My name is Patty Gannon, and I am currently studying abroad in Barcelona at UPF. I am in a class at UPF that is called The Collectivity Revolution. The class is filled with students from Spain, Indonesia, Japan, and the United States. As I am wrapping up this course, I figured it would be informative to future students to share my experience.
The syllabus states: “The course in all, will underpin examples of COLLECTIVE initiatives and organizational trends occurring in the context of an ultra-highly CONNECTED global society, that can no longer solve the challenges of the 21st Century through singled-out efforts, or based solely on “individual” strengths and values.” The holistic approach to this course allows each day we meet in person to discuss a new and exciting topic about our collective and connected world. Aside from the course content, my favorite part is the dynamic of the class setting. At the beginning of this course, we were randomly assigned to groups. We were assigned a team presentation that consisted of collaborating about any social movement or organization that works towards furthering collectivity in any aspect of our society. My group decided to present the importance of the Murder and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls movement. The topic was relevant today with the discussion of the “missing white woman syndrome” and how both the media and federal/state governments lack support for the indigenous communities in the United States. These presentations demonstrated that although we are a very globalized and collective world today, we still have a long way to go.
My takeaway from this course was to sit among a wide range of people from different backgrounds and varying perspectives to discuss the global challenges of today and the collective responsibilities we hold. Our professor pushes us to challenge today’s social norms and questions the best way to have a collective world. The syllabus allows us to branch in any direction we wish. For both of our projects, the team presentation, and the final paper, we get to choose our topic depending on our passions and opinions on furthering globalization through society, economics, and technology.
I would recommend taking this course. Every class I have taken at UPF has been excellent. I have truly enjoyed studying at this university, and I hope future students enjoy this opportunity to further their studies in Barcelona at UPF.
Patricia is a Fall 2021 Barcelona student from Swarthmore College.