Heredia, Costa Rica
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Course Information

Heredia, Costa Rica | 2018 Summer Session I

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.

Courses

You will enroll in three to six credits in Session I and in three or four credits in Session II, plus one additional credit if enrolled in the optional Cuba field study. At least one 3-credit course is required each summer session. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

Spanish Language and Literature Studies

Summer language courses are intensive and have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills is highly recommended to complement Intermediate Spanish I to Advanced Spanish II.

Session I and Session II

Ecological and Latin American Studies

The following courses focus on the culture, environment, and ecology of Costa Rica. Courses are taught in English unless noted in Spanish; most courses taught in Spanish are appropriate for students with four or more semesters of college Spanish.

Session I

Session II

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

US Professors

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

Session I

Dr. Richard Rosecrance | California State University, Chico

Course offered:

Dr. Richard Rosecrance has been working in international agricultural development for over 25 years. He has worked for the Peace Corps on a sustainable agriculture development project, the University of the South Pacific as an agroforestry researcher and lecturer, and for Amigos de las Americas on a cow vaccination project. He received two Fulbright scholarships and is currently advising CEDECO (a NGO) focused on agricultural development in Costa Rica and South America.

Session II

Dr. Lynda Wiest | University of Nevada, Reno

Course offered:

Dr. Wiest is a professor of mathematics education and educational equity at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has received numerous awards, including the Academic Advisor Award and the prestigious Distinguished Teacher Award at the University. Dr. Wiest has published and presented her work extensively nationally and internationally.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Spanish I

Summer Session I (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

The objective of this class is to do a comprehensive revision of the most difficult grammatical points in Spanish. This will be presented through the use of theoretical and practical materials that permit the student to consolidate some of those complex grammatical aspects of the Spanish language that require frequent review and further development. Care will be taken, whenever possible, to focus on understanding and practicing their use in both the written and spoken forms of the language. Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish…

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Advanced Spanish II

Summer Session I (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

The objective of this class is to do a comprehensive revision of the most difficult grammatical points in Spanish. This will be presented through the use of theoretical and practical materials that permit the student to consolidate some of those complex grammatical aspects of the Spanish language that require frequent review and further development. Care will be taken, whenever possible, to focus on understanding and practicing their use in both the written and spoken forms of the language. Prerequisite: seven semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Cuba Field Study: History and Society

Summer Session I (Anthropology, History, Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (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

Summer Session I (Dance; 100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Dance; 100-level; 1 credit)

The objectives of this course are to understand the antecedents of Latin American dance and to learn to correctly perform folkloric and cultural dances as well as the local rhythms, such as Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and Bolero; and thus immerse the student in the social and cultural context of the area. Taught in Spanish but appropriate for everyone.

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Education Workshop/Project: Gender Issues in Education

Summer Session II (General Education; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (General Education; 600-level; 3 credits)

This course helps educators, school counselors, school administrators, policy makers, and others concerned with the field of education gain insight into gender issues in K-12 and postsecondary education in general and in specific subject areas. Attention to the role of family and community will be included. Issues addressed relate to female and male students, educators, and administrators. Although examples will be drawn from various countries, a particular focus will be placed on the host country.

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Elementary Spanish I

Summer Session I (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of Spanish grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary and useful expressions are studied. The goals of these courses are to build reading, writing, listening and, above all, speaking skills.

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Elementary Spanish II

Summer Session I (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills. Prerequisite: one semester of college Spanish.

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Food Forever

Summer Session I (Agriculture, Environmental Science, Geography; 300-level; 3 credits)

In this course you will see, hear, and discuss critical challenges facing food producers and consumers. You will learn about how people in Latin America and elsewhere have adapted food production systems to environments around the world, and you will understand how agriculture has evolved into the intensive, mechanized production systems that we take for granted in the United States. The ecological nature of agriculture and its impacts on the landscape are discussed. Most importantly, you will be better able to evaluate choices in your life and make informed decisions affecting your own resource use and food supply.

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Intermediate Spanish I

Summer Session I (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course emphasizes learning the structure of the Spanish language. Classes are divided into three components: grammar/vocabulary, conversation and reading/writing, each of which is related to the themes covered. A review of basic elements, such as the present tense, ser and estar, preterit and imperfect, etc. is included. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish.

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Intermediate Spanish II

Summer Session I (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)

This class continues the learning of the structure of the Spanish language. Classes are divided into three components: grammar/vocabulary, conversation and reading/writing, each of which is related to the themes covered. This level is specifically orientated towards functional and social communication, oral as well as written. Prerequisite: three semesters of college Spanish.

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Introduction to Tropical Conservation - Maintaining Biodiversity

Summer Session II (Biology; 200-level; 3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to establish a basic knowledge of what the tropics are and their importance to all of us, discuss their present status and consider the remaining options regarding their future. An additional fee of $200 is required for this course. Taught in English. (Session II)

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Introduction to Tropical Ecology

Summer Session I (Biology; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course is intended to give students a firsthand knowledge of tropical ecology and the issues surrounding conservation of biodiversity in a third world country. It does so in the context of an intensive foreign study tour in Costa Rica. An additional fee of $200 is required for this course. Taught in English. (Session I)

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Latin America and its Cultures

Summer Session II (Anthropology, History, Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Anthropology, History, Spanish; 300-level; 1 credit)

This course is an introduction to the cultures of Latin America and their histories. Taught from a historical and contemporary society viewpoint, giving particular emphasis to present-day Costa Rica but also with other Latin American countries like Argentina, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Chile and others related to each case. Some of the topics to be discussed are: Religion, clothing, foods, music, family, the role of women, stereotypes, politics, economy and environment. This course is available in English (200 level) or Spanish (300 level).

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Latin American Cuisine

Summer Session I (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)

Description not available at this time.

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Latin American History

Summer Session I (History; 200-level; 1 credit)

Introduction to the history of Latin American Countries. We will review different key historical events that occurred in Latin America since its independence and to gain insight into its problems, politics and social realities. The role played by the United States of America in the History of the region is also reviewed. Taught in English. (Session I)

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Spanish Composition I

Summer Session I (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

Classes revolve around compositions, which the student writes almost daily. Part of the class is used to correct the compositions or exercises that the student does outside of class. New advanced grammatical topics are also introduced and exercises reinforcing the use of that element are done in class. Also, part of the class is utilized for selected readings, discussion and vocabulary building. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Spanish Composition II

Summer Session I (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

Classes revolve around compositions which the student writes almost daily. Part of the class is used to correct the compositions or exercises that the student does outside of class. New advanced grammatical topics are also introduced and exercises reinforcing the use of that element are done in class. Also, part of the class is utilized for selected readings, discussion and vocabulary building. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills

Summer Session I (300-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (300-level; 1 credit)

Description not available at this time.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Latin American Poetry

Summer Session II (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 Short Story and Essay

Summer Session I (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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