AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Granada, Spain
Summer 2017
Course Descriptions

   

Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. Add/drop is permitted during the first 3 days of class. Please note that courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University of Granada.

INTENSIVE SPANISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM (SESSIONS 1, 2, 3 OR 4)

All students take a Spanish language course. Sessions 2 and 3 Beginner level students may also opt to take the 1.5-credit Conversation Practice course.

Sessions 2 and 3 Intermediate, Advanced and Superior level students can opt to take the Conversation Practice course or a 1.5 credit subject course (taught in Spanish) from the Spanish Language and Culture Program shown below. When choosing electives please bear in mind that there may be scheduling conflicts.

Spanish Language Courses
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 101 (5)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Beginner A1
Course Description:
This level is for students who have no previous knowledge of Spanish. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in everyday situations and those related to the personal experiences of the learner, with basic language recourses. Students will be able to exchange simple and direct information. Included topics are: the present tense indicative or regular and irregular verbs, demonstrative and possessive adjectives, pronunciation and intonation, uses of “ser”, “estar” and “hay”, frequent reflexive verbs and definite and indefinite articles.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 102 (5)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Elementary A2
Course Description:
Students who have studied Spanish only in high school, or 1 or 2 semester(s) in college generally place in this level. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in everyday situations and those related to the personal experiences of the learner, with basic language recourses. Students will be able to exchange simple and direct information. Included topics are: forms and uses of the gerund, forms and uses of “gustar”, “encantar”, “interesar”, the differences between “ser” and “estar”, the preterit perfect tense, positive imperative and expressions of cause and excuse.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 103 (5)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Pre-Intermediate A2+
Course Description:
A bridge level between the Elementary and Intermediate levels, this course concentrates on increasing students’ oral and written skills. Students who have studied 1 or 2 semesters in high school generally place in this level. Students will be able to ask for and give personal information, compare, express opinions, security and insecurity and judgments. Grammar topics include: demonstrative and possessive pronouns, direct and indirect object pronouns, the preterit, the imperative and the imperfect tenses.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 201 (5)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Intermediate B1.1
Course Description:
Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with 1 or 2 semester(s) in college, or students who have 2 or 3 semesters in college, usually place in this level. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in general situations that require the interchange of information and show personal attitudes about a multitude of familiar themes, not exclusively related to personal experience. Specific content includes: contrasting uses of the indefinite and the indicative perfect, morphology and uses of the indicative imperfect, “hace”, impersonal “se”, “parecerse”, and possessive adjectives and pronouns, making hypothesis.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 202 (5)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Upper Intermediate B1.2
Course Description:
Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with 2 or 3 semesters in college, or students who have four semesters in college, usually place in this level. Focus is on communication skills and grammar. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in general situations that require the interchange of information and show personal attitudes about a multitude of familiar themes, not exclusively related to personal experience. Specific content includes: morphology and uses of the future and conditional tenses, morphology and uses of the present subjunctive, giving advice, morphology and uses of the imperfect subjunctive.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 301 (5)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Advanced B2.1
Course Description:
Students with at least 5 semesters of college Spanish, experience living in a Spanish-speaking country or Spanish study on a regular basis since elementary school usually place in this level. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in multiple situations not necessarily familiar to them that will require exchanging information and personal opinions with complex linguistic structures. Specific content includes: uses of the imperfect, preterit, conditional, imperative and subjunctive, correlation of the tenses in specific communicative situations—arguments, debates, degrees of possibility, cause, consequence, etc., direct and indirect object pronouns, and the impersonal “se”.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 302 (5)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Upper Advanced B2.2
Course Description:
Students with at least 5 semesters of college Spanish, experience living in a Spanish-speaking country or Spanish study on a regular basis since elementary school usually place in this level. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in multiple situations not necessarily familiar to them that will require exchanging information and personal opinions with complex linguistic structures. Specific content includes: use of the subjunctive in forming opinions, values and attitudes, marginal uses of the imperfect: dreams, fiction, virtuosity, use of the compound conditional in the formulation of hypothesis, and phonetic characteristics of Spanish.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 401 (5)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Superior C1.1
Course Description:
Students with at least 6 semesters of college Spanish place into this level. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves correctly and with fluidity in situations familiar to them and communicate adequately in situations that are not familiar to them through linguistically complex structures. Specific topics include: specific uses of the infinitive, gerund, participle, conditional and future tenses, particularities in the use of “ser” and “estar” and the passive voice. Cultural content includes themes such as: “20th Century Spanish History”, “The Cultural legacy: Christian, Jews and Moors”, and “Gastronomy: The Mediterranean Diet”.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 402 (5)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Proficiency C2
Course Description:
Bilingual students generally place into this level. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves correctly and with fluidity in situations familiar to them and communicate adequately in situations that are not familiar to them through linguistically complex structures. Specific topics include: prepositional patterns of verbs; problematic prepositions; proverbs and sayings; lexical adaptations on different socio-linguistic levels, and varied conversational recourses. Cultural content includes themes such as: “The Family Structure”, “Principle Political, Cultural and Ideological Tendencies in Today’s Spain”, “Bullfighting” and “Flamenco”.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 110/210/310/410 (0.5) (1.5) (Not available in Session 1)
Course Title: Conversation Practice
Course Description:
Open to students at all levels. Students increase their communicative competence through intensive practice in speaking Spanish. Emphasis on pronunciation and vocabulary through discussion of contemporary topics such as newspapers, magazines, literary texts, songs and television commercials.

SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE PROGRAM (SESSIONS 2, 3, 4 OR 2 + 4 COMBINED)

This program is offered to students with an Intermediate and above level of Spanish. You can take any combination of courses adding up to 6 credits. All classes are taught in Spanish.

3-Credit Spanish Language Courses
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 203 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Language Intermediate B1
Course Description:
Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with 1 or 2 semester(s) in college, or students who have 2 or 3 semesters in college, usually place in this level. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in general situations that require the interchange of information and show personal attitudes about a multitude of familiar themes, not exclusively related to personal experience. Specific content includes: contrasting uses of the indefinite and the indicative perfect, morphology and uses of the indicative imperfect, “hace”, impersonal “se”, “parecerse”, and possessive adjectives and pronouns, making hypothesis. This course meets for 45 hours.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 303 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Language Advanced B2
Course Description:
Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with 2 or 3 semesters in college, or students who have 4 semesters in college, usually place in this level. Focus on communication skills and grammar. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in general situations that require the interchange of information and show personal attitudes about a multitude of familiar themes, not exclusively related to personal experience. Specific content includes: morphology and uses of the future and conditional tenses, morphology and uses of the present subjunctive, giving advice, morphology and uses of the imperfect subjunctive. This course meets for 45 hours.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 403 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Language Superior C
Course Description:
Students with at least 5 semesters of college Spanish, experience living in a Spanish-speaking country or Spanish study on a regular basis since elementary school usually place in this level. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in multiple situations not necessarily familiar to them that will require exchanging information and personal opinions with complex linguistic structures. Specific content includes: uses of the imperfect, preterit, conditional, imperative, and subjunctive, correlation of the tenses in specific communicative situations - arguments, debates, degrees of possibility, cause, consequence, etc., direct and indirect object pronouns, and the impersonal “se.” This course meets for 45 hours.

3-Credit Subject Courses
Course Code and Credits: Art/History 303 (3)
Course Title: General History and History of Art in Spain
Course Description:
Follows the development of Spanish art from its Arabic origins to the present including Moslem, Visigothic, Mozarabic, Romanesque, Mudejar, Gothic, and the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Emphasis is placed on the Spanish masters: Velázquez, Goya, Picasso and Dalí. After a brief introduction to Spain’s history, this course covers aspects of contemporary history of Spain. It reviews the political, social and economic problems from 1900 to 1975: Alfonso XII, the Civil War, and the Franco regime. This course also covers the post-Franco transition to Democracy including the Constitution of 1978.
Course Code and Credits: Geography/History 303 (3)
Course Title: Geography and History of Spain
Course Description:
Topics include Spain’s climate and vegetation, the development of towns, and the current distribution of population, agriculture and industry, internal communications, foreign trade, tourism and the evolution of the Spanish economy. After a brief introduction to Spain’s history, this course covers aspects of contemporary history of Spain. It reviews the political, social and economic problems from 1900 to 1975: Alfonso XII, the Civil War, and the Franco regime. This course also covers the post-Franco transition to Democracy including the Constitution of 1978.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 303 (3)
Course Title: Spanish and Latin American Literature
Course Description:
Traces the major movements and principal authors of Spanish literature. Movements and periods studied include: Medieval romances, the Siglo de Oro, Romanticism, 20th century. Genres such as drama, poetry and novels are studied. Authors and works such as La Celestina, El Lazarillo de Tormes, Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quijote, Lope de Vega, and García Lorca are studied. This course pursues literary trends of Latin American countries throughout the 20th century. Authors and portions of works such as Azuelo’s “Los de abajo”, Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borge’s “Ficciones”, Isabel Allende and Laura Esquivel are studied.
Course Code and Credits: Religion/Sociology 310 (3)
Course Title: Spanish and Islamic Civilization and Culture
Course Description:
Discusses the importance and the effect of Islamic rule on Spain’s history, tradition, language, and culture. Topics include: the concept of Islam, the message of the Koran, Andalucia under Islamic rule, North African dynasties in Andalucia, the Nazari dynasty of Granada, cultural, literary, and artistic aspects of Islam, and Islamic architecture and symbols as exemplified by the Alhambra. Spanish civilization and contemporary society are examined through themes such as the relationships between professional, labor and cultural sectors, the aging of the population, gypsies, bullfighting, holidays, gastronomy and flamenco. Audio-visuals, newspapers, magazines and texts are used.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 311 (3)
Course Title: Spanish and Latin American Civilization and Culture
Course Description:
Spanish civilization and contemporary society are examined through themes such as the relationships between professional, labor and cultural sectors, the aging of the population, gypsies, bullfighting, holidays, gastronomy and flamenco. Audio-visuals, newspapers, magazines and texts are used. Basic elements of Hispano-American culture are addressed to provide an understanding of its complexity. Topics include: the American geographic environment, racial distribution and historical evolution, demographics and problems of growth, family structure and daily life, social groups and their behavior, political tendencies, current ideologies, dependence, underdevelopment, external debt, art and folklore.

1.5-Credit Subject Courses
Course Code and Credits: Art 301 (1.5)
Course Title: History of Art in Spain
Course Description:
Follows the development of Spanish art from its Arabic origins to the present including Moslem, Visigothic, Mozarabic, Romanesque, Mudejar, Gothic, and the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Emphasis is placed on the Spanish masters: Velázquez, Goya, Picasso and Dalí.
Course Code and Credits: Geography 301 (1.5)
Course Title: Geography of Spain
Course Description:
Topics include Spain’s climate and vegetation, the development of towns, and the current distribution of population, agriculture and industry, internal communications, foreign trade, tourism and the evolution of the Spanish economy.
Course Code and Credits: History 301 (1.5)
Course Title: History of Spain
Course Description:
After a brief introduction to Spain’s history, this course covers aspects of contemporary history of Spain. It reviews the political, social and economic problems from 1900 to 1975: Alfonso XII, the Civil War, and the Franco regime. This course also covers the post-Franco transition to Democracy including the Constitution of 1978.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 301 (1.5)
Course Title: Spanish Literature
Course Description:
Traces the major movements and principal authors of Spanish literature. Movements and periods studied include: Medieval romances, the Siglo de Oro, Romanticism, 20th century. Genres such as drama, poetry and novels are studied. Authors and works such as La Celestina, El Lazarillo de Tormes, Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quijote, Lope de Vega, and García Lorca are studied.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 302 (1.5)
Course Title: Latin American Literature
Course Description:
This course pursues literary trends of Latin American countries throughout the 20th century. Authors and portions of works such as Azuelo’s “Los de abajo”, Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borge’s “Ficciones”, Isabel Allende and Laura Esquivel are studied.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 315 (1.5)
Course Title: The Diversity of Spanish in the World
Course Description:
Designed for students who already have a sufficient fluency in the Spanish language and who wish to become more expressive in the “everyday” language. Special attention is paid to vocabulary, the semantic differences of words in Spain and in Latin America, gestures, phrases, slang and sign language. Themes are practiced through oral discussion, written essays, and audio tapes transcribed by the students.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 317/417 (1.5)
Course Title: An Introduction to Business Spanish
Course Description:
Offers a realistic and lively approach to situations students might encounter in careers, especially if interested in improving their knowledge of the Spanish business world from a cross-cultural perspective. Students develop oral and written communication skills and pursue topics with materials used in business.
Course Code and Credits: Religion/Sociology 308 (1.5)
Course Title: Islamic Culture in Spain
Course Description:
Discusses the importance and the effect of Islamic rule on Spain’s history, tradition, language, and culture. Topics include: the concept of Islam, the message of the Koran, Andalucia under Islamic rule, North African dynasties in Andalucia, the Nazari dynasty of Granada, cultural, literary, and artistic aspects of Islam, and Islamic architecture and symbols as exemplified by the Alhambra.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 306/406 (1.5)
Course Title: Spanish Civilization and Culture
Course Description:
Spanish civilization and contemporary society are examined through themes such as the relationships between professional, labor and cultural sectors, the aging of the population, gypsies, bullfighting, holidays, gastronomy and flamenco. Audio-visuals, newspapers, magazines and texts are used.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 309 (1.5)
Course Title: Latin American Civilization and Culture
Course Description:
Basic elements of Hispano-American culture are addressed to provide an understanding of its complexity. Topics include: the American geographic environment, racial distribution and historical evolution, demographics and problems of growth, family structure and daily life, social groups and their behavior, political tendencies, current ideologies, dependence, underdevelopment, external debt, art and folklore.