning section of our FAQs.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your program.
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