2017-2018 Semester Program: Hispanic Studies at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide

PROGRAM PRICE DATES
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Language Eligibility:
open to all levels of Spanish.-Beginner level is for students who have not taken Spanish before.
-Electives taught in English are open to all levels.
-In order to take electives taught in Spanish, you must have completed at least 3-4 semesters or 5-6 quarters of college level Spanish.

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPA, click here.

Total contact hours: 180-225 per semester. 15 contact hours = 1 semester credit; 10 contact hours = 1 quarter unit.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-15 semester credits per semester. Normal course load is 4-5 classes per semester.  16-18 credits may be taken for an additional fee of $160 per additional credit beyond 15.

Final transcript is issued by the Universidad Pablo de Olavide. Classes are taken with other American students.

Universidad Pablo de Olavide – Semester Course Offerings

 

-COURSE OFFERINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

-Please note that some electives are taught in English and some in Spanish. 

-All classes are offered during both Fall and Spring semesters, unless noted otherwise.

-Certain courses have a lab fee – this is the student’s responsibility.

-All students must take at least one Spanish language class plus 3 or 4 elective courses.

Enrollment in Spanish Language classes will be determined by a placement exam taken on the first day of class, so that students will be taking the appropriate Spanish language class(es) for their particular language level.

All students MUST get a total of 8 classes approved by their academic advisor, in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. That way, if a class is full or cancelled, or if 2 of the classes you want to take meet at the same time, you’ll already have back-up classes that you know your school will accept. When you pre-register for classes (this happens after you’re accepted), you will have to list a total of 8 possible classes on your registration form, in order of preference. The UPO will not process your registration unless you list a total of 8 courses.

Spanish Language

SPAN 101-102 Elementary Spanish (6 credits)
Taught in Spanish
This beginning intensive course is designed for students with very basic Spanish knowledge. Emphasis is on building oral and written communication skills and on acquiring knowledge of the Spanish speaking world.

SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish
This beginning course is designed for students with some background in Spanish. Emphasis is on building oral and written communication skills and on acquiring knowledge of the Spanish speaking world.

SPAN 112 Language Laboratory (1 credit)
Taught in Spanish
This 1 credit course is designed to complement the Elementary Spanish class and aims to improve oral communication skills. Guided conversations such as role play, theater, etc. will serve to increase language competence. Sessions in the language laboratory will focus on addressing specific pronunciation difficulties.

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish for students who have taken 2 semesters of college Spanish
This course is designed for students who have had two semesters of university-level Spanish. Emphasis is on expanding vocabulary and building oral and written communication skills as well as acquiring a greater awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN 202 Spanish Reading & Composition – Intermediate Level (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish for students who have taken 2 semesters of college Spanish
Designed for students who have had two semesters of university-level Spanish, this course continues developing reading and writing skills through written reports, compositions and class discussions on assigned topics and articles. It also reviews more advanced grammar with the purpose of achieving greater accuracy.

SPAN 206 Spanish Conversation – Intermediate Level (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish for students who have taken 2 semesters of college Spanish
The objective of this class is to develop conversational, comprehension and oral interaction skills for students at the intermediate level with a focus on form to attain fluency and effective communication skills.

SPAN 241 Intermediate Spanish II (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish for students who have taken 3 semesters of college Spanish
This course is designed for students who have had three semesters of university-level Spanish. Emphasis is on expanding vocabulary and building oral and written communication skills as well as acquiring a greater awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.

Taught in Spanish for students who have taken at least 4 semesters of college Spanish
The objective of this class is to develop conversational, comprehension and oral interaction skills for students at the advanced level with a focus on form to attain fluency and effective communication skills.

 

SPAN 311 Advanced Spanish I (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish for students who have taken at least 4 semesters of college Spanish
This course is designed for students who have had at least 4 semesters of university-level Spanish. Emphasis is on applying the skills acquired at the elementary and intermediate levels to further improve oral and written skills. The methodology applied is communicative and encompasses assignments which include grammar reviews, cultural readings on Spain and debates which require use of practical and communicative vocabulary. Conducted in Spanish.

SPAN 312 Spanish Reading & Composition – Advanced Level (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish for students who have taken at least 4 semesters of college Spanish
Designed for students who have had three semesters of university-level Spanish, this course continues developing reading and writing skills through written reports, compositions and class discussions on assigned topics and articles. It also reviews more advanced grammar with the purpose of achieving greater accuracy.

SPAN 336 Spanish Pragmatics and Communication (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish for students at the Advanced I or II level only – i.e. 4+ semesters of college Spanish
In this course we will apply basic concepts in pragmatics to verbal and non-verbal communicative acts in Spanish; we will also study related aspects in politeness and miscommunication using Spanish.

SPAN 350 Spanish Language and its Varieties (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish for students who have taken more than 4 semesters of college Spanish
Students acquire an extensive knowledge about the variety of Spanish language in its geographical, social, and situational dimension, as well as its historical development through the study and analysis of all types of words, oral and written, current and those of other time periods.

SPAN 351 Advanced Spanish II (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish for students who have taken more than 4 semesters of college Spanish
This course is designed for students who have had more than 4 semesters of university-level Spanish. The course focuses on written and oral expression of Spanish through compositions, oral reports and class discussions. Material for discussion includes literary texts as well as topics of general interest. Emphasis is on interactive language use, vocabulary expansion, and accuracy of expression.

SPAN 376 Spanish for Business (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish.  Open only to students with an Advanced level of Spanish
In this course, students learn the vocabulary and concepts used in oral and written transactions in the business world. Emphasis is placed on increasing vocabulary and using Spanish business terminology in commercial correspondence including letters, job descriptions, advertisements, bank documents, etc. Cultural differences which affect the way business is conducted in Spain and in the U.S. will also be briefly explored.

SPAN 378 Spanish Phonetics & Phonology (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish.  Open only to Advanced level Spanish students
This course examines the sound system of Spanish and concentrates on improving pronunciation. Emphasis will be placed on the peculiarities of Andalusian Spanish and classwork will include transcriptions and intonation exercises.

SPAN 381 Spanish-English/English-Spanish Translation (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish.  Open only to Advanced level Spanish students
This course provides an introduction to translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish. Particular attention is given to the linguistic issues involved in translation. Short literary works as well as articles will be translated into English as homework assignments. Special emphasis will be placed on Spanish idioms and their translation.

SPAN 383 Basic Bilingual Negotiation Skills – Spanish/English (3 credits)
Taught primarily in Spanish for Advanced level students only. Offered during SPRING SEMESTER ONLY.
Introduction to bilingual negotiation skills in business and human rights settings.  A focus on the four phases of negotiation: Preparation, Negotiation, Contract, and Performance/Evaluation, and on basic Liaison Interpreting Spanish to English and English to Spanish techniques.

History of Art & Cinema

ART 313E History of Spanish Art (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students
A survey of major works of art from prehistoric times through the present. Painting, sculpture and architecture are examined in the context of their time and place in history. Special attention is given to the art and culture of Seville.

ART 313 History of Spanish Art
Taught in Spanish. Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish
A survey of major works of art from the prehistoric times through the present.  Painting, sculpture and architecture are examined in the context of their time and place in history. Special attention is given to the art and culture of Seville.

ART 330 History of Spanish Cinema during the Democracy (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish. Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish
Spanish cinema undergoes an important transformation following the death of Franco in 1975 and the ensuing democracy. During these last 30 years, Spanish cinema has become a stronger player on the European scene and has gained recognition which was unthinkable only a few decades ago. This course will analyze the historical evolution of this period as well as introduce the student to Spanish films up to the present time. Conducted in Spanish.

ART/SPAN 333E: Film Nations: Comparative Perspectives on Spanish and U.S. Cinema (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students
This course is aimed at establishing the points of convergence and divergence between the history, aesthetics, and social significance of film production in Spain and the  U.S.  It will address issues such as the political economy of American vs. Spanish cinema, film as a social and cultural indicator, audience reception, and Spanish and American cinema at the crossroads with other arts and cultural discourses.  The course includes in-class lectures and screenings, film discussions, written assignments and exams, and field research (*small group work) on a topic to be discussed with your professor.

ART/HIS 347 Seville: The Expression of a City through its Art (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish. Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish
With this course, students will understand, distinguish and appreciate the different styles that Seville offers to its visitors and citizens. Seville is, in fact, a work of art and this course takes advantage of this to make it its classroom. Each topic begins with an introduction to the history and the keys to understanding the distinctive places and monuments that students will visit. Conducted in Spanish.

Physical Sciences

Taught in English – Open to all students.  Offered during FALL SEMESTER ONLY. Limited Enrollment.
This course provides an anatomical and physiological overview of human structure and function. Human gross anatomy and histology is related to cell, tissue, and organ level physiology for each of the major body systems. Topics include the musculoskeletal and central nervous systems as well as cardiovascular, renal and endocrine systems.  Includes lab for 3 hours per week. Pre-requisite: previous Anatomy and Physiology course. Requires lab fee of €80.

 

Taught in English – Open to all students.  Offered during FALL SEMESTER ONLY. Limited Enrollment.
This course is an introduction for students to basic concepts and unifying principles of microbiology. The goal of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the general concepts in microbiology, as well as inform about the general practices used clinically to identify and treat the most common infectious agents. The course is oriented towards the clinical aspects of microbiology, but does introduce historically significant discoveries to convey important topics. The labs are designed to familiarize students with aseptic methods of microbiological techniques and with its applications in clinical and environmental microbiolgy. A previous course in physiology and anatomy is required to take this class. Includes lab for 3 hours per week.  Requires lab fee of €80.
 

BIO 361E Biochemistry (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students.  A look at the structure of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids; enzyme catalysis and principles of metabolism, including glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, and oxidative phosphorylation. Includes lab for 3 hours per week.

Taught in English – Open to all students. Offered during FALL SEMESTER ONLY. Limited Enrollment.
Organic chemistry is the chemistry of the compounds of carbon. CHE 210 is the first half of a comprehensive one-year course suitable for science majors. The first semester course includes structural and functional aspects of saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons with various heteroatom functionalities. Discussion focuses on the mechanistic basis for organic compound reactivity. First semester laboratories concentrate on the basic techniques and procedures used in organic syntheses and separations, including microscale techniques. In addition, modern analytical techniques (e.g. infrared spectroscopy) used in the identification of organic compounds will be discussed. Includes lab for 3.5 hours per week. Requires lab fee of €80.

 

Taught in English – Open to all students. Offered during SPRING SEMESTER ONLY.  Limited Enrollment.
A continuation of CHE 210 with focus on complex chemical reactions and syntheses utilizing fundamental principles. The study of mechanistic functional group chemistry will be a primary focus. Second semester laboratory extends previously learned macro- and micro-scale techniques to more complex systems and explores chemistry discussed in the lecture portion of the course. In addition, modern analytical techniques (e.g. nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry) used in the identification of organic compounds will be discussed. Includes lab for 3.5 hours per week.  Pre-requisite: Organic Chemistry I. Requires lab fee of €80.

 

ECOL 320E Ecological Systems (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students
This course examines ecology and its large scale patterns and processes, the elements of time and space in the ecosystems, regulatory elements and the application of ecological principles in solving environmental problems.

ENV 345E Coastal Environments (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students. Offered during SPRING SEMESTER ONLY.
This course offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of coastal and marine environments, analyzing aspects such as the physical environment, coastal processes and coastal planning and management. The objective of the course is to provide a wide overview of the complexity that characterizes coastal systems and its management. The course builds on concepts that range from morphodynamic and hydrodynamic processes that govern these environments, a review of existing techniques and analytical tools for its study and modeling, as well as an overview of the main initiatives on Integrated Coastal Management and spatial planning. In addition, a set of practical sessions will be carried out to provide hands on experience for students in the use of techniques and tools for understanding coastal issues during a trip to the coast of Andalusia specifically designed for this course.

 

Business

BUS 325E International Marketing (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students
An introduction to international marketing. Topics include analytical techniques used in international market research, determining prices and distribution channels in an international context, marketing across linguistic and cultural borders.

BUS 325 International Marketing (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish.  Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish
An introduction to international marketing. Topics include analytical techniques used in international market research, determining prices and distribution channels in an international context, marketing across linguistic and cultural borders.

BUS 334E International Management (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students
The topics to be covered include the process of internationalization of companies, alternative forms of international business and international alliances (exports, franchises, subsidiaries, licences, strategic alliances, joint ventures…). The class also looks at environmental factors, globalization, management functions, human resources and diversity, different organizational cultures and the role of strategic business management in a globalized world.

BUS 346E International Finance (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students
The objective of the course is to introduce the student to the complex world of international finance. Topics will include the increasing globalization of financial markets, international and European monetary systems, foreign exchange markets, direct and indirect international investment.

BUS 346 International Finance (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish.  Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish
The objective of the course is to introduce the student to the complex world of international finance. Topics will include the increasing globalization of financial markets, international and European monetary systems, foreign exchange markets, direct and indirect international investment.

BUS 353E International Financial Accounting (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students
Accounting is often call the ‘language of a business’, and deals with the interpretation of a firm’s operations and finances, is a guiding force to sound management decisions, and helps business to grow and flourish by allowing them to make solid business decisions. This course aims to provide students with the knowledge required for a general understanding of Financial Accounting Statements, comparing International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) currently used in the United States. Conducted in English.

BUS 355E International Human Resource Management (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students
This course will offer an understanding of cross-cultural issues and human behavior in international organizations and the role of Human Resources Management practices, including different approaches to international recruitment and selection, training and development, and compensation.  It will examine the global and national factors that affect international human resource management and identify the HR challenges that multinational enterprises face in their operations.

BUS 358E Organizational Theory (3 credits) (Recommended: previous introductory business management course)
Taught in English – Open to all students
The course examines the most relevant perspectives and approaches which attempt to explain the nature, structure and functioning of organizations. Students will study organizational design and leadership roles which create and transform the organizational structure of an organization. Students will also learn how to diagnose organizational problems and find possible solutions. Conducted in English.
* A previous introductory course in business management is recommended.

BUS 359E Enterprising Initiative and Family Business (3 credits) 
Taught in English – Open to all students
This course deals with the identification and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities. It introduces students to the fundamentals of creating a business which will succeed in dynamic markets and competitive environments. The course deals mainly with the process of launching new firms although it will touch upon other areas close to entrepreneurship, such as family businesses. Conducted in English.

Communications

COM/SOC 320 Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish.  Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish
The objective of the course is to introduce the student to the complex world of international finance. Topics will include the increasing globalization of financial markets, international and European monetary systems, foreign exchange markets, direct and indirect international investment.

COMM 340E Political Communication and Digital Journalism in Spain (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students
This course introduces students to the concept of political communication in the new media landscape in Spain.  Topics include the emergence of social media platforms (such as Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook) as facilitators of political involvement, the evolution of campaign advertising, the growing role of grassroots movements and digital activism, the controversial function of online information sources such as Wikileaks, and their overall impact on the political agenda-setting process, on the freedom of the press, and more generally on the way people and the media “do politics” nowadays.  The course will be based on a critical and comparative approach within the international context (specifically, Europe and the U.S.).

COMM/ART 341E Spanish Identity: Film, Advertising, and Pop Music (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students
The main objective of this course is to provide an overview of the social representations of the Spanish identity developed during the democratic period from different areas of the arts and the new and old mass media.  We will start with the analysis and commentary on a set of artistic works and media practices understood as expressions of “social creativity.”  The analyses will prove the existence in these works of speeches and counter-discourses that have contributed to building and renegotiating the Spanish identity in the democratic era.

Economics

ECON/POL 321E The European Union (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students
The course will analyze the initial motives behind the creation of the European Community and its subsequent development into the European Union with a unique institutional structure. There will be a study of the EU’s key common policies – Economic and Monetary Union, Competition, Agriculture, External Trade etc – and their global effects; paying special attention to EU-US relations.

ECON 331E The Global Economy (3 credits) (Pre-req: previous Economics course)
Taught in English – Open to all students
The course will explore the main debates surrounding the nature, effects and attempted management of the Global Economy; paying special attention to the role of international organizations such as the IMF and WTO, as well as moves towards economic regional integration (EU, NAFTA and Mercosur).

ECON 391E International Economics
Taught in English – Open to all students.  Offered in FALL SEMESTER ONLY
The aim of this course is for students to become familiar with the most relevant concepts and methods of analysis in the field of international economics.  Students will be provided with the fundamental tools for analyzing the global economy and will delve deeper into the main features of the world economy.

History

HIS 312E History of Spain (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students
An overview of Spanish history from Roman times to the modern era: The Arab invasion and the Christian reconquest, Spain’s monarchy, Spain’s society and identity from 1936 to the present. The role of the church, women, social classes, and nationalism will be discussed.

HIS 322 Contemporary History of Spain (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish. Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish
The course will present the main historic processes from the 18th century to the present which have been crucial in shaping present day Spain. The course will examine the creation of its democracy, the genesis of the nationalistic problem and the economic articulation of Spain in the international context.

HIS 340E Ancient and Medieval Spanish History – From Altamira to Isabella and Ferdinand (Prehistory to 1500) (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students. Offered during FALL SEMESTER ONLY
The main goal in this course is to give students an overview of Spain’s history and culture, with special emphasis on events that have marked Andalusia more profoundly from the dawn of history to the sixteenth century.

HIS 341E Early Modern and Modern Spanish History: From Isabella and Ferdinand to the Euro (1450-the present) (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students. Offered during SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
The main goal of this course is to give students an overview of Spain´s history over the past 500 years, with special emphasis on events that have marked Andalusia more profoundly. Additionally, we will also study and analyze different trends and phenomena of modern day Spain, along with some traditions that still hold in our time. Field trips, projections of slides and videos will all be key elements in this course helping the student to have a clearer perception of each period.

HIS 360 The Mediterranean World and Spain (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish. Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish
The objective of this course is to investigate the intimate relationship between the Mediterranean world and Spain during the creation of the Spanish culture (from pre-history until the Arab invasion). Several fieldtrips to places of historic interest will be an important part of this course.

HIS/SOC 362 Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish. Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish
The course aims to study the origins of inequality, racial prejudice and the poverty that a large portion of the Afro American communities in Latin America and the Caribbean currently live in. It examines how some cultural patterns of African origin persist: music, clothing and such religious beliefs as witchcraft and voodoo. It also offers a global perspective of the phenomenon of slavery, from the introduction of the first slaves to the abolition of this “peculiar institution”.

REL/HIS 357E Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the Spanish Context (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students
This class focuses on the role of the three main monotheistic religions in Spanish history, from Antiquity to Modern-Day Spain.  Discussion will focus on the role of Catholicism and other religions in a Democratic Spain, in interaction with the growing population of Muslim immigrants.  Jewish communities and the establishment of churches of various denominations around the country.  Excursions to important historical sites in Seville will be an integral part of the in situ learning objectives of this course.

Literature

LIT 327 Panorama of Latin American Literature I (Pre-1820) (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish.  Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish.  Offered during FALL SEMESTER ONLY
This course is an overview of Latin American writings from the pre-Hispanic period until the eve of the Independence movements in the 1820s. It includes literary works in poetry and non-fiction, such as the chronicles of conquest. It also features a selection of literary works (including prose, drama, and essay) that have received recognition from specialists and the general reading public for being the most outstanding in Latin America.

LIT 328 Panorama of Latin American Literature II (Post-1820) (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish. Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish. Offered during SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
This course is an overview of Latin American writings from the Independence era to the present. It includes literary works in poetry and non-fiction, including novel, short story, poetry, and essay. One major objective is to achieve a knowledge of how these works fit into the framework of Latin America’s cultural and intellectual history.

Taught in Spanish. Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish
The role of literature has been crucial in the articulation of the different imaginaries of Spain . In this course, we will analyze how reflections on the Arab legacy and the intellectual debates about bullfighting and flamenco have been used in literary works as a means to represent the complexity of Spain ’s cultural identity. We will focus on the creation of la España castiza versus la España heterodoxa and how this confrontation has been articulated through la España colorista of the Romantic travellers, la España negra, la España de la República y del exilio, la España del franquismo, la España de la transición, and la España de la democracia. Paintings and films, as well as philosophical, historical, and political essays will also be included.

 

LIT 365 Contemporary Spanish Literature – XIX and XX Centuries (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish. Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish
This course analyzes Spanish literature of the 19th and 20th centuries and specifically the literary movements of Romanticism, Modernism, “La Generación del 98″, “La Generación del 27″ and the most current trends in Spanish literature. Students will study the literary aspects as they relate to cultural and historic events which influence or have influenced the various literary trends.

LIT 367E Nobel Prizes in Spanish and Latin American Literature: a Critical Approach (3 credits)
Taught in English. Open only to all students
The Nobel Prize in literature has recognized the works of men and women from many different languages and cultures. However, its history is controversial; major authors have been ignored by the Swedish Academy.  The aim of this course is to analyze the life and works of the Spanish and Latin American Nobel Prize Winners in Literature and the reasons for the Academy’s choices.  The study will be carried out from a critical and comparative perspective within a historical and literary context. The Generation of 1927, post Spanish Civil War narrative, or Magic Realism, among other great literary trends, will be included.

LIT 370 The Latin American Short Story – 20th Century (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish. Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish
This course analyzes the beginnings of the short story in Latin America in the 20th century and its subsequent development, revising the different styles and literary movements which take place over time and the extraordinary contribution of women writers to this genre. The complex social, political and cultural reality will be studied as it is reflected in the Latin American short story. The stories of Horacio Quiroga, Modernism, “Criollismo”, Magic Realism and the most recent literary tendencies will be examined. .

LIT 371 Women and Literature (XIX-XX centuries) (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish. Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish. Offered during SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
This course analyzes the role of women in Spanish literature in the 19th and 20th centuries as well as the literary works written specifically by women during both centuries. The role of women in literature of previous centuries will be examined. It is mainly during Romantisicm that women begin to take an active role in literature and by the middle of the 20th century women have the liberty to express themselves and their vision of reality through the world of fiction.

LIT 374 Spanish Literature (The Spanish Golden Age. El Quijote) (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish. Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish. Offered during SPRING SEMESTER ONLY.
The objective of this course is to study the masterpiece of Spanish Literature: Don Quijote. Cervantes’s novel is considered to be the first modern novel, and its influence in later literary productions is still present in the creative process for most authors. The course will analyze the structural, thematic and stylistic characteristics of the novel, and it will present the study of the novel as a cultural product, so as to present an in depth study of Cervantes’s world.

Political Science

Taught in English – Open to all students
This course aims to bring students closer to the main questions presented by the Spanish and U.S. judicial systems.  It examines key aspects and analyzes practical issues that raise interesting questions related to criminal research.  Practical simulations will take place to increase the public speaking and adaptability skills of the students not only during the trial itself, but also to the press.
Taught in English – Open to all students
During the second half of the 1970’s, Southern Europe inaugurated the “third wave of democratization.”  This course approaches  that crucial period of Portuguese, Greek and Spanish history with a comparative methodology. The course will analyze  the nature of authoritarian regimes, as well as the transition to and consolidation of democracies.

 

POL 361 Current Affairs in Latin America: Press and Cinema (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish. Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish
This class aims to promote active class discussion while increasing the student’s knowledge of the social, political and cultural life of present-day Latin America. Teaching material will include top stories from the Latin American press as well as Latin American films.

POL 363E U.S.-European Relations Since World War II (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students
The objective of this course is to examine first, the tensions which arose between the states on both sides of the Atlantic following the defeat of Germany in 1945; and secondly its transformation into economic, political and military cooperation. This cooperation has assured the stability of liberal democracies and consolidates the dependence of the Old Continent on a strengthened United States.

POL 366 Relations between the U.S. and the Latin World (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish. Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish. Offered during SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
The objective of the course is to give the student a global perspective of the relations between the United States, Spain and Latin America throughout history. The course will also study the series of problems which have shaped the character of interamerican relations, the mechanisms of economic integration and its repercussions in the socio-political sphere.

POL 372E Contemporary Spanish Politics (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students
This class introduces students to the contemporary Spanish political system. First, we will study the process of the transition to democracy from an authoritarian regime. With the adoption of the new Spanish constitution, we will look at political institutions, political parties, autonomous regions, the monarchy, the Catholic Church, and the military. Special emphasis will be placed on changing socioeconomic factors, nationalism, immigration and terrorism.

Psychology & Sociology

Taught in English – Open to all students.
In this globalized world, it is important to understand how individuals in other cultures think, feel, and behave, and to understand the forces, beliefs and motivations that guide their behavior. This course will focus on topics in personality, social, developmental and health psychology, and will encourage an appreciation for the diversity of cultures and how culture influences behavior.

 

Taught in English – Open to all students.
This course will provide an overview of theory and empirical research in social psychology, with topics including: social cognition, the social self, attitudes and persuasion, prejudice and inter-group relations, social influence and intra-group relations, attraction and interpersonal relationships, aggression, and prosocial behavior. In English.

 

Taught in English – Open to all students.
This course will provide an overview of the field of sports psycholoy and exercize, which involves applying psychology topics to exercize, sports, competition and health.  Topics will cover how sports psychologists work – at any level – with athletes and teams on motivation, concentration and resilient personalities, attention, as well as decision making based on interbehavioral, cognitive, and other important approaches in sports psychology.  Topics will include theoretical foundations of behavior, procedures for solving problems, adherence and motivation, etc.  In English.

 

Anthropology / Spanish Culture

ANTH 215E Health, Healing and Culture: an Introduction to Medical Anthropology (3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students
This course is an introduction to medical anthropology, emphasizing the literature on health and healing in different cultures.  The objectives of the course are to understand health and healing in social and culture contexts, to compare health, illness and healing in different cultures, and to introduce the theoretical orientations used by medical anthropologists and explore topics such as mental health and illness, healers and healing, disease etiologies, health seeking behavior, childbirth, across culture and practical uses for medical anthropology in health care settings.  Case studies from Italy, North America, Africa, Europe and Latin America illustrate key concepts.

ANTH 308 Theatre Anthropology: Seville (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish – Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish.
This course combines ethnographic fieldwork and theatrical creation to bring together both approaches to reality. In this case, the stage is Seville, a city to which one arrives with preconceived notions or stereotypes which, during the experience of a semester abroad, undergo change. The course includes a number of outings to the city, attendance at plays, meetings, interviews and a traveling diary. At the end of the course, students create a theatrical play about life in Seville during a specific time period. Conducted in Spanish.

SPAN 315E Spanish Civilization & Culture (taught in English – 3 credits)
Taught in English – Open to all students
Spain’s multicultural civilization from its Roman roots to the “movida” of post-Franco Spain. Recurrent themes in Spanish national ideology and culture will be examined: Spain as a crossroads of Christian, Jewish and Islamic cultures; linguistic and cultural diversity; regionalism and nationalism; dictatorship and democracy.

SPAN 315 Spanish Civilization & Culture (taught in Spanish – 3 credits)
Taught in Spanish. Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish
Spain’s multicultural civilization from its Roman roots to the “movida” of post-Franco Spain. Recurrent themes in Spanish national ideology and culture will be examined: Spain as a crossroads of Christian, Jewish and Islamic cultures; linguistic and cultural diversity; regionalism and nationalism; dictatorship and democracy.

SPAN 319E Spanish Culture and History through Film (3 credits)
Taught in English.
The course presents a general introduction to the main aspects of Spanish Culture and History through cinematographic representation in various films. The class covers the main social, political, and economic aspects of Spanish life from the beginning of the twentieth century until today, with special emphasis on current affairs.

Taught in English – Open to all students. Offered during FALL SEMESTER ONLY
This course offers a panoramic overview of the sociocultural idiosyncracy of Spain nowadays. Considering the volunteer experience students will have to take part in as an essential part of the course, special relevance will be given to the study of the management of time, space and interpersonal relations in Spain , within the theoretical framework of intercultural communication studies.

 

Taught in English – Open to all students. Offered during SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
This course offers a historical overview of the relations between Spain and the United States up to the present day. Starting with the Spanish colonial rule and surviving legacy in the southern and western United States, following with  Spain’s role during the War of Independence, and ending with the 1898 Spanish-American War and US relations with Franco and democratic Spain , students will become aware of the strong ties that exist between both nations.

 

Taught in Spanish – Open only to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish. 
Food is one of the most important cultural expressions in today’s society and the tapa is possibly the best example.  This course will take place in our kitchen laboratories where we will cook and taste a variety of dishes.  Through these dishes, we will discuss the different aspects such as products, producers, history, society, nutrition, culinary technology, quality criteria, etc.  All of these aspects are of vital importance in understanding what tapas represent in Spanish culture.  Requires lab fee of €80.

 

SPAN/HIS 346 Medieval Spain: Christians, Jews and Muslims (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish. Open only to students with an Advanced level of Spanish
The main objective of this course is to the offer a panorama of medieval Spanish history (711-1492) and bring the student closer to medieval society and the groups that formed it. The course will examine the medieval legacy and the importance of the contributions of the Arab and Jewish cultures to the history of Spain. The student will also study medieval Seville and the influence of this historic period on its current urban features.

SPAN/HIS 361 History of Flamenco: Theory and Practice (3 credits)
Taught in Spanish. Open only to students with an Advanced level of Spanish
This course immerses the student in the world of Flamenco and its artistic forms beginning with the geographical, historical and socio-cultural context of its origins. Flamenco´s evolution into an artistic professional activity is examined by studying the most well-known Flamenco singers, dancers and guitar players. Musicians from UPO´s Flamenco music group demonstrate the various forms of Flamenco during the practical portion of the course.