Montevideo, Uruguay
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Montevideo Courses - 2020 Summer

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

Taught in English unless noted in Spanish.

    Course Descriptions

    Business Spanish

    Summer (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

    The objective of this course is to enable students to develop competence in an area which normally does not constitute a part of language learning. You will become familiar with the terminology and syntax of the world of economics, business administration, markets and related topics, in order to enable you to communicate correctly in the target language. Business writing, correspondence, oral and written translation of business related material is also practiced. Taught in Spanish - Prerequisite of 4 semesters of college Spanish.

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    Dances of Latin America

    Summer (Dance; 100-level; 1 credit)

    The Latin American Dances class is addressed to those students who enjoy dancing and want to learn how to relate traditional Latin American dances like “Cha chachá”, “Son”, “Bolero” “Merengue”, “Salsa”, “Guaracha”, “Cumbia” and so on. At the same time, the students have the chance to practice Spanish and become more acquainted with the Latin American culture.

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    Health and Environment in Latin America

    Summer (Latin American Studies; 300-level; 3 credits)

    This course examines the political and social dimensions of health and environment in Latin America, including the influence of poverty, race, gender, and religion. Through topics such as HIV/AIDS, nutrition, climate change, and mental health, students will become aware of the cultural factors that shape understandings of sickness and health and determine our interactions with the environment. We will also examine governmental and private responses to public health and environmental crises in the region. Course includes visits to and from local health agencies and environmental organizations.

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    Health Business Administration

    Summer (Community Health Sciences, General Business; 300-level; 3 credits)

    Health business is a major global business opportunity driving future growth and national prosperity. Business managerial competences will be required in social and health care organizations nationally and internationally in the future.

    Ageing of population in many societies will challenge health care systems and processes to produce health care services in more efficient ways. Digitalization of customer relationship management and services is a major change and driver for new services and processes.

    The course provides an introduction to this -and others- key business and administration issues and concepts in the Health Care industry, as well as its current and future challenges.

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    Intermediate Spanish I

    Summer (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)

    Intermediate Spanish I is a three-credit course offered to students who have completed a year of college Spanish or its equivalent. In this course, the students will learn to narrate in the main time-frames, as well as to recognize the different uses of the subjunctive mood in the expression of different degrees of certainty, of wishes and of advices.

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    Intermediate Spanish II

    Summer (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)

    Intermediate Spanish II is a three-credit course offered to students who have completed three semesters of college Spanish or their equivalent. In this course, the students will learn how to use the language with increasing 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.

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    Latin American Cuisine

    Summer (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)

    The Latin American Cuisine class is intended for students who enjoy cooking and want to learn how to prepare traditional Latin American dishes like “ceviche”, “picadillo”, “empanadas”, “tres leches”, and so on. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to practice Spanish and become more acquainted with the Latin American culture.

    The program changes depending of the time of the year and the products available in the market. For that reason, the menu will vary every session. The dishes are based on beef, cereals, sea food products, homemade pasta, and dressings.

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    Latin American Women's Voices: Argentina and Uruguay

    Summer (Sociology, Women's Studies / Gender Studies; 300-level; 3 credits)

    This course provides an introduction to gender theory and women movements, emphasizing the role of different women’s organizations in local social movements. It constitutes an opportunity to explore Human Rights situation for women in Uruguay. From the dictatorship days until the present, the course will analyze how women organized to participate in political life, society and business. Through inviting some key characters from cultural and political life, the group will have the chance to discuss these topics first hand, with women that were part of these processes. The 14th Latin American and the Caribbean Feminist Encounter will take place in Montevideo on November 23, 24 and 25, and this will be as well an amazing opportunity to get involved with women’s local and regional movements.

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    LGBTQ+ Community in a Latin American Context

    Summer (Sociology, Women's Studies / Gender Studies; 300-level; 3 credits)

    This course provides an introduction to the main concepts that allow us to understand human sexual diversity and cultural attitudes towards certain manifestations of it. From there we will explore how the regional and international human rights standards seek to define and guarantee the rights of LGBTIQ+ persons, and to what extent the current global and Latin American contexts reflect this. Zooming into the regional LGBTIQ movement, we will focus on the path to equality in Uruguay, with a direct dialogue with activists of a local LGBTI organization and LGBT rights public institution.

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    Spanish Composition I

    Summer (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

    Composition I is a third year course 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 short stories will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

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    Spanish Composition II

    Summer (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

    Composition II is a third year course for students who have completed five semesters 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 short stories will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

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    Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills

    Summer (Spanish; 300-level; 1 - 3 credits)

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

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    Spanish for Medical Professionals

    Summer (Community Health Sciences, Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

    This course will provide students with the knowledge of the basic structures of the Spanish language, and the specialized medical vocabulary needed to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking patients in a variety of health care situations. Moreover, an understanding and appreciation of cultural differences in the health perceptions of Spanish-speaking patients will be developed. This course is appropriate for all health-related disciplines, and requires some previous knowledge of Spanish.

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    Start Ups and Entrepreneurship

    Summer (Entrepreneurship , General Business; 300-level; 3 credits)

    The entrepreneurial spirit is within each student and is not something that can be taught. Students will enhance the natural entrepreneurial spirit by providing practical skills training and exposing students to the process of turning ideas into products. Students will explore a variety of frameworks and concepts used for discovery, business, and management. Guest speakers are also scheduled throughout the course to ensure students gain valuable information regarding software, tourism, and the food industries.

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