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Spring Semester Course Offerings

SPANISH LANGUAGE: PRONUNCIATION AND PHONETICS


This course has been designed for students who have already acquired a high level of Spanish and want to move up to mastery level. Specifically they will practice advanced grammar structures, the use of idiomatic words and phrases to improve both their written and oral skills, by means of grammar and vocabulary exercises, oral debates and weekly writing assignments. The students’ active participation on a daily basis is essential.

The main objective of this course is to increase the students’ communication fluency and accuracy in order to prepare them for real life situations. They will have access to the language in a real context as well as cultural knowledge that will help them understand the Spanish-speaking world.

 

SPANISH CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION: CONTEMPORARY SPAIN


This course is a political, social, and cultural journey through authentic Spain up to the twentieth century.  Students familiarize themselves with the Spanish idiosyncrasies and the special and original characteristics of this country, and its people. The students get to know the concerns of the Spaniards (terrorism, unemployment and immigration, CIS, June 2004) and understand their causes.  

The objectives for this course are to understand the historical evolution of Spanish society during the 19th and 20th centuries, to tell the different political, social and cultural main characteristics of the Spanish society during the 19th and 20th centuries, to understand and describe historical concepts, and understand, analyze and discuss present social, cultural and political characteristics through the artistic/cultural expressions of the era.

 

SPANISH LITERATURE: SPAIN IN CRISIS: THE DISASTER OF 1898 TO DEMOCRACY


This course studies Spanish literature around 1898. This was a time of crisis in Spanish society from which a group of writers surfaced that made up the Silver Age of Hispanic arts. The period studied is after the civil war of 1936 with the censor limitations of Franco. Lastly, the authors of the restored democracy are read and studied. 

The objectives of this course are to analyze and critique the most significant works of writers from the “Generation of 1898,” to recognize the movements and literary styles, their characteristics and authors, to understand Spain´s relationship with the United States and Cuba in 1898, to read and analyze literary texts after the Spanish Civil War until the arrival of democracy, and to analyze and comment on the works read that include novels, poetry, short stories and drama.

 

ADVANCED SPANISH CONVERSATION AND COMPOSITION


This course has been designed for students who have already acquired a high level of Spanish and want to move up to mastery level. Specifically they will practice advanced grammar structures, the use of idiomatic words and phrases to improve both their written and oral skills, by means of grammar and vocabulary exercises, oral debates and weekly writing assignments. The students’ active participation on a daily basis is essential.

The main objective of this course is to increase the students’ communication fluency and accuracy in order to prepare them for real life situations. They will have access to the language in a real context as well as cultural knowledge that will help them understand the Spanish-speaking world.

 

INDEPENDENT INTERNSHIP (+ PLACEMENTS)


Internships integrate theory and practice through planned, supervised work experience. A key component of a student’s professional development is the ability to apply what has been learned as a university student, to the world of work. This course offers students individualized, applied learning opportunities to explore and clarify career goals, apply theory, acquire new skills, gain experience, network with professionals, and improve Spanish language proficiency. The GEO instructor supervisor will assist each student in developing individualized learning goals that serve as the specific learning objectives for his/her internship. In collaboration with their internship placement supervisor, students outline tasks and responsibilities that support their learning goals. As a result, students who achieve their learning goals acquire a set of transferable skills and real-world experience that prepares them for professional positions, fellowships, or further academic study. 

The objectives for this course include assessing achievement of individualized learning goals through task completion and supervisor feedback, and articulating the achievement of individual learning goals clearly and concisely in the form of a final internship report that will include a description of the organization, its mission statement and the clientele it serves, a description of the student’s specific duties, including what the student actually did on a day-to-day basis, an explanation of how the student’s academic major and study abroad experience prepared him/her for this work, and how any previous courses helped in preparation for this experience as well as personal reflections on the experience with regard to what was learned from this internship and how he/she anticipates this internship will contribute toward future goals and career aspirations.

 

SPAIN AND ITS ROLE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION


This course gives a broad vision of the present situation of Spain and the countries that at this time make up the European Union. At the same time, the institutions and the government agencies of the European Union are studied to understand the reach and the future possibilities that this supranational organization offers as a united block immersed in the today´s world. Lastly, the unique coin, the EURO, and its consequences for the economic future of the “EURO ZONE” and the rest of the world economic powers are analyzed in detail. 

The objectives are to know the geographic, historical, social, political and economic situation of the European Union, to understand the present situation of the European Union countries, and to recognize and appreciate the repercussions of Spain belonging to the European Union.

 

SPANISH CONVERSATION AND GRAMMAR 


This course is designed as an intermediate level course to consolidate the student’s prior knowledge of the Spanish language acquired in their homeland, gaining confidence, not only in understanding the language, but also in using the target language properly. Moreover, they will not only have access to the language in a real context, but they will also get cultural knowledge (traditions and social etiquette) which will help them understand the Spanish speaking world. The interaction between the students and teacher will be ongoing in class. 

The main objective is to increase the students´ communication fluency and precision in order to prepare them for real life situations. This way they will achieve the necessary fluency that they are expected to achieve in each stage of the learning process.

 

IMMIGRATION, NATIONALISM, AND BORDER POLITICS


The purpose of this course is to study deeply the history of immigration in Spain, the policies of its borders and those of the European Union. It is designed to carry out an in-depth analysis of the Maghreb immigration in Spain and its impact on the culture, economy and resources of Spain. This course also examines the phenomenon of nationalism in Spain, its gestation, historical evolution and current situation in the environment of the European Union, and how this reality affects immigration policies in the countries of the Union. (NOTE; 2020 IS THE LAST TIME THIS COURSE OFFERED IN THE SPRING. BEGINNING FALL 2020 THIS COURSE WILL ONLY BE OFFERED FOR THE FALL TERM.) 

The objectives of this course include volunteering at a local organizations that deal with immigrants and refugees, understanding the reality of immigration in Spain and in the countries of the Union, its history and evolution to today, understanding specifically the relations, challenges and opportunities of Maghreb immigration in Spain, understanding the phenomenon of nationalism and how it affects the migration issue, social integration and citizenship, as well as becoming familiar with, analyzing and forming their own opinions on topical issues.

 

SPANISH ART HISTORY: FROM THE GOLDEN AGE TO THE 20TH CENTURY


The course consists of the learning the language associated with architecture, sculpture and painting, that is to say, the three major art forms. Once these concepts are learned, we begin the study of the history of Spanish art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, but not without a summary of Prehistoric times to the Middle Ages. The course also includes the study of the life and work of several important painters of Spanish history: el Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Picasso and Dalí.

The fundamental objective of the course is to obtain a clear understanding of artistic concepts and to know how to distinguish one artistic style from another through the study of Spanish art in each period of history, and be able to explain the when (the origin), the why and the how (the production techniques and the manner in which they were done) of each period.