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San Sebastián Courses – 2020 Fall

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 language and literature electives and/or courses in psychology, Spanish, Basque, and European area studies. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

Spanish Language Studies

USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks as well as elective language and literature courses. The track 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 the track, you do not have to take it again for credit, but you must audit it. Language course sections are kept to a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. All students will enroll in the courses listed for the appropriate language track plus elective language and literature courses and/or courses from Spanish, Basque, and European Area Studies for a total of 12-18 credits.

Track I (14 credits total)—Prerequisite: none

  • Fall
    Spanish100-level4 creditsTaught in Spanish
    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.

  • Fall
    Spanish100-level4 creditsTaught in Spanish
    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.

  • Fall
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in 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.

  • Fall
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in 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 II (12 credits total)—Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

  • Fall
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in 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.

  • Fall
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in 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.

  • Fall
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in 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.

  • Fall
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    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

  • Fall
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in 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.

  • Fall
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    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.

  • Fall
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in 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.

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

  • Fall
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in 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.

  • Fall
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Spring
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Advanced Spanish II 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.

Spanish Language and Literature Electives

Taught in Spanish

Fall Semester

  • Fall
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught 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 viceversa, through readings and different types of exercises on the translation of different text genres.

    Track IV.

  • Fall
    Spanish300-level2-3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Spring
    Spanish300-level2-3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Optional two or three-credit course that complements the development of linguistic competences facilitated at the three-hundred level Spanish courses, focusing in the oral skills in particular.

    Curso opcional de dos o tres créditos destinado a desarrollar las habilidades lingüísticas que se van adquiriendo en los otros cursos de nivel trescientos y cuatrocientos, haciendo especial hincapié en las destrezas orales.

    Track II and above.

    A 3-credit option is available; arranged on-site in consultation with the Resident Director.

  • Fall
    SpanishWorld Languages and Literatures300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Estudio de la literatura española en su evolución a partir del análisis de movimientos literarios y de la comparación de los autores y obras más representativas de cada período desde el siglo XII hasta el siglo XVII.

    Track III and IV

  • Spring
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Este curso está dirigido a alumnos que tengan buen conocimiento de español. Se conjugarán las lecturas de las obras antes señaladas, con exposiciones teóricas y visionado de vídeos sobre las obras de referencia.

    Se incentivará la asistencia a obras de teatro en directo para luego comentar aspectos que no recoge el teatro leído.

    Se realizarán, tanto individualmente como en grupo, trabajos y exposiciones sobre los diferentes autores.

    Se verán partes de cada una de las obras en clase, comentando los aspectos estudiados. Se comparará los diferentes estilos utilizados por los autores.

    Track IV

Spring Semester

  • Fall
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught 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 viceversa, through readings and different types of exercises on the translation of different text genres.

    Track IV.

  • Spring
    ArtFilmSpanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    This course provides a panoramic vision of Spanish cinema as an expression of the evolution of Spanish society. It begins with the cinema of the 1930’s and touches on the cinema of the transition and the new democratic era as well as on the postmodern cinema and the new directors of the 90’s and on the effort to internationalize Spanish cinema. Finally we will examine the Spanish and Basque cinema of the 21st century.

    Track IV

  • Fall
    Spanish300-level2-3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Spring
    Spanish300-level2-3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Optional two or three-credit course that complements the development of linguistic competences facilitated at the three-hundred level Spanish courses, focusing in the oral skills in particular.

    Curso opcional de dos o tres créditos destinado a desarrollar las habilidades lingüísticas que se van adquiriendo en los otros cursos de nivel trescientos y cuatrocientos, haciendo especial hincapié en las destrezas orales.

    Track II and above.

    A 3-credit option is available; arranged on-site in consultation with the Resident Director.

  • 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
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Este curso está dirigido a alumnos que tengan buen conocimiento de español. Se conjugarán las lecturas de las obras antes señaladas, con exposiciones teóricas y visionado de vídeos sobre las obras de referencia.

    Se incentivará la asistencia a obras de teatro en directo para luego comentar aspectos que no recoge el teatro leído.

    Se realizarán, tanto individualmente como en grupo, trabajos y exposiciones sobre los diferentes autores.

    Se verán partes de cada una de las obras en clase, comentando los aspectos estudiados. Se comparará los diferentes estilos utilizados por los autores.

    Track IV

Psychology, Spanish, Basque, and European Area Studies

Taught in English or Spanish
The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your studies. Courses are taught in English unless noted in 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 local students attending the Universidad del País Vasco—these courses are noted below with an asterisk.

Fall Semester

  • Fall
    AnthropologyBasque300-level3 creditsTaught in English and Basque
    Spring
    AnthropologyBasque300-level3 creditsTaught in English and Basque

    This course will touch on the history and evolution of one of the oldest languages in the world, the mythology and symbolism of the Basques, their traditions and culture.

    General notions of the language will be presented, explaining why this language is of such interest today to linguists and anthropologists.

    Basic conversational Basque skills will be studied and students will have the opportunity outside of class to interview and practice with local native speakers.

    Taught in English and Basque, but appropriate for all.

  • Fall
    Psychology300-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    Psychology300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course will begin with an evolutionary approach to the understanding of cognitive psychology and later explore perceptual and attentional processes. It will focus on visual perception. Course topics will be addressed via three different converging approaches: psychophysical, physiological, and cognitive. Finally, four types of attention—vigilant, focused, divided, and executive—will be examined. This course is suitable for students of psychology, as well as those who are interested in course topics.

    Prerequisite: Introductory coursework in psychology.

  • Fall
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Humankind has continuously tried to explain the world through notions such as God, the cosmos, and nature. Referencing classic myths and legends in order to interpret the world even continues today. This course examines how humankind has created varying systems of myths, legends, symbols and allegories across cultures that help interpret the world. This course loosely follows the historical development of different myths, from ancient times to the present and examines specific topics such as witchcraft, mythical places and animals, etc. Special attention will be given to Greek mythology and to the myths and legends of the Basques.

    Taught in Spanish.

  • Fall
    General EducationSpanish200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Spring
    General EducationSpanish200-level1 creditTaught in English

    In this course, we will present the students with the most important methods and approaches in the field of teaching of English as a second language. We will cover theoretical and practical aspects

    of the methods. As a complement to the theories behind different methods, our students will do practice teaching of English as a second language in the local schools.

    This course is mandatory for all students participating in TABC program.

  • Fall
    International AffairsPsychologySociology400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    In this course, we will be studying inter-group relations and their relevance for conflict and post-conflict societies. We will start with ‘hacking’ key concepts in intergroup relations, including both cognitive (social categorization, stereotyping, ideology, perceived threat), and affective processes (group-based emotions, non-verbal expression of emotions), which are frequently a basis for an intergroup conflict. We will also study collective memory processes, with a specific focus on the notion of collective victimhood and its consequences. Importantly, we will seek answers to the question how to resolve intergroup conflict. Namely, we will learn about the effects of diverse tools for addressing intergroup conflict and prejudice, such as intergroup contact, constructing common group identities (including victim and perpetrator identities), or making an apology.

    Prerequisite: Introductory coursework in psychology or sociology.

  • Fall
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English

    Students will participate in the preparation of typical Spanish and Basque dishes under the guidance of a chef from the prestigious Basque Culinary Center. An introduction to a local 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.

    This course has an additional fee for materials.

  • Fall
    AnthropologySpanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Spring
    AnthropologySpanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    This is a general civilization course, spanning the study of the first settlers of the Iberian peninsula to the present day.. We will discuss discuss 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 Spanish.

  • Fall
    Recreation / Physical Education100-level1 creditTaught in English and Spanish
    Spring
    Recreation / Physical Education100-level1 creditTaught in English and Spanish

    This class is co-produced by USAC and “Bluemotion Surf and Bodyboard Academy”. There will be 3 two-hour sessions per week for a 5 week period. “Bluemotion” will provide the needed equipment and insurance, as well as showers and a locker room.

    The order of the activities on the syllabus may be subject to changes for reasons beyond our control, such as inclement weather, very big waves, etc.

    This course has an additional fee for equipment rentals and insurance.

Spring Semester

  • Spring
    Basque100-level4 creditsTaught in Basque

    Intensive instruction in the Basque language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. Particular emphasis on oral skills.

  • Elementary Basque II
  • Spring
    200-level3 creditsTaught in Basque

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Basque.

  • Spring
    200-level3 creditsTaught in Basque

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Basque.

  • Spring
    400-level3 creditsTaught in Basque

    In Composition I students work on their writing abilities while reviewing important Basque grammar topics, enhance their vocabulary and expand their reading strategies.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Basque.

  • Spring
    400-level3 creditsTaught in Basque

    In Composition II students work on their writing abilities while reviewing important Basque grammar topics, enhance their vocabulary and expand their reading strategies.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Basque.

  • Spring
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English/Spanish

    This course is designed to teach Basque and other popular regional recipes, as well as tips, serving ideas, and a bit of etiquette and customs. The lessons are arranged by meal, so that one can easily translate the lessons to real life cooking situations.

    In addition to learning how to make appealing appetizers and entrees, students take several classes in baking and pastries. They learn tricks and tips that can be used in daily life. Students will spend time chopping onions, peeling potatoes, cutting meat, kneading dough and beating eggs, all of it under the supervision of the cooks who can teach them the tricks of the trade and correct any mistakes.

    Generally, classes include one to two hours of explanations along with a practical hands-on component in the school (fully equipped and stocked kitchens where students cook).

    Taught in English and Spanish, but appropriate for all.

    This course has a maximum capacity of 20 students.

    This course has an additional fee for materials.

  • Spring
    Dance100-level1 creditTaught in Spanish

    USAC encourages students to enroll in this activities class in order to gain greater cultural awareness and to more fully participate in the local fiestas.

    Taught in Spanish but appropriate for everyone.

  • Fall
    AnthropologyBasque300-level3 creditsTaught in English and Basque
    Spring
    AnthropologyBasque300-level3 creditsTaught in English and Basque

    This course will touch on the history and evolution of one of the oldest languages in the world, the mythology and symbolism of the Basques, their traditions and culture.

    General notions of the language will be presented, explaining why this language is of such interest today to linguists and anthropologists.

    Basic conversational Basque skills will be studied and students will have the opportunity outside of class to interview and practice with local native speakers.

    Taught in English and Basque, but appropriate for all.

  • Spring
    Human Development and Family StudiesPsychology400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    The relevance of emotional and social processes in human development is a central focus in developmental psychology. Developmental psychology has examined which kind of affective, emotional and social processes play a prominent role in particular phases of development and how their relative impact changes over the life-span. Overall, the study of the developmental significance of particular affective, emotional and social processes has led to a more comprehensive understanding of human development.

  • Fall
    Psychology300-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    Psychology300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course will begin with an evolutionary approach to the understanding of cognitive psychology and later explore perceptual and attentional processes. It will focus on visual perception. Course topics will be addressed via three different converging approaches: psychophysical, physiological, and cognitive. Finally, four types of attention—vigilant, focused, divided, and executive—will be examined. This course is suitable for students of psychology, as well as those who are interested in course topics.

    Prerequisite: Introductory coursework in psychology.

  • Spring
    SpanishWorld Languages and Literatures200-level1 creditTaught in English

    This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Madrid tour by providing a solid historic and artistic base for studies of Spanish language and culture. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited on the four-day tour of Madrid and surroundings. Requirements include pre-departure readings, a daily journal of the tour, completion of a comprehensive study guide and a final exam which will be given at the program site. The tour will be given in English. The written work may be done in English or Spanish and it must be handed in before the final exam.

    Co-requisite: enrollment in the optional Madrid Tour.

    There is an additional fee of $750 to help pay for transportation, entrance fees, guides, lodging and some meals.

  • Spring
    AnthropologySociology200-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This three credit course is intended to help students to develop intercultural awareness and competence while studying abroad. Living in another country gives exceptional opportunities to learn how to deal and communicate with people of different cultural backgrounds. Reflection on their experiences with the host culture will permit students to acquire a critical cultural awareness and an understanding of cross-cultural encounters. The course will focus on learning basic concepts of Intercultural Communication as well as intercultural skills and attitudes. It will also include an introduction to the basic concepts of Mindfulness which will provide helpful stress-reducing techniques.

  • Spring
    HistoryMusicSpanish400-level1 creditTaught in Spanish

    This innovative course will examine the popular culture of the last fifty years of the twentieth century by focusing on the music and lyrics of the most popular rock groups, as well as other important signs of the times gleaned from documentaries, slogans, advertising, newspapers and television.

    Taught in Spanish.

  • Fall
    General EducationSpanish200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Spring
    General EducationSpanish200-level1 creditTaught in English

    In this course, we will present the students with the most important methods and approaches in the field of teaching of English as a second language. We will cover theoretical and practical aspects

    of the methods. As a complement to the theories behind different methods, our students will do practice teaching of English as a second language in the local schools.

    This course is mandatory for all students participating in TABC program.

  • Fall
    AnthropologySpanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Spring
    AnthropologySpanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    This is a general civilization course, spanning the study of the first settlers of the Iberian peninsula to the present day.. We will discuss discuss 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 Spanish.

  • Fall
    Recreation / Physical Education100-level1 creditTaught in English and Spanish
    Spring
    Recreation / Physical Education100-level1 creditTaught in English and Spanish

    This class is co-produced by USAC and “Bluemotion Surf and Bodyboard Academy”. There will be 3 two-hour sessions per week for a 5 week period. “Bluemotion” will provide the needed equipment and insurance, as well as showers and a locker room.

    The order of the activities on the syllabus may be subject to changes for reasons beyond our control, such as inclement weather, very big waves, etc.

    This course has an additional fee for equipment rentals and insurance.

  • Spring
    Art200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    This course presents the study of Western European art from the seventeenth century (Baroque Art) until the last third of the twentieth century (Pop-Art) with a special focus on Spanish art and its major artists: Velazquez, Goya Picasso, Dali, etc.

    The course is divided into three chronological sections: a) the seventeeth and eighteenth centuries; b) The nineteenth century; and c) the twentieth century.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish.

    Taught in Spanish.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Host University Courses

Taught in Spanish
Advanced Spanish students may take one 3-credit course offered by UPV in the fields of Teacher Education (including Teaching Language and Literature in Primary and Secondary Schools, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, or Gender Studies. Spanish universities follow a different calendar, with final exams in January (fall semester) and May (spring semester). It may be possible to organize early exams December and May) on an individual basis, but USAC cannot guarantee this.

Field Studies

Deepen your academic experience by turning the optional Madrid Tour into a 1-credit field study by completing additional academic requirements (readings, research, written assignments, reports, etc.) on the historical, cultural, and natural features of the region. 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 San Sebastián, you will have follow-up meetings with a professor and take a final exam. The written work may be completed in Spanish or in English.

Internships

USAC internships are considered courses and count as part of your credit load. They can be time-consuming, but are rich resources for your academic and professional development. Students are placed in an environment with high exposure to culture and language. Students working in a non-English speaking environment 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.

Popular internships include teaching English in local schools, working with Surfriders Foundation or BasqueHeritage.com. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.

Eligibility: enrollment in the San Sebastián program; minimum GPA of 3.0 and junior standing at time of internship. A refundable fee of $200 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

Fall: Open

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 | Basque

Member

APUNE--Associación de Programas Universitarios Norteamericanos en España

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