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Course Information

Madrid, Spain | 2018 Summer Sessions I & 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 at least three and up to five credits per session. At least one 3-credit course is required in all summer sessions. This list of courses is intended for informational purposes and does not guarantee availability or descriptions. Courses are subject to minor changes resulting from on-going curricular review, faculty assignments, and program revisions. Course availability is conditional on student interest and enrollment.

Spanish Language and Literature Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with three to four credits of Spanish taught in each four-week 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

Art History Studies and Culture Studies

Taught in English or Spanish
Madrid is a particularly vibrant and wonderful place to study Art History. The courses below are for both Spanish Studies and Art History students. They are designed to take advantage of the Art resources in the city as well as familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your studies. Courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted; 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

U.S. Professors

Most USAC courses are taught by local faculty; however, the following professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Session I:

Dr. Cory Pillen | Fort Lewis College

Course offered:

Dr. Pillen (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) specializes in nineteenth and twentieth-century visual culture.  Her current book project explores the various ways posters produced by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) addressed contemporary social concerns like leisure, conservation, health and housing through the promotion of knowledge and literacy.

Session II:

Dr. Amy Smith | University of the Pacific

Course offered:

Amy Elizabeth Smith is the author of All Roads Lead to Austen, the narrative of a year’s journey through Latin America holding reading groups on Jane Austen. She’s a Professor at the University of the Pacific in California and can teach you to pack in 30 minutes for a month-long trip.

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 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: seven semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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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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Find Your Voice Abroad: Travel Writing

Summer Session II (English; 300-level; 1 credit)

Travel is exciting—and so is reflecting on travel through personal stories. This course will help you produce clear, expressive prose, sharpen your eye for travel detail, and cultivate your individual voice. We’ll take frequent short walking excursions for inspiration. You’ll work closely with other students, giving and receiving tailored feedback in writing workshops, and have one-on-one conferences with the professor. We’ll cover 5 subject units: Culture Shock (or Not); The People You Meet; Integrating Photos with Text; Having a Bad Day; and What You’ll Leave Behind. Two additional subject units will be determined by class interest (student vote).

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Gender and Representation

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

This course provides an introduction to critical discourses on gender in visual culture. Throughout history, people have used visuals to both form and challenge our understanding of gender. These images work to define our interactions, shape our methods of socialization, and influence how we see ourselves and others. This class investigates these processes through a survey of diverse media, including paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, cartoons, films and advertisements. Course readings and discussions will be interdisciplinary in nature, drawing from cultural studies, gender theory and art history, among other fields.

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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, preterite 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)

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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Masterpieces of European Art I

Summer Session I (Art History; 200-level; 3 credits)

The aim of this course is to analyse the fundamental masterpieces that define the evolution of European Art from the Classical Greek period to Renaissance: the famous Diadumeno of Policleto, The Garden of Earthly Delights of Hieronymus Bosch, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz of El Greco, or Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, will be some of the protagonist of this course and the instruments to understand the different aesthetical changes in the History of Europe from the 5th century B.C. to the end of the 16th century.

Lectures will be followed by practical sessions at the Prado Museum, The Archaeological Museum and the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, where students will examine a great number of the best masterpieces of European Art at first-hand. This unique opportunity offer to the student a privileged instrument to understand those aesthetical and technical changes over the centuries: The Classical Art in the Greco-Roman culture, the arriving of the Northern culture to the Mediterranean, Middle Age Art and its relation to Christendom, the discovering of oil painting by the Flemish, and finally Renaissance, the Italian "rebirth" of the Greco-Roman culture and the idealism of Mediterranean Classicism.

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Masterpieces of European Art II

Summer Session II (Art History; 200-level; 3 credits)

The aim of this course is the analysis of the fundamental masterpieces that represent the important changes in European Art after Renaissance. The Baroque culture in the 17th century could be define as a hinge that turns the wills and needs of the 16th century to a much modern definition of Art during the Contemporary Age: Impressionist painters recognize in El Greco and Velázquez their predecessors on the brushstrokes techniques, Caravaggio paintings represent for the first time the physical truth of the common people, and the Classics helped the revolutionaries of all Europe at the end of the 18th century for their new political purposes.

Lectures will be followed by practical sessions at the Prado Museum, the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, Sorolla Museum and Reina Sofía Museum, where students will examine a great number of the best masterpieces of European Art at first-hand: Saint Catherine of Caravaggio at the Thyssen Museum, Saturn Devouring one of his Sons painted by Rubens and interpreted by Goya, both at the Prado Museum, Guernica painted by Picasso in the Reina Sofía Museum, will be the protagonists of this course and the instruments to understand the different aesthetical changes in the History of Europe during the last four centuries.

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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: five semesters of college Spanish.

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Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills

Summer Session I (300-level; 1 - 3 credits)
Summer Session II (300-level; 1 - 3 credits)

An optional one or two 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 Culture and Civilization

Summer Session I (Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 200-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. Taught in English.

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Spanish Painters I: Greco, Velázquez, and Goya

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

Spanish Painters I is an introductory course to analyze the artistic production and the different styles related to three of the most important masters of the Spanish Art History: El Greco, Velázquez and Goya.

Beside these three great masters, we will analyze the art pieces of some other Spanish and European artist represented in the Prado Museum and the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum. Although the course stresses the importance of Spanish art, attention will be paid to foreign painters because their work contributes to a more complete view of the periods and styles under study.

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Spanish Painters II: Dali, Picasso, and Miró

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

Spanish Painters II is an introductory course to analyze the artistic production and the different aesthetics related to three of the most important masters of the twenty century Spanish art: Picasso, Dalí and Miró.

Beside these three great masters, we will analyze the art pieces of some other Spanish and European artist represented in the different museums visits programmed for this course: Sorolla Museum, Reina Sofía Museum and Thyssen Bornemisza Museum. Although the course stresses the importance of Spanish art, attention will be paid to foreign painters represented in these different museums, because their work contributes to a more complete view of the periods and styles under study.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Poetry

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

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