Media and Spanish Studies in Seville, Spain Course Catalog
This course is an extensive review of Spanish language and a different course from 305A. Students continue to review advanced grammar including the imperative, all forms of the subjunctive, and other grammatical tools. Oral drills, conversations, and practical exercises with attention to underlying structures are reinforced with readings, writing exercises, and vocabulary building. Taught only in the Continuation Period.
Completion of one year of intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent; SPAN 305A or the Winter Term course SPAN 204J fulfills this prerequisite.
The course structure is based on an in-depth review of Spanish language with an emphasis on past subjunctive. Oral drills, role playing, conversations, and practical exercises with attention to underlying structures are reinforced with readings, writing exercises, and vocabulary building. Taught in the Continuation Period; same as SPAN 306A.
Minimum of one course in advanced college Spanish or the equivalent; SPAN 305A or Winter Term SPAN 301J fulfills this prerequisite.
The vocabulary and structures current in Spain today are practiced in realistic situations, focusing on the practical functions that language must fulfill in speech and written communication. Emphasis on the appropriate use of different degrees of formality using multiple resources. An extensive review of Spanish language. Oral drills, role playing, conversations, and practical exercises with attention to underlying structures are reinforced with readings, writing exercises, and vocabulary building. Language Course taken during Continuation Period.
One course in advanced college Spanish, the equivalent, or Winter Term SPAN 301J.
A course designed to help students develop language skills for health-related professions. Students participating in this course will learn how to communicate more effectively with Spanish-speaking patients and their families as well as how to consult with other health professionals. Medical health terminology, patient/client-interviewing skills, and cultural factors affecting health care delivery will also be studied.
Effective written communication through practical exercises in both free and directed composition in Spanish. Attention to the organization necessary in writing various types of compositions. Selected aspects of Spanish grammar are reviewed. The development of self-correction skills is encouraged as is an appreciation of form and style.
A practical examination of the forms of business communication in the Hispanic world including commercial vocabulary, the writing of business letters, and oral practice with business dialogs. Discussions of business news and study of business documents.
Previous course in business.
This course will introduce students to the field-specific terminology in Spanish used for the fashion industry and to the culture of Spain’s internationally renowned fashion retailers (Zara, El Corte Inglés, Mango). The overall objective of the course is to provide an intensive theoretical and practical knowledge, so that the students can work on and produce a variety of texts related to fashion. Students will learn to communicate with confidence in an international business environment by practicing what they learn in every-day life situations.
(3 credits, 45 contact hours)
This course, designed for native and near-native speakers of Spanish, focuses on complex aspects of grammar, vocabulary and writing. In addition to a thorough review of challenging grammatical aspects of Spanish, this course incorporates preparation for the DELE (Diploma de Español de Lengua Extranjera). The DELE is administered internationally by the Instituto Cervantes which measures and certifies Spanish language competency. Taking the DELE is not a course requirement.
Native or near native fluency and college-level writing. Acceptance into SPAN 405 takes place in Seville. This course is taught in the Continuation Period.
This course surveys Medieval and Golden Age literature from earliest lyric poetry through the Baroque period. The jarchas, epic, didacticism, romances, poetry and prose, new narrative forms, and the Baroque period.
Students gain a panoramic vision of the literature of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, through formal analysis of selected works. The course analyzes the Enlightenment and Neoclassicism, Romanticism in theater and poetry, Realism and Naturalism, Modernism, the Generation of 1898, the Generation of 1927, and literature of the Civil War and after.
This course analyzes literary expression from indigenous tradition through Modernism and the early years of the 20th century. Primarily focusing on Colonial Literature, the course includes the study of early Spanish and American works, and the literary expression of the region's search for cultural emancipation, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Modernism, and post-Modernist trends.
This rich period in literary production is studied through a selection of texts and authors from the beginning of the 20th to today. Vanguardias, realismo mágico, innovations in poetry, narrative, and theater, regional and ethnic expression, and the Boom and post-Boom periods.
This course presents a literary vision of Spain from the loss of the Americas in 1898 through turmoil, Civil War and dictatorship, to democracy. Modernism, the Generation of 1898, the vanguardias, the Generation of 1927, the Civil War in literature, critical realism, parody and humor, the novel of the Transition and beyond.
Previous study of Spanish literature.
Students examine the role of women in Spanish literature from the jarchas to the Neoclassic, a period in which few women's voices are heard, to their appearance as major figures in Romanticism and Realism, and into the 20th century. We study how these authors portray the social and historical moment in which they lived, and their attitude towards it.
Previous study of Spanish literature.
History, Politics, and Culture Courses
Using the rich variety of anthropological studies by both foreign and Spanish researchers, students examine the peoples and cultures of contemporary Spain. Areas of study include rural and urban life, regional and ethnic identities, the gypsies and other marginal peoples, rituals and festivals, gender and family, work cultures, and tourism. Students also use techniques of anthropological investigation (participant-observation, life histories) to examine more closely contemporary Andalusian culture and everyday life in Seville.
Drawing on the resources of Seville and its region, this course analyzes Spanish artistic expression from cave paintings of Paleolithic time through the 15th century Gothic period, including the Pre-Roman and Roman eras, and the Visigothic period. Special emphasis is given on the Hispano-Arab heritage of Al-Andalus in Seville and Southern Spain, from the eighth century North African invasion to the Nazarí of Granada, last Muslim realm in Spain. Finally, the course considers the Romanesque age and the Gothic period, whose ultimate expression is the cathedral of Seville.
In Seville's streets, monuments, and museums, this course studies the development of Spanish art and culture from the 16th century Renaissance to the present. Special attention is given to the art and culture during the unique Siglos de oro of the Baroque period in the 17th and 18th centuries as exemplified in the painters Murillo, Velázquez, and Valdés Leal. From Goya, to the contemporary period with Gaudí, Picasso, Miró, and Dalí, consideration of present-day artists and cultural currents.
This course studies Spain’s encounters with new populations from the earliest period of national consciousness to the present. The course starts with consideration of the contemporary reality that recent waves of immigrations have brought, looking beyond to the political, economic and social realities that underlie our observations. The many layers of past civilizations show their presence in the evidence they have left throughout Spain, especially Seville. We consider the effects of the centuries of contacts which formed Andalusian and Spanish identity, through the movements of peoples from the south and east across the Mediterranean. Finally, we turn our attention to Spain’s unique experience and relationship with the Arab world, in history and in the reality of Seville today. Presentations, guest lectures, and visits to relevant sites and monuments, all combine to enrich and illustrate the focus of study, as we seek out the multiple perspectives necessary to understand this complex topic.
Political organization and economic structure of contemporary Spain, through the analysis of significant events in recent history, and the challenges in the process of economic, political, and social modernization. Consideration of restoration, dictatorship, the 2nd Republic, the Civil War, Franco, and the ultimate success of the Transition to democracy, with the formation of a state of laws rooted in the Constitution. Analysis of the perspectives of Spain in the European Union and discussion of ETA and Basque identity. (45 hours, 3 credits)
What elements define Spain’s current political situation? After a brief historical introduction to post-Franco Spain, the course will center on the pressing debates in Spanish society after the year 2000: from the downfall of the Spanish economy to the pro-independence movement in Cataluña, from the collapse of a bipartisan system to the rise of new political and social forces like Ciudadanos and Podemos. Students will be encouraged to express their ideas through debates based on readings and class lectures.
Prerequisites: one advanced course in college Spanish prior to arrival in host country.
Students examine the structures of Spanish society and the currents of change which continue to influence contemporary Spain. The Spanish family, youth, and women; migratory movements, the process of urbanization, and conflict between national and regional interests; political parties and labor unions in society; and, in particular, Andalusian society. (45 hours, 3 credits)
This course studies Spanish civilization from the earliest period to 1492. The geography of Spain, the main ethnic groups, their cultures and economies, and the evolution of the Spanish identity are considered.
The study of the cultural development of Spain begins with the dawn of the Modern Era in 1492 and continues through to the civilization of Spain today. The course considers the impact of the New World on Spain's economy, demography, and culture, the turbulence of the 20th century, the 1936-39 Civil War, Franco, and the Transition to democracy and present-day Spain.
This course explores the history of Spanish gastronomy and its influence in shaping the culture and society of modern day Spain. It is conceived as a tasteful journey that takes students from the beginnings of cooking in ancient cultures to the influence of Mediterranean, Arabic and American civilizations in Spanish cuisine. Students will learn and experience first-hand the most known Mediterranean products, like olive oil, bread and wine, and the importance of the Mediterranean diet in the daily life of Spaniards. (45 contact hours, 3 credits)
This course serves as an introduction to the historical, political, social, anthropological, and cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking nations in the Americas. Beginning with the great civilizations which arose before the Spanish arrived, students follow development through encounter, colonization, and independence to the present day in the different countries in the hemisphere. Seville becomes a unique classroom setting for this course, as the opening of new transatlantic commercial routes in the 16 th century made this city-port a flourishing epicenter of commerce and trade all throughout Europe.
This thematic course studies the influences of Jews and Muslims in political, intellectual, and artistic life from the earliest history to the present. Particular attention is paid to the period of convivencia, when Jews, Muslims, and Christians co-existed in medieval Spain. The course will also examine the influences from this period still visible in Seville and Spain.
This course examines the political changes of the most dramatic period of recent Spanish history: from the 2nd Republic to the Transition to democracy. In addition to studying the major events, this course analyzes the cultural history through popular song, movies, literature, news reports, and advertising.
Communication and Media Studies
An in depth look at the major characteristics of Spanish-produced films within the European filmmaking tradition. Rather than centering all interpretations on historical insight or context, films will be analyzed from a dialogical, inclusive, language-based viewpoint, exploring the uniqueness of individual texts through open, highly democratic conversation. Theory, language and the practical, hands-on application of cinematic and narrative (or non-narrative)strategies are explored throughout the semester, culminating in the planning out and production of short films, either individually or in teams. A wide spectrum of past and present filmmakers, genres and audiovisual approaches will be discussed, from Buñuel to Erice, Guerín, Almodóvar, Bollaín, León de Aranoa, etc. Required films will be viewed outside of class.
The course's goal is focused on the publication of a virtual magazine related to Spain, the city of Seville and the study abroad experience, always from a student-centered perspective. Written and audiovisual texts (creative or purely journalistic), including blogs, podcasts, digital video and photography, produced by students interested in participating in the project, organized and edited by members of the course, and published online. Throughout the semester, example texts will be explored and analyzed through open conversation: photography, video, print and digital media, and documentary film.
This course provides an in depth introduction to political and economic aspects of the European Union (EU) and detailed analysis of how they affect international business. The monetary, fiscal, and labor policies of the EU, as well as the economic differences among member states, will be examined. Students will also study the principal businesses and companies of the EU, their management, relations with Spain and the US, and their role in the globalized economy.
Previous study in a pertinent field.
Practical experience in international business through placement in a local company. (135 or 180 hours, 3 or 4 credits)
Successful completion of one course in advanced college Spanish or the equivalent, prior to program. Separate application required. See http://www.spanishstudies.org/internship-course.html
Education and Psychology Courses
Introduction to the theoretical principles, concepts, and terms currently used in foreign language teaching. Survey of major language teaching methods and approaches with related techniques. A practical component provides students with experience in actual classroom management procedures. Students are encouraged to develop their own methodology, drawing from different orientations in pursuit of their own teaching objectives. Taught in English.
This course focuses on the motivational factors, personality traits, cognitive and learning styles, the degree of adaptation to a foreign language context, and other psychological factors (such as emotional and multiple intelligences), which influence second language acquisition. Students acquire tools to identify the psychological aspects that facilitate and sometimes impede the learning of a foreign language. Taught in Spanish.
Previous study of education recommended
Recent research trends in psychology are focusing more and more on the theories, concepts and techniques that enhance well-being and happiness. Positive psychology is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives and to cultivate what is best within them.
Positive Psychology has three central concerns:
I.-Understanding positive emotions, which entail the study of contentment with the past, happiness in the present, and hope for the future.
II.-Understanding positive individual traits, which consists of the study of the strengths and virtues, such as the capacity for love and work, courage, compassion, resilience, creativity, curiosity, integrity, self-control and wisdom.
III.- Understanding positive institutions, which entails the study of the strengths that foster better communities, such as justice, responsibility, parenting, work ethic, leadership, teamwork and tolerance.
This course explores the concepts, research, techniques, and exercises that enhance well-being and happiness.
Taught in Spanish.
Practice in the Culture Courses
Students learn to dance the sevillanas that characterize the folk music and fiestas of the South of Spain. This studio course of 20 hours is taught in the flower-lined patio of the Center.
Experiential Learning Courses
Practical experience through placement in a local company or organization.
Successful completion of one course in advanced college Spanish or the equivalent, prior to program. Separate application required. See www.spanishstudies.org/internshipoption
Independent research on a subject of the student's choice.
Separate application required. See www.spanishstudies.org/irp.
Engagement in the culture through community service in a local organization.
One course in advanced Spanish, or the equivalent, prior to the program start date. Separate application required. See www.spanishstudies.org/service-learning.html
Cross-Cultural Reflection Course
Through observation, description, and analysis of their own experiences in Seville, students will develop a deeper understanding of the process of cultural adaptation and the cultural realities of contemporary Spain. In addition to the readings, workshop exercises, and written assignments, students are required to participate in an "intercambio" and are encouraged to further participate in the culture through volunteer work, participation in sports or cultural groups, internships and service learning projects.
Intensive Period Language Courses
Development of comprehension, oral expression, reading, and writing skills. Systematic vocabulary building on a variety of practice themes. Students will be exposed to aspects of Spanish culture with movies, music and written texts.
Minimum of one semester of intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent.
An intensive review on the Spanish language. Oral drills, conversations, and practical exercises with attention to underlying structures are reinforced with readings, writing exercises, and vocabulary building. Intensive Language Course taken during the Intensive Period (first 3 weeks of semester). This course has a mandatory module SPAN310E: Practicum Encuesta
Completion of one year of intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent; the January Term course SPAN 204J fulfills this prerequisite.
The course structure is based on an in-depth review of Spanish language with an emphasis on past subjunctive. Oral drills, role playing, conversations, and practical exercises with attention to underlying structures are reinforced with readings, writing exercises, and vocabulary building. Intensive Language Course taken during the Intensive Period (first 3 weeks of semester).
Minimum of one course in advanced college Spanish, the equivalent, or January Term SPAN 301J.
The vocabulary and structures current in Spain today are practiced in realistic situations, focusing on the practical functions that language must fulfill in speech and written communication. Emphasis on the appropriate use of different degrees of formality using multiple resources. An extensive review of Spanish language. Oral drills, role playing, conversations, and practical exercises with attention to underlying structures are reinforced with readings, writing exercises, and vocabulary building. Intensive Language Course taken during the Intensive Period (first 3 weeks).
One course in advanced college Spanish, the equivalent, or January Term SPAN 301J.
This intensive language course is intended for students who grew up listening to and speaking Spanish in their homes, but without receiving formal training in the language. Course includes a review of complex grammar structures, spelling and punctuation, with a special emphasis on reading and writing skills.
This intensive course is designed for native and near-native speakers of Spanish. In addition to a thorough review of challenging grammatical aspects of Spanish, this course incorporates preparation for the DELE (Diploma de Español de Lengua Extranjera). Course materials may also include films, music, selections from the press, as well as literary readings. The performance of short excerpts of plays, combined with advanced work on oral expression and phonetics, will help students increase their fluency and ease of expression. This course is taught in the Intensive Period.
Entry into SPAN 403 is based in part upon performance on the online placement test, and therefore acceptance into this course takes place after arrival in Seville.
Students develop oral expression and strengthen fluency. Class activities include role-playing and oral presentations about Spain's cultural issues. The course emphasizes the use of functional language in communicative contexts in Spain. Coursework at this level focuses upon the improvement of accuracy and fluency, so that students develop their daily Spanish usage.
Designed to increase students' listening comprehension skills, as well as introduce them to the general phonetics and phonology of Spanish. Students develop the ability to analyze the Spanish sound system and distinguish the phonetical features of its principal dialects.
This course focuses on improving accuracy in reading comprehension and fosters the development and refinement of literacy skills. Various activity formats, such as comprehension checks, paraphrasing and understanding discourse structure and intentions will be applied to a variety of texts, including newspaper articles, short stories and excerpts from novels.
This course seeks to improve students' speaking ability in both formal and informal discourse. Oral practice activities like debates, role plays, mock trials, paired with interviews and dialogue/story adaptations increase opportunities for communicative interaction among students in the classroom.
This course is designed to help students learn more about the process involved in composing short research papers and effective support of different points of view and hypotheses. Key concepts of discourse analysis and rhetorical devices will also be studied. Classroom activities include written tasks, prose style analyses, translations and coherent paragraphing.
Living the Culture Courses
In this introductory cooking course students learn the basics of traditional cuisine of Seville.