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Academic Year (or Semester) in Spain

Curriculum

Course Descriptions

Students are required to sign up for four courses during the fall and spring terms. 

Fall Semester

Language

Advanced Spanish Language in Context I. (10 students max.) Review and refinement of grammatical structure, practical vocabulary and syntax. Regular written compositions will be required. Special emphasis will be placed on the development of conversational skills. Prof. Enrique Santamaría.
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Advanced Spanish Language in Context II. (10 students max.) Study and analysis of the structure of the Spanish language in both written (formal) and oral (colloquial) contexts, in order that the students acquire maximum competence in the recognition and use of the subtleties of the language. Prof. Vivian Samudio.
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Advanced Grammar Review. (10 students max.) Study of the syntactical properties of the Spanish language and comparative analysis of English and Spanish structures. Open only to the most advanced students. Prof. Teresa Bordón.
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Literature

Gender and Identity in Female Contemporary Literature. (10 students max.) Close analysis of representative examples of narrative, essay, poetry and theater of contemporary Spanish women writers.  The works will be studied in the context of current feminist, hermeneutic and psychocritical theories.  The course will include writings by Ana Maria Matute, Josefina Aldecoa, Carmen Martin Gaite, Gloria Fuertes, Esther Tusquets, Marina Mayoral, Mercedes Abad, Rosa Montero, Cristina Fernandez Cubas, Paloma Pedrero and Elena Santiago. Prof. Marcos Roca.
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Spain and the Americas: Negotiating Conflicting Identities. (10 students max.) This course examines the conflicting identities that emerged on both sides of the Atlantic in response to the process of Spanish conquest and colonization in the Americas. We will analyze diverse Spanish and Spanish American texts from the first stage of Western globalization and explore social and cultural dynamics of key interest today: constructions of identity and racial, gender, and ethnic otherness; cultural mediation; and multiculturalism, among others. Students will learn to identify and analyze different strategies of representation, domination, negotiation, and resistance in the colonial situation. Prof. Soledad Gálvez.
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History and Social Sciences

Spain: A model of European Democracy. (10 students max.) Study of the main political and legal institutions of Spain, and the political process that has occurred in Spain in recent years giving shape to a different European democratic model. The course is a study of the existing relations among the main elements in a democratic political system such as the Constitution, political parties, leaders, institutions, etc. It also describes and analyzes the process of the political transition and the consolidation of the Spanish democracy, the integration in the EU and the main political and social changes in Spain. Prof. Francisco Bobillo.
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Spanish Society and Economy in the EU. (10 students max.) Study of the main changes in the Spanish Society and Economy in the last decades with special emphasis on questions related to EU origins, the Euro vs. the US dollar as an international currency, pros and cons of the European social model, the situation of women in Spain and the consequences of immigration in Spain. All these topics will help students to understand the daily realities they will face during their stay in Madrid. Prof. Ainhoa Marín.
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Culture shock: Spain's cultural diversity. (10 students max.) Introduction to the nature and methods of cultural anthropology and study of aspects of Spanish life from an anthropological perspective: ethnic groups, family relationships, "fiestas," religion, values and beliefs, giving special emphasis to the matter of gender. Students will learn to observe, define and interpret the anthropological differences of a foreign culture and thus better understand the "culture shock" that results from contact with Spanish life. Prof. Aída Bueno.
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Field Internships

Spain Today: Social and Professional Learning. (Internship: 10 students max.) Study of an active participation in Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs) and other social institutions in order to comprehend how the Spanish people, and Spanish youth in particular, are responding to the needs of contemporary life. The course includes weekly hands-on involvement in Spanish life and customs outside the classroom (through a project chosen by the student from an extensive list of possibilities), regular class meetings, and guest lectures from experts in different fields. A project prospectus, ample field notes, and lengthy research paper are required. Prof. Sheila Klaiber.
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Art, Dance and Film

When the Arts Speaks: a Vision of Spain through Spanish Arts. (10 students max.) The main goal of this course is to learn about Spain's history, culture and society through the Spanish arts. In addition to its technical characteristics, art is a great source of information, a reflection of peoples’ likes, a communicator of ideas and customs of a given period of time. Classes will be held both in the classroom –with visual materials and practical exercises– and in some of Madrid’s most important museums and art galleries. During these visits, students will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom. Prof. Vanessa Jimeno. Download syllabus

Introduction to Flamenco Dance. (10 students max.) Overview of flamenco dance as a performing art. Emphasis on sevillanas, tangos flamencos and alegrías. Special attention to body awareness, partner communication and movement efficiency. Performance presentation required at the end of the course. Prof. Laura Murcia.
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Documentary Film Workshop: "A Student Self-portrait in Madrid". (8 students max.) This workshop allows students to discover and explore creative documentary filmmaking through two parallel and complementary lenses. First, via a theoretical approach to documentary filmmaking focusing specifically on Spanish production; second, by creating a documentary project. Students will use documentary filmmaking as a form of personal expression in order to articulate through this medium their expectations, perspectives, and experiences when immersed in a different culture and society. Each student will direct their own documentary self-portrait, which will give voice and make visible their reality and life experiences in Madrid. Prof. Jean Castejón. Download syllabus


Taller de Cine Documental, Octoño 2013

Spring Semester

Language

Advanced Spanish Language in Context I. (10 students max.) Review and refinement of grammatical structure, practical vocabulary and syntax. Regular written compositions will be required. Special emphasis will be placed on the development of conversational skills. Prof. Maribel García.
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Advanced Spanish Language in Context II. (10 students max.) Study and analysis of the structure of the Spanish language in both written (formal) and oral (colloquial) contexts, in order that the students acquire maximum competence in the recognition and use of the subtleties of the language. Prof. Vivian Samudio. 
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Advanced Grammar review. (10 students max.) Study of the syntactical properties of the Spanish language and comparative analysis of English and Spanish structures. Open only to the most advanced students. Prof. Teresa Bordón.
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Literature

Cervantes - El Quijote. (10 students max.) Chapter by chapter study of Cervantes' masterpiece, with emphasis on its unique contribution to the birth of the modern novel and its reflection of Golden Age Spain. Prof. Eugenio Suárez Galván.
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Subjectivity and Identity in Contemporary Spanish Poetry. (10 students max.) Study of the most characteristic, stylistic and thematic concerns of poetry of the 20th century. Prof. Marcos Roca.
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Contemporary Narratives and Globalization in Spain and Latin America. (10 students max.) An interdisciplinary examination of Spanish and Latin American literary and visual narratives that respond to the dislocations produced by neo-liberal policies from the mid-1980s to the present. Topics include: the emergence of new subjectivities; globalization and youth; gender, race, and class dynamics; migrations; representations of the city; writing and memory; and forms of aesthetic representation. Prof. Soledad Gálvez.
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History and Social Sciences

Surprises and Conflicts: the Spanish Change (1950 - present). (10 students max.) Study of contemporary social structures, including population shifts, political affiliation, education, generation conflict, marriage, sexual mores, family life, problems of sexual inequality, communication, moral codes and social deviance. Prof. Antonio Muñoz.
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Field Internships

Spain Today: Social and Professional Learning. (Internship: 10 students max.) Study of an active participation in Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs) and other social institutions in order to comprehend how the Spanish people, and Spanish youth in particular, are responding to the needs of contemporary life. The course includes weekly hands-on involvement in Spanish life and customs outside the classroom (through a project chosen by the student from an extensive list of possibilities), regular class meetings, and guest lectures from experts in different fields. A project prospectus, ample field notes, and lengthy research paper are required. Prof. Sheila Klaiber.
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Art, Dance and Theatre

Theatre on and off Stage. (10 students max.) Divided in two areas: the critical analysis of 3 plays offered in the Madrid theaters and staging of a play as an approach to the different theatrical spaces such as acting, production, costumes and scenography. Prof. Ainhoa Amestoy.
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When the Art Speaks: an Exploration of Modernity through Spanish Arts. (10 students max.) Study of modern Spanish painting from Goya to the present, with special attention to its traditions as manifested in the works of such twentieth-century masters as Miró, Juan Gris and Picasso. The course will include regular visits to the Prado Museum and close examination of its ample holdings in the works of these painters. Prof. Vanessa Jimeno.
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Introduction to Flamenco Dance. (10 students max.) An overview of flamenco dance as a performing art. Emphasis on tanguillos, fandangos and bulerías. Special attention to body awareness, partner communication and movement efficiency. Performance presentation required at the end of the course. Prof. Laura Murcia Cánovas. For syllabus, see Fall Semester listing. 

Art studio. Drawing and painting.  (8 students max.) Prof. Óscar Sánchez Fuster. See Fall Semester listing. Download syllabus


Spring 2014 Flamenco Performance by students in "Introduction to Flamenco Dance" taught and directed by Professor Laura Murcia


Fall 2013 Flamenco Performance by students in "Introduction to Flamenco Dance" taught and directed by Professor Laura Murcia

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