Alicante, Spain
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Alicante Courses - 2020 Summer Session I

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Courses

You will enroll in three and to six credits in Session I and in three to five credits in Session II. At least one 3-credit course is required in all summer sessions. You may add one additional credit in Session I only for the Madrid Field Study. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

Spanish Language and Literature Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with three to five credits of Spanish taught in each session. Language courses have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills is highly recommended to complement Intermediate Spanish I through Advanced Spanish II.

Session I and Session II

European, Mediterranean, and Women's/Gender Studies

These elective courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary perspective to your studies. Courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted in Spanish; most courses taught in Spanish are appropriate for students with four or more semesters of college Spanish.

Session I

Session II

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

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, during which you will keep a journal and answer a series of questions about the sites visited. Upon arrival in Alicante, the field study course will be completed with follow-up meetings with a professor and the final exam. The written work for the field study may be completed in Spanish or English.

US Professors

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

Session I

Dr. Karen Christian | California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Course offered:

Karen Christian (Ph.D., UC-Irvine) has taught Spanish language and Hispanic literature and culture at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo since 2003. She was a USAC Visiting Professor in Alicante, Spain in 2017. Her passion for international travel has led her to Cuba, Mexico, Central America, Peru, Venezuela, Europe, and Australia. She received the Cal Poly Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016.

Dr. Sarah Smith | California State University, Chico

Course offered:

Dr. Sarah Smith has teaching experience in California, Washington, D.C., and in the Chicago metropolitan area, during which time she co-hosted a study abroad program in Chennai, India. Her research and teaching focus on gender, race and crime; corrections and alternative justice approaches; and criminological theory, particularly justice theory.

Session II

Dr. Maria-Paz Moreno | University of Cincinnati

Course offered:

Dr. Maria Paz Moreno is Professor of Spanish at the University of Cincinnati. A native of Spain, she received her Licenciatura in Spanish Philology from the University of Alicante, and her PhD in Spanish Literature from The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on Contemporary Spanish Poetry, Food Studies, and Spanish Women Writers. She is the author of 4 scholarly books and critical editions on Spanish poetry and 2 books on Food Studies. Her most recent book is “Madrid: A Culinary History,” published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018. Moreno has published eight books of poetry and has been included in a number of anthologies. Her latest poetry book, “From the Other Shore/ De la otra orilla” was published in 2018. She travels to Spain and Latin America as often as she can in search of new foods and inspiration.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Spanish I

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

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

Advanced Spanish II (SPN 411) 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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Chocolate, Gender, and Power

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

This course will provide an in-depth look into chocolate, exploring its social significance over the centuries and until today, while examining with a critical eye important issues of gender and power associated with it. We will look at the cultural meaning and consumption of chocolate throughout history, illuminating the dynamics of gender, race and colonial/economic power that have long been associated with it. Through readings and viewing of selected materials and class discussions, students will learn about the origins of the Theobroma cacao tree, the meaning of chocolate for the Mesoamerican peoples, and the role that this ‘exotic’ food has played in the world’s culture since the 16th century. By focusing on the perceptions that exist around chocolate and its consumption today, this course aims to expose how the idealized view of this product continues to make it one of the most profitable crops worldwide, while contributing to reinforce contemporary stereotypes of gender, race, and nation, perpetuated through popular media, marketing, and advertising.

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Contemporary Spanish Art

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

Without a doubt, Picasso is one of the most important figures in Western Art of the twentieth century, yet many other Spanish artists belong to this elite group. In this course, we will study Picasso, Juan Gris, Miró, Dalí, Antonio López, Eduardo Chillida and other outstanding Spanish painters and sculptors, as we observe Spain's artistic evolution through Cubism, Dadaism, Futurism, Surrealism, Abstract Painting and Avant-Gardes tendencies. Spain's important contribution to twentieth century art will be reviewed and debated. Taught in Spanish. (Session I)

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Economic and Political Institutions of the European Union

Summer Session I (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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Elementary Spanish I

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

Elementary Spanish I (SPN 111) 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

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

Summer Session I (Criminal Justice, Sociology, Women's Studies / Gender Studies; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course analyzes crime causation and responses to crime, particularly incarceration, through the lens of gender. It examines crime as a rejection of dominant norms or values and, alternatively, as a means of attaining status associated with dominant ideals and values, paying special attention to gender issues. The course therefore focuses on how power is related to social statuses, including gender, race and class, how these power relations affect exposure to criminogenic factors and propensity to commit crime, and how power structures work to control crime. It will explore power and strain theories, masculinities and crime, feminist criminology, and queer theory to this end. (Sub)cultures and problems in women’s and men’s prisons, issues that particularly affect transgender inmates, and the prisoners’ rights and prison abolition movements will be specific topics of study.

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Intermediate Spanish I

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

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

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Intermediate Spanish II

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

Intermediate Spanish 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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Language, Ideology and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Summer Session I (400-level; 1 credit)

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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Madrid Field Study

Summer Session I (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. There is an additional fee of $750 to help pay for transportation, entrance fees, guides, lodging and some meals.

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Sailing

Summer Session I (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)

This class is co-produced by USAC and “Real Club de Regatas de Alicante”. Students will have several sessions where they will learn the key components of sailing with experienced teachers. 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. This course has an additional fee.

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Spanish Composition I

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

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

Summer Session I (Spanish; 300-level; 2 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 300-level; 2 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 Culture and Civilization

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

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 Grammar and Composition for Heritage Speakers I

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

This course is designed to give native or heritage Spanish speakers the opportunity to study the conventions of the Spanish language and to improve their academic writing skills. It provides an overview of the local varieties of the language, emphasizing the idea that there are all equally acceptable and focusing on Spanish as a global language.

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Spanish Literature and Art through Time Travel

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

The hit Spanish television series El ministerio del tiempo took viewers on a thrilling time travel adventure to historical moments in which some of the greatest works of Spanish literature and art were created. In this course, we will "travel" to the historical settings in which writers such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega, and García Lorca, and artists such as Velázquez, Goya, and Picasso produced their masterpieces. By viewing selected episodes of the series and immersing ourselves in the dramatic events of Spanish history, we will gain deeper insights into the works of these writers and artists and their cultural importance.

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Topics in Spanish Culture

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

This innovative course will combine classroom learning with a field study experience to make Spanish culture come alive for the students. The traditional study of Spanish history, culture and art will be complemented by visits to the historical cities of Segovia and Toledo, the Escorial and Valley of the Fallen as well as the Prado Museum. Artistic, political, historical and cultural events will be analyzed and interrelated for a complex and complete vision of the greatness of Spain. In Session I this course will be comprised of the Madrid Tour Field Study, Contemporary Spanish Art and Spanish Culture and Civilization.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Poetry

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

In this course, students will learn about the most relevant authors and great masterworks of Spanish poetry, from the last decade of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century in Spain. Students will understand the immersion of the studied poets in their social, political and historical situations. In addition to reading and interpreting the meaning of a broad selection of works, the students will learn familiarity with the different poetic forms, learn to analyze meter, and will gain fluency in interpreting metaphoric language.

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