Heredia, Costa Rica
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Course Information

Heredia, Costa Rica | 2018-19 Yearlong

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Academics

You will enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of a language track plus electives in environmental and Latin America studies. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

Spanish Language Tracks

USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks in which courses are taught sequentially (back to back) within one semester. If you have already taken the first course in a track, you do not have to take it again for credit, but you must audit it to be prepared for success at the next level. Language courses are small and typically have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each.

Track I (14 credits total)—Prerequisite: none

Track II (12 credits total)—Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

Track III (9 credits total)—Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

Track IV (6 credits total)—Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish

Fall Semester

Language and Literature Electives

Taught in Spanish

Latin American and Ecological Studies

Courses are taught in English unless noted in Spanish; courses taught in Spanish are for students in Track III or above unless otherwise indicated.

Spring Semester

Language and Literature Electives

Taught in Spanish

Latin American and Ecological Studies

Courses are taught in English unless noted in Spanish; courses taught in Spanish are for students in Track III or above unless otherwise indicated.

Field Studies

Deepen your academic experience through the optional Cuba Field Study which helps you explore the historical, cultural, and natural features of the region. Students who enroll in this 1-credit course will select a particular topic of interest to examine as part of the field study, and complete a research paper drawing from their field study experience as well as from additional readings, research, and written assignments.

Internships

USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. Students are placed in a Spanish-speaking environment, with high exposure to culture and language, and must be able to communicate at an advanced language level. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses.

Internship opportunities fall into broad categories; previous placements have included: Spanish/English language at Universidad Nacional, a downtown Heredia hotel, a Biodiversity Park outside of Heredia, UNA’s History Museum, and in sustainable programs. Other internship sites are possible. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview onsite with the internship sponsor.

Eligibility: enrollment in the Heredia program, a minimum GPA of 3.0, and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $100 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Spring Semester:

Dr. Matthew Hansen | Boise State University

Courses offered:

Dr. Hansen specializes in English Renaissance Literature and particularly Drama. His innovative teaching challenges students to meld the creative and the critical, the personal and the analytical. His scholarly work focuses heavily on the use of service-learning pedagogy and on issues related to Shakespeare, social justice, and community literacy.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Spanish I

Fall (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

Este curso de español de nivel avanzado ha sido diseñado para alumnos que ya hayan completado tres años de español y, aunque no presenten problemas de comunicación para realizar tareas cotidianas, precisen perfeccionar su control sobre los diferentes registros del español oral y escrito. Asimismo, este curso ofrece a los alumnos a la oportunidad de ampliar su vocabulario en ámbitos más específicos y técnicos y de mejorar la precisión gramatical en su producción tanto oral como escrita.

This advanced level course of Spanish has been designed for students who have completed three years of Spanish and although they may manage in completing daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course offers the students the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve their grammatical accuracy in oral and written production.

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Advanced Spanish II

Fall (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

El curso Español Avanzado II (SPN 411) ha sido diseñado para alumnos que ya hayan completado más de tres años de español y, aunque no presenten problemas de comunicación para realizar tareas cotidianas, precisen perfeccionar su control sobre los diferentes registros del español oral y escrito. Asimismo, este curso le ofrece al alumno la oportunidad de mejorar la coherencia y cohesión de su producción tanto oral como escrita y su corrección gramatical.

Advanced Spanish II (SPN 411) has been designed for students who have completed more than three years of Spanish and although they may manage in daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course will offer them the opportunity to enhance the coherence and cohesion of their production, and to improve their grammatical accuracy.

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Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics

Fall (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed as a writing workshop for students with an advanced-superior level of Spanish. Its final goal is that the student develops personal and effective writing strategies. The composing process is broken down into different stages: an analysis of the communicative situation, brain storming, idea organization, composing, proofreading, editing and evaluating.

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Business Spanish

Spring (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

The use of Spanish in a business environment involves using variables as language develops in specific contexts. Thus, the dynamics in this course will enrich vocabulary within specific semantic fields related to business methods and therefore will be essential to student's immersion in public spaces in commercial transactions.

El uso del español en un ámbito comercial involucra variables de uso en tanto se desarrolla el lenguaje en contextos específicos. Así, la dinámica en este curso pretende enriquecer el léxico dentro de campos semánticos específicos relacionados con modos comerciales y por esta razón será fundamental la inmersión del estudiante en espacios públicos de transacciones comerciales.

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Cuba Field Study: History and Society

Fall (Anthropology, History, Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Anthropology, History, Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)

Cuba was a key factor in the colonial Americas—its history exemplifying the impact of slavery and imperialism. Physically close but politically isolated from the United States, Cuba was also pivotal in twentieth-century events impacting the US, from the Spanish-American War to the Cuban Missile Crisis. As a result, Cuba has maintained a cultural and mythic presence in the history of the US and surrounding region. The Cuba Field Study course will give you the opportunity to experience the layers of history and culture in Cuba firsthand—the past, present, and future realities of Cuban society and its fusion of Spanish, African, and American flavors to create a rich culture all its own. The Cuba Field Study offers an unmatched opportunity to visit this enchanting island and culture, and provides a rich layer of understanding to your time living and studying in Costa Rica and Latin America by examining the contrasts and similarities between two former Spanish colonies and their histories since independence.

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Dances of Latin America

Fall (Dance; 100-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Dance; 100-level; 1 credit)

The Latin American Dances class is addressed to those students who enjoy dancing and want to learn how to relate traditional Latin American dances like “Cha chachá”, “Son”, “Bolero” “Merengue”, “Salsa”, “Guaracha”, “Cumbia” and so on. At the same time, the students have the chance to practice Spanish and become more acquainted with the Latin American culture.

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Elementary Spanish I

Fall (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)

Elementary Spanish I is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have not taken any Spanish courses at college-level before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Spanish to acquire basic communicative competence by providing the opportunities to develop the basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing. The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential.

Español Inicial I es un curso de lengua de cuatro créditos para alumnos que están matriculados en USAC y no hayan realizado nunca cursos de español a nivel universitario. Está diseñado para ayudar a los alumnos de español como lengua extranjera a adquirir una competencia comunicativa básica, ofreciendo oportunidades para desarrollar las habilidades básicas de la lengua: oír, hablar, interactuar, leer y escribir. El énfasis principal de este curso está en la comunicación y por lo tanto, la asistencia a clase es esencial.

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Elementary Spanish II

Fall (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)

Elementary Spanish II is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have taken one course of Spanish at college-level or its equivalent before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Spanish to acquire basic communicative competence. It provides opportunities for the development of the basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing. The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential.

El curso de Español Elemental II de cuatro créditos está dirigido a alumnos que se matriculen en USAC y que hayan completado un curso de español en la universidad o su equivalente. Está diseñado para ayudar a los hablantes no nativos de español a desarrollar su competencia comunicativa. Ofrece oportunidades para desarrollar las habilidades básicas de la lengua: escuchar, hablar, interactuar, leer y escribir. El énfasis principial de este curso es la comunicación, por lo que la asistencia a clase es esencial.

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Food and Travel Writing

Spring (English, Journalism; 300-level; 3 credits)

Opportunities to write about travel and food – either as a hobby or a profession – abound. This course will allow for the creative exploration either purely in words or, in all likelihood, through both words and lived experience to explore new places, new cultures, and new foods with a critical, creative, writer’s eye. We’ll read some great models of food and travel writing, write about our own travel experiences, and experiment with some new foods in order to write about the experience of creating and or consuming them.

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Government and Politics in Latin America

Fall (Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)
Fall (Political Science; 600-level; 3 credits)

Politics in Latin America have been changing constantly, according different events that have been happened in its societies. During and after World War II, Latin America and the Caribbean have passed in different behavioral politics, according US foreign policy; but not only the United States intervened on internal issues of each states and governments in the whole region, also former USSR and some Middle East countries (such as Israel) were part of the dynamics of political changes in Latin America and the Caribbean. Besides, the region had been involved in different kinds of wars like revolutionary and contra-revolutionary movements financed by United States and former Soviet Union. Dictatorships, coups d’état, torture and continuous violations of human rights have been arising in South and Central America as well as in the Caribbean.

After the collapse of the “ancient regime” (the Post Cold War period) in the world, secular democracy “returned” to Latin America and the Caribbean region. A new political concept became part of modern analysis as “governance”, culture of peace and democracy by electoral processes promoted societies to vote for a new government. The modern political leaders and modern societies in Latin America and the Caribbean face the difference between “representative democracy” and “participative democracy”. But the question about democracies solved the problems in the region tends to be more and more questioned by political instability increase in modern Latin American and the Caribbean states.

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Intermediate Spanish I

Fall (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)

Español Intermedio I es un curso de tres créditos dirigido a alumnos que hayan completado un año de español en la universidad o cursos equivalentes. En este curso los alumnos aprenderán a narrar en los principales marcos temporales, así como a reconocer los usos del subjuntivo para la expresión de diferentes grados de certeza, de deseos y de consejos.

Intermediate Spanish I is a three-credit course offered to students who have completed a year of college Spanish or its equivalent. In this course, the students will learn to narrate in the main time-frames, as well as to recognize the different uses of the subjunctive mood in the expression of different degrees of certainty, of wishes and of advices.

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Intermediate Spanish II

Fall (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)

Intermedio II es un curso diseñado para alumnos que hayan completado un año y medio de español en la universidad o cursos equivalentes y quieran aprender a utilizar la lengua con mayor complejidad sintáctica y corrección gramatical que en cursos anteriores, haciendo especial énfasis en el cambio de marcos temporales y en la expresión de hipótesis y de diferentes grados de certeza.

Intermediate II is a course designed for students who have completed a year and a half of college Spanish or its equivalent and want to learn how to use the language with increasing syntactic complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

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International Political Economy: North-South Relations

Spring (Economics, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

The emphasis will be to establish particularities of the development of Latin America since 1950 until our days, and the relations North-South. The course will approach general processes as well as particular processes and some cases studies.

El énfasis se dirigirá a establecer las peculiaridades del desarrollo de América Latina desde 1950 hasta nuestros días, así como sus relaciones Norte – Sur. Se abordará, tanto procesos generales, como particulares y algunos estudios de caso.i

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Introduction to Conservation Biology

Spring (Biology, Environmental Science; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course is intended to give students a firsthand knowledge of conservation biology. It does so in the context of an intensive foreign study tour in Costa Rica.

We will discuss definitions, values, threats, and approaches to conservation of biodiversity. Although this is a conservation biology course, we will also be examining the social, economic, and political aspects of conservation, as well our own personal roles in using and protecting biodiversity and our environment.

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Introduction to Conservation Biology Field Study

Spring (Biology; 200-level; 1 credit)

Description not available at this time.

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Introduction to Tropical Ecology

Fall (Biology; 200-level; 3 credits)

Tropical ecology is the relationship between plants and animals in a tropical environment (in a tropical zone). Tropical zones are distinguished because they occur in the latitudes that lay between the tropic of Cancer and the tropic of Capricorn. These tropical latitudes have distinct physical, climatic, and unique biotic characteristics. As a result, tropical ecosystems are among the most diverse in the world. Tropical ecosystems are very diverse and encompass rainforests, dry deciduous forests, highland forests, paramos, coastal areas, spiny forests, deserts and other habitat types. Each one of these ecosystems has a unique species composition and ecological relationships among them. Thus, studying tropical ecology is essential to understand the modern ecology. Moreover, since 1980, 288 million hectares (21%) of tropical forest areas have been deforested, while the population in tropical countries has nearly doubled. The study of tropical ecosystems cannot be detached from conservation. The best way to ensure that these ecosystems will be conserved is to provide future generations with the proper theoretical, practical, and critical skills related to these special ecosystems and their conservation. This course will introduce students to tropical ecosystems and their general characteristics, focusing on the ecological and evolutionary relationships found in tropics. Students will also learn about some of the tropical research done in Costa Rica and other regions. This class will also explore the unique characteristics of several of the ecosystems found within the tropics and compare species found in different tropical regions. Students will also contrast between the diversity found in tropical regions with those found in temperate regions. The course will finish by studying the ecosystem services provided by tropical ecosystems. Students will explore how do tropical ecosystems impact on the temperate regions and what is needed to conserve these ecosystems. The course will also have a strong experimental component and students will learn how to develop experiments to answer ecological questions and how to employ simple statistical analyses to test hypothesis.

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Introduction to Tropical Ecology Field Study

Fall (Biology; 200-level; 1 credit)

Description not available at this time.

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Introduction to Tropical Plant Biodiversity

Spring (Biology; 200-level; 3 credits)

Plants and people have a long history, and plants have played an integral role in shaping human nature and cultures. This class is an exploration of the methods by which humans have adapted to their local environments through the production and use of plants. It will also examine traditional plant production and uses of plants (e.g. food, materials, fuels, medicines, gene sources, and social purposes) and explore the chemistries, natural occurrences, and functions of the materials in nature. In the first section of the class, we will learn biological characteristics of plants from an ecological and evolutionary perspective. We will then establish the link between humans and plants as we look into the domestication process, and then explore the diversity of plants used by humans and some of their uses. We will then examine the current situation of plant communities and the future ecological, economic, and social implications of this dependency in light of rapidly increasing loss of plant biodiversity and habitats; and finish by discussing cross cutting issues related to current plant use. The class will have an emphasis on the plant and food systems of Costa Rica.

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Introduction to Tropical Plant Biodiversity Field Study

Spring (Biology; 200-level; 1 credit)

Description not available at this time.

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Latin America and its Cultures

Fall (Anthropology, History, Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Fall (Anthropology, History, Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Anthropology, History, Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Anthropology, History, Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course provides an overview of those cultural patterns that define what we call “Latin American Civilization”. The different Latin American regions will be analyzed giving special emphasis to the Costa Rican culture. The course provides an introduction to these cultures, first from a historical point of view and then from a more contemporary perspective. Particular emphasis will be given to present day Costa Rica’s way of life, education, gender, traditions, religion and other cultural manifestations.

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Latin America and its Cultures Field Study

Fall (Anthropology, History, Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Anthropology, History, Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)

The course aims to provide students with an in situ knowledge of socio-cultural perspective of Costa Rica in Spanish America.

The "field trips" focus to visit sites of archaeological, cultural and social where students have the opportunity to interact and observe the country's cultural evolution.

El curso busca proporcionar a los estudiantes un conocimiento in situ del desarrollo socio-cultural de Costa Rica en perspectiva hispanoamericana.

Las “giras de campo” se centran a la visita de sitios de interés arqueológico, cultural y social donde el estudiante tiene la posibilidad de interactuar y observar el devenir cultural del país.

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Latin American Cuisine

Fall (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)

The Latin American Cuisine class is addressed to those students who enjoy cooking and want to learn how to prepare traditional Latin American dishes like “ceviche”, “picadillo”, “empanadas”, “tres leches”, and so on. At the same time, the students have the chance to practice Spanish and become more acquainted with the Latin American culture.

This is a program that changes depending of the time of the year and the products available in the market. For that reason, the menu varies every session. The dishes are based on beef, cereals, sea food products, homemade pasta, and dressings. Traditional Latin American cuisine does incoporate, meat, dairy, eggs, and gluten. Students with specific dietary restrictions may not be able to eat all the food prepared in class.

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Phonies, Fakes, Liars, and Conmen: Reading in Fact and Fiction

Spring (English; 300-level; 3 credits)

Finding oneself in a new place or situation allows for the opportunity to forge a new identity. This course will examine a variety of readings from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century concerned with identity, deception, desire and control as it relates to stories and the art of story-telling. Travel and the exploration of new locales will be a sub-theme of the course.

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Plants and People

Fall (Biology; 200-level; 3 credits)

Plants and people have a long history, and plants have played an integral role in shaping human nature and cultures. This class is an exploration of the methods by which humans have adapted to their local environments through the production and use of plants. It will also examine traditional plant production and uses of plants (e.g. food, materials, fuels, medicines, gene sources, and social purposes) and explore the chemistries, natural occurrences, and functions of the materials in nature. In the first section of the class, we will learn biological characteristics of plants from an ecological and evolutionary perspective. We will then establish the link between humans and plants as we look into the domestication process, and then explore the diversity of plants used by humans and some of their uses. We will then examine the current situation of plant communities and the future ecological, economic, and social implications of this dependency in light of rapidly increasing loss of plant biodiversity and habitats; and finish by discussing cross cutting issues related to current plant use. The class will have an emphasis on the plant and food systems of Costa Rica.

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Plants and People Field Study

Fall (Biology; 200-level; 1 credit)

Description not available at this time.

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Spanish Composition I

Fall (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

Este es un curso de tercer año de español para alumnos que ya han completado dos años de español en la universidad o su equivalente. El peso del curso recae en mejorar las habilidades escritas de los alumnos, con el análisis primero y la producción después, de diferentes tipos de textos. Asimismo, se revisarán una serie de puntos gramaticales con objeto de ir ampliando y afinando la competencia gramatical de los alumnos. La lectura extensiva de una novela corta acompañará y hará de refuerzo de la instrucción recibida.

This is a third year couse for students who have completed two years of Spanish at the college level or their equivalent. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a short novel will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

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Spanish Composition II

Fall (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

Composition II is a third year course for students who have completed five semesters of Spanish at the college level or their equivalent. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of short stories will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

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Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills

Fall (300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (300-level; 3 credits)

Optional three-credit course that complements the development of linguistic competences facilitated at the two/three-hundred level courses, focusing in the oral skills in particular.

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Survey of Art I: Pre-Columbian Art and Cultures

Fall (Art; 200-level; 3 credits)

It is intended that the students know and understand the variety of the cultural history of human occupation before the first American contact with Europeans. To do this, we will study topics such as the antiquity of man in America and the artistic and intellectual achievements.

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Survey of Art II: Colonial Period to the Present

Spring (Art; 200-level; 3 credits)

Once Spain conquered and subdued the indigenous peoples of America, Spaniards proceeded to eliminate the cultural manifestations of pre-columbian cultures. Instead, they implemented in short the cultural elements of Spain in the New World. It is clear that many elements and traditions of indigenous cultures survived. However, in most cases indigenous people intermingled with Iberian traits forming a syncretic culture in America.

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Survey of Latin American Literature I

Fall (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course includes an overview of some of the leading Spanish-American literary works written from pre-Columbian times to the late nineteenth century. Among these works are: native American voices, the chronicles of the conquest, colonial literature, literature of the enlightenment and romanticism.

During the course, we will make a brief study of these works and their authors: Mayas, Aztecas, Incas, Cristóbal Colón, Las Casas, El Inca Gracilaso, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, José Fernández de Lizardi, Esteban Echeverría y Ricardo Palma. We also take a look at the historical context in which the various works were developed. This study is carried out through reading comprehension, analysis, discussion and investigation of different literary texts, poems and short stories of Latin American literature before the twentieth century.

Este curso comprende una visión panorámica de algunas de las principales obras literarias hispanoamericanas escritas desde la época precolombina hasta finales del siglo XIX. Entre estas obras tenemos: Voces amerindias, Las crónicas de la conquista, Literatura colonial, Literatura de la Ilustración y el Romanticismo

Durante el curso realizaremos un estudio somero de estas obras y de sus respectivos autores: Mayas, Aztecas, Incas, Cristóbal Colón, Las Casas, El Inca Gracilaso, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, José Fernández de Lizardi, Esteban Echeverría y Ricardo Palma. También echamos un vistazo al contexto historico en el cual las diferentes obras se desarrollaron. Dicho estudio se lleva a cabo a través de la comprensión de lectura, el análisis, la discusión y la investigación de diferentes textos literarios, poemas y cuentos de la literatura hispanoamericana anterior al siglo XX.

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Survey of Latin American Literature II

Spring (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

Systematic revision of the most important authors of the 20th century starting from the period of the Latin American Vanguard (20´s). The texts selected point towards showing the aesthetic tendencies as well as formal and ideological components that characterize each of the works produced by the following authors: Vicente Huidobro, Alejo Carpentier, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Marquez, Gabriela Mistral, Juan Rulfo, Julio Cortázar, Pablo Neruda and Vargas Llosa among others. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Latin American Cinema

Spring (Art, Film, Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

To study the identity of Latin America should take into account not only historical facts, but also the various expressions of thought and the form people take these expressions to understand its significance.

The course allows a journey in search for roots and contradictions inherent in the process of construction of American identity. On this journey we want to have a global perspective, but at the same time, it is important not to lose sight of the specificity of our continent. Similarly, the reading that go along with the films includes discussion of the changes and how it affects the majority of Latin Americans

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Latin American Novel

Spring (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

This is an overview of some key Hispanic literary works written in the late nineteenth and twentieth century. Novel, as a complex genre, requires the assimilation of basic concepts of literary theory and its role in society. Later on, we will have critical analysis of samples of the Latin American novel of the Twentieth Century that develop several conflicts in the following dynamics: economic, social, political, gender, among others.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Latin American Poetry

Spring (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

Presents a clear and thorough study of Latin American poetry from the period of the Vanguards (20's) until the present, taking into account its diversity and experimentation. Students will study the texts within the historical context in which they were written. A variety of authors from Central and South America will be discussed. Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Latin American Theatre

Fall (Spanish, Theater; 400-level; 3 credits)

The course offers to students a general understanding of the historical development of theater in Latin America in the twentieth century, and its trends today.

Also reading will focus on dramatic texts as well as to examine their contribution to theatrical activity as part of the processes of Latin American cultural history. Emphasis will be placed in a series of theoretical and historical parameters that will guide the analysis of the works.

El curso busca proporcionar a los estudiantes un conocimiento general del desarrollo histórico del teatro en América Latina en el siglo XX, así como sus tendencias en la actualidad.

Además se centrará en la lectura de textos dramáticos y se examinará su aporte a la actividad teatral como parte de los procesos de la cultura histórica latinoamericana. Se hará especial hincapié en una serie de parámetros teóricos e históricos que servirán para orientar el análisis de las obras.

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Water in Tropical Landscapes

Fall (Biology, Geography; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Biology, Geography; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course aims to analyze fundamental aspects of the water cycle from a tropical perspective. Tropical landscapes are complex so is water movement across them. The unique topographic features of Costa Rica from high ‘Cordilleras’ on the Pacific side to extensive Caribbean lowlands provide a natural laboratory to study hydrological processes. This class will combine classroom sessions with exploratory field visits providing as well a unique hands-on cultural learning experience.

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Water in Tropical Landscapes Field Study

Fall (Biology, Geography; 300-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Biology, Geography; 300-level; 1 credit)

Description not available at this time.

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