Heredia, Costa Rica
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Heredia Courses - 2019 Summer Sessions I & II

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. Miguel Gonzales | University on Nevada, Las Vegas

Course offered:

Miguel Gonzales is an assistant professor at UNLV. He earned his Ed.D. in educational leadership from the University of Southern California. Miguel is a former traditional and charter school administrator from California. He has also completed research in Costa Rica regarding educational leadership practices in implementing Science and Technology fairs.

Session II

Dr. Erin Stiles | University of Nevada, Reno

Course offered:

Erin Stiles in an anthropologist who studies the intersections of religion, gender, and law. Her passion for international education developed when she studied in Jerusalem as an undergraduate. As an anthropologist, she has done extensive research on religion and law in Tanzania, and has studied gendered religious experiences in Utah.

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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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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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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Gender and Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean

Summer Session II (Anthropology, Women's Studies / Gender Studies; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course introduces students to the relationship between gender and culture, using many ethnographic case studies from Latin America and the Caribbean; our major case study focuses on gender and sexuality in Costa Rica. We will begin the course with an examination of gender as a cultural construct and explore different theories of gender from anthropology and related fields. Then, through various cases studies, we will examine how people perform, represent, and think about gender in different cultural contexts, with a primary focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.

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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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Leadership and Organizations in the 21st Century

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

James Kouzes, author of The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, once said, “Leading by example is more effective than leading by command”. This course is an introduction to general theories of leadership and organizational systems. Through dynamic interactions between the instructor, students and other experiences, each student should develop a holistic philosophical and theoretical leadership framework. In addition, this course will examine practical ways to incorporate leadership theories and traits into work and life. It will also require personal curiosity and reflection from students as they discover their own leadership traits.

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Medical Spanish

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

Optional three-credit course that is designed for students who would like to broaden their knowledge of Spanish in health care situations. The course merges grammar and specialized medical terminology needed to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients in a variety of simulated medical situations, which doctors, technicians, nurses, and EMTs, among others, may experience. Students will gain a vast knowledge of medical Spanish terminology, cultural aspects of medicine, and a confidence in using Spanish both spoken and written.

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