Business course - Barcelona Mediterranean Metropolis

Barcelona, Mediterranean metropolis

Barcelona, Mediterranean metropolis (45 h)

The main objective of the course is to provide students an overview of the city of Barcelona, not only from a historical point of view but also from an artistic, literary or cinematographic one. There will be guided tours to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

In the first semester, students will see how the original Roman city grew into a typical European medieval city and how, centuries later, it was the centre of an artistic movement called Modernism that changed its appearance forever. In the second semester we will follow in the footsteps of some of the writers or film directors who fell in love with the city to learn how they understood it, and we will also be looking at the most important changes in the city, especially from the 1992 Olympic Games to the Barcelona of the future.

Course 2024-2025

Course 2024-2025

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The sessions of the first semester will be theoretical. In each session, there will be a PowerPoint presentation that students will study and prepare with the help of the teacher. Student participation is expected. The second semester will be more practical. For example, students will watch some movies and analyze music related to the city. A significant number of these classes will be guided tours of important monuments in Barcelona. 


Exam: 40%

Essay: 40%

Class attendance and participation: 20% 


Barcelona, a European city:

• Barcelona, an introduction

• Barcino, on the path of the Romans

• Myths and legends of the Gothic Quarter

• The ages of decadence

• The century of genius: a Bohemian and Modernist city

Barcelona, an international city:

• Barcelona opens up to the world: Universal Exhibitions, Olympic Games and Forum of Cultures

• A film set in the city

• Barcelona and music

• Reading the streets of Barcelona

• Barcelona of the future 


CASTELLER, J. (2000): Barcelona, a history, Barcelona, Edicions de 1984.  

VILA-SANJUAN, S. (2005): Walks through literary Barcelona, Barcelona, Grup 62. MIRALLES, R. (2008): Barcelona, noucentista and art Nouveau architecture, Barcelona, Edicions Polígrafa.  

RUBIO, A. (2009): Barcelona, old architecture, Barcelona, Edicions Polígrafa.  

VIDAL-RIBAS, (2010): Cool Barcelona. A non-standard guide, Barcelona, Edicions Polígrafa.  

INGROSSO, C. (2011): Barcelona. Arquitecture, city and society. 1975-2015, Milano, Skira.  

MAS, J. (2011): Boquería Gourmand, Barcelona, Viena Ediciones.  

MENDOZA, E. (1988): The City of Marvels, London.  

HUGHES, R. (2004): Barcelona the Great Enchantress, Washington.

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