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Madrid Courses – 2020 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

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish100-level4 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish100-level4 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish100-level4 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish100-level4 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

    Taught in Spanish.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session II
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

    Taught in Spanish.

    Prerequisite: seven semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    300-level1-3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    300-level1-3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish600-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

    Available during Session I only.

    Taught in Spanish.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session II
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish600-level3 creditsTaught in English

    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.

    Available during Session II only.

    Taught in Spanish.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish.

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

  • Summer Session I
    Art300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    The aim of this course is to analyse the fundamental masterpieces that define the evolution of European art from the classical Greek period to the renaissance. The famous Diadumeno of Policleto, The Garden of Earthly Delights of Hieronymus Bosch, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz of El Greco, and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, will be some of the pivotal pieces studied within this course and the instruments we will use to understand the different aesthetic changes in the history of Europe from the 5th century B.C. to the end of the 16th century.

  • Summer Session I
    Music200-level1 creditTaught in English

    This course will examine regional cultures of Spain with attention to relationships between geography, politics, social/cultural identities, and global influences. Spanish music and dance traditions from Andalucía, the Basque region, Galicia, and Aragón, will be highlighted not only for historical and cultural significance, but also for connections with other European, North African, and Middle Eastern cultures. Examples will be chosen from their significance in Spanish musical history as well as for their importance to regional and national identities.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Summer Session II
    Spanish200-level1 creditTaught in English

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Art History300-level1 creditTaught in Spanish

    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.

    Taught in Spanish.

Session II

  • Summer Session II
    Art300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    The aim of this course is to analyse the fundamental masterpieces that represent the important changes in European art after renaissance. The baroque culture in the 17th century can be seen as the transition to a more modern definition of art building to 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.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Summer Session II
    Spanish200-level1 creditTaught in English

    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.

  • Summer Session II
    Art History300-level1 creditTaught in Spanish

    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.

    Taught in Spanish.

  • Summer Session II
    English200-level1 creditTaught in English

    This course is designed to explore the phenomenon of Story - how it engages the senses, triggers emotions and creates awareness of consequence and meaning - via perspectives including biology, neurology, psychology, history, literature, film, music, art and theater. Using the text “The Storytelling Animal” as a guide, students will come to understand how our brain works to create stories from patterns, and how storytelling can be an effective tool in any discipline. They will apply those ideas to discussions and examinations of the storytelling tactics used in a variety of Spanish texts (from classic folk takes to contemporary ad campaigns) as to their own story of their experience studying abroad. The course will be interactive and engaging, with much opportunity to practice and apply concepts.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

Fall: Cancelled

Spring: Open

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer programs: Opens 9/1

Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1

Spring: Opens 9/1

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

65 students

Instruction

English | Spanish

Member

APUNE--Associación de Programas Universitarios Norteamericanos en España

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