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Course Offerings


  • Classes taught in Spanish
  • Options for high-advanced/superior-level students to take courses with Spanish students
  • International excursion


  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to advanced and superior level Spanish speakers who have completed three to four semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Additional supplemental materials
  • Entry Requirements: valid passport with student visa

Dates & Fees

Sep 17, 2017 - May 11, 2018
Jan 28, 2018 - May 11, 2018
Mid-Sep, 2018 - Mid-Dec, 2018
Mid-Sep, 2018 - Mid-May, 2019


Jun 10, 2017
Jul 1, 2017
Oct 15, 2017
Nov 1, 2017
Jun 10, 2018
Jul 1, 2018
Jun 10, 2018
Jul 1, 2018

Courses are arranged by level (advanced, followed by superior).

If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Coordinator.



Students may choose 4-5 courses from the selections in the Department of Philology or the Department of Geography & History. Each course is equivalent to 3 semester credits.


FA-02/FB-01 Gramática Contrastiva (Español-Inglés) (Contrastive Grammar (Spanish-English)) (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

In this course students will carry out a systematic comparison between English and Spanish. The emphasis will be on practical exercises that will help the student overcome the difficulties that Spanish presents for English speakers. The instructor recommends that only students with at least three semesters of Spanish at their home university take this class.

FA-03/FB-03 Fonética Correctiva y Conversación (Corrective Phonetics and Conversation) (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This course is designed to improve and enrich the oral communicative skills of students, focusing on relevant phonetic issues and providing conversational practice in the form of lectures, presentations, conferences, videos, and so on. Topics covered include: phonemes and sounds of Spanish, spelling of standard Spanish and dialects, types of phrase intonation, phraseology, differences between written and spoken language, linguistic registers, and discussion themes based on different situations and current events.

FA-04 Redacción y Composición de Textos (Writing and Composition of Texts) (3) – Conducted in Spanish FALL SEMESTER [Syllabus]

This course is designed to help students improve on, and take better advantage of, students’ communication skills with regard to the writing of Spanish, focusing on orthographic correctness, on the grammatical and lexical-semantic aspects involved in the writing process, as well as on the techniques involved in different categories and genres of text composition.

FB-04 Escritura Creativa (Creative Writing) (3) – Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The key purpose of this course is to improve written expression. Orthography, correctness in syntax, lexical variety and precision, as well as the effective structuring of texts, are the skills to which closest attention will be paid.

FA-08 Literatura Hispanoamericana (Spanish-American Literature) (3)  Conducted in Spanish FALL SEMESTER [Syllabus]

Topics covered include:

  • Modernism in Spanish America: Characteristics and Evolution.
  • “Fin-de-siecle” Culture and Society. Links with Spanish Literature.
  • The Renovation of Literary Language: Poetry and Prose.
  • Jose Marti and Modernism. Literary and Political Revolution.
  • New York and the Literature of Exile: Versos libres.
  • The Poetic Mastery of Ruben Dario.
  • Exotism, Sensuality, and Esoterism in “Fin-de-siecle “Poetry.
  • The Evolution of His Poetry: from Azul to Prosas Profanas.
  • Horacio Quiroga and the Spanish American Short Story in the Twentieth Century.
  • From Modernism to Creolism. Man and the Jungle. The Spanish -American Narrative Boom.
  • The Distressed World of Juan Rulfo. Borges: Literature and the Fantastic.
  • Garcia Marquez and Magic Realism.
FB-09 Novela Hispanoamericana Contemporánea (The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The objective of this course is to provide students, who are not majoring in this area of study, with a general overview of the main currents at work within Spanish-American narrative, together with a critical analysis of four novels by representative twentieth-century authors.

FA-09/FB-10 Cine Español Contemporáneo (Contemporary Spanish Cinema) (3) Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

Keeping visiting students in mind, this course spans a wide range of cultural perspectives, thus taking it beyond the limits of the cinematic and the historical strictly speaking. Movies are perceived as audiovisual works, approachable as texts, as the artistic expression of an author and, at the same time, determined by circumstances involving their social, historical, linguistic, and literary contextualization.

FB-25 Obras Maestras de la Literatura Española III (1800-1936) (Master Pieces of Spanish Literature III (1800-1936)) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

This course aims to provide a general overview of Spanish literature from the nineteenth century through to the first third of the twentieth. In order to do so two main objectives have been set down: to acquaint students with the conceptual keystones related to each stage under study and to apply this same knowledge to the exploration of four literary works by representative authors of the period being dealt with in the course.

FA-25/FB-27 Literatura y Cocina: Escribir, Leer, Cocinar, Comer (Literature and Cookery – Writing, Reading, Cooking, Eating) (3) Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This course is designed as a way to approach the world of cooking and food through literature in different periods throughout history. It is not intended to cover all aspects of Spanish cooking, but rather as a humble appetizer that should whet the appetite for the great banquet of literature in its relation to food, cooking, and gastronomy.

FB-28 Marketing y Sociedad (Marketing and Society) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The aim of this course is to offer students an approach to Marketing and its impact upon society. It is important to point out that Marketing does not only constitute a key point of reference in the sphere of business, but is also important when it comes to the management of entities within other spheres: non-governmental organizations, political parties, schools, hospitals, sporting bodies, etc.

FA-31/FB-32 Español Progresivo para Estudiantes Hispanobalantes / Progressive Spanish for English-Speaking Students (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This course is designed for English-speaking students who already have a basic knowledge of the Spanish language. Its fundamental purpose is to increase students’ communication skills by consolidating their understanding of Spanish grammar along with implementing practical vocabulary in order to equip them for communication in everyday situations. The methodology to be employed is based in part on special activities aimed at helping students develop a knowledge of Spanish grammar rules and their practical application, as well as on the gradual increase of Spanish usage in the classroom as the primary vehicle for communication.

FA-33/FB-29 Mundo Arabo-Islámico Contemporáneo (The Contemporary Arab –Islamic World) (3) Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This course consists of an Introduction to the historical and political reality of the Arab-Islamic World, while underlining the importance of international relations with regard to its historical development. The aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the processes which have determined the recent history of these countries and which have lead them to their present-day situation. Specific attention will be paid to those countries wherein the conflicts affecting them have acquired significant transcendence in international terms. Among non-Arab countries, it is Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan that will be dealt with.

FA-37 Pintar la Sevilla Literaria (Painting Literary Seville) (3) – Conducted in Spanish

Get to know the city of Seville and its artistic heritage by combining the literature of Seville with practical art, and painting. To know a city and its heritage requires a very documented approach to its artistic and emblematic places. For this class, students will be exposed to different techniques, from pencil, to charcoal, ink, and watercolor. Students will spend their days in squares, parks and streets of Seville, the Guadalquivir River, the Alcazar, the Barrio Santa Cruz, the Maria Luisa Park. They will learn about the city, its corners, its architecture as any other student! At the end of the semester, students will have a collection of their pictures as souvenirs or gifts for friends and family. In addition, they will acquire a wide knowledge on painting which will help them appreciate art throughout the rest of their lives.

FA-38 Tradiciones Literarias y Culturales en las Comunidades Hispanohablantes (Literary and Cultural Traditions in Spanish-Speaking Communities) (3) – Conducted in Spanish

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.

FA-39 La Literatura de Viajes: La Busqueda de un Ideal, La Sorpresa de La Realidad (Travel Literature: The Search for an Ideal, the Surprise Reality) (3) – Conducted in Spanish

The literature of travel is considered a very personal form of expression. It is literature that is very alive, full of special nuances. The aim of this course is to learn, analyze, and study different travel books of world literature from history.  The student will then be able to appreciate the geological differences that exist around the world.


GA-01 Cultura y Sociedad en la España Actual (Culture and Society in Present Day Spain) (3) Conducted in Spanish FALL SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The aim of this course is to analyze and interpret Spain’s cultural pluralism, together with the social organization upon which that same pluralism rests.

GB-01 Introducción a la Historia de España Contemporánea (An Introduction to the History of Contemporary Spain) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The main objective of this course is to provide students with as inclusive an overview as possible of the contemporary history of the Hispanic world, taking into account the period between the final third of the eighteenth century and the present day. In a basic, yet considered way, an exploration will be made of the political, institutional, social, economic, and cultural factors involved. Accordingly, the course will be geared toward ensuring that students assimilate not only knowledge, but also critical capacity, thus enabling them to acquire a measured understanding of our era, while, at the same time, endeavoring to make them aware of the fundamental structural changes that have contributed to forging this same geographical environment.

GB-02 La España Actual en Claves de Turismo (The Territorial Keys of Present-Day Spain: Tourism) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The course aims to initiate students in the understanding of the territorial, social, and physical diversity of present-day Spain. They will be brought into contact with the conceptual, methodological, and technical basis of geographical studies, as well as with the main issues of research applicable to the specific case of Spain. Besides other subject areas, special emphasis will be placed on the interaction of population and territory, the issue of the accessing and distribution of resources, the spatial distribution of power as related to human activity, and on how ecosystems function, as linked with the protection of Biodiversity.

GB-03 Economía y Socidad en la España Contemporánea (Economy and Society in Contemporary Spain) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the study of contemporary Spain’s economy and society, set within the context of its European configuration, for which reason Spain’s reality will be continually contrasted with that of the other countries of Europe.

GA-04 Antropología Cultural de América Latina (Cultural Anthropology of Latin America) (3) Conducted in Spanish FALL SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The aim of this course is to explore the current model of inter-ethnic relations in Latin America as a fundamental aspect of its present-day social reality. The syllabus will be centered on the co-existence of two well-defined strategies: a) the domination of the indigenous population by national elites and b) the resistance practiced by ethnic groups. The content of class sessions will be based on the explanation of basic theoretical concepts.

GB-04 Antropología Cultural de Andalucía (Cultural Anthropology of Andalusia) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The subject areas within the course will be explored in class by means of lectures, text commentaries, and the analysis of audiovisual documentation, all of them designed to encourage the active participation of students at every step.Topics include:

  • Andalucía as a cultural crossroads
  • Its geographical and strategic location between continents and oceans
  • Andalucía within the framework of the Spanish state: the political-administrative entity of Andalucía as an historical construction
  • Andalucía, Europe
  • Andalucía and the world of North Africa, Andalucía and America
GA-05 La Construcción Política de la Unión Europea (The Political Construction of the European Union) (3) Conducted in Spanish FALL SEMESTER [Syllabus]

To make students aware of the historical milestones within the process of European construction. As the course develops, reflection upon the idea of Europe will be encouraged, as well as upon how to approach this same historical process from the perspective of the Social Sciences and Historiography, upon its evolution, upon the study of its institutional make-up, and upon the existing links between Spain and Europe.

GA-07/GB-09 El Flamenco: Expresión Cultural de Andalucía (Flamenco: an Expression of the Culture of Andalucía) (3) Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

Flamenco will be broached as a cultural phenomenon in its widest sense; i.e., taking into account the dimensions that link it with music, social interaction, and communication, as well as its displaying of itself as lyricism, while not forgetting its links with contexts related to work, ritual, and festive occasions. As a result of this approach, Flamenco is viewed as a manifestation which goes beyond the strictly artistic, while possessing the capacity to generate social identity, in the case of Andalucía, on the basis of ethnic factors, but not exclusively so.

GA-08 El Cine y la Historia: Griegos y Romanos (Cinema and History: Greeks and Romans) (3) Conducted in Spanish FALL SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the possibilities of cinema as a didactic instrument by which knowledge of the classical world may be transmitted. Classes will be based on the screening of movies which will then become the subject of comment in terms of the historically-based content to be explored. This Course, therefore, finds itself drawn into the process of the revitalization of this kind of cinematic genre which has taken place in recent years, as confirmed by the number of new titles dealing with Greeks and Romans that have reached the movie screen. In this way, a demonstration is being offered of the educational potential of Cinema, as well as the present-day relevance of this kind of subject-matter.

An Introduction to the Physical Geography of Spain, Environmental Issues and Protected Natural Spaces (3) Conducted in Spanish FALL SEMESTER [Syllabus]

This course will provide students with an awareness of the characteristics and distinguishing features of Spain’s physical configuration, as well as its environmental set-up. With this aim in mind, the course will be geared to introducing students to Spain’s territorial diversity, as well as to the key historical turning points and major topics related to Spain’s Physical Geography, while also giving consideration to their interaction with the phenomenon of the Environment.

GB-07 Arte Español en el Siglo XX (Spanish Art in the Twentieth Century) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The main objective of this course is to outline, in a systematic and thorough way, the evolution of architecture, painting, sculpture, as well as contemporary artistic manifestations of a more ground-breaking kind, during the twentieth century in Spain. Key artistic figures will be analyzed, together with the most influential artistic trends and movements.

GB-08 La Memoria Histórica de América: Libros y Documentos (America’s Historical Memory: Books and Documents) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

This course involves the interpretation and reading of documents associated with the discovery of America, with the figure of Christopher Columbus, with the conquistadors, and with historical figures connected with the Indies. Visits will also be organized to the General Archive of the Indies (Archivo General de Indias), to the University of Sevilla’s Historical Archive, as well as to Sevilla’s Municipal Archive, while participants in the Course will be given first-time guidance in the use of research instruments which enable access to their resources. Students will be made familiar with the phenomenon of the book in its antique as well as its present-day format, while also being introduced to the research instruments available in the Library of the University of Sevilla, in the Columbine Library (Biblioteca Colombina) and in the Cavalry Armory (Maestranza de Caballería).

GB-10 Introducción a la Historia Moderna de España (An Introduction to the Early – Modern History of Spain) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

While keeping in mind the duration of the course, its key objective is to ensure an awareness of the structural problems affecting Spain’s modern history, the making of the Monarchy, and the Spanish Empire, together with its decadence and downfall during a period of three and a half centuries. What likewise needs to be kept in mind is that the Course is not exhaustive in its aims, acting rather as an introduction for students from abroad, adapting itself to conditioning factors regarding their needs, providing them, therefore, with an overview which will serve as the basis for further study, while avoiding becoming a patchwork of easily forgotten facts. At the same time, another of the course’s objectives is to develop students’ interest in modern history, while, both individually speaking, as well as within the context of group interaction, increasing their capacity for reflection and critical thought.

GB-11 Política Regional, Recursos Económicos y Relaciones Comerciales de la Unión Europea (Regional Policy, Economic Resources and the European Union’s Commercial Relations) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The aim of this course is to provide students with a basic knowledge of the European Union and its global status. By the end of the course, students would have become familiar with document-based resources, with the tools available for accessing statistics, and with the terminology related to the European Union. A further aim is to spur students’ interest in the European Union from an academic standpoint, while also focusing upon their specific individual interests.

GA-17/GB-29 Mujeres en la Historia de América (Women on the History of América) (3) Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This course aims to explore the presence of women within the political, economic, and cultural processes involved in the history of Latin America. The suggestion is that it has become essential to analyze in greater depth the female Latin-American universe conceived of as a multi-ethnic reality. Personal and family honor, sexuality, and zones of public action conquered by women throughout history constitute the subject-matter which will be dealt with. Syllabus content will be distributed thematically so as to facilitate a chronologically-based overview stretching from colonization to the present day, while considering the role of women in the home, within the economy, as well as within the scenarios of politics and culture.

GA-19/GB-24 Fotografía: Teoría, Historia y Técnica Fotográfica (Photography: Theory, History and Art Photography) (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This course combines both theoretical and practical approaches to the study of photography. From the initial concepts to the final presentation, the course will develop the distinct stages of photography leading up to a photography project that students will submit. Practical application will be supported by various lessons on the history and theory of photography as a way to better understand possible uses, genres, and approaches to the photographic medium, as well as to facilitate the critical analysis of contemporary images. Special attention will be given to Contemporary Spanish Photography.

GB-12 Europa y El Mundo Atlántico (Europe and the Atlantic Scenario) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The aim of this course is to provide a broad overview of colonial expansionism in the Atlantic between the initial phase of this same process (the mid-fifteenth century) and the independence of overseas colonies during the final third of the eighteenth century and beginnings of the nineteenth. With this aim in mind, an analysis of the era of the emergence, rise and decline of the great European Atlantic Empires will be carried out, especially that of England, as well as those linked with the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). In this sense, the didactic method to be employed will be based on a comparative study of Spain’s colonization of South America and England’s colonization of North America, thereby enabling an analysis of the historical trajectory affecting these processes, and of the similarities and differences involved, within the context of chronological and geographical frameworks.

GA-23 Cambio Global en el Mundo Meditteráneo (Global Change in the Mediterranean World) (3) – Conducted in Spanish

In this course, students will apply basic knowledge concerning the structure and functioning of the natural environment, paying special attention to the interaction between it and the human being.  It will provide a set of basic concepts and methodological reflections about the environment and the main problems raised globally in the world today.  Special concentration will be placed on the Mediterranean.  The goal is for the student to understand the environmental issues our world suffers from as well as the possible causes both historic and current.  The course aims to promote critical thinking of students regarding the environment and the role played by society in its management.



FB-04 Escritura Creativa (Creative Writing) (3) – Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER

The key purpose of this course is to improve written expression. Orthography, correctness in syntax, lexical variety and precision, as well as the effective structuring of texts, are the skills to which closest attention will be paid.

FB-07 Mitos Literarios Españoles (Spanish Literature’s Mythic Figures) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

To become familiar with Spanish culture and society using key literary works as a point of departure, while reflecting upon the literary myths depicted in them.

FA-11/FB-12 Gramática Española (Spanish Grammar) (3) Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

The aim of this course is to improve, and develop further, students’ communication skills, paying attention to key issues affecting the Grammar of Spanish. In terms of an advanced-level course, students would need to keep abreast of grammatical circumstances concerning variants within the language, as well as issues related to the interaction of norms and usage. Likewise, students will be expected to acquire a certain degree of knowledge of the theoretical dimension of grammar so as to ensure further understanding of the constructions to be employed within practical communication.

FA-12 /FB-13 Fonética y Fonología Españolas (The Phonetics and Phonology of Spanish) (3) Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

The aim of this Course is to provide an in-depth exploration of how, at the level of expression, the Spanish language is structured, while foregrounding the phonemes and sounds of Spanish through a context-based method, thereby contributing to the improvement of students’ speaking skills.

FA-14 Español de America (Spanish in America) (3) Conducted in Spanish FALL SEMESTER [Syllabus]

This course pushes student to acquire knowledge of the basic linguistic terminology necessary for the study and analysis of the aspects of formation, evolution and contact in terms of language study. An approach is provided to the history and reality of present-day Spanish within the United States using a series of factors as points of departure: the identification of the different varieties that exist, as well as of the existing large-scale dialectal zones (Florida, California, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, together with large urban centers), the assessment of the distribution and evolution of the Hispanic population, of the Spanish language within U.S. society, of Spanish in the communication media, of the issue of bilingual education, of the ‘English Only’ movement as a reaction against the rise of Spanish, and of the manifestations of linguistic contact which occur between English and Spanish.

FB-17 Literatura y Ciudad: El Caso de Sevilla (The City Constructed in Literature: The case of Seville) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The main objective of this course is the study of key authors and works within Spanish Literature which use the city of Seville as their referent. In this way, light can be shed upon how such authors viewed the city itself, its people, its customs, its scenarios, etc.

FB-18 Poesía Hispanoamericana Contemporánea (Contemporary Spanish-American Poetry) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The aim of this course is to acquire the basic rules about the tendencies in Spanish-American Poetry.

FA-19/FB-20 La Imagen de España a través del Cine (The Image of Spain in Cinema) (3) Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This course provides students with a route-map through those Spanish movies, as well as those from other countries, which deal with the image of Spain from different perspectives. There have been times when that same image has become distorted for reasons which are not, strictly speaking, cinematographic in character. Bringing to the fore the key aspects of that distortion, while analyzing a range of discourse types in film, can help to bring into focus the role of Cinema as a generator of cultural stereotypes. Keeping visiting students in mind, this course spans a wide range of cultural perspectives, thus taking it beyond the confines of the cinematic and the historical sensu stricto.

FB-19 La Influencia Arabe en la Literatura Española (Arabic Influences in Spanish Literature) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The aim of this course is to offer students an introduction to classical Arabic-Islamic culture by means of an overview which is framed in terms of its religious, social, cultural, and economic parameters. An exploration will be made of the past and present influences of Arabic culture upon Spanish literature, while attention will also be given to their mutual interaction. It is in this way that students are given the chance to enrich their vision of Spanish culture and letters.

FA-20/FB-21 El Arte Flamenco como Proceso de Comunicación en el Siglo XXI: Análisis Interdisciplinar y Estética Musical (The Art of Flamenco as a Process of Communication in the Twentieth Century: an Interdisciplinary Approach and the Aesthetics of Music) (3) Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This course provides students with a well-grounded introduction to the art of flamenco from its origins to the present-day phase of its development, while special attention will be paid to the study of its styles, as well as to their rhythmic and melodic structures. Beyond this entry point, the interdisciplinary nature of the Course will become evident, thereby allowing students to acquire a fundamental awareness of the interaction of the music of flamenco and literature, space being dedicated to the analysis of flamenco ‘copla’ songs, as well as to additional philological signallings.

Within this learning environment, students will come to identify the different musical forms concerned, while, as part of a broader overview, reach an understanding of, and an appreciation of, the performance and aesthetics of flamenco, involving a complex process of communication, while acting as a key emblem of the culture of Andalucia. Finally, as part of the objectives set down, the semiotic and indexical dimension of this same cultural material will be taken into account, not only due to its intrinsic nature, but also to the rich possibilities of its presence within the interdiscursive character of communication in the twenty-first century.

FA-21/FB-24 Español de los Negocios (Spanish for Business) (3) Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This is a course aimed at students who wish to acquire a specific expertise in Spanish so as to enable them to put their know-how to use within the specialist fields of commerce, economics, business and the company sector.

FA-22/FB-23 Publicidad y Propaganda en la Sociedad de Masas (Publicity and Propaganda in the Society of Masses) (3) Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

Although publicity and propaganda are not new, there is no doubt that the twentieth century witnessed their explosive impact and development, to an unforeseeable extent, all of this linked with the no less spectacular development of the mass media in the field of communication, especially cinema, the radio, and, finally, television. In this sense, we consider that both propaganda and publicity are best understood as a specific kind of communication, the purpose of which may be set within the sphere of persuasive discourses marked by both economic and ideological aims.

FA-27/FB-16 Cervantes y el Quijote (Cervantes and Don Quixote) (3) Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This course offers students the possibility of studying the famous novel by Cervantes within the context of the author’s own evolution and its interaction with the Spain of his time.

FA-28 Escritoras Españolas de Hoy (Contemporary Spanish Women Writers) (3) Conducted in Spanish FALL SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The fundamental aim of this course is to study the key role in recent decades of women as writers within Spanish Literature. Attention will be centered on those figures which have stood out in each of the principal literary genres: Poetry, Novel, and Drama.

FA-30/FB-31 Iniciación a la Traducción: Cultura, Vocabulario y Proceso (Introduction to Translation: Culture, Vocabulary and Process) (3) Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This course aims to present the basic principles of translation between English and Spanish, for which a number of basic concepts will be explained to understand the process of translation. The process will be done in a practical way in order that the student acquires an understanding of the phases, and the practical tools currently used by translators. Two key concepts will be explained through translation: linguistic competence and cultural competence. This course seeks to make the student aware of the importance of good writing and the precise use of language.

FB-30 Lenguajes Audiovisuales: Subtitulación y Doblaje (Audiovisual Languages, Subtitling and Dubbing) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The goal of this course is to offer our students in-put on the peculiarities and differences between translating for dubbing and for subtitling. Spain, along with France, Italy and Germany, are “dubbing” countries. The choice of dubbing as a means for linguistic adaptation of audiovisual works was due to a number of economic, historical and social reasons. However, the current trend seems to be that subtitling is becoming increasingly important as those social and economic reasons have changed dramatically. The course, therefore, strives to give students an in-depth view of the different techniques used for the translation of film and television scripts for dubbing and subtitling purposes.


GA-09/GB-17 La Proyección Histórica de las Tres Culturas: Cristianos, Musulmanes y Judíos en la España Medieval (SS. VIII-XV) (The Historical Projection of the Three Cultures: Christians, Moslems and Jews (SS. VIII-XV)) (3) Conducted in Spanish FALL SEMESTER [Syllabus]

This course will explore the role played by Christians, Moslems, and Jews in the creation of Medieval Spain from the time of the Islamic Invasion of 711, through the emergence of the Frontier and its territorial evolution, to the period of the reign of the Catholic Monarchs, including the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain, the End of Tolerance, and the Conquest of the Kingdom of Granada in 1492. Likewise, an analysis will be carried out of the fundamental characteristics of the coexistence of these three civilizations in terms of the problems derived therefore, and in terms of the socio-cultural relations and different mind-sets affecting everyday life.

GA-10 Relaciones Internacionales en la Europa Moderna (SS.XVI-XVIII) (International Relations in Early Modern Europe (from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century)) (3) Conducted in Spanish FALL SEMESTER [Syllabus]

This course aims to provide students with a working knowledge of the history of Europe’s International Relations during the Modern Era, while furnishing them with the analytical tools which will enable them to approach, in historical terms, the system of power relations upon which our present-day world is founded.

GA-11 La Pintura Española de El Greco a Picasso (Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso) (3) Conducted in Spanish FALL SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The aim of this course is to allow students from abroad to become familiar with the art scene in Spain between circa 1550 and 1973, especially with regard to Painting. Divided into syllabus blocks, class sessions will explore areas of interest such as Renaissance Painting, Baroque Art, Painting and Neoclassicism, the Pictorial Art of the Romantic Period, of the remaining Nineteenth Century, and of the Twentieth.

Special attention will be paid to the insertion of painting within the environment of other art forms (architecture, sculpture, and the applied arts), while also debating the cultural and social phenomena which contribute to the characterization of each of the periods concerned and which exert an influence upon the genesis and evolution of art forms.

GA-12 Arte de la España Islámica (The Art of Islamic Spain) (3) Conducted in Spanish FALL SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The presence of the culture of Islam in the Iberian Peninsula lasted for eight centuries, resulting in the creation of the dominion known as Al-Andalus. This basic aim of this Course is to study the key artistic manifestations that emerged within this territory, while offering an appreciation of them in terms of the culture out of which they were shaped. Secondly, consideration will be given to the deep mark left by Andalusí art and culture upon Christian Spain even after the disappearance of Islam itself from the Península.

GA-14/GB-13 Relaciones Interamericanas (Inter-American Relations) (3) Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This Course sets out to examine the relations between the United States and Latin America during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Specific emphasis will be placed on: (1) the reason why these relations have often been characterized by factors of tension and mistrust and (2) the fact that they constitute a key phase in the development of the system of international capitalism.

GA-15/GB-23 Transición Política y Democracia en España (1975-2000) (Political Transition and Democracy in Spain (1975-2000)) (3) Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

A quarter of a century has gone by since the process of democratization in Spain first got under way. A sufficient degree of perspective is now available so as to enable the development of an integrated module that has come to be known as The Present Day, which, strictly speaking, surfs the interdisciplinary frontiers among History, Law, and the Political Sciences, aiming to provide a well-grounded analysis of Spain’s recent past.

GB-15 Arte Europeo del Siglo XX (European Art of the Twentieth Century) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The aim of this course is to provide a working knowledge analysis of the main currents and key figures within European Art during the twentieth century. Given this aim, emphasis will be placed upon the degree of freedom that characterizes the plastic arts of our era and, in the case of contemporary art, upon how they constitute a manifestation of the socioeconomic, political, and cultural complexity of present-day Europe.

GA-16/GB-30 La Mujer en el Arte: Visiones desde la Diferencia y la Igualdad (Woman in Art: Visions from the Perspectives of Difference and Equality) (3) Conducted in Spanish FALL SEMESTER [Syllabus]

This course is designed with two key objectives in mind: firstly, to contribute to the rescue from academic oblivion of the women artists who have produced creative output throughout history and who, due to a range of different conditioning factors of a social kind, have remained on the margins of the art world; secondly, to raise awareness of, and encourage reflection about, the situation of women within the art environment of the present day, as well as about the aims pursued by tendencies within feminist criticism, together with the compromise, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, of the woman artist in the call for gender equality in society.

GB-16 Cocina y Alimentación en el Mediterráneo Durante la Antigüedad (Culinary Habits and Diet in the Mediterranean of Ancient Times) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the customs and lifestyles of the peoples who inhabited the Mediterranean during Antiquity using their diet, their culinary habits and their consumer practices as points of departure. Diet, despite being an essential feature of everyday existence, tends to be paid little attention within study plans. In overall terms, it provides us with highly valuable information by which not only the dietary norms and economic practices of historical peoples may be reconstructed, but also a different kind of insight may be provided thereby into the ways in which they were organized socially, the kinds of beliefs they held (taboos, rituals, etc.), as well as what may be gleaned concerning their identities. In a definitive way, then, the study of diet allows us to delve into these people’s daily lives and, as a result, identify cultural patterns, forms of social integration (and segregation), as well as processes of change (colonization, culturalization, cultural borrowings) which inevitably come to be signaled via domestic habits.

GB-18 La España Actual y Las Relaciones Internacionales (Present-Day Spain and the Context of International Relations) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The aim of this course is to provide students with as detailed an overview as possible of Spain’s international relations and foreign policy within the period dating from the Second World War until the present day. With this aim in mind, a specific methodology has been designed in terms of the kind of students participating in the Course, while also taking into account its duration, as well as the distribution of its sessions which will be divided between those of a practical kind and those which are theoretical in character.

GB-19 Historia de la Esclavitud en América Latina (The History of Slavery in Latin America) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

Using as departure points the origins of both indigenous and African-based slavery, the tides of slave population movements, ports of entry, factors related to legislation, settlements, and license-holding, as well as the approximate extent of the trafficking involved, a study will be made of the economic activities of all types for which slaves were used, the main emphasis being placed on the plantation regime. Account will also be taken of matters of a social nature related to the everyday existence and death of slaves. Lastly, the dissolution of the slavery regime will be explored, by means of an analysis of the different kinds of abolitionist processes involved. The geographical context to be explored is that which corresponds to the Hispanic and Portuguese colonies, given their statistical, economic, and cultural relevance.

GA-20 Economía, Sociedad y Medio Ambiente en España (Economy, Society and the Environment in Spain) (3) – Conducted in Spanish FALL SEMESTER [Syllabus]

This course aims to introduce students to the complexity of Spain’s current situation within the context of the European Union. Special emphasis will be placed on items relevant to its economy, society and the environment.

GB-20 Antropología Cultural de América Latina (Cultural Anthropology of Latin America) (3) Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The aim of this course is to explore the current model of inter-ethnic relations in Latin America as a fundamental aspect of its present-day social reality. The syllabus will be centered on the co-existence of two well-defined strategies: a) the domination of the indigenous population by national elites and b) the resistance practiced by ethnic groups. The content of class sessions will be based on the explanation of basic theoretical concepts.

GA-21/GB-28 Cultura de la Gastronomía en España (Cuisine Culture in Spain) (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

This course addresses the elements surrounding the history of gastronomy in Spain beginning with the cuisine of its earliest settlers and leading up to the present, making a study of the various cultural influences – both Mediterranean and American – as well as the Mediterranean triad (olive oil, wine and bread), and the importance of the Mediterranean diet as the means to a healthy lifestyle. It is imperative that students have a sufficient command of the Spanish language in order to digest the course content and participate effectively without a problem. It is also important that students have a foundational understanding of history. Course objectives are that students will become familiar with the history of an ancient cuisine and culture, and that this understanding will prove beneficial for students’ personal health and well-being.

GB-21 Cine y Fotografía Europeos (European Cinema and Photography) (3) – Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

This course intends to provide the international student with a general vision and understanding of the history of photography and European cinema. These two artistic elements provide insight into the evolution of that which is Europe, illustrating the ways it has been represented through cinema and photography – the images Europe produced concerning itself during that time – particularly as they pertain to the cultural, historical and social changes it experienced over the course of two centuries.

GA-22/GB-27 El Vino en España: Historia, Cultura y Economía (Wine in Spain: History, Culture and Economics) (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

The objective of this course is that students will develop a deeper knowledge of one of Spain’s most important cultural and economic elements – wine – through the study of its history, the various types and methods of production, principle growing regions, the impact on the Spanish economy at both regional and national levels, and the recent development of touristic activity surrounding wine in Spain.

GB-25 Reconstruyendo el Pasado Prehistórico: Estudios Científicos en Prehistoria (Reconstructing the Prehistoric Past: Scientific Studies in Prehistory) (3) – Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The organization of the course will be based on a clear outline. Following on from an introductory session wherein the basic concepts regarding the temporal and spatial parameters of Prehistory will be established, each theoretical lecture will pinpoint a specific archaeological site which will act as the spur to the analysis of the paradigmatic aspects of the period, or historical process, to which the site belongs. Thus, for example, the purpose of the sessions given over to the Atapuerca site (Burgos, Spain), where during the last decade, globally speaking, the most outstanding collection of human fossils has been dug up, will be a consideration of the issue of the settlement of Europe by groups prior to Homo Sapiens Sapiens. Likewise, in those sessions dealing with the Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri (Greece), the history of Minoan culture will be the subject of inquiry, including the way in which that same culture came to an end so abruptly as a result of one of the worst volcanic eruptions ever recorded.

GB-26 Historia y Cultura Judía en España (Jewish History and Culture within Spain (3) – Conducted in Spanish SPRING SEMESTER [Syllabus]

The objective of this course is to introduce the student to a deeper understanding of the Jewish presence in Spain, beginning with the Roman era and continuing through to the expulsion of the Jewish people at the end of the Middle Ages. The course will also examine the survival of Jewish sentiment among the Hebraic communities within this time frame by looking at certain historical sources and materials.

GB-31 Vivir a Orillas del Guadalquivir: De la Hispalis Romana al Puerto de India (Living on the banks of the Guadalquivir : From the Port of Roman Hispalis India) (3) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]

To enable students to become aware of the customs and lifestyles of the range of peoples who inhabited the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula between the final phase of Prehistory and the Modern Era, primarily through the study of the material remains related to them. Additionally, provide students with an alternative view of the history of these societies by characterizing the everyday life lived in them, while using as a case study the city of Sevilla and its environments. Students will also assess the importance of the overarching historical and cultural processes (colonization by the Phoenicians, the Roman conquest, Al-Andalus, the Discovery of America) inherent to the development of those populations which settled along the Guadalquivir, as well as to the shaping of their identity.