Designed for students with no previous knowledge of Spanish, the Contemporary Hispanic Studies program offers a number of cultural courses taught in English, and many also feature some Spanish language instruction.
FS-02 Conversation and Composition in Spanish for American Students (3) – Conducted in English with some Spanish Instruction [Syllabus]
The purpose of this course is to develop the students’ ability to express themselves orally as well as in writing in basic sociolinguistic contexts, enabling them to interact effortlessly while taking into consideration the contrast with their native tongue.Students learn to initialize and maintain a conversation with limited vocabulary, to spontaneously produce sentences and elementary conversational routines, to narrate and describe familiar social situations and to write various basic texts paying attention to syntactic and orthographic accuracy. Taught in English and Spanish.
FS-03 Keys to Spanish Vocabulary (3) – Conducted in English with some Spanish Instruction [Syllabus]
The aim of this course is to empower participants with an understanding of the nature of words in Spanish, as well as with the ability to take full advantage of them in spoken and written usage. Taught in English and Spanish.
FS-06 Gender Views in Contemporary Spanish Literature and Cinema (3) – Conducted in English [Syllabus]
This course explores gender representations (ranging from feminist perspectives, gender performances, or the theory and practice of female writing, to questions of sexual identity, patterns of masculinity and queer theory) within the Spanish literature and cinema produced during the last three decades. Besides analyzing a selection of works by the most representative authors who form part of the contemporary literary panorama in Spain, students will also examine the different critical paradigms and theories within the field of gender and sexuality studies and how they are formulated within a range of cultural texts and contexts.
The main goal of this course is to give students a core familiarity with Spanish history and culture. They are expected to come away from the class with a broad sense of the tensions and turning-points that have shaped the Spanish past, as well as of the major historical actors, institutions and achievements that scholars associated with each period.
FS-08 The Arab World Today: Contemporary History and International Relations (3) – Conducted in English [Syllabus]
This course will introduce students to the contemporary history of the Arab world and its international relations during the 20th and 21st centuries. It will describe the major events in the history of the Eastern (Mashreq) and Western (Maghreb) Arab states during this period and of the development of their relations with Europe and the United States. Special attention will be paid to Spain’s relations with the Maghreb region, particularly with Morocco.
The aim of this course is to acquire an aural, visual, and theoretical understanding of Flamenco, of the streams of culture which created it, and of its role within Spanish culture, and on using the study of Flamenco as a vehicle to explore the relationship between art and culture, music and society, and the ways in which we think, talk and learn about Flamenco. The intention of the practical part of the course, the Flamenco dance class, is designed to give students an understanding of the mechanics, aesthetics, and basic canons of an art form that is so often described as being purely spontaneous and free. At the end of the course, students will perform the simple choreography they have learned, accompanied by a professional singer and guitarist. This tends to give them an entirely new appreciation of the complexity of both the dance form and the culture in which it is embedded. Evaluation in this part of the class sessions is based on attendance, effort and improvement, each student performing at their own level; ability or prior dance training is not necessary.
FS-12 Progressive Spanish for English-Speaking Students – Conducted in English with some Spanish Instruction [Syllabus]
This course is aimed at English-speaking students who already have a basic knowledge of Spanish. Its key objective is to improve their communication skills by means of the consolidation of their grammar competence and of the introduction of practical vocabulary so as to enable them to cope with the usual communication situations of everyday life. On the one hand, teaching methodology will be based on the assimilation of grammatical rules and their practical application via specific activities and, on the other hand, will involve the gradual and progressive use of Spanish as a vehicle for communication within the classroom.
FS-13 Languages of International Development: Healthcare and Voluntary Work
This course will examine a range of international development topics related to healthcare and medicine around the globe. Students will explore contemporary issues affecting the institutions that provide healthcare and the people who seek health services. Students will also look into the how international development takes place and is developed, why it is necessary, and how it is related to healthcare.
Understand the city of Seville and its artistic heritage combining the literature of Seville with the practical art of painting. To have a profound knowledge of a city and its heritage requires a very careful study of its most emblematic places. Painting gives one a greater vision of the city. We choose different techniques: pencil, charcoal, watercolor, and ink, etc. The students pass enjoyable sessions in the parks, plazas, streets and monuments of Seville, the Guadalquivir River, the Alcázar, the Barrio Santa Cruz, taking time to study their subject, its form and history. They will get to know the city, its hidden places and architecture like no other student can hope to do. At the end of the semester the students will have a fine collection of drawings and paintings which make great souvenirs and gifts for their friends and families. Also, they will acquire a great understanding of painting; perspective and composition which will help them appreciate art for the rest of their lives.
FS-16 Literary and Cultural Traditions in Spanish-Speaking Communities
Language, literature and culture in general are the most important aspects in a person’s life; To learn a foreign language, it is important to also learn about their culture, political and religious affiliations, as well as educational, historical, and geographical information so that you can then assess how this affects their society.
GS-01 Spain’s Classical Heritage: Between History and Mythology (3) – Conducted in English [Syllabus]
The main goal of this course is to provide students with an overview of Spain’s classical heritage. Special attention will be paid to the presence of Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans in Spain, not only from a historical point of view, but also taking into account the mythological construction of Spain’s past and Spain’s key cultural traditions. The course also explores Spain’s religious background, mainly the long process of Christianization in southern Spain.
This course will focus on the ways in which relationships between people and the natural environment, as well as patterns of spatial relationships, vary throughout Spain. It will explain how these relationships produce the distinctiveness of particular places, landscapes, and patterns of environmental and human attributes, as well as societies and identities, and provide students with the ability to conceptualize these relationships and their outcomes across a range of scales. Students gain an appreciation of the characteristics of the urban, regional and rural environments of selected areas in Spain and of the geographical processes which underlie their development, as well as an understanding of the practical application of concepts and methods taught in the classroom.
GS-03 Great Masters and the Major Artistic Trends in Spain During the Twentieth Century (3) – Conducted in English [Syllabus]
This course will analyze the principal trends in Spanish art during the twentieth century. During the first half of the century, developments in Spanish art were determined by a particular set of historical circumstances. After the arrival of democracy it will become clear that Spanish artists were more fully integrated into the worldwide art movement. The course has chosen those artists who are representative of certain developments in a key way and through whom, in general terms, Spanish art in the 20th century may be explored.
This course will provide students with the theoretical framework necessary to help them think critically about transatlantic relations at many different, yet inter-related levels: political, military, security-based, cultural, and economic. The first part of the course will focus on the historical context of this key network, while special emphasis will be placed on U.S.-Spain relations. The second part of the course will examine the institutions linked to the transatlantic agenda: of a political, security-based, and economic kind. The third part of the course will focus on cultural issues, including public opinion and anti-Americanism. The last part of the course will look at the future of the transatlantic relationship.
The overall objective of this course is to introduce students to the marketing decisions within an organization, from a global perspective. With this aim in mind, students are trained to apply the basic concepts and techniques in marketing, so that they become familiar with the duties of a marketing manager. More specifically, students will be exposed to the development, evaluation, and implementation of marketing management in a global business environment.
This course is designed as an introduction to the diversity of Spain’s cuisines. It is not intended to deal with every aspect of Spanish cuisine, but does aim to open a small window so students may become seduced by the view, the aromas and tastes of Spain’s gastronomic achievements.
The course has the following Objectives; Learning how to read photographs and its meanings, develop technical photographic skills, understand the possibilities of photography as a way of expression and information, the importance of new technologies applied to photography, improve an analytic vision of contemporary images., improve social skills and group work.
GS-09 Politics on the Big Screen: Film as Propaganda Throughout History – Conducted in English [Syllabus]
This course presents an introduction to the use of cinema throughout history as a medium for the transmission of political ideas, values, and attitudes. It follows a chronological approach, taking students from the beginning of the 20th century to modern-day film with a threefold objective. First, to introduce students to the concept of propaganda, the theoretical models regarding its methods and effectiveness, and its applications in audio-visual media. In the second place, to approach the History of the last century through case studies, by analyzing each film screened in its specific historical context and by understanding movies both as products and as contributors of the culture surrounding them. Lastly, to foster critical analysis regarding the role of cinema in transmitting ideas and attitudes, as well as the ability to identify underlying messages in filmic production.