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San Sebastián Courses – 2022-23 Yearlong

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.

Click the course title to view course details, description, and availability.

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

Prerequisite: None

  1. Elementary Spanish I
  2. Elementary Spanish II
  3. Intermediate Spanish I
  4. Intermediate Spanish II

Track II: 12 credits

Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college Spanish

  1. Intermediate Spanish I
  2. Intermediate Spanish II
  3. Spanish Composition I
  4. Spanish Composition II

Track III: 9 credits

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college Spanish

  1. Spanish Composition I
  2. Spanish Composition II
  3. Advanced Spanish I

Track IV: 6 credits

Prerequisite: 6 semesters of college Spanish

  1. Advanced Spanish I
  2. Advanced Spanish II

      Language Courses

      • Fall
        Spanish 100-level 4 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 100-level 4 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed to help learners of Spanish to develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes. The main emphasis of this track is on communication.

      • Fall
        Spanish 100-level 4 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 100-level 4 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed to help learners of Spanish to develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes. The main emphasis of this track is on communication.

        Prerequisite: one semester of college-level Spanish, or equivalent

      • Fall
        Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed to help learners of Spanish to develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes. The main emphasis of this track is on communication.

        Prerequisite: two semesters of collge-level Spanish, or equivalent

      • Fall
        Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed to help learners of Spanish to develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes. The main emphasis of this track is on communication.

        Prerequisite: two semesters of collge-level Spanish, or equivalent

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        The focus of this course is to improve learners´ written abilities through the analysis and the production of different types of texts. In addition, several grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and refine the learners´ grammatical competence.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish, or equivalent

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        The focus of this course is to improve learners´ written abilities through the analysis and the production of different types of texts. In addition, several grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and refine the learners´ grammatical competence.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish, or equivalent

      • Fall
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed for students who may manage in daily tasks and interactions, but still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, these courses will offer them the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve grammatical accuracy in their oral and written expression.

        Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed for students who may manage in daily tasks and interactions, but still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, these courses will offer them the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve grammatical accuracy in their oral and written expression.

        Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Spanish

      Spanish Language and Literature Electives

      Fall Semester

      • Fall
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught 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.

        Este curso ofrece una introducción a la teoría y práctica de la traducción del español al inglés y viceversa, a través de lecturas y diversos ejercicios sobre la traducción de diferentes géneros textuales.

        Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 2-3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 2-3 credits Taught 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.

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

        Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish World Languages and Literatures 300-level 3 credits Taught 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.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught 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.

        Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Spanish

      Spring Semester

      • Fall
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught 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.

        Este curso ofrece una introducción a la teoría y práctica de la traducción del español al inglés y viceversa, a través de lecturas y diversos ejercicios sobre la traducción de diferentes géneros textuales.

        Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 2-3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 2-3 credits Taught 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.

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

        Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Spring
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught 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.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught 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.

        Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Spanish

      Psychology, Spanish, Basque, and European Area Studies

      The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your studies. Many of these elective courses will be shared with local students attending the Universidad del País Vasco.

      Fall Semester

      • Fall
        Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish

        This course will introduce students to traditional Basque folkdance. Music will be presented in a variety of ways from live performances, small drums, and recorded music. Students will become familiar with dance styles including Makil Txiki, Polka Pik, San Petit, Karrika Dantza, and Sorgin Dantza.

      • Fall
        Anthropology Basque 300-level 3 credits Taught in English and Basque
        Spring
        Anthropology Basque 300-level 3 credits Taught 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.

      • Fall
        Psychology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Psychology 300-level 3 credits Taught 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.

      • Fall
        Spanish World Languages and Literatures 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
        Spring
        Spanish World Languages and Literatures 200-level 1 credit Taught 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.

      • Fall
        Anthropology Sociology 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Anthropology Sociology 200-level 3 credits Taught 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.

      • Fall
        International Affairs Psychology Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught 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
        Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught 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
        Anthropology Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Anthropology Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course will develop student knowledge of significant geographic, historical, social, economic, and artistic events that have taken place in Spain, starting with the settlers of the Iberian Peninsula. Students will develop a solid theoretical and historical foundation to analyze events throughout Spain’s history effectively. Some topics include the Christian-Islamic cohabitation, the Renaissance, the Baroque, the Neoclassic period, and significant events from the nineteenth/twentieth centuries and the modern period.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish, or equivalent

      • Fall
        Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish
        Spring
        Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught 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, dangerous water conditions, etc.

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


      Spring Semester

      • Spring
        Human Development and Family Studies Psychology 400-level 3 credits Taught 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.

      • Spring
        Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English and 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).

        This course has a maximum capacity of 20 students.

        This course has an additional fee for materials.

      • Fall
        Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish

        This course will introduce students to traditional Basque folkdance. Music will be presented in a variety of ways from live performances, small drums, and recorded music. Students will become familiar with dance styles including Makil Txiki, Polka Pik, San Petit, Karrika Dantza, and Sorgin Dantza.

      • Fall
        Anthropology Basque 300-level 3 credits Taught in English and Basque
        Spring
        Anthropology Basque 300-level 3 credits Taught 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.

      • Fall
        Psychology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Psychology 300-level 3 credits Taught 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.

      • Fall
        Spanish World Languages and Literatures 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
        Spring
        Spanish World Languages and Literatures 200-level 1 credit Taught 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
        Art Film Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught 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.

        Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Fall
        Anthropology Sociology 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Anthropology Sociology 200-level 3 credits Taught 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
        History Music Spanish 400-level 1 credit Taught 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.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish

      • Spring
        General Education Spanish 200-level 1 credit Taught 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
        Anthropology Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Anthropology Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course will develop student knowledge of significant geographic, historical, social, economic, and artistic events that have taken place in Spain, starting with the settlers of the Iberian Peninsula. Students will develop a solid theoretical and historical foundation to analyze events throughout Spain’s history effectively. Some topics include the Christian-Islamic cohabitation, the Renaissance, the Baroque, the Neoclassic period, and significant events from the nineteenth/twentieth centuries and the modern period.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Spanish, or equivalent

      • Fall
        Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish
        Spring
        Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught 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, dangerous water conditions, etc.

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

      • Spring
        Art 200-level 3 credits Taught 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). Students will explore European art in three parts: a) the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; b) The nineteenth century; and c) the twentieth century.

        Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish.

      To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

      Host University Courses

      Attending a host university course is a great option for students looking to expand their academic experience abroad. By auditing a class at the Universidad del Pais Vasco (UPV), USAC students can experience firsthand the academic style of Spain, immerse themselves in the academic community of San Sebastián, and get to know local university students with similar academic interests. Most courses are taught in Spanish, but English-language offerings may be available.

      While it may be possible to earn academic credit for host university courses, UPV does not provide an official university transcript for courses completed by USAC students. Instead, they may provide a letter verifying participation in the course and the grade received. Be sure to work with your home university academic advisor to determine if host university courses will be accepted for credit. Please note that UPV typically follows a different academic calendar than USAC. This means that final exams are likely to take place after the USAC program has ended. It may be possible to arrange early exams, but USAC cannot guarantee this. Additionally, there may be supplementary fees associated with host university courses that are not covered by USAC program fees.

      Field Studies

      Optional field studies are an excellent way to deepen your academic experience abroad. During your 1-credit field study course, you will participate in carefully planned excursions that allow you to explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of Spain. These overnight field experiences, combined with required academic components such as readings, research, and written assignments, will increase your understanding of the sites and locales visited.

      As an experiential learning method, optional field studies complement the larger academic program and provide you with opportunities to learn in new ways, to gain hands-on experience, and to connect your classroom learning to the world around you.

      Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run.

      For more information about field study options, see the San Sebastián tour and field study page.

      Quick Details

      2022-23 App. Cycle

      Summer Sessions: Open
      Fall/Yearlong: Open
      Spring: Open

      Eligibility

      Preferred 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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