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Course Information

Madrid, Spain | 2018 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.

Academics

You will enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of a language track plus electives in literature and language, and Spanish and European studies. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

Spanish Language Tracks

USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks in which courses are taught sequentially (back to back) within one semester. If you have already taken the first course in a track, you do not have to take it again for credit, but you must audit it to be prepared for success at the next level. Language courses are small and typically have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each.

Track I (14 credits total)—Prerequisite: none

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

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

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

Fall Semester

Spanish Language and Literature Electives

Taught in Spanish

Art and Spanish/European Studies

Courses are taught in English or Spanish. Courses taught in Spanish are for students in Track III or above unless otherwise indicated. Many of these elective courses will be shared with other international students attending the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

Spring Semester

Spanish Language and Literature Electives

Taught in Spanish

Art and Spanish/European Studies

Courses are taught in English or Spanish. Courses taught in Spanish are for students in Track III or above unless otherwise indicated. Many of these elective courses will be shared with other international students attending the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

 

Field Studies

Deepen your academic experience through an exciting four-day, 1-credit field study course where you will explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of a distinctive region of Spain through carefully planned excursions. These experiences combined with academic components (readings, research, written assignments, reports, etc.) deepen your understanding of the sites and locales visited. To participate, students are required to enroll in the field study course and complete the assigned work. This course cannot be taken as an audit and counts as part of your credit load. Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run. In the fall semester, the field study will go to the Basque Country; in spring it will be in Andalucía.

Internships

USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development and are counted as part of your credit load. 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.

Madrid internship opportunities fall into broad categories; previous placements have included: an art gallery, a primary school, a business incubator, a local high school, non-profit organizations, and extracurricular activities/tutoring for disadvantaged youth. Other internship sites are possible but require at least three months advance notification so that the internship coordinator can attempt to find something that suits you. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview on site with the internship sponsor. For most positions, students will be required to attend orientation training sessions at the beginning of the internship.

Eligibility: enrollment in the Madrid program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 and junior standing at the time of the internship. Students must submit their resume in English and Spanish and the application forms at least eight weeks in advance, and include a short essay in Spanish describing what they hope to achieve as an intern. A refundable fee of 100 EUR is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

US Professors

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

Fall Semester:

Prof. Thomas Grothe, California State University, Chico

Courses offered:

Professor Grothe teaches Communication Studies at California State University, Chico, where he won the first annual students' choice award for Teacher of the Year in 2008. His emphasis is in cross-cultural communication teaching and training, and he recently helped found a non-profit organization to educate rural villagers in Burkina Faso.

Spring Semester:

Dr. Irina Kappler-Crookston, University of Idaho

Courses offered:

Prof. Kappler-Crookston, former chair, Spanish Instructor, and academic study abroad advisor for the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures has taught language, literature, and culture courses at the University of Idaho for nearly 30 years. She studied, lived, and worked in Italy, France, Spain, Mexico, and Ecuador before and after arriving at the University of Idaho where she received many service and teaching awards including the Idaho Foreign Language Teacher of the Year Award and the University of Idaho Advisor of the Year Award. She has taught for USAC in San Sebastián, Bilbao, Madrid, Torino, and Pau.

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 (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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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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Drawing Madrid

Fall (Art; 100-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Art; 100-level; 3 credits)

In this studio course, we shall investigate a variety of approaches, techniques and processes in the art of drawing. In addition, we shall take advantage of Madrid’s world famous museums and monuments to learn about the city as it is reflected in its architecture, landscape, paintings and sculpture, and its people. The objective of this course will be to introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing while using the city of Madrid as a backdrop. The human figure, landscape, architecture, still life, plant life, and abstract art are some of the themes that will be explored.

The modus operandi of the class is based on these elements:

• learning the vocabulary, language and techniques of drawing.

• visiting Madrid’s many museums and monuments in parts of the city that relate to the week by week themes in the syllabus.

• putting charcoal and pencil to paper to make drawings related to what we have been viewing in situ.

• informal critiques. Critiques shall be used as a tool for students to evaluate their own and one another´s work and to learn from each other.

Each week, the class will either be on campus or around Madrid. At each visitation site, there will be an introductory lecture where students will receive historical and cultural information pertaining to the site. The students will then make drawings of the place or subject.

There will also be some work outside of class in the form of 2-3 drawings a week. Students will also be expected to view and talk about each other’s work, thus fomenting discussion about art.

A final drawing project assimilating what the student has learned on a subject of his or her choice will be required. Some reading assignments may be required. Students will also be required to keep a sketchbook.

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Economic and Political Institutions of the European Union

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

From the Middle Ages on, many thinkers proposed the union of Europe. But only after the Second World War the material conditions existed for making it possible. This course shows why and how this attempt has been so successful.

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Elementary Spanish I

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

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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Exploring Music and Society: Flamenco

Spring (Anthropology, Music, Sociology; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed to facilitate an informed understanding of flamenco. Broadly defined, flamenco is a complex performative art which includes song (cante), dance (baile), and guitar music (toque). Tracing its origins to the mid-nineteenth century, flamenco is a music associated with the gitano (gypsy) community, instrumental in its development and who represent the majority of its practitioners. The exoticization of Spain during the 19th century enhanced the aura that flamenco radiated, and by 1940, flamenco grew to become a powerful national icon. It continues to be regarded as the quintessential expression of Spanish folk music. Our emphasis is on acquiring both an aural as well as a historical and theoretical knowledge of flamenco.

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Gender and Communication

Fall (Sociology, Speech Communications, Women's Studies / Gender Studies; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course introduces students to gender-related communication; integrating theory and practice in order to heighten awareness of the importance of gender as a communication variable. Emphasis on perception, verbal, nonverbal similarities and differences are examined in interpersonal, small group, and public settings, with emphasis on the host culture.

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Government and Politics in Spain

Fall (Political Science; 400-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. (Fall semester)

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Intercultural Communication

Fall (Speech Communications; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Speech Communications; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course will provide an understanding of the dynamics in intercultural communication. Emphasis will be placed on communication perceptions, self-awareness, and world views. Students will develop recognition of their own cultural communication style and the way it differs from other cultures. By examining barriers to intercultural communication, such as ethnocentrism and stereotyping, students will develop cultural sensitivity and become more competent in communicating interculturally. Emphasis will be on the culture(s) of the host country.

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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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Latin American and Spanish Dances

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

The dance rehearsals will be held with taped music. Students will learn array of Spanish and Latin American dances including: Tango, Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Cha-cha cha, and Flamenco (Sevillanas).

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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Modern Spanish Culture through Service Learning

Spring (Sociology; 300-level; 3 credits)

Using a service learning experience as a field laboratory, this course seeks to examine the socioeconomic, cultural, political and historical elements that shaped and continue to shape modern Madrid. Students will work 42 total hours (3.5 hours per week) alongside Spanish volunteers and their professor in a soup kitchen that serves over 100 people. Once a week, the students will, under the guidance of regular volunteers from all strata of Spanish society, prepare and cook meals, set tables, and serve lunch. After assisting in cleanup duties, students may choose to continue working in the same location with an after school program. Students will meet once a week (26 total hours) in a classroom setting to participate in engaging cross-cultural communication activities, give presentations on research, debrief and reflect on weekly service, and work on their midterm and final projects. This course will encourage students to meet more local residents, explore different parts of Madrid on their own, and analyze the intercultural dynamics they observe during their volunteer experience, improve their Spanish language skills and experience social justice and modern-day Spanish culture first hand.

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Photojournalism/Visual Journalism

Spring (Art, Journalism; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course is an introduction to visual storytelling. Students will be provided a brief history of photojournalism, discover the field’s career paths, and take a look into the future of this discipline. Students will engage with their new, foreign surroundings by way of the camera as we will investigate many of the factors which define photojournalism, and explore photography’s power to convey a message. Lectures, critiques, demonstrations and assignments will educate students in communicating with photographs. Students will be expected to meet project deadlines and participate in both class discussions and critiques.

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Spain Seen by Photography

Fall (Art; 300-level; 3 credits)

The aim of this course is to offer an introduction to Spanish Contemporary History through the History of Photography in Spain. The beginnings of photography and its evolution runs close to the beginnings of our liberal thoughts and our social and industrial development. The first course objective will be to analyze the social and political changes of Spain during the 19th and 20th centuries: monarchic governments, short republics, 40 years dictatorship and nowadays democracy were highly documented by photography. New social groups will going to appear and the traditional ones will going to change or even disappear, being both sides of the coin the protagonist of the Spanish photography masters. But we could not forget that photography is not just a documental source; it is also a support for artistic expression. Parallel to the political and social Spanish history, we will try to understand the aesthetical changes in the history of photography in Spain.

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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)

Spanish Composition II (SPN 306) is a third year course of three credtis for students who have completed two years and a half of Spanish at the University level or their equivalent. The focus of the course is on improving the learners´ writing abilities with the analysis and the production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and increase learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a novel or a collection of short stories will strengthen the formal instruction.

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Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills

Fall (300-level; 1 - 3 credits)
Spring (300-level; 1 - 3 credits)

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

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Spanish Cuisine

Spring (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)

Students will be given the opportunity to observe the art of preparing and cooking typical Spanish dishes. USAC provides instruction and facilities. Each student is charged a separate, non-refundable fee of $380 to help pay for the ingredients. Enrollment is limited to 20 on a first come basis. This fee also entitles you to enjoy the 10 great dinners which are prepared in class! This class is graded on a pass/fail basis only.

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Spanish Culture and Civilization

Fall (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Anthropology, Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course will make the student gain a better understanding of modern Spain. Through the study of Spanish geography, recent history (20th and 21st centuries), its different regions, its traditions and the new changes faced by the society, students will picture the complexity and diversity of contemporary Spanish Culture and Civilization.

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Spanish for Business

Spring (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course has been created for students who wish to develop competence in an area of Spanish 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.

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Spanish for Medical Professionals

Fall (Community Health Sciences, Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed for students who have an interest in the health field from the variety of its perspectives (medicine, psychology, heath law, politics etc.). It provides the student with language competence to allow communication in specific situations of medical activities in its different contexts. Moreover, there will be a strong focus on analyzing the Spanish heath system and its current changes. It will also focus on the differences with the US health system as well as the study of the cultural differences between these countries and between the Hispanic communities living in the US. This course also provides the opportunity to prepare for Spanish certification on heath science. Certificado Básico o Superior de Español de las Ciencias de la Salud which is provided by the Chambers of commerce, Cámara de Comercio of Madrid.

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Survey of Art I: European/Western Art

Fall (Art; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course studies the history of Western European Art from Prehistoric times to the Renaissance. The course has a general introduction and six main topics: Prehistoric Art, Egyptian and Western Asian Art, Classical, Roman Art, Gothic Art and arts evolution at the time of the Renaissance.

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Survey of Art II: European/Western Art

Spring (Art; 200-level; 3 credits)

he aim of this course is to offer an introduction to Western Aesthetics analyzing forms and contents in different schools during a specific period of time: from the Baroque period (17th century) to the 20th century. The course will offer a general survey of Western Art and Architecture of the period with a particular emphasis on Art and Architecture on the Spanish Peninsula.

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Survey of Spanish Literature I

Fall (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 12th to 18th century. Texts from different literary genres are selected which demonstrate underlying ideas, idiosyncrasies of the Spanish people and universal values, as well as the literary characteristics of the works themselves.

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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.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary European History and Cinema

Fall (Art, Film, History; 300-level; 3 credits)

The fundamental objective of this course is to examine the history of Twentieth Century Europe through the analysis and interpretation of a series of films that reconstruct key moments of this period. As the most influential artistic medium of the twentieth century, the cinema becomes both product and producer of historical processes and rhetoric, constructing and deconstructing myths, stories and identities. As such, studying cinema in a diachronic context allows us to examine the social, economic, historical, artistic and ideological movements related to a particular timeframe. We will simultaneously reflect on the connection between historiographic narratives and their corresponding on-screen versions. History as presented in film and the history of film.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish History and Cinema

Spring (Art, Film, History; 300-level; 3 credits)

The course aims to introduce students to the history of Spain in the 20th century, through the analysis and commentary of a series of films dealing with key moments in this period. As the most important artistic medium of the twentieth century, cinema is both the product of and producer of historical processes and discourses, constructing and deconstructing myths and identities. This is of particular importance in the case of Spain, a country ruled under the iron first of the Franco dictatorship for almost forty years. Thus, the study of film in a diachronic context enables the consideration of Spanish society, history, economics and power relations in a given epoch.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Narrative

Spring (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 600-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. Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Poetry

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

A study of the most important authors and movements from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, including Unamuno, Garcia Lorca, Damaso Alonso, Cernuda, Celaya and more.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Short Stories

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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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Theatre

Fall (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

During this course some of the masters of Spanish theatre in the 20th and 21st centuries will be studied; their interrelationship with the European and American scene and their history-in-progress characteristics. Since theatre is, among other aspects, a reflection of the circumstances in which one writes, the analysis of the pre and post civil war theatre includes discussion of the most important events in the history of Spain during this century. Principal authors to be studied are Benavente, Garcia Lorca, Valle-Inclán, Buero Vallejo and Mayorga.

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