Bilbao / Getxo, Spain
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Course Information

Bilbao / Getxo, Spain | 2017 Summer Session II

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

Courses

You will enroll in three to six credits in Session I and in three to four credits in Session II, plus one additional credit if enrolled in the optional Santiago Field Study. At least one 3-credit course is required each summer session. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

Spanish Language Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with three to four credits of Spanish taught each session. Class sizes are small, with an average of five students each.

Session I and Session II

International Business and Cultural Studies

The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary perspective to your studies and an international aspect to your degree program. Courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted in Spanish.

Session I

Session II

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

Field Studies

Deepen your academic experience by turning the optional Santiago Tour into a 1-credit field study by completing additional academic requirements (readings, research, written assignments, reports, etc). Students who enroll in this 1-credit course will keep a journal and answer a series of questions about the sites visited. Upon arrival in Bilbao, 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:

Prof. Joseph Liu | California State State University, Chico

Course offered:

Professor Liu (Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology) is an Assistant Professor of Management at California State University, Chico. His research interests include recruiting and issues of fairness in organizations. He was voted by Georgia Tech students as Ph.D. Instructor of the year and voted by Georgia Tech faculty as Ph.D. Candidate of the year.

Session II:

Prof. Karen Bangs | California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Course offered:

Professor Bangs has a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA. With 19 years of work experience in the semi-conductor industry she brings many examples to the classroom. Her responsibilities included Operations Finance and Supply Chain Management. Professor Bangs has been recognized as the Most Supportive IME (Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering) Professor (as voted by students) numerous times. Teaching for USAC in Shanghai in Fall 2014 was one of her career highlights.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Spanish I

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

The objective of this class is to do a comprehensive revision of the most difficult grammatical points in Spanish. This will be presented through the use of theoretical and practical materials that permit the student to consolidate some of those complex grammatical aspects of the Spanish language that require frequent review and further development. Care will be taken, whenever possible, to focus on understanding and practicing their use in both the written and spoken forms of the language. Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Advanced Spanish II

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

The objective of this class is to do a comprehensive revision of the most difficult grammatical points in Spanish. This will be presented through the use of theoretical and practical materials that permit the student to consolidate some of those complex grammatical aspects of the Spanish language that require frequent review and further development. Care will be taken, whenever possible, to focus on understanding and practicing their use in both the written and spoken forms of the language. Prerequisite: seven semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Contemporary Spain through Spanish Cinema

Summer Session II (Art, History; 300-level; 1 credit)

Contemporary Spain through Spanish Cinema will explore social, political, and economical changes encountered in Spain in the course of the last fifty years through the study of twelve representative films. Readings, screenings, and analysis will center on selected works of Buñuel, Bardem, Saura, Almodóvar, and others. Students will read, discuss, and write papers about the selected films applying presented principles of film theory. (Session II)

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Elementary Spanish I

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

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of Spanish grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary and useful expressions are studied. The goals of these courses are to build reading, writing, listening and, above all, speaking skills.

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Elementary Spanish II

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

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills. Prerequisite: one semester of college Spanish.

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Intermediate Spanish I

Summer Session I (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)

This class continues the learning of the structure of the Spanish language. Classes are divided into three components: grammar/vocabulary, conversation and reading/writing, each of which is related to the themes covered. This level is specifically orientated towards functional and social communication, oral as well as written. Prerequisite: three semesters of college Spanish.

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International Human Resource Management

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

Human Resource Management (HRM) focuses on an organization's most important asset--its people. In this class, you explore the importance of International HRM principles and procedures from three perspectives: yours, a manager's, and an organization's. This course surveys international human resource management issues and skills needed for effective performance by every manager and employee. The focus of the course is on methods of recruiting, hiring, developing, evaluating, rewarding, and disciplining employees in order to attract and retain the best possible workforce in any organization.

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International Management

Summer Session I (International Business, Management; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course introduces students to the world of international business and management by studying cultural influences, government, and business structures in the global economy. Topics covered will include trade relations, international finance and legal and labor agreements. Students will be encouraged to think about international issues and their implications for US businesses. In particular, students will address challenges associated with operating in the international economy and the impact of foreign operations and foreign exchange transactions.

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Operations Management

Summer Session II (Management; 300-level; 3 credits)

Overview of key operations management concepts critically analyzing the planning, coordinating, and controlling of resources required to produce the company's products and services. Specific topics include product/process design and selection, quality management, lean systems, production planning, capacity and facility planning, project management and simulation of manufacturing systems.

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Santiago Field Study

Summer Session I (Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)

The Camino de Santiago is the traditional pilgrimage route from France across northwestern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, the legendary burial site of St. James. One of the great medieval pilgrimages and the greatest surviving itinerary for medieval monuments and landscapes, it has enjoyed a remarkable revival in recent years, attracting European Union sponsorship, the attention of media stars, and hundreds of thousands of walkers and pilgrims.

This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Camino Experience by encouraging reflection and a different perspective to observe the surrounding reality of the pilgrim. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited and the experiences lived along the way

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Spanish Composition I

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

Classes revolve around compositions, which the student writes almost daily. Part of the class is used to correct the compositions or exercises that the student does outside of class. New advanced grammatical topics are also introduced and exercises reinforcing the use of that element are done in class. Also, part of the class is utilized for selected readings, discussion and vocabulary building. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Spanish Composition II

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

Classes revolve around compositions which the student writes almost daily. Part of the class is used to correct the compositions or exercises that the student does outside of class. New advanced grammatical topics are also introduced and exercises reinforcing the use of that element are done in class. Also, part of the class is utilized for selected readings, discussion and vocabulary building. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Surfing

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

This course is co-produced by USAC and “Quiksilver Surf Eskola”. It is a 1 credit PASS/FAIL course in physical education. The number of meeting sessions will be determined on site considering tides and weather conditions.

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