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Online Courses Courses – 2020 Summer

Online courses are taught internationally by USAC faculty located across 14 different Specialty Program sites in Europe, Asia and Latin America. The offerings below include some of our most popular courses in business, communication, health, nutrition, language, literature, the arts, international studies, and culture. Contact the USAC Enrollment Department to request a detailed syllabus at syllabus@usac.edu.

Courses

You may enroll in one or two courses during the summer session (3 or 6 credits). Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

Courses are taught in English unless noted by an asterisk "*" below.

Business and Communications

  • Summer
    General Business400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Business Ethics and Sustainability will examine the ethical issues and decisions facing us as individuals, as employees and leaders within organizations, and as a society within the global context.

    The first part of the course will broadly introduce students to ethical frameworks, dilemmas, decision making, and economic justice. The second part will cover concepts such as sustainable development, fair trade, corporate social responsibility, and social enterprise. Students will delve deeper into specific issues related to business ethics, such as ethical marketing, workplace, and globalization during the final phase of the course.

    Instructor: Michael Meallem

    Mr. Michael Meallem is the founder and director of the Centre for Social Impact at Payap University and the program manager for the EU Erasmus+ capacity-building projects at the university. Previously he was the department chair for the International Business Management program at the university’s International College. Michael holds a M.B.A from Sir John Cass Business School in London and his current teaching and research areas include Social Enterprise, Sustainable Development, Intercultural Communication and Business Ethics. For the past 8 years he has also been the project coordinator for numerous development programs delivered by the university in the ASEAN region, particularly in Myanmar, in partnership with organizations such as the USAID, International Rescue Committee, the European Union and others. Michael has lived and worked in the UK, Israel, US and Thailand and has over 20 years of business experience in management, entrepreneurship and training. m at Payap university in Chiang Mai and has extensive teaching and management experience.

    (Chiang Mai)
  • Summer
    General BusinessManagement400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    The course presents leadership, management and teamwork concepts/models that have emerged over the past years. It is conceived as a behavioral course, aiming to challenge students to apply these concepts/models through class exercises, simulations, role-plays, etc. in a dynamic and participative way.

    Prerequisite(s): Introductory course in business or management

    Instructor: Fernando Agualimpia

    Fernando Agualimpia holds an MBA plus a certificate in Finance from New Hampshire College, a PCC Coaching Certificate and has extensive experience in management training, facilitation and coaching for companies such as FCA group, Gucci, ENI, Trenitalia, and others. Fernando also was a professor at the Turin University, Faculty of Economics and has been a USAC professor since 2014.

    (Torino)
  • Summer
    EconomicsGeneral Business300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This multi-disciplinary course covers different aspects of globalization. Special attention is paid to the environmental, cultural and economic dimension of globalization-international trade and the role of multi-national corporations (MNC’s).

    The aim of the course is to help students to understand the process of globalization and its influence on the world economy. It explains the dynamics and importance of internet and mass media for fostering cross-cultural communication. The course combines theoretical approach with case studies and practical discussions. Students are expected to follow press and electronic articles to be able to participate actively.

    Instructor: Mikulas Pichanic

    Dr. Mikulas Pichanic holds a Ph.D. in International Business, Charles University (1974) and is currently an associate professor of International Management at the University of Economics, Prague. Dr. Pichanic also serves as a member of the Scientific Board, Faculty of Business Administration Charles University and the University of Economics, Prague. He has extensive experience in management consulting and teaching on global economics, international business, human resource management, business negotiation, and more and has published numerous works focusing on globalization and international business.

    (Prague)
  • Summer
    International BusinessMarketing400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course teaches students how to collect information and analyze the marketing process and to develop strategies that companies use when marketing their products in different countries. In addition, students will learn how to determine potential threats and opportunities in global environment that both local and global companies should be aware of.

    Prerequisite: marketing principles or other introductory marketing course

    Instructor: Mona Bavar

    Mona Bavar holds an MBA from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy (2005). Her professional experiences include: Finance, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Food & Wine, and Business Development. As an experienced professor, she has taught International Finance, Marketing (International & Principles of). She has also been teaching English as a second language (ESL) to business professional, as well as providing translations for over 15 years. Mona has been a USAC professor since 2012.

    (Torino)
  • Summer
    General BusinessManagement300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    The goal of this course is to provide the student with an overview of the concepts and techniques of operations management across all activities of an organization and for all types of processes. Basic methods of analysis to support decision-making will be presented.

    Instructor: Ibon Zamanillo

    Ibon holds an M.Sc. in Engineering, as well as a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering. In addition to his years of teaching for USAC and the Engineering School of Bilbao, he has eight years of experience working for firms in industries, such as automotive and electrical gear manufacturing.

    (Bilbao)
  • Summer
    General Business400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course introduces the theory and practice of the fast-growing field of social entrepreneurship.

    The course will focus on guiding students through the process of creating a social enterprise. Students will be challenged to identify solutions to social issues and then develop a business idea that both delivers social impact as well as financial returns. Students will learn how to screen solutions, develop value propositions, analyze their beneficiaries expected experience, identify required activities and capabilities necessary for delivering the promised solution, evaluate stakeholder impacts, frame and scope their venture as well as develop financial success indicators.

    The approach to developing, testing, planning and launching a new social business utilized in this course is based on the work of Professors Ian McMillan and James Thompson from the Wharton Social Entrepreneurship Program as well as the Social Business Model Canvas developed by the Asia-based innovation company, Tandemic.

    Throughout the course, students will be challenged to look beyond traditional boundaries and critically assess alternative ways of doing business that develop innovative approaches to some of today’s major social problems.

    Instructor: Michael Meallem

    Mr. Michael Meallem is the founder and director of the Centre for Social Impact at Payap University and the program manager for the EU Erasmus+ capacity-building projects at the university. Previously he was the department chair for the International Business Management program at the university’s International College. Michael holds a M.B.A from Sir John Cass Business School in London and his current teaching and research areas include Social Enterprise, Sustainable Development, Intercultural Communication and Business Ethics. For the past 8 years he has also been the project coordinator for numerous development programs delivered by the university in the ASEAN region, particularly in Myanmar, in partnership with organizations such as the USAID, International Rescue Committee, the European Union and others. Michael has lived and worked in the UK, Israel, US and Thailand and has over 20 years of business experience in management, entrepreneurship and training. m at Payap university in Chiang Mai and has extensive teaching and management experience.

    (Chiang Mai)

Health and Nutrition

  • Summer
    AnthropologyNutrition300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course explores connections between the food people eat and how it supports, or helps define, cultural identity. This includes consideration of how food choices are determined, what ‘good’ food means, and how food production, preparation and consumption contribute to and reflect cultural identity. The course seeks to provide students with theoretical and empirical tools to understand and evaluate food systems at local and global levels.

    Instructor: Demet Guzey

    Dr. Demet Guzey holds a Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2006). Dr. Guzey works as a food researcher, writer, and lecturer with extensive work history in scientific research and development in the food industry. She is a published author, including her most recent publication Food on Foot: A History of Eating on Trails and in the Wild (2017) and a contributing author on numerous scientific publications.

    (Verona)
  • Summer
    Psychology400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Depression is an important health condition. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and it can be a cause of suicide. This course is a discussion based class, based on readings, videos and personal experience, the course will be of particular interest to students with mental health and non-mental health backgrounds, who seek to understand more about psychological issues and the implementation of mental health care across diverse cultural populations. It will also be of value to those who may be seeking to assume positions in global healthcare organisations, health-related research institutions, non-governmental and governmental organisations and private consultancies with a global developmental agenda.

    Each class will challenge you to look inside yourself and help you define how you see the world and your place in it.

    Prerequisite: Upper division coursework in psychology or community health sciences

    Instructor: Christopher Fisher, M.D.

    Dr. Christopher Fisher (Huaihua Medical College, Hunan, China), PhD. (Komazawa University, Tokyo, Japan), PsyD. (Princeton University, Princeton New Jersey, United States), is an Adjunct Professor for the USAC, Chiang Mai Thailand Study Abroad Program, International Medical Instructor for Chiang Mai University, Faculty of Medicine, Volunteer Medical Doctor with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Medical Administration Consultant UN/WHO Chiang Mai Thailand.

    Member: American Medical Association (AMA), Canadian Medical Association (CMA), UN World Medical Association (WMA), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

    (Chiang Mai)
  • Summer
    General Health SciencesSpeech Communications300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course introduces students to the theory/practice of health communication as a context within which dyadic, small group, and organizational communication occurs and which is influenced by mass media in a variety of ways. Students examine topics such as the history and current issues associated with health communication, the complexity of patient-caregiver communication, social and cultural issues associated with health communication, communication in health organizations, and public health concerns. The mode of instruction is predominantly discussion with some lecture. The topic is one that will touch you and your family throughout your lives and as such, it has significant immediate and long-term practical value.

    Instructor: Gianfranco Martucci

    Dr. Gianfranco Martucci is a medical doctor and a specialist in Community Oriented Primary Health Care, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia - UNIMORE (2016). Dr. Martucci is currently a researcher at the Local Health Authority and IRRCS Hospital Santa Maria Nuova in Reggio Emilia, and a research supervisor at the University of Parma, focusing on chronic illness management, palliative care and pain management, and educational methodologies. He has significant experience in medical professional training, focusing on doctor-patient communication and public health promotion strategies. He teaches an elective module on patient-professional communication at medicine students and research and training methodologies at postgraduate training programs.

    (Reggio Emilia)
  • Summer
    AgricultureGeography300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Food is central to our lives; and in many more ways than the action of eating to sustain body and brain. Food is embedded in culture and acts as a strong binding link in families and societies and even between societies as food products and recipes travel the world. More importantly, what is less known is that food production and consumption stand at the crossroad of the big world challenges that humanity faces: hunger, poverty, energy, environment, climate change and population growth. Finally, access to food is a condition to the political stability of a country as mass demonstrations against high food prices (known as ‘food riots’) have showed in recent years.

    Prerequisites: Introductory coursework in psychology or community health sciences

    Instructor: Lucia Bonilla, Ph.D.

    Ms. Lucia Bonilla holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, PEDECIBA Quimica (2013). She has extensive teaching experience in biochemistry, nutrition, and dietetics as well as numerous publications in international scientific journals.

    (Montevideo)

Language, Literature, and the Arts

  • Summer
    ArchitectureArt300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    The course is an introductory survey of styles, trends and movements focusing on the fine arts and architecture in Prague and Czech Lands against the background of European influences. It covers the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque times, up to Modernism and the Contemporary art scene. Special attention will be paid to the unique characteristics and developments of art (e.g. Prague Castle, Baroque churches, Czech cubism) and to the most glorious periods in the history of Czech Lands (era of Charles IV, Rudolf II).

    Instructor: Josef Zaruba

    Dr. Josef Zaruba holds a Ph.D. in History of Fine Arts, Charles University, Prague (2008) and is a lecturer in the History of Fine Arts at Charles University and the Department of Architecture at the Czech Technical University. He has an extensive publication history including books and articles on religious studies and medieval Christian and Jewish art.

    (Prague)
  • Summer
    English400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course focuses upon London life and culture from the 19th-century world of Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and William Morris’s Utopian vision of London, through to writers allied to the modern-thinking Bloomsbury Group, including Virginia Woolf, the Anglo-American poet, T.S. Eliot and Aldous Huxley. The texts to be studied will enable students to understand the transition, in literary terms, from "Victorian" to “ modern”, as well as to explore ideas of Dystopia and Utopia. The cultural impact of the First World War (1914-1918), and issues of class and gender will also be addressed throughout the course.

    Instructor: Lucinda Hawksley

    Lucinda Hawksley holds an M.A. in Literature and Visual Arts from the University of Reading. She has extensive lecturing and guest speaking experience at universities throughout the U.K. and U.S., and she has published more than 20 books. Her publications include 3 biographies of female artists, as well as The Writer Abroad, Bitten by Witch Fever and books on art history, social history, and about her great great great grandfather, the Victorian novelist, Charles Dickens. These include Charles Dickens and his Circle and Dickens and Christmas. She also wrote and narrated the best-selling Audible podcast, The Real Sherlock, about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Her upcoming book is Dickens and Travel.

    (London)

  • Summer
    FrenchWorld Languages and Literatures300-level3 creditsTaught in French

    Classes revolve around compositions that the student writes frequently on a variety of topics. Part of the class is used to correct the composition or exercises, which the student does outside of class and on teaching the necessary expressions and structures for essay writing. The goal of these courses is to enable the students to express themselves effectively in formal and informal writing on practical, social and professional topics and to achieve a personal style in written French.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college French

    Instructor: Magali Annette

    Magali has a university degree in French and Comparative Literature as well as an MA from the University of Pau, France. Her 10 years of teaching experience include one academic year in Macedonia as well as several terms at the Institute of French Studies of the UPPA. Magali has been working for USAC as a program assistant since 2013.

    (Pau)
  • Summer
    French300-level3 creditsTaught in French

    Navarre, Béarn, and southwest France have a rich history of political, social, and religious evolution, much of which can be traced through the study of literary works set in, or otherwise associated with, this region. Literary readings would include chansons de geste, Marguerite de Navarre, writers from the court of Henri IV, and even Dumas; the course would also integrate historiographical material (The Return of Martin Guerre) and life-writing (Marguerite de Valois).

    Taught in French.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college French

    Instructor: Magali Annette

    Magali has a university degree in French and Comparative Literature as well as an MA from the University of Pau, France. Her 10 years of teaching experience include one academic year in Macedonia as well as several terms at the Institute of French Studies of the UPPA. Magali has been working for USAC as a program assistant since 2013.

    (Pau)

  • Summer
    German200-level3 creditsTaught in German

    These courses emphasize learning the structure of the German language. Classes are divided into three components: structure, conversation and reading/writing, each of which is related by common topics. The courses include a rapid review of basic elements. Students will also begin to write short compositions regularly.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college German

    Instructor: Mark Schumacher

    Mark Schumacher holds an M.A. in political science, philosophy, and Latin American studies, University of Hamburg (2005). He also has received advanced training in teaching German as a Foreign Language at the Goethe Institute. Mark has been a USAC professor since 2013.

    (Lüneburg)
  • Summer
    German300-level3 creditsTaught in German

    Students are required to write compositions regularly. Part of the class is used to correct the compositions or exercises which the student does outside of class. New grammatical topics are introduced with exercises reinforcing the use of those elements. Part of the class is utilized for selected readings, discussion, vocabulary building, and more.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college German

    Instructor: Cajetan Baumann

    Cajetan Baumann holds an M.A. in Eastern European and Slavic Studies, University of Heidelberg (1997). He has extensive experience teaching German as a Foreign Language in Germany and the U.S. is a certified instructor of German as a Second Language and licensed examiner for the Goethe Institute for A1, A2, and B1 levels. Cajetan has been a USAC professor since 2008.

    (Lüneburg)
  • Summer
    German400-level3 creditsTaught in German

    This course has been created for students who wish to develop competence in an area of German which normally does not constitute a part of language learning. The objective of this course is to familiarize the student with the terminology and syntax of the world of economics, business administration, markets and related topics, in order that they be able to communicate correctly in this context. Business writing, correspondence, oral and written translation of business related material is also practiced.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college German

    Instructor: Cajetan Baumann

    Cajetan Baumann holds an M.A. in Eastern European and Slavic Studies, University of Heidelberg (1997). He has extensive experience teaching German as a Foreign Language in Germany and the U.S. is a certified instructor of German as a Second Language and licensed examiner for the Goethe Institute for A1, A2, and B1 levels. Cajetan has been a USAC professor since 2008.

    (Lüneburg)

  • Summer
    Italian100-level4 creditsTaught in Italian

    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 Italian

    Instructor: Aida Bernabei

    Aida Bernabei Chauvie holds a Master Degree in Foreign Languages and Literature (English and French) from the University of Turin. She has over 30 years of professional experience teaching Italian Language, creating courses, and training teachers, which has enabled her to acquire a good understanding of the learning process. She has been a USAC faculty member since 1995.

    (Torino)
  • Summer
    Italian200-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    Intended to further develop Italian language skills, both oral and written. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature. Particular emphasis on oral skills.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Italian

    Instructor: Aida Bernabei

    Aida Bernabei Chauvie holds a Master Degree in Foreign Languages and Literature (English and French) from the University of Turin. She has over 30 years of professional experience teaching Italian Language, creating courses, and training teachers, which has enabled her to acquire a good understanding of the learning process. She has been a USAC faculty member since 1995.

    (Torino)
  • Summer
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    Designed to continue expanding accuracy in writing Italian. Covers syntax and idiomatic usage.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Italian.

    Instructor: Roberto Nicoletti

    Roberto Nicoletti holds an M.A. in Humanistic Studies (History and Italian) for the University of Padua (2005) with post graduate additional training in teaching Italian as a Second Language. Roberto has professional experience in language curriculum development and teaching international students throughout Italy and Europe.

    (Verona)

  • Summer
    Portuguese200-level3 creditsTaught in Portuguese

    Intermediate Portuguese I is a three-credit, intensive language course designed for students who completed a year of college Portuguese, or Beginning Portuguese II. Students will continue to expand their vocabulary and further their knowledge of the spoken and written language, develop listening comprehension, and acquiring competence in cultural topics. The emphasis of the course is in communication skills, therefore, attendance to class and active participation are essential. Grammar is taught in a communicative way and material studied in previous courses will also be reviewed and contextualized.

    Português Intermediário I é um curso intensivo de três créditos para alunos que completaram dois semestres de português a nível universitário ou Português para Iniciantes II. Os alunos continuarão a expandir seu vocabulário e incrementar seu conhecimento da linguagem falada e escrita; desenvolverão sua habilidade de compreensão oral e adquirirão competência em tópicos culturais. A ênfase principal do curso é a comunicação, por isso a presença e a participação ativa nas aulas são essenciais. A gramática será ensinada de forma comunicativa e o material estudado nos cursos anteriores será revisado e contextualizado.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Portuguese.

    Instructor: Jesse dos Santos

    Mr. Jesse dos Santos holds an M.A. in Linguistic and Literary Studies, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and is currently working on his Ph.D. at UFSC. Jesse has extensive experience in Portuguese as a Foreign Language and English as a Second Language curriculum design and instruction.

    He has been a USAC professor since 2017.

    (Florianópolis)
  • Summer
    Portuguese300-level3 creditsTaught in Portuguese

    This course is designed to advance students’ communication skills in Brazilian Portuguese and their familiarity with Brazilian culture, with an emphasis on written and oral production. Classroom activities focus on honing students’ capacity to understand and express themselves in Brazilian Portuguese. The course will also include the analysis and discussion of texts on varied topics about Brazilian culture, a review of grammar points, and the increasing of writing skills including how to edit texts.

    Este curso foi preparado para que os estudantes continuem a desenvolver suas habilidades comunicativas no português brasileiro e sua familiaridade com a cultura brasileira, com ênfase na produção oral e escrita. As atividades desenvolvidas em sala têm por objetivo melhorar a capacidade do aluno de entender o português brasileiro e de se expressar nele. O curso abarca também a análise e discussão de textos sobre a cultura brasileira, revisão de tópicos gramaticais e prática de escrita e revisão de textos.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Portuguese.

    Instructor: Jesse dos Santos

    Mr. Jesse dos Santos holds an M.A. in Linguistic and Literary Studies, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and is currently working on his Ph.D. at UFSC. Jesse has extensive experience in Portuguese as a Foreign Language and English as a Second Language curriculum design and instruction.

    He has been a USAC professor since 2017.

    (Florianópolis)

  • Summer
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    This course is designed to help learners of Spanish to develop communicative competence as well as critical thinking. It offers an intensive study and practice of the basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading, and writing. The main emphasis of this track is on communication and, therefore, class participation is essential.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

    Instructor: Trilce Nigro

    Ms. Trilce Nigro has a Major degree in Translation (Spanish<>English) from the University of the Republic, Uruguay. She has been working as a TEFL teacher since 2000, when she got her teaching degree. She has also been teaching Spanish for the last 13 years. She had worked as a teacher for the Japan, British and U.S. embassies as well as for the Instituto Cultural Anglo-Uruguayo.

    (Montevideo)
  • Summer
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Intermediate Spanish II is a three-credit course offered to students who have completed three semesters of college Spanish or their equivalent. In this course, the students will learn how to use the language with increasing 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.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college Spanish

    Instructor: Ignacio Ampudia

    Ignacio Ampudia holds a M.Sc. in Language, Culture, and Society, Universidad de la Republica (2018). He has extensive training in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Cervantes Institute and is a certified examiner for the B1-B2 level. Ignacio has professional experience teaching Spanish as a Foreign language levels C1-A1. He has been a USAC professor. since 2018.

    (Montevideo)
  • Summer
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Composition I is a third year course 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 short stories will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

    Taught in Spanish.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

    (Santiago)
  • Summer
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish

    (Santiago)
  • Summer
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

    Prerequisite: Six (6) semesters of college Spanish

    Instructor: Gabriela Castro

    Ms. Gabriela is a language instructor with a master's degree in Colonial Latin American Literature with emphasis in Contemporary and Golden Age Literature from UW-Madison in beautiful Wisconsin. She´s been teaching for 25 years and is continuously looking for interesting things to learn. Gaby has taught specialized courses such as Spanish for Business, Spanish for Medical Purposes, and a great variety of literature courses.

    (Heredia)
  • Summer
    SpanishWorld Languages and Literatures300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    This course will provide students with the knowledge of the basic structures of the Spanish language, and the specialized medical vocabulary needed to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking patients in a variety of health care situations. Moreover, an understanding and appreciation of cultural differences in the health perceptions of Spanish-speaking patients will be developed. This course is appropriate for all health-related disciplines and requires some previous knowledge of Spanish.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

    Instructor: Maribel Esperón

    Maribel Esperón Pintos has a degree in Hispanic Linguistics and Literature, granted by the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (México). She completed a master's degree in Latin American Studies at the University of the Republic (Uruguay).

    Maribel has extensive experience as a tutor for students in training of Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language; Academic program managed by the Barcelona International University Center (UNIBA) attached to the University of Barcelona (UB).

    (Montevideo)
  • Summer
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    A través de una selección de textos, se estudiarán algunas de las obras más representativas de la literatura española, desde el siglo XVIII hasta la actualidad. Este estudio tendrá dos elementos básicos de análisis: contenido temático y formal.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

    Instructor: Jorge Isusi

    Jorge Isusi holds an M.A. in Literary Studies from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2007) and has professional experience as an author, translator, and as an instructor of language and literature. Jorge has been a USAC professor since 2006.

    (San Sebastián)

    International and Cultural Studies

    • Summer
      Gender, Race, and IdentitySociologyWomen's Studies / Gender Studies400-level3 creditsTaught in English

      The social and structural hierarchy in India controlled the lives of its people throughout history. The Indian caste system has not only integrated itself into the culture, but it has also been the cause of inequality that has oppressed classes of people for centuries. This course will cover topics such as the history of the caste system, religion, politics, gender, and class inequality.

      Instructor: Janaki Chundi, Ph.D.

      Dr. Janaki Chundi holds a Ph.D. in Agriculture from Dr B.R. Ambedkar University (1999). She has conducted extensive field work and research in rural areas of India focusing on social structures, gender discrimination and equity, adult education, cooperative economics and sustainable strategies. Well experienced in international education, she has guided many students through their field projects pertaining to social issues and inclusive development. Dr. Chundi has been a USAC professor since 2015.

      (Bengaluru)
    • Summer
      AnthropologyHistoryPolitical Science300-level3 creditsTaught in English

      With new state-formation, democratization processes and economic transformation in Western Europe, a (re-) emergence of collective identities constructed along cultural, ethnic and religious lines across state boundaries can be observed. They have the inherent potential for profound processes of renewal as well as for violent conflicts. How do specific ethnic and religious groups, society and politics react? What are existing patterns for managing diversity and what new policy models and programs for management of cultural and social pluralism emerge? What happens to minorities involved in these change processes? In this class students will debate diversity and conflict in civil society to get a better understanding for peaceful and democratic decision-making.

      Instructor: Mark Schumacher

      Mark Schumacher holds an M.A. in political science, philosophy, and Latin American studies, University of Hamburg (2005). He also has received advanced training in teaching German as a Foreign Language at the Goethe Institute. Mark has been a USAC professor since 2013.

      (Lüneburg)
    • Summer
      General EducationHuman Development and Family Studies400-level3 creditsTaught in English

      The aim of the course is to discuss international education approaches with a focus on the two major ones related to childhood education (pre-K, K, elementary): Montessori and Reggio.

      The course will include lectures, inquiry-based dialogues and discussions, audiovisual presentations, critical thinking activities, and projects. This course introduces participants to the experience of the city of Reggio Emilia, in northern Italy, in designing and sustaining infant-toddler centers and schools for children ages 3-6 that have astonished the world with the children’s competence. The high quality of the experience provided for children and families illuminates what it is possible for a culture to support and serves as an inspiration to many cultures to re-imagine education for young children in their own language and culture. We will study features of their experience closely, in particular the environment as a third teacher, documentation, materials as graphic languages of expression, inquiry as theory-building, and collaboration.

      Instructor: Chiara Borelli

      Chiara Borelli holds an M.A. in Preschool education (with specialization in Special Education), University of Modena and Reggio Emilia - UNIMORE (2013); an M.A. in Elementary Education, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia - UNIMORE (2015); an M.A. in Pedagogy, University of Bologna - UNIBO (2019), and further specializations in Psychomotricity and Outdoor Education, obtained through advanced training courses from the University of Bologna (2017, 2018). She has extensive teaching experience from the preschool to university level, and in in-service teacher training courses. She is currently attending a PhD in Pedagogical Sciences at the University of Bologna. Chiara has been a USAC professor since 2014.

      (Reggio Emilia)
    • Summer
      Gender, Race, and IdentitySociology300-level3 creditsTaught in English

      Through film, memoir, fiction and theory, this course will address the history and experiences of LGBTQ+ people in London’s past and present. The course will be divided into two interlinking sections: Sam Dolbear will first approach the historical record of London’s queer life: from various places and spaces of the city to histories of care, community, law, language and resistance. D Mortimer will then address questions pertaining to the present. Students will creatively enquire as to how disability and queerness intersect in the city and how capitalism unimagines and un-ables queer futures. This portion of the course introduces Crip theory, feminist theory and contemporary QTPOC artist collectives in order to map a landscape of a contemporary queer London.

      Instructors: Sam Dolbear and D. Mortimer

      Dr. Sam Dolbear holds a Ph.D. in English and the Humanities from the University of London. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Exile Studies at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, and has extensive teaching experience with UC Berkeley, UCLA, and the University of London. Dr. Dolbear has published widely and next year will be moving to Berlin to commence a fellowship at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry on the palm-reader and sexologist Charlotte Wolff.

      D. Mortimer is a London-based writer and researcher focused on experimental queer and trans narratives of metamorphosis. They hold an M.A. from Goldsmiths College and are currently reading for a Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton. Their work has been published in Granta Magazine, The Guardian, and Vice, as well as the The International Journal of Comparative American Studies (2020). Their short story, ‘Supermarket Revelations,’ was published in Liberating the Canon: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction (Dostoyevsky Wannabe: 2018) and their poetic essay, ‘Like Lord Byron,’ was featured in A Queer Anthology of Sickness (Pilot Press: 2019).

      (London)
    • Summer
      AnthropologyHistorySpanish200-level3 creditsTaught in English

      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.

      Instructor: Gustavo Chaves

      Mr. Gustavo Chaves is a writer, editor, translator and language instructor graduated from the University of Costa Rica with a degree in Political Science, and received his master's degree in Literature, Languages, and Cultures from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has edited poetry by Carlos de la Ossa and Julio Acuña, and is a founding member of the independent press Los Tres Editores. He has been teaching for USAC since 2014.

      (Heredia)
    • Summer
      Political ScienceSpanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

      Latin America, combined with being a diverse region in terms of geography, politics, development, and population, has common historical roots that allowed it to become a conglomerate with the process of world order. This course explores the unique history of state relations in the region and how it continues to influence foreign policymaking in the present.

      Prerequisite: Six (6) semesters of college Spanish

      Taught in Spanish

      Instructor: Monica Espioza

      Ms. Monica Espinoza holds a M.A in Latin American Spanish Sociolinguistics and is a certified examiner for Cervantes Institute levels C1-A1. She has extensive teaching experience Spanish as a Second Language. Monica has been a USAC professor since 2015.

      (Santiago)
    • Summer
      Political Science400-level3 creditsTaught in English

      This course introduces students to the major themes in the study of peace and conflict. It recognizes the closely interlinked nature of these complex political concepts, and explores the varied modes through which actors have sought to define and explain them. Just as war and other forms of violence and conflict are a constant of human history, so too are ideas and practices that seek the conditions of peaceful (co)existence. We will explore how peace is more than just the absence of war and manifests in different forms in different contexts: just as conflict in global politics is a multi-faceted phenomenon that can (and must) be analysed from a range of perspectives. The first part of the course introduces students to major theoretical paradigms. The second half engages with key thematics integral to the contemporary study of peace and conflict, with a particular focus on the Southeast Asian region.

      Prerequisites: 200-level coursework in political science or international relations

      Instructor: Sally Beckenham, Ph.D.

      Dr. Sally Beckenham holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London (2017). She is a researcher funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 Framework, academic journal co-editor and lecturer in politics and international relations.

      (Chiang Mai)
    • Summer
      Sociology400-level3 creditsTaught in English

      This course focuses on India which is one of the population giants in the world today. The Course enables students to understand the dynamics of population growth across the world and the significance of population composition. It gives the students the theoretical base which would enable them to critically examine and analyze this phenomenon. The course will examine the socio-cultural factors that influence demographic behavior. Data from the 2011 Census will be used to study the emerging trends

      Instructor: Janaki Chundi, Ph.D.

      Dr. Janaki Chundi holds a Ph.D. in Agriculture from Dr B.R. Ambedkar University (1999). She has conducted extensive field work and research in rural areas of India focusing on social structures, gender discrimination and equity, adult education, cooperative economics and sustainable strategies. Well experienced in international education, she has guided many students through their field projects pertaining to social issues and inclusive development. Dr. Chundi has been a USAC professor since 2015.

      (Bengaluru)
    • Summer
      HistorySociology400-level3 creditsTaught in English

      This course covers the history of Jewish communities in Central Europe since the 12th century. However, it focuses mainly on 20th century events: the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the evolution of succession states and the condition of Jews in each of them, the spread of fascism in Europe and the post-war situation. We will also focus on particular aspects of modern Jewish thought and post-Holocaust theology, the relationship between Judaism and Christianity after the Holocaust and historical aspects of Jewish Prague and Central European Jewry. We will also delve into the "Philosophy of Judaism", and reflect on such luminaries as the American religious thinker Abraham Jehoschua Heschel, philosophers of traditional Judaism, like Buber, Rosenzweig as well as Karl Marx and the French philosopher Jacques Derrida.

      Prerequisites: Junior/Senior class standing

      Instructor: Kateřina Průšová

      Kateřina Průšová, Ph.D. holds the academic degrees M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2016) in Art History from Charles University in Prague. Her research interests include art, Judaism, anthropology, sociology and history. She has been lecturing at the Anglo-American University and Charles University since 2009, where she teaches classes in Jewish Culture, History of the Jews in Bohemia and Central Europe, Holocaust, Towards the Final Solution: Racism and Anti-Semitism in Western History, Jewish Prague, Jewish Art and Architecture, Alternative Culture and History of Art. She also works as a researcher in looted art.

      (Prague)

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    2020-21 App. Cycle

    Summer: Open

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    Minimum GPA: 2.0

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