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Portugal & Spain: Moorish Influences and Navigational Exploits

This study abroad course features a tour of the Iberian nations of Portugal and Spain. Students will explore the two key forces that have influenced the present character of those two nations – namely, the presence of the Moors in the Iberian peninsula from the 8th to 15th centuries and the global seafaring enterprises undertaken by Spain and Portugal beginning in the mid-14th century. Students will gain a first-hand understanding of how these dual forces have left their imprints on Portuguese and Spanish culture, from architecture, dance, and music to food and language.  To gain a vivid understanding of this impact, students visit the Andalusia region of Spain, including the cities of Granada, Cordoba, and Seville. In Portugal, students will explore the capital  city of Lisbon, the nearby resort town of Sintra, as well as Sagres at the southwestern tip of Europe.  

*0.5 General Elective Credit

Projected Dates: TBD | Course Director: Nitin Deckha, Instructor Justice Studies

Physical Activity: Moderate