Spain, Barcelona

How Cities Bounce Back from a Terror Attack: Barcelona (Spain) as an Experience

when 15 July 2019 - 2 August 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 840

Cities are the new frontline of terrorism, especially those which are important touristic destinations. The main purpose of today’s terrorists is not only to target civilians and spread fear, but also to turn city residents against each other and to negatively impact on the economy of the city. The first massive attacks in New York (2001), Madrid (2004), and Tunis (2015) generated confusion and doubts in the way of responding to terror. Cities were “unprepared” and had little experience in recovering from such sad experiences. However, at least after the terrorist attack in Bataclan (Paris, 2015) during a concert we know that terrorist attacks are very diverse in terms of location, impact and the perpetrators. Furthermore, we can learn further on the ways a city recovers from such terror.

Course leader

Ingeborg Porcar, Alicia Álvarez and other professionals from the Public Health System and the Crisis Response Teams.
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona/ Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)

Target group

The UAB Barcelona Summer School is open to standing local and international undergraduates and graduates students. International students who have been accomplished the first year of their undergraduate or at least the 50% of their first year credits at their home university could also be enroled at the programme. A working knowledge of the language instruction is highly recommended.

Course aim

This course defends two theses. The first claims that terrorist attacks against civilian targets in very touristy cities have become a fearsome reality that has an impact not only on emotional well-being, but also on economy and social cohesion. The second thesis claims that the way in which a city recovers from a terrorist attack depends directly on how it has prepared itself for these types of incidents and on a multidisciplinary approach to the recovery process, including the citizens of the attacked city themselves. In this course you will be trained on an integrative model that will allow you to prepare your city or community to manage a future event involving multiple victims, and to understand the keys to a good recovery if this incident finally happens.

Credits info

6 EC
All subjects are accredited with 6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) that your university might transfer to you own degree programme (depending on your home university’s regulations), especially if it has a mobility programme in place with the UAB.

Fee info

EUR 840: Full course's registration fee