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Madrid Courses – 2021 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. Enrollment in the entire track is mandatory. 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 - Option A (14 credits total)—Prerequisite: none

  • Spring
    Spanish100-level4 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

  • Spring
    Spanish100-level4 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

  • Spring
    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, preterit and imperfect, etc. is included. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish.

  • Spring
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

Track I - Option B (Fall Semester) (8 credits total) - Prerequisite: none

  • Spring
    Spanish100-level4 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

  • Spring
    Spanish100-level4 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

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

  • Spring
    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, preterit and imperfect, etc. is included. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish.

  • Spring
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

  • Spring
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

  • Spring
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

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

  • Spring
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

  • Spring
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

  • Spring
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

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

  • Spring
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

  • Spring
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

Fall Semester

Spanish Language and Literature Electives

Taught in Spanish

  • Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics
  • Spring
    300-level1-3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

    Track II and above.

  • Spanish for Medical Professionals
  • Survey of Spanish Literature I
  • Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Short Stories
  • Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Theatre

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
    Art100-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This is an on-site art studio course, based on drawing, open to art and non-art majors. Previous

    drawing experience is not needed.

    In this course, students will explore and develop drawing skills through the completion of a travel sketchbook. Taking as a point of departure the notion of the city as a social form and students’ positioning as travelers in Madrid, this course offers an exploration of the city through drawing and interactions with the visual arts. In dialogue with Michel De Certeau’s understanding of everyday practices like walking as ways to create spaces that contest dominant city circuits, we will visit and draw prominent sites - monuments, museums, neighborhoods, gardens, among others. Students’ sketchbooks will be related to students’ own artistic and intellectual projects and will allow them to experience the city in unique ways.

    Weekly reviews of their work will allow students to develop drawing skills gradually in order to reach the goal of understanding and using drawing as a powerful visual form of communication. Students will have weekly individual feedback on their drawings and homework.

    Drawing techniques, art history, and cultural theory readings, as well as references to contemporary painters and artwork will be used to demonstrate concepts discussed in class and to broaden student's visual vocabulary and understanding of art.

    Students will produce a sketchbook during the semester based on drawings made during class time, site visits and homework. Students’ conclusions and experiences will be reflected in a final project. Students’ final drawing will be directly related to their own interests and intellectual projects.

  • Government and Politics in Spain
  • Spain Seen by Photography
  • Spring
    AnthropologySpanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    This course will make the student gain a better understanding of modern Spain. Through the study of Spanish geography, recent history, literature, 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.

    Students will apply and evaluate modes of academic inquiry, creative expression, or results of research to problems in historical and contemporary global contexts. Students will articulate connections among local, national, and international contexts and evaluate the ways that historical and contemporary global influences affect their current situations.

    Taught in Spanish.

  • Twentieth-Century and Contemporary European History and Cinema

Spring Semester

Spanish Language and Literature Electives

Taught in Spanish

  • Spring
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    This course offers an introduction to the theory and practice of translation from Spanish into English and vice versa, through readings and different types of exercises on the translation of different text genres.

    Track IV

  • Spring
    300-level1-3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

    Track II and above.

  • Spring
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

    Track III and IV.

  • Spring
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    A través de una selección de textos, se estudiarán algunas de las obras más representativas de la literatura española, desde el siglo XVIII hasta la actualidad. Este estudio tendrá dos elementos básicos de análisis: contenido temático y formal.

    Track III and IV.

  • Spring
    ArtFilmHistory300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    The course explores the history of twentieth-century Spain through the study of selected texts and the analysis of relevant films of the period in Spanish culture and society. We will examine such questions as women´s roles, dictatorship and censorship, exile and migration, experience of war and repression, economic development, democracy, social movements and globalization, and how these issues are represented through cinema in Spain.

    Taught in Spanish.

  • Spring
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Spring
    Spanish600-level3 creditsTaught in English

    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.

    Taught in Spanish.

    Track IV.

  • Spring
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Spring
    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. Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish. 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
    SpanishWorld Languages and Literatures200-level1 creditTaught in English

    There is much more to Spain than its capital. Hence, the aim of this course is to introduce students to regions beyond the confines of Madrid. As autonomous learners, students who opt to do the Field Study course will develop a more global view of Spain and its history, culture, geography and people. This will be achieved through reading and basic investigation, both within and outside Andalusia. As a result, students will come to better understand the diversity of Iberian cultures, in particular that of Andalusia.

    Taught in English and Spanish.

    This course has an additional fee.

  • Spring
    Art100-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This is an on-site art studio course, based on drawing, open to art and non-art majors. Previous

    drawing experience is not needed.

    In this course, students will explore and develop drawing skills through the completion of a travel sketchbook. Taking as a point of departure the notion of the city as a social form and students’ positioning as travelers in Madrid, this course offers an exploration of the city through drawing and interactions with the visual arts. In dialogue with Michel De Certeau’s understanding of everyday practices like walking as ways to create spaces that contest dominant city circuits, we will visit and draw prominent sites - monuments, museums, neighborhoods, gardens, among others. Students’ sketchbooks will be related to students’ own artistic and intellectual projects and will allow them to experience the city in unique ways.

    Weekly reviews of their work will allow students to develop drawing skills gradually in order to reach the goal of understanding and using drawing as a powerful visual form of communication. Students will have weekly individual feedback on their drawings and homework.

    Drawing techniques, art history, and cultural theory readings, as well as references to contemporary painters and artwork will be used to demonstrate concepts discussed in class and to broaden student's visual vocabulary and understanding of art.

    Students will produce a sketchbook during the semester based on drawings made during class time, site visits and homework. Students’ conclusions and experiences will be reflected in a final project. Students’ final drawing will be directly related to their own interests and intellectual projects.

  • Spring
    EconomicsHistoryPolitical Science400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    From Ancient times, many thinkers have tried to create a politically united Europe. After WWII the conditions materialized and since then, we have experienced the process of integration and the creation of European Law. Currently, EU´s political, economic and legal agreements affect not only its Member States but also the rest of the World, in a similar way that the USA does. This course is designed to provide a broad understanding of the major political and economic changes occurred in the European Union (Economic European Communities until 1992) after the Second World War. Special attention will be given to the study of institutional and public policy issues. The course will examine the ongoing process of the making of the EU. In addition to a review of the history of European integration, its nature and functioning will also be analyzed. Finally it will focus on a discussion of specific issues related to current problems facing European construction, and the challenges ahead.

  • Spring
    AnthropologyMusicSociology200-level3 creditsTaught in Englsh

    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.

  • Spring
    DanceRecreation / Physical Education100-level1 creditTaught in English

    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.

    Taught in Spanish but appropriate for all.

  • Spring
    Service LearningSociologySpanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Using a service-learning experience as a field laboratory, this course seeks to examine the socioeconomic, cultural, political, and historic elements that shaped and continue to shape modern Madrid. Students work 42 total hours (2 hours and 40 minutes per week) alongside Spanish volunteers and their professor in a soup kitchen that serves over 100 people. Once a week, the students, under the guidance of volunteers from all strata of Spanish society, prepare meals, serve lunch, wash up and fulfill other on-site activities to complete the service-learning component of this course. Students will also volunteer at Pan y Peces (a local food bank) during the semester on February 8nd and March 8th (9:00-12:30) with other USAC Madrid students. To complete academic credits, 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. Student will also be given class time to work on their midterm and final projects.

    This course will encourage students to meet locals, explore different parts of Madrid on their own, and analyze the intercultural dynamics they observe during their volunteer experience while improving their Spanish language skills and witnessing social justice in modern-day Spanish culture firsthand. Through pre-service lectures, cross-cultural communication exercises, weekly in-class reflections, presentations, visits to Madrid neighborhoods and museums as well as 42 volunteer hours in a soup kitchen and food bank, this course will:

    1. Encourage students’ immersion into the study abroad environment through experiences that will improve skills in Spanish language proficiency and cross-cultural interaction.

    2. Provide students with real world volunteer experience with local organizations and highlight the purpose of these organizations within the larger context of Spanish reality.

    3. Facilitate Spanish language learning by establishing social connections in their new communities while underscoring the importance of social justice and the diversity of Spanish culture.

    4. Enhance the students’ academic curriculum by integrating service activities that allow them to meet a real community need.

    Taught in Spanish.

  • Spring
    ArtJournalism300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Students will begin by navigating and engaging their new surroundings with their cameras through a series of short assignments. They will then learn to define and apply what makes a good, information-full photograph and begin to execute more thorough assignments. Feedback will be given directly by the instructor and by the student’s peers in critiques. Towards the end of the semester, students will do a long-term narrative story based on a topic of their choice. By the end of the class, it is my hope that each student will create a narrative project that visually communicates an aspect of their experience abroad.

    The following will be covered throughout the course of the semester:

    -History of/contemporary trends in photojournalism

    -Story-telling via assignments and projects

    -Ethics and methods

    -Personal picture editing

    -Long Term Project planning and execution

  • Spring
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English

    An introduction to Spanish cuisine in a hands-on kitchen environment. Authentic preparations of several local dishes will be taught. Correct cooking techniques are emphasized. Readings and lectures on local food customs and traditions will support and contextualize the cooking instruction.

    Taught in Spanish but appropriate for all.

    This course has a maximum capacity of 15.

    This course has an additional fee for materials.

  • Spring
    AnthropologySpanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    This course will make the student gain a better understanding of modern Spain. Through the study of Spanish geography, recent history, literature, 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.

    Students will apply and evaluate modes of academic inquiry, creative expression, or results of research to problems in historical and contemporary global contexts. Students will articulate connections among local, national, and international contexts and evaluate the ways that historical and contemporary global influences affect their current situations.

    Taught in Spanish.

  • Spring
    Art200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    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.

    Taught in Spanish.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

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 Galicia – Celtic Spain (Santiago de Compostela); 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 $200 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

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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