Alicante, Spain
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Course Information

Alicante, Spain | 2017 Spring

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 must enroll in at least 12 and up to 18 credits. While you may enroll in up to 18 credits, we recommend you enroll in 12-15 credits in order to have time to fully experience the local area's culture and people. Course availability may be subject to change for reasons beyond our control, such as student interest.

Spanish Language and Literature Studies

USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks as well as elective language and literature courses. The track courses are taught sequentially (back to back) within one semester. If you have already taken the first course in the track, you do not have to take it again for credit, but you must audit it. If you wish to only take part of the language track, you may request this on the Course and Tour Registration Form. Language course sections are kept to a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. Students select a language track plus language and literature electives and/or courses from Spanish and European/Mediterranean Studies for a total of 12-18 credits.

Track I (14 credits)—Prerequisite: none

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

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

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

With the goal of greater integration and immersion at the University of Alicante, Track IV students are also advised to participate in one (or more) of the following opportunities to interact with other students at the UA:

  • a host university course
  • a host university workshop
  • a course with Erasmus students
  • a USAC course in which other Spanish students are enrolled

Language and Literature Electives

Taught in Spanish

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Integrated Spanish Language Courses with University of Alicante International/Erasmus Students

Spanish, European, and Mediterranean Studies

Taught in English or Spanish
The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your studies. Situated on the Mediterranean, and home to the “Casa del Mediterráneo” a Government Institution to promote the mutual knowledge, interaction and understanding among the Mediterranean countries and the OAMI, the European Union Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market for Trade Marks and Designs, Alicante is an ideal location to study Spanish, European, and Mediterranean 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.

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.unr.edu

Field Studies

USAC helps you explore the historical, cultural, and natural features of the region with carefully planned tours. If taken for credit, added academic requirements (readings, research, written assignments, reports etc.) deepen your experience. This turns a tour into a Field Study which counts as part of your credit load. The optional Madrid Tour can be taken as a Field Study course; you will be expected to keep a journal and answer a series of questions about the sites visited. Upon arrival in Alicante, you will have follow-up meetings with a professor and take a final exam. The written work may be completed in Spanish or in English. The Morocco Field Study is this type of course as well; you will be expected to attend several cultural sessions, keep a journal, and answer a series of questions about the sites visited. The written work may be completed in Spanish or in English.

Service Learning

Service Learning is a particular type of course offering that combines the classroom with the community and academics with action. Prepare to make yourself a part of the city where you study in a way that most visitors cannot experience. It will call for some initiative and a willingness to become involved. Service Learning is a course and counts as part of your credit load. It cannot be taken for audit. Note that non-credit volunteer opportunities may also be available.

Internships

USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development particularly in your study abroad setting. USAC internships are considered courses and count as part of your credit load. They can be time-consuming, but are very worthwhile. 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; USAC will attempt to place students in a field related to the student's interest. Example placements include: Hotels, Museums, Movie Studios, Tourist Office, Travel Agencies, Teaching at Local Schools, Infant/Preschool, Accountancy, Libraries, Marketing, NGOs, International Development, Assistance for Physically and Mentally Disabled, Tutoring for Disadvantaged Youth, Gyms, Local Businesses. You are encouraged to request any field of interest and the Alicante program will try its best to find a suitable position for you. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.

Eligibility—registration in Track IV, enrollment in the Alicante program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and junior standing at the time of the internship. USAC organizes the internships in close cooperation with the University of Alicante; the university charges 200 EUR for this service and for insurance. However, if the internship is related to teaching in a local school, this fee will not be charged.

Host University Courses

Taught in Spanish
Enrich your studies by taking advantage of the chance to attend courses at your host university. Opportunities vary. In some cases you will be able to enroll directly as a student and earn transferable credit, in other cases you may earn a letter or certificate of completion along with a grade which may or may not be accepted for credit by your school. Work with your home academic advisor to determine whether such courses will be accepted for credit. Even when they don't, look at the opportunity as a learning bonus. Courses taken at the host university are taken in addition to your USAC classes and do not replace USAC credits. Work with your Resident Director to determine your options and to avoid conflicts with your USAC class schedule.

3-Credit Courses

Advanced Spanish students may attend one course offered by the University of Alicante in the fields of Spanish Literature, History, Economics, Sociology, Tourism, or Biology. Spanish universities follow a different calendar, with final exams in February (fall semester) and June (spring semester). It may be possible to organize early exams (December and May) on an individual basis, but USAC cannot guarantee this.

1-Credit Workshops

Students with less advanced Spanish can enroll in workshops offered by the University of Alicante. Previous workshops offered include pottery, music, cinema, journalism, etc. Students will pay a $100 deposit for the first workshop, which will be refunded upon completion. Students are permitted to enroll in a total of two to three workshops; however, only the first workshop fee is refundable. Students are required to pay for additional workshops (prices vary, around 40-80 EUR each).

Integrated Spanish Language Courses with University of Alicante International/Erasmus Students

USAC offers two 3-credit courses integrated with international students of the UA, seminars in Spanish language at either Advanced or Proficiency Level. You will need to pass the placement test of the University of Alicante in order to be accepted into these courses; in addition to the 3 USAC credits, the University of Alicante will issue a Diploma of Completion.

Spanish as Foreign Language Exams

The Instituto Cervantes is a prestigious public institution created by the Spanish Government to promote the Spanish language and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. This non-profit institution, present in over 50 countries, is the largest organization in the world responsible for promoting the study and the teaching of Spanish language and culture. The Instituto Cervantes issues Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) which are recognized by employers, professional organizations, and official bodies throughout the world. As an official “examiner” center, the University of Alicante offers courses for students interested in taking the beginner, intermediate, and advanced exams. USAC students will be able to attend these courses organized by the UA without additional cost. The fee of the exam itself is not included.

US Professors

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

Fall Semester:

Dr. Edward Hood | Northern Arizona University

Courses offered:

Professor Hood has published on Gabriel Garcia Marquez's fiction and translated novels by contemporary Central American writers. In 1997, he conducted research in Honduras with a Fulbright Fellowship. He holds a doctorate in Latin American literature from UC Irvine and has taught at Northern Arizona University since 1991.

Spring Semester:

Dr. Cassie Quigley | Clemson University

Courses offered:

Dr. Quigley has a background in education, gender issues, and environmental sciences. She taught for several years in Cambodia and more recently, Costa Rica. Travel has always been a part of her education and teaching. She uses “place” as a central theme in her teaching through collaborations and studies.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Spanish I

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

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)

Advanced Spanish II 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)

Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics is an elective course for students of Spanish as a second language at an advanced level, who have probably taken at least three years of college Spanish. The goal of this course is to enhace the writing abilities, taking the written text as a contextualized communication event, addressed to an audience and with a clear and defined purpose. Therefore, class activities are centered around the analysis and the understading of different written genres, so that they can be produced latter. In addition, this course does not neglect the oral interaction and expression, since the class is conducted entirely in Spanish, reinforcing collaboration through group work.

El curso de Escritura Avanzada y Estilística es una clase optativa para alumnos de español como segunda lengua que tengan un nivel avanzado, equivalente a tres años de español a nivel de universidad. El objetivo principal de este curso es la mejora de las habilidades escritas, entendiéndose el texto escrito como acto de comunicación contextualizado dirigido a un receptor concreto y con un propósito claro y bien definido. Por lo tanto, las actividades de clase se centran en el análisis y la comprensión de los diferentes géneros escritos para su posterior producción. Asimismo, este curso no olvida la interacción y la expresión orales, puesto que toda la clase se desarrolla exclusivamente en español, reforzándose la colaboración por medio del trabajo en grupos.

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Advanced Translation

Spring (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

Overview of main theories of translation. Extensive practice in translating literary and non-literary texts from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English. Prerequisite: five semesters of college Spanish.

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Cross-Cultural Communication and Business Behavior

Fall (General Business, Speech Communications; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course focuses on the importance of culture in the business environment. Business culture is different in every country and its understanding has become the key to success.

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Economic and Political Institutions of the European Union

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

The subject aims to analyze the past, present and future of European integration, on the basis of historic and economic reasoning. The process of European integration and its effects will be assessed taking into account differences in European Member States economies as well as considering the EU as a whole at the international level.

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Education for a Pluralistic Society

Spring (General Education, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course is an opportunity to explore the complex beauty of our multicultural society and the implications for education. The content derives from disciplines of anthropology and sociology and from movements within education, namely: multiculturalist, critical, bilingual, consciousness-raising, feminist, and equity movements. As educators, we have the possibility of manifesting the diversity in affirming and liberating ways. The course is organized into five major topic domains (Sociology and Politics of Schooling, The Need for Multiculturalism, Cultural Diversity, Education as a Change Agent, Multiculturalism and Teaching). Throughout each of these domains we will be interested in confronting our own personal experiences, histories, biases, compassions, and points of view.

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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.

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Elementary Spanish II

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

Elementary Spanish II (SPN 112) 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.

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Foreign Language Teaching Internship

Spring (Foreign Languages, Internships; 400-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Foreign Languages, Internships; 400-level; 2 credits)
Spring (Foreign Languages, Internships; 400-level; 3 credits)

In this course, students will be placed in different local schools of Alicante where they will be able to put into practice all the competences acquired in the classroom to be an effective teacher. The students will have to create lesson plans to teach various levels of English to Spanish students.

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Foreign Language Teaching Methodology

Spring (Education, Foreign Languages, Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

The goal of this course is to introduce the students into the principal didactic criteria and proposals to teach Spanish as a second language in primary and secondary school and in adult education. Students will be provided with a general introduction to the actual approaches and methods in communicative language teaching. This will include the theories of language and language learning that underlie these methods and their principal didactic fundamentals - the learning objectives, the syllabus design, the roles of teachers and learners in the classroom, the role of grammar, the materials, etc. This course will also focus on classroom techniques and practices dealing with the different communicative abilities in Spanish. This includes techniques to work listening comprehension, to stimulate oral interaction in the classroom, to help developing language learners' writing skills and to teach vocabulary and grammar. Different materials to teach Spanish at different levels will be analyzed.

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Gender Issues in Education

Spring (Education; 400-level; 3 credits)

Comparative anthropological study of women and educational systems the world. A survey of women's daily lives in a global context, emphasizing education, economics, and the environment. The course will explore case studies about finance, literacy, agriculture, reproductive rights and practices, and their connections to education. Additionally, the students will examine the gender issues present in the local context as well as their home countries and do a cross-cultural study of the locations.

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Government and Politics in Spain

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

A view of the actual political circumstances of the Spanish state. Particular attention is given to analyzing the post-Franco democratic process and the creation of autonomous communities. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish. (Spring semester)

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History of Spain I: Up to the Twentieth-Century

Fall (History; 400-level; 3 credits)
Fall (History; 600-level; 3 credits)

The social, economic and political history of Spain from pre-history to the 20th century. The course will deal with pre-history, contact with Iberians, Romans and the special influence of the Arabs in the region. The course objectives are to understand the historic antecedents of our times. Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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History of Spain II: Twentieth-Century

Spring (History; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (History; 600-level; 3 credits)

The objective of this course is to understand the key elements which have created the actual political, social and economic reality of present-day Spain. The course begins with a brief introduction of traditions and historic constants but focuses more on recent periods: industrialization, the Civil War in 1936, the Franco regime and the advent of democracy. The course will conclude by studying the different alternatives offered by political parties. Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Integrated Advanced Spanish I

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

The Advanced level course for foreign students of the Centro Superior de Idiomas of the University of Alicante corresponds to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Both the general objectives and the system of evaluation described below follow the general guidelines of the aforementioned European Framework and its scale of levels of competence. In order to be accepted into this class, you will need to pass the online placement test of the University of Alicante. Students will not be accepted into this class unless they pass this test. The course consists of 45 class hours.

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Integrated Advanced Spanish II

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

The Advanced II (Superior) level course for foreign students of the Centro Superior de Idiomas of the University of Alicante corresponds to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Both the general objectives and the system of evaluation described below follow the general guidelines of the aforementioned European Framework and its scale of levels of competence. In order to be accepted into this class, you will need to pass the online placement test of the University of Alicante. Students will not be accepted into this class unless they pass this test. The course consists of 45 class hours.

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Intermediate Spanish I

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

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

Spanish 212 (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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Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

Spring (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. As such, the field—and this course—addresses broad questions such as “What does it mean to know a language?” and “What are the components (e.g., sounds, words) that make up a language, in this case, Spanish?” As we seek answers to these questions, we will discuss theoretical concepts as well as their application to more applied contexts and issues such as language learning and teaching.

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Language, Ideology and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Fall (400-level; 3 credits)

This course explores the linguistic construction of gender (masculine and feminine) and its relationship with ideology and society in order to deconstruct patterns of gender discrimination and examples of sexist language.

Students will do some readings and will answer some questions in order to develop their critical thinking and to learn about the topic by reading some bibliographical references. We will explore examples of language in general and of visual language in particular from a variety of texts and contexts. To supplement publish research, students will reflect on their ideology on gender and consider it from a cross-cultural perspective.

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Latin American and Spanish Dances

Fall (Dance, Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Dance, Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)

There will be an introduction to the meaning and “spirit” of the dance, followed by the practice of the steps and movements without music and ending with the addition of music to the previously learned steps.

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Madrid Field Study

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

This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Madrid tour by providing a solid historic and artistic base for studies of Spanish language and culture. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited on the four-day tour of Madrid and surroundings. Requirements include pre-departure readings, a daily journal of the tour, completion of a comprehensive study guide and a final exam which will be given at the program site. The tour will be given in English. The written work may be done in English or Spanish and it must be handed in before the final exam. This course has an additional fee of $750 to help pay for transportation, entrance fees, guides, lodging and some meals.

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Morocco Field Study: Arabic and Mediterranean Culture and Civilization

Spring (Foreign Languages; 200-level; 1 credit)

This is a course addressed to all those students interested in gaining a better knowledge and understanding of the historical and cultural relationships between Spain and Morocco. The Arab and Christian worlds meet in the Mediterranean and this field trip will enable students to understand the complex and fruitful relationships between these two civilizations.

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Sailing

Fall (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)

This class is co-produced by USAC and “Real Club de Regatas de Alicante”. Students will take ten three-hour sessions where they will learn the key components of sailing with experienced teachers. In order to take full advantage of the mild weather conditions and water temperature all sailing sessions will take place during the warmer weather months of each semester, i.e. from September through October in the fall, and April through May in the spring. This means that class will sometimes meet two times a week. Also, the programmed order of sessions is subject to changes for reasons beyond our control, such as inclement weather, very big waves, strong rip currents, etc

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Service Learning

Fall (Service Learning, Social Work, Sociology; 400-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Service Learning, Social Work, Sociology; 400-level; 1 credit)

Service learning combines community service with academic instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking and personal and civic responsibility. Service learning programs involve students in activities that address community-identified needs, while developing their academic skills and commitment to their community.

Service learning differs from volunteerism, community service, internships, and field education through its use of structured, critical inquiry and the importance placed on reciprocal partnerships between this class and its community partners.

This class has partnered with the following community-based organizations: Ozanam (working with youngsters in risk of exclusion), Proyecto Paloma (working with women and immigrants), Colegio San José (working with handicapped children), Margarita Nasseau (working with orphans). Students will choose from among these organizations and will work with them over the course of the semester to experience first-hand insight into these organizations and the challenges they are facing.

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Spanish Composition I

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

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)

Composición Española II (SPN 306) es un curso de tres créditos de tercer año de español para alumnos que ya hayan completado dos años de español en la universidad o su equivalente. El peso del curso recae en mejorar las habilidades escritas de los estudiantes con el análisis y la producción 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 o colección de cuentos acompañará y hará de refuerzo de la instrucción recibida.

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Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills I

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

A course that complements the development of linguistic skills emphasizing the oral mode of the Spanish language. It aims to improve students' ability to maintain a sustained monologue as well as oral interactions.

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Spanish Cuisine and the Mediterranean Diet

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

Description not available at this time.

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Spanish Culture and Civilization

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

In this general civilization course, the customs and lifestyles of the Spanish will be studied, both in their historical perspectives as well as in the present. There is also a general discussion of the most important geographic, historical, social, economic, and artistic aspects of Spain, as well as of the most outstanding individuals in each area.

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Spanish for Business

Spring (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

The objective of this course is to enable students to develop competence in an area which normally does not constitute a part of language learning. You will become familiar with the terminology and syntax of the world of economics, business administration, markets and related topics, in order to enable you to communicate correctly in the target language. Business writing, correspondence, oral and written translation of business related material is also practiced. Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

Fall (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

A study of the Spanish sound system exploring how Spanish sounds are pronounced (articulatory phonetics) and the mental representation and organization of the sound system (phonology). Topics include the pronunciation of Spanish sounds (in comparison with English), the phonetic and phonological classification of vowels and consonants, phonetic and phonological transcription, and processes of sound change, among others. Variation across the Spanish-speaking world will be studied, with attention to regional differences (dialects), other social differences (social class, ethnicity, gender, and age) and stylistic differences (variation as affected by situation or context of communication). The course will introduce basic concepts in the above areas as applied to the study of language and will prepare students for further advanced Spanish linguistics courses.

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Survey of Art I: European/Western Art

Fall (Art; 200-level; 3 credits)

Panoramic vision of Latin American art during the pre-Columbian period through the study of art in different cultures with special focus placed on the Andean cultures: Incas, Aymaras, Atacamenos and Diaguitas. The objectives of the course are to develop a more complete knowledge of culture through art and to learn to identify, analyze and appreciate works of art. Visits to local museums, particularly the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, constitute an integral part of the course. Taught in Spanish. (Fall semester)

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Survey of Art II: European/Western Art

Spring (Art; 200-level; 3 credits)

The current course lays out the study of Art history in Western Europe. The art of the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo and Neoclassic styles from the 18th century, with an introduction supported by the evolution of painting up until Impressionism. Academics, as a characteristic of the first part of the 19th century. The historic vanguards, in conjunction with artists before the Second World War, and internationalization of art until the present time.

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Survey of Hispanic Literature

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

Through reading and analysis of representative works from the three literary genres (prose, poetry, and drama), this course introduces students to the content and development of the literatures of Spain and Latin America.

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Survey of Spanish Literature II

Spring (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

A study of the development of Spanish literature through the analysis of literary movements and the comparison of the most important authors of each period from the 18th up to the 20th century. Texts from different literary genres are selected which demonstrate underlying ideas, the idiosyncrasies of the Spanish people, and universal values, as well as the literary characteristics of the works themselves. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish. (Spring Semester)

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The Short Fiction of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Fall (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course introduces students to the fictional world of Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez through reading and analysis of selected short novels and stories and viewing of films based on his literary works. Students will develop their reading skills and cultural competence while enjoying some great short fiction and films.

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Topics on Gender Studies

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

The course will examine research about gender in personal development, race/ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation through samples of films, readings, images, and advertising. It will also focus on the consequences of gender experience in life and learning.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Narrative

Spring (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course features several major novelists from the different cultural communities of Spain, who are regarded on both sides of the Atlantic as among the most representative of Spanish 20th century fiction. Their work is symptomatic of a whole 19th and 20th century project of inventing a novel, which represents a national form of fiction in Spain.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Short Story

Fall (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Fall (Spanish; 600-level; 3 credits)

The objective of the course is to become familiar with the more outstanding short story writers and gain an appreciation for their most important literary works. You will read the best writers in Spain today, and you will learn to do a literary analysis of the works read. To facilitate your literary analysis, there will be a series of questions which review content and provide discussion and essay topics. Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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