San Sebastián, Spain
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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 I or II is highly recommended to compliment Intermediate Spanish I through Advanced Spanish II.

Session I and Session II

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

Session II

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.

US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Session I:

Dr. Diana Dwyre | California State University, Chico

Course offered:

Professor Diana Dwyre (PhD, Syracuse University) teaches and conducts research on money and politics, campaigns and elections, and political parties. She was a Fulbright scholar in Australia in 2010, worked in the U.S. Congress, and taught with USAC in Italy (2009) and Spain (2012 and 2015).

Session II:

Dr. Robert Futrell | University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Course offered:

Dr. Futrell is a Professor of Sociology and has published extensively in fields including: social movements and extremist politics, environmental sociology, and sustainability. He has also received several teaching awards including the UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award. His international experience includes time in Western Europe and research time in Kazakhstan.

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 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: seven semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Authoritarian Populism on the Rise: Why now?

Summer Session I (Political Science; 300-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Basque Language and Culture

Summer Session I (Anthropology, Basque; 300-level; 3 credits)

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)

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Contemporary Spanish Art

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

Without a doubt, Picasso is one of the most important figures in Western Art of the twentieth century, yet many other Spanish artists belong to this elite group. In this course, we will study Picasso, Juan Gris, Miró, Dalí, Antonio López, Eduardo Chillida and other outstanding Spanish painters and sculptors, as we observe Spain's artistic evolution through Cubism, Dadaism, Futurism, Surrealism, Abstract Painting and Avant-Gardes tendencies. Spain's important contribution to twentieth century art will be reviewed and debated. Taught in Spanish. (Session I)

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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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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, preterit 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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Madrid Field Study

Summer Session I (Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)

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.

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Social Dilemmas of Climate Change

Summer Session II (Natural Resources, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Spain Today

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

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.

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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: four semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills

Summer Session I (300-level; 2 credits)
Summer Session II (300-level; 2 credits)

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.

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Spanish Culture and Civilization

Summer Session I (Spanish; 300-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. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Surfing

Summer Session I (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)

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.

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Topics in Spanish Culture

Summer Session I (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

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. In Session I this course will be comprised of the Madrid Tour Field Study, Contemporary Spanish Art and Spanish Culture and Civilization. This 3-credit course may only be taken in addition to another 3-credit course in Spanish Language, European or Cultural Studies. Taught in Spanish.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Spanish Poetry

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

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.

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