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Heredia Courses – 2020 Summer Session 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. 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

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish100-level4 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish100-level4 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish100-level4 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish100-level4 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

    Taught in Spanish.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

    Taught in Spanish.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

    Taught in Spanish.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

    Taught in Spanish.

    Prerequisite: seven semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

    Available during Session I only.

    Taught in Spanish.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish300-level1 creditTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish300-level1 creditTaught in Spanish

    An optional two-credit course addressed to students that have already completed a year of Spanish at the elementary level and want to start participating in the oral activities that the immersion setting facilitates.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    The literary genre short story allows the study of the continuing construction of Latin American identities in its various forms: religion, economic life, food, language, politics, leisure, and clothing, among others.

    The analysis will not only be done on the country of origin of the text but will attempt to acknowledge their interaction with speeches of distant border countries.

    Students will read texts in order to get reading strategies to make detailed analysis of Latin American short stories. Later, the teacher will show examples of analysis of literary texts that serve as references for the activities assigned to the students.

    During the course, there will be individual and group analysis on literary texts as well as an evaluation to find out if the students master the main concepts for literary analysis.

    Theoretical texts will be studied in order to give to students basic reading skills to do detailed analysis of Latin American stories. Later, the teacher will show examples of analysis of literary texts that serve as references for the activities entrusted to the students later.

    El estudio del género literario cuento permite estudiar las continuas construcciones de identidades latinoamericanas en sus distintas manifestaciones: religiosa, económica, alimentaria, lingüística, política, lúdica, vestuaria, entre otras.

    La reflexión no solo se lanzará sobre el país de origen del texto, sino se intentará reconocer su interacción con discursos de países fronterizos o más distantes.

    Se estudiarán textos teóricos con el fin de contar con bases de lectura que permitan analizar detalladamente cuentos latinoamericanos. Posteriormente, el profesor mostrará ejemplos de análisis de textos literarios que sirvan de referentes para las actividades que se encomendarán posteriormente al estudiantado.

    Taught in Spanish.

    Available during Session I only.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session II
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

    Taught in Spanish.

    Available during Session II only.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish.

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

  • Summer Session I
    Dance100-level1 creditTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Dance100-level1 creditTaught in Spanish

    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 all.

  • Summer Session I
    Biology200-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course provides students the foundational knowledge for understanding the biological, chemical, and physical characteristics of tropical environments with emphasis on ecological processes. Students will spend time in the field and complete a case study as a part of this course. The purpose of each activity is to encourage young adults to become environmentally conscious and promote the maintenance of fragile ecosystems around the world.

    Taught in English.

    This course has an additional fee for field trips.

  • Summer Session I
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English/Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English/Spanish

    An introduction to a local cuisine in a hands-on kitchen environment. Authentic preparations of several local dishes will be taught. Correct cooking techniques are emphasized. Readings and lectures on local food customs and traditions will support and contextualize the cooking instruction. Students will learn about Latin American culture, and practice conversing and following instructions in the Spanish language.

    Dietary restrictions may not be accommodated.

    This course has an additional fee for materials.

  • Summer Session I
    HistorySpanishWorld Languages and Literatures300-level1 creditTaught in Spanish

    Students will learn about the history of Latin America from pre-Columbian societies to the present. This includes the discovery and conquest of America, the growth of political, social and economic institutions during the Colonial period, the independence movement in Spanish and the historical development of the leading republics since independence.

    This course will be taught in five sections: Mesoamérica Precolombina, Conquista y Colonización de América: siglos XVI – XVII y XVIII, Siglo XIX-

    La búsqueda de la identidad hispanoamericana, La cultura de la primera mitad del siglo XX, and La cultura de la segunda mitad del siglo XX y principios siglo XXI.

    Este curso comprende la historia de las culturas del continente americano, desde las sociedades precolombinas hasta nuestras naciones contemporáneas. Con el propósito de lograr una visión de conjunto del devenir histórico de ellas, hemos considerado desarrollar el curso a través de cinco unidades temáticas.

    Taught in Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    General Education400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    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.

Session II

  • Summer Session I
    Dance100-level1 creditTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Dance100-level1 creditTaught in Spanish

    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 all.

  • Summer Session II
    Biology200-level3 creditsTaught in English

    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.

    Available during Session II only.

    This course has an additional fee for field trips.

  • Summer Session II
    AnthropologyHistorySpanish200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Summer Session II
    AnthropologyHistorySpanish300-level1 creditTaught in Spanish

    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).

  • Summer Session II
    AnthropologyHistorySpanish200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Summer Session II
    AnthropologyHistorySpanish300-level1 creditTaught in Spanish

    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).

  • Summer Session I
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English/Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English/Spanish

    An introduction to a local cuisine in a hands-on kitchen environment. Authentic preparations of several local dishes will be taught. Correct cooking techniques are emphasized. Readings and lectures on local food customs and traditions will support and contextualize the cooking instruction. Students will learn about Latin American culture, and practice conversing and following instructions in the Spanish language.

    Dietary restrictions may not be accommodated.

    This course has an additional fee for materials.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

Fall/Yearlong: Cancelled

Spring: Open

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer programs: Opens 9/1

Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1

Spring: Opens 9/1

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

65 students

Instruction

English | Spanish

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