The Imperium Signature Seminar examines the creation of the Iberian Empires (Spain and Portugal), which would become the most important and largest organizations of power in the 16th and 17th centuries, larger even than the Roman Empire, which served as a model in many aspects. The first colonial European empires, these powerful organizations—both admired and fought against—influenced the political agenda and the economic and cultural development of Europe from the Middle Ages into the 17th century. Through visits to sites in the key cities of Valencia, Granada, Sevilla, and Lisbon (subject to change per travel restrictions), students in this seminar will experience firsthand the historical, artistic, and cultural underpinnings of Europe’s first global superpowers.
This course is taught both in English and Spanish. No previous study of Spanish language is required, although students with some proficiency will have the opportunity to attend lectures and visits in Spanish. Readings and exams are in English.
This course may also be registered as HUM 400.2. The seminar schedule, itinerary, and procedures are subject to change without notice.
Semesters: Fall, Spring