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Spain: From Surveillance to Sousveillance


Surveillance, looking from above, is the right to inspect exercised by the society of control that cross-cuts CCTV cameras, biometrics, drone planes, border checkpoints, Amazon-Facebook algorithms, architectural design and the fashioning of historical memory and forgetfulness. Sousveillance, looking from below, generates visual resistance and cultural counter-memory through mobile personal media, on-line activism, street art, urban subcultures and alternative archives that dramatize social inequities and human rights violations. The two gazes now watch each other. They pose the act of looking itself as an intervention that transforms what is seen. The city of Madrid will be re-mapped as a laboratory of conflicting visual history and visual politics through field trips to the Prado and other museums, architectural walks, social activist and artist squats (centros sociales okupados) immigrant rights centers, the visual archives of the Spanish Civil War Memory Project and street art and graffiti tours.


Madrid, Spain

Program Dates:

January 6 - 18, 2020

Application Deadlines:

As of December 6th, this program is closed and no longer accepting applications.

Who Can Participate:
  • NYU graduate students NYU undergraduate seniors who have:

    • 96+ earned credits by course start date
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their adviser
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution
Related Areas of Study:
  • International Education
  • Human Rights
  • Media, Culture, and Communication
  • Politics
  • Sociology

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


MCC-GE.2386.095 (Class # 22524)Topics in Globalization: Surveillance - 4 credits

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

Sample Syllabus


Allen Feldman, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communications

  • Steinhardt Graduate Tuition Fee (4 credits) -$7,180     
  • Graduate Registration and Services Fees - $722
  • Housing Fee - $700         
  • Activity Fee - $400          
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included

Estimated Direct Cost Total - $9,002

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchase of transportation and airfare to/from program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students are responsible for their own accommodations for travel beyond the program dates. 

Students will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakHipmunkVayamaGoogle Flights and Student Universe for student rates.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs using available online resources. Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Spring 2020.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities.


Students will be staying in shared occupancy rooms.
Accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. 

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa: US citizens require a valid passport and do not require a visa for visits to Spain of less than six months in duration. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

Helpful links: US State DepartmentCenter for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide

Weather: Temperatures during January in Madrid range from an average low of 37ºF to an average high of 50ºF.

Student Resources:

Visit the Steinhardt Study Abroad Resources website and get a head start on preparing for your study abroad program experience.


Visit the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page.

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