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Summer in Spain: Sociology & Positive Psychology

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Program Overview:  

Explore the beautiful cities of Barcelona & Madrid while learning about youth and psychology.  Guided by Professors Darlene Pina (Sociology) and Emily Merryweather (Psychology), students will have first-hand experiences with youth culture as well as opportunities to examine the history and culture of these important locations.

For students enrolling Sociology, Youth & Society, you will:

  • Study the social position of youth in Spanish society, both past and present through visits to various youth organizations
  • Examine the institutions that socialize and control youth, including government, education, and employment
  • Learn about youth subcultures and immigrant experiences through guest lectures such as "Spanish Youth in Barcelona: Ethnic Diversity and Inequalities" offered by Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona
  • Observe Spanish customs for youth regarding friendship, dating, and family relationships

For students enrolling in Positive Psychology:

This course will emphasize the study of Positive Psychology around four distinct areas as they relate to well-being: resilience, cultural identity, spirituality, and community engagement. In order to emphasize the four pillars of the course, students will participate in activities and tours that connect them to the people of Spain through their unique culture with food tastings, walking tours, and cultural site visits.

Positive Psychology students will:

  • Meet with a psychotherapist who works with a collaborative such as Mind & Soul, helping clients turn the challenges in their lives into opportunities for growth
  • Visit Mindfulness Madrid to learn mindfulness practice to reduce stress and improve focus
  • Hear guest lectures from professors from Universitat de Barcelona and Universidad Europea de Madrid
  • Study Spanish culture, traditions, celebrations & customs through various tours/lessons

Program Excursions: 


  • Attend lectures by local experts on topics related to youth subcultures and immigrant groups in Barcelona and Madrid as well as social, economic, and educational policies affecting youth
  • Meet with youth organizations such as Nexes, a youth leadership program and non-profit


  • Guest lectures on Behavioral Science, Spanish Culture & Traditions
  • Latin dance lesson

ALL Students:

  • Take guided walks through Barcelona and Madrid's historic city centers as well as some well know districts such as the Eixample in Barcelona and the Malasana in Madrid
  • Visit Park Guell & the Sagrada Familia (Barcelona) and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and the Royal Palace (Madrid)
  • Welcome & farewell dinners (the final one will be a Flamenco show!)
  • Spanish cooking class!

Academic Calendar:  

June 6-18, 2022

Academic Focus:  

  • Sociology (SOC) 317: Youth & Society; Satisfies Upper-Division General Education requirement in the Social Sciences for students with 60 units or more (3 units of UDGE DD credit)
    OR 3 units of GE credit in Lifelong Learning (E) in which 60 units is not required. 
  • For students who have already taken SOC 317 at CSUSM, 3 units of elective credit is available through SOC 498C.


  • Psychology (PSYC) 344:  Positive Psychology; Satisfies Upper-Division elective in Psychology and Applied Psychology requirement
  • For studets who have already taken PSYC 344, 3 units of elective credit is available through PSYC 498C

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  • Class level: Open to all students. Students seeking Upper Division GE credit for SOC 317 must clear 60 units prior to taking this course.
  • GPA: 2.75 and above; good academic standing prior to departure


3 units, SOC 317, Area E credit, or SOC 498C


3 units, PSYC 344 or PSYC 498C


Shared twin rooms at the 4-star Hotel Madanis in Barcelona and shared twin rooms at the 3-star Leonardo Hotel Madrid City Center in Madrid.

Estimated Cost*:

$3,200* + Extended Learning Fees, estimated at $597 for 3 units

All fees include 6 nights shared accommodation in twin rooms in Barcelona; 5 nights shared accommodation in twin rooms in Madrid; daily breakfast; welcome and farewell dinners; public transportation pass for Barcelona & Madrid; train tickets from Barcelona to Madrid; all excursions and medical insurance. Airfare and personal expenditures NOT included in the program cost, estimated at $1,400-$1,700.

*Final program price is contingent upon enrollment and currency fluctuation. Global Education will finalize the final payment with registered participants before the due date to hopefully offer a reduced fee.

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To Apply:

  1. Attend a required information session led by the Program Leader running your course: Dr. Darlene Pina ( for Sociology and Professor Emily Merryweather ( for Psychology.
  2. Fill out the online application materials via the link below.   All application materials must be completed by Monday, February 14 along with your non-refundable $500 deposit.  Online payment preferred through CashNet.  Please be advised to choose E-check and enter your checking account details to avoid the 2.65% convenience fees applicable to all non-checking account payments. Cash, checks, and money orders made payable to CSUSM will also be accepted via the Cashier's Office in Cougar Central, but must include this deposit form to track the payment.
  3. Second payment of $500 is due on Monday, March 14, following the payment guidelines outlined above.  Payment of tuition related expenses (estimated at $597) will be billed by Extended Learning and appear on your Student Center, following the payment guidelines set out for Summer Session.  
  4. Final payment of program fees will be due by Friday, April 15.  Please await an email from Global Education noting final payment due as we hope to offer a small discount if currency remains favorable.
  5. Submit your flight details to Global Education here:  Flight Information Form
  6. Attend mandatory pre-departure orientation with your Program Leader & Global Education to discuss arrival instructions and the upcoming course(s).  Some course requirements/sessions may take place prior to leaving, beginning in late April/early May.  

Summer in Spain: Sociology & Positive Psychology Application:

 Summer in Spain: Sociology and Positive Psychology Application

Mandatory Meet & Greet with Global Education (Both Sociology & Psychology)
Day Time Location
Thursday, February 24 12:00-1:00 PM 


Sociology Track Mandatory Orientation
Day Time Location
Tuesday, May 10 12:00-1:00 PM ACD 205
Psychology Track Mandatory Orientation
Day  Time Location
Thursday, May 12 12:00-1:00 PM Zoom: