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San Sebastián Courses – 2020 Summer Session 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 three to six credits during Session I and in three to five credits during Session II. At least one 3-credit course is required each summer sessions. You may add one additional credit to Session I only for the Madrid Field Study. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

Spanish Language Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with three to five credits of Spanish taught each session. Language courses have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills is highly recommended to compliment 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, preterit 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.

    Taught in Spanish.

    Prerequisite: four 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.

    Taught in Spanish.

    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 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: seven semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    300-level2 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    300-level2 creditsTaught in Spanish

    A course that complements the development of linguistic skills emphasizing the oral mode of the Spanish language. It aims to improve students' ability to maintain a sustained monologue as well as oral interactions.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish.

European and Cultural Studies

These elective courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary perspective to your studies. Courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted in Spanish; most courses taught in Spanish are appropriate for students with four semesters of college Spanish and above.

Session I

  • Summer Session I
    Political Science300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    The rise of authoritarian populism in recent years presents new challenges to long-established democracies such as the U.K., Germany, Greece, France, Italy and the U.S. We will examine what explains the rise of populism, the consequences of this development, and what can be done to address the risks that populism poses to democratic norms and institutions. Each student will conduct a case study of a country where authoritarian populism has recently emerged as a political force.

  • Summer Session I
    AnthropologyBasque300-level3 creditsTaught in English and Basque

    This course would 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. (Session I)

    Taught in English.

  • Summer Session I
    Art300-level1 creditTaught in Spanish

    The course presents an overview of the complex history of contemporary art. It will focus on Goya, the first modern artist, and the various movements of the twentieth and twenty first centuries in Spain, including the work of Gaudi, Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Tapies, A . López Barceló, etc. It includes lectures, analysis of texts and pictures and visits to museums and galleries.

    Taught in Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    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.

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

    This course may be taken in addition to the session 6-credit maximum.

    Co-requisite: Enrollment in the optional Madrid tour.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish300-level1 creditTaught in Spanish

    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 Spanish.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    Recreation / Physical Education100-level1 creditTaught in English and Spanish
    Summer Session II
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    This innovative course will combine classroom learning with a field study experience to make Spanish culture come alive for the students. The traditional study of Spanish history, culture and art will be complemented by visits to the historical cities of Segovia and Toledo, the Escorial and Valley of the Fallen as well as the Prado Museum. Artistic, political, historical and cultural events will be analyzed and interrelated for a complex and complete vision of the greatness of Spain.

    Must be taken in addition to another 3-credit course in Spanish or European Studies.

    This course is composed of: Contemporary Spanish Art (taught in Spanish), Spanish Culture and Civilization (taught in Spanish), and the Madrid Field Study (taught in English).

    This course has an additional fee for the Madrid Tour which is required for the Field Study.

Session II

  • Summer Session II
    Natural ResourcesSociology400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Dealing with climate change is the ultimate collective action problem. Without massive changes in the world’s high-carbon socioeconomic systems, we will not stem the human sources of climate change. Purely technological fixes are not sufficient to mitigate or effectively adapt to climate change. Climate change is largely a problem of culture, social organization, and political will. Dealing with climate change means dealing with big, complex questions about how we think and how we live.

    We will view climate change sociologically with a focus on four major topics:

    1. Production, Consumption and the Climate Problem

    2. Culture, Controversy, and Climate Change

    3. Societal Effects of Climate Change

    4. The Future of Climate Change Society

    The social dimensions of climate change occur at local, regional, national, global levels. We will employ a multi-level approach in this course that will connect the major sociological climate change topics to local circumstances in Spain, to regional European conditions, and to broader global processes.

    Prerequisite: introductory coursework in sociology, environmental studies, or equivalent.

  • Summer Session II
    Spanish300-level1 creditTaught in Spanish

    Themes in political, economic, social, and cultural history will elucidate the profound changes that Spain has undergone in the last century. Special attention will be paid to the Franco regime, the post-Franco transition to democracy, and Spain's integration into the European Union. Through the study and analysis of current events in today’s Spain we hope to provide the opportunity for students to gain a greater comprehension of contemporary Spanish culture.

    Taught in Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    Recreation / Physical Education100-level1 creditTaught in English and Spanish
    Summer Session II
    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.

  • Summer Session II
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    This course offers the study of selected poems from the most relevant contemporary Spanish poets, from the Generation of 98 to the latest publications of the 21st Century. We will view the poets and their poems in their social, political and historical contexts. Throughout the course, we will study different poetic responses to similar historical circumstances in order to understand not only the poets themselves, but also to understand the aesthetic pleasure of poetry.

    Taught in Spanish.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

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). 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, the field study course will be completed with follow-up meetings with a professor and the final exam. The written work for the field study may be completed in Spanish or English.

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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