group picture in front of Sa Riera during first day in Palma
During summer session II, we offered three classes:
- Mediterranean Marine Environment
- Palma in the Mediterranean
- Globalization, Human Migration and Tourism: the case of the Balearic Islands
All our classes include relevant field visits which take advantage of the great historical, environmental and economical characteristics of Palma de Mallorca. These hands-on interactive experiences make our classes alive, and help students connect with the local Spanish community, so they learn Spanish, history, biology, economy and tourism from direct exposure to Palma de Mallorca's heritage and current daily life.
Let us summarize here a little bit what we did:
MEDITERRANEAN MARINE ENVIRONMENT (in English)
This class includes fieldwork at coastal shores from sandy to bottom ecosystems, and visits to an aquarium, a research fishery, and Cabrera's and untouched Dragonera's islands marine national parks.
Cabrera Island (Natural National Park)
Fishery Lab in Andratx, with Professors Guillem Mateu (left) and Salud Deudero (right)
Group Final Presentations
GLOBALIZATION, HUMAN MIGRATION AND TOURISM (in English)
Students learn how tourism relates to migration through history, theory and practice. The class addresses questions such as how is everyday life managed in tourist destinations, taking into account the latest academic discussions in the subject.
As part of the class, students visit a tourist destination such as Magaluf, the Mecca of mass tourism, most probably the most well-known Spanish resort in the United Kingdom, in order to get to know the ins and outs of a tourist destination first hand.
One street in Magaluf
Presentation during a visit to a hotel
This field trip to Magaluf involved observing businesses and the interactions among tourists and workers, all in all delving into how the global fashions the local anew.
Visit to Hotel Sol Wave House (flowboarding and innovative experience-hotel)
With Professor Marc Morell in front of one of the hotels of the area
The visit also included a brief talk at the tourist information office where students got to know in more detail how the resort has evolved through time and which are its future prospects.
A second field trip was to the historic centre of Palma, the capital of Mallorca and of the Balearic Islands. The aim of this visit was to show how tourism morphs the city, how the centre became such and what makes it historic.
Students were able to compare its monumental core with its more humble margins and learnt how tourism relates to city planning and heritage conservation.
Students were able to gain insights from an informal talk with active residents who manage their everyday life within such a highly touristy context.
The last visit of this class, provided a taste of the countryside. Students visited Mallorca's hinterland, normally portrayed as one of the last unspoiled pisturesque territories of the Island.
The tour consisted of a mishmash of contrasting experiences such as walking through villages of the area, dropping by a market, meeting local organic producers, and even visiting the birthplace of Juniper Serra, the founder friar of the mission chain in nowadays California.
Students enjoyed visiting the Finca of Son Real, on a wide virgin coastal area in the North of Mallorca with an impressive necropolis with remains dating back to 7th century BC.
At the end of the day, students were able to figure out whether or not the initial truism holds.
PALMA IN THE MEDITERRANEAN (in Spanish)
In this class, students analyze Palma as one model of Mediterranean city. Special attention is paid to the evolution of the city in the history of Mallorca, from prehistoric times to our days.
On one side, the class explores the natural heritage, such as Tramuntana Mountain Range and little villages, recently declared Natural and Historical World Heritage Site.
Class visit to Estellencs, a village in Sierra de Tramuntana
On the other side, the class discovers the cultural heritage through the traditions, celebrations, gastronomy and markets of the island.
Students learnt to cook traditional Mallorcan recipes
and of course got to eat them (Professor Toni Vives on the left)
Students doing an internship at Brujula Technology Solutions, and at Hotel Tryp Bosque from Melia Hotels, did their final presentations and explained how what they did and learnt at the company.
Peter presenting about his experience at Brujula
Justin presenting about his experience at Hotel Tryp Bosque
Peter, Justin and Professor Pepi Villoslada
Every good story has an end. To celebrate a wonderful summer and say goodbye to everybody, what a better way than eating Mediterranean food by the Mediterranean Sea.
The whole group
Students, Guardian Angels and Professors
Only students and Guardian Angels
Only professors and staff (Susan Estay, Resident Coordinator, on the left, and Antonia Ferriol, Resident Director, the second on the right)
Have a nice summer, from our Palma's Cathedral
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