AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Granada, Spain
Fall Semester 2010 and Spring Semester 2011
Course Descriptions

   

Orientation courses

Depending on placement test results, students enroll in one of these orientation courses. During the fall semester, the course will meet for 80 hours divided into 30 hours of grammar, 30 hours of conversation and vocabulary and 20 hours of culture with an exam. During the spring semester, this course will meet for 60 hours divided into 30 hours of grammar, 20 hours of conversation and vocabulary and 10 hours of culture with an exam.

Please note that course codes for Spanish Language courses are currently under revision and likely to change. Please consult the AIFS website for the most up-to-date information.

Orientation courses
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 101 (5) (4)
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 of 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) (4)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Elementary A2
Course Description:
Students who have studied Spanish only in high school or one or two 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 expression of cause and excuse.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 201 (5) (4)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Intermediate B1.1
Course Description:
Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with one or two semester(s) in college, or students who have two or three 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) (4)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Intermediate B1.2
Course Description:
Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with two or three semesters in college, or students who have four 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.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 301 (5) (4)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Advanced B2.1
Course Description:
Students with at least five 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, causes, consequence, etc., direct and indirect object pronouns, and the impersonal “se”
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 302 (5) (4)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Advanced B2.2
Course Description:
Students with at least five 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) (4)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Upper Advanced C1.1
Course Description:
Students with at least six semesters of college Spanish usually place in 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: Christians, Jews and Moors”, and “Gastronomy: The Mediterranean Diet”.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 402 (5) (4)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Upper Advanced C1.2
Course Description:
Students with at least seven 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: uses and variations of the conditional, concessive, temporal, final and model clauses and verbal periphrases, idiomatic expressions, phonetics and intonation. Cultural content includes themes such as: “The Mediterranean gastronomy”; “Cultural Heritage: Christians, Jews and Moors”, and “Andalucía: clichés and reality”.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 403 (5) (4)
Course Title: Intensive Spanish Language–Upper Advanced (native-like competence) 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”.

Semester courses

All students in beginner and elementary Spanish in orientation are required to take Spanish Grammar plus Spanish Speaking and Writing Skills during the semester. These students should also take two or three of the courses below given in English. Please note that course codes which contain an “E” are taught in English Students take a minimum of 4 or maximum of 5 courses. Each course meets for 40 hours per semester. There is a minimum enrollment of 15 students per class.

Spanish Language and Culture course taught in English
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 104/106/204 fall/spring (3) (required)
Course Title: Spanish Grammar
Course Description:
A general review of Spanish grammar. Differences between ser and estar, tenses in the indicative mood, constructions with si, que and como, prepositions and pronouns. Uses of the subjunctive. Meets 3 hours per week.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 106/107/206 fall/spring (3) (required)
Course Title: Speaking and Writing Skills
Course Description:
Intensive practice in speaking and writing Spanish. Emphasis is on pronunciation and vocabulary through discussion of contemporary topics. Regular composition exercises improve written skills. Meets 3 hours per week.
Course Code and Credits: Art 305E (3)
Course Title: History of Art in Spain (taught in English)
Course Description:
Spanish art from its origins to the present: pre-historic art, Spanish-Roman, Visigoth, Islamic, Asturian, Mozarabic, Romanesque, Mudejar, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Neoclassicism, Romantic art and Impressionist painting, sculpture and architecture.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 313E (3)
Course Title: The Spanish and Latin American Economy (taught in English)
Course Description:
This course is aimed at those students who wish to learn the general language of economics along with the study of Spanish economics and that of the main Latin American countries including Argentina, Uruguay, Cuba, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela. Also, the differences in culture and protocol for doing business with the Spanish and with Latin Americans will be studied.
Course Code and Credits: Geography 309E (3)
Course Title: Geography of Spain (taught in English)
Course Description:
Spain’s climate and vegetation, development of towns and population distribution, agriculture and industry, internal communications, foreign trade, tourism and the evolution of the Spanish economy.
Course Code and Credits: History 308E (3)
Course Title: History of Spain (taught in English)
Course Description:
Spain’s history from the first settlers to the present: Mediterranean colonists, Roman colonization, Islamic invasion, reconquest, Catholic kings, Emperor Carlos V, the 18th century and the War of Independence and Restoration. Political, social and economic problems from 1900-36, the Civil War, Franco Regime and post-Franco period.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 303E (3)
Course Title: Spanish Literature (taught in English)
Course Description:
This course 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, Lazarillo de Tormes, Miguel de Cervante’s Don Quijote, Lope de Vega, and F. Garcia Lorca are studied.
Course Code and Credits: Politics/Sociology 310E (3)
Course Title: The Political Systems of Spain and the European Union (taught in English)
Course Description:
This class compares and contrasts the political system of Spain and those of the principal countries of the European Union. Topics include: the Classification of Different Political Regimes, the Democratic Political Systems, and Forms of Government and the Political Systems of Britain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. The political system of Spain is studied in depth including: contemporary history of Spanish politics, the Constitution of 1978, the transition to democracy, three branches of government, territorial organization of the Spanish State, electoral system and the political parties in Spain.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 304E (3)
Course Title: Islamic Culture in Spain (taught in English)
Course Description:
Islamic influence on Spain’s history, tradition, life, language and culture. 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, Islamic architecture and symbols exemplified by the Alhambra.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 306E (3)
Course Title: Spanish Civilization and Culture (taught in English)
Course Description:
Spanish civilization and contemporary society 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 307E (3)
Course Title: Latin American Civilization and Culture (taught in English)
Course Description:
Basic elements of Latin American culture are addressed to provide an understanding of its complexity. 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.

Spanish Language and Culture course taught in Spanish

Students take a minimum of 4 or maximum of 5 courses taught by University professors. Each course meets for 40 hours per semester.

Spanish Language and Culture course taught in Spanish
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 205/304 (3) (required)
Course Title: Spanish Grammar (Nociones de la gramatica española)
Course Description:
A complete study of Spanish grammar for students at an intermediate level. Tenses, constructions and usages. Regular and irregular verbs, imperatives, the indicative versus the subjunctive and active and passive constructions.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 204/306 (3) (required)
Course Title: Speaking and Writing Skills (Producción Oral y Escrita)
Course Description:
Students must have at least two years of college Spanish to take this course. Discussion of topics of contemporary interest. Emphasis on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation and composition.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 315 (3)
Course Title: Varieties of Spanish (Variedades del español)
Course Description:
Designed for students who already have a sufficient fluency in Spanish and who wish to become more expressive in the everyday language. Special attention to vocabulary, the semantic differences of words in Spain and Latin America, gestures, phrases, slang and sign language. Themes are practiced through oral discussion, written essays and audio tapes.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 317 (3)
Course Title: An Introduction to Business Spanish (Introducción al español de los negocios)
Course Description:
For intermediate students, this course offers a realistic and lively approach to situations encountered in careers, especially if interested in improving knowledge of the Spanish and/or Latin American business world from a cross-cultural perspective. Oral and written communication skills are developed with materials used in business.
Course Code and Credits: Art 305 (3)
Course Title: History of Art in Spain (Historia del Arte en España)
Course Description:
Spanish art development from Arabic origins to the present including Moslem, Visigothic, Mozarabic, Romanesque, Mudejar, Gothic and the Renaissance and Baroque. The Spanish masters Velazquez, Goya, Picasso and Dali. Visits to historical sites in Granada such as the Alhambra, cathedral and Royal Chapel.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 313 (3)
Course Title: The Spanish and Latin American Economy (Economia Española y Latinoaméricana)
Course Description:
This course is aimed at those students who wish to learn the general language of economics along with the study of Spanish economics and that of the main Latin American countries including Argentina, Uruguay, Cuba, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela. Also, the differences in culture and protocol for doing business with the Spanish and with Latin Americans will be studied.
Course Code and Credits: Geography 309 (3)
Course Title: Geography of Spain (Geografía de España)
Course Description:
Spain’s climate and vegetation, development of towns and population distribution, agriculture and industry, internal communications, foreign trade, tourism and the evolution of the Spanish economy.
Course Code and Credits: History 308 (3)
Course Title: History of Spain (Historia de España)
Course Description:
Spain’s history from the first settler to the present: Mediterranean colonists, Roman colonization, Moslem invasion, reconquest, Catholic kings, Emperor Carlos V, the 18th century and the War of Independence and the Restoration. Political, social and economic problems of 1900-36, the Civil War, the Franco Regime and the post-Franco period. Meets for 3 hours per week.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 301 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Literature - until the 19th Century (Literatura Española hasta Siglo XIX)
Course Description:
Major movements and principal authors of Spanish and Hispano- American literature. Drama, prose, poetry and novel genres. Authors include Cervantes and Zorrilla. Works include Lazarillo de Tormes, La Celestina and Don Quijote.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 302 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Literature – 19th and 20th Centuries (Literatura Española Siglos XIX-XX)
Course Description:
Spanish authors and literary movements in the 19th and 20th centuries such as Bécquer, Valle Inclán, Federico García Lorca, Gabriel García Márquez and Romanticism.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 304 (3)
Course Title: Islamic Culture in Spain (Cultura Islámica en España)
Course Description:
Islamic influence on Spain’s history, tradition, life, language and culture. 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, Islamic architecture and symbols exemplified by the Alhambra.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 306 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Civilization and Culture (Civilización y cultura Españolas)
Course Description:
Spanish civilization and contemporary society 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 307 (3)
Course Title: Latin American Civilization and Culture (Civilización y cultura hispanoamericanas)
Course Description:
Basic elements of Latin American culture are addressed to provide an understanding of its complexity. 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.
Course Code and Credits: Politics/Sociology 310 (3)
Course Title: The Political Systems of Spain and the European Union (El sistema político de España y la Unión Europea)
Course Description:
Compares and contrasts the political system of Spain and those of the principal countries of the European Union. Topics include: the classification of different political regimes, the democratic political systems, and forms of government and the political systems of Britain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. The political system of Spain is studied in depth including: the contemporary history of Spanish politics, the Constitution of 1978, transition to democracy, three branches of government, territorial organization of the Spanish State, electoral system and the political parties in Spain.

Advanced Level Hispanic Studies

This program is designed by the University to provide foreign students with a thorough knowledge of Spanish culture. Courses are taught in Spanish by University professors. Students are required to have 3 years of college Spanish. Hispanic Studies students must have a strong background and place into advanced Spanish at orientation. Course load is a minimum 4 or maximum 5 classes. Students must take a Spanish composition and conversation course. Courses meet for a total of 40 credit hours each.

Advanced Level Hispanic Studies
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 305 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Grammar (Advanced level) (Gramática del Español: Nivel Avanzado)
Course Description:
Students must have at least two years of college Spanish. Topics of contemporary interest. Grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation and composition.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 404 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Grammar (Superior level) (Gramática del Español: Nivel Superior)
Course Description:
Theoretical and practical usage of the Spanish language. Verb structures, indicative tenses, use of the subjunctive mood, the imperative, impersonal and passive constructions and uses of ser and estar. Pronouns, prepositions and adverbs. Constructions with si, como and que. Sentence structure and syntax through regular oral and written exercises. Students are required to have at least three years of college Spanish.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 307/406/407/409 (3) (required)
Course Title: Speaking and Writing Skills (Producción Oral y Escrita)
Course Description:
At least three years previous study of Spanish at the college level. Concentrated work on written skills through regular composition exercises as well as conversation and discussion of topics of contemporary interest.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 415 (3)
Course Title: Varieties of Spanish (Variedades del Español)
Course Description:
For students who already have sufficient fluency in Spanish and wish to become more expressive in everyday language. Vocabulary, semantic differences of words in Spain and Latin America, gestures, phrases, slang and sign language. Practice is through oral discussion, written essays and audio tape transcribing.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 417 (3)
Course Title: Business Spanish (Español de Negocios)
Course Description:
For advanced students, a realistic and lively approach to situations encountered in careers; especially if interested in improving knowledge of the Spanish and/or Latin American business world from a cross-cultural perspective. Oral and written communication skills are developed with materials used in business.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 417 (3)
Course Title: Translation from English to Spanish (Traducción Inglés/Español)
Course Description:
Translating English to Spanish, increasing vocabulary and syntactical skills. Documents, poems, recipes and articles are translated. Students are evaluated weekly on individual translations out of class and during class on small group translations.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 420 (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Linguistics (Introducción a la lingüística)
Course Description:
This course will familiarize students with the fundamental themes of linguistics as the science of language. Students discuss the linguistic diversity of our planet, how languages live, how they are constructed, how and why they change, how they are related, but also how and why they disappear. Students examine the world of universal linguistics and analyze the relation between language and world vision and view of the evolution of linguistics and its methods.
Course Code and Credits: Anthropology/History 401 fall only (3)
Course Title: History of America: The Pre-Columbian Period, Age of Discovery and Colonialism (Historia de América: Etapa precolombina, descubrimiento y colonial)
Course Description:
The stages of pre-Columbian cultural development, origin of man in the Americas, American pre-history, the advanced cultures of Mesoamerica, the Aztec confederation, Mayan culture, the advanced cultures of the Andes and the Incan empire.
Course Code and Credits: Anthropology/History 402 spring only (3)
Course Title: Contemporary History of America (Historia de América: Edad contemporánea)
Course Description:
The social structure, demography and administrative organization of the American indigenous tribes as well as the Spanish republic and its commercial monopoly, productive sectors and education, art and culture. The defense of the Spanish American empire and 18th century reforms and economic evolution.
Course Code and Credits: Art 405 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Art (Antiquity to the Renaissance) (Arte Español: de la antigüedad al Renacimiento)
Course Description:
Traces Spanish art from its origins to the 15th century. The pre-historic, Iberian-Roman, Visigothic, Moslem, Asturian, Mozarabic, Romanesque, Mudejar, Gothic and early Renaissance periods are studied by painting, architecture and sculpture. Hispano-Muslim art and its significance in Andalucia.
Course Code and Credits: Art 407 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Art (Baroque to the Present Day) (Arte Español: Del Barroco, a la actualidad)
Course Description:
Development of Spanish art through the Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romantic, Surrealistic and Cubism periods. Special attention is paid to the Spanish masters Velázquez, Goya, Murillo, Picasso, Miró and Dalí.
Course Code and Credits: Art/Literature 410 spring only (3)
Course Title: A Comparative Study of Literature and the Visual Arts (Estudio Comparativo de la Literatura y los Artes Visuales)
Course Description:
Art and literature from the 17th to 20th centuries, including outstanding work from Spain and connections with art from other countries.
Course Code and Credits: Art 411 (3)
Course Title: History of Spanish Cinema (Historia del Cine Español)
Course Description:
The history and culture of Spain through the history of Spanish cinema. Origins of Spanish film (1896-1930), Luis Buñuel, “talkies” films in the Republic, cinema as an ideological tool under Franco and Spanish cinema after the return of democracy.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 412 spring only (3)
Course Title: The Economy of Modern Spain (Actualidad Economica de España)
Course Description:
The Spanish economy, the infrastructure and population of Spain, analysis of various sectors of the Spanish economy (agrarian, industrial, technological), institutional aspects of the Spanish economy (relations with other countries, integration into the EEC, public debt) and political framework of the Spanish economy.
Course Code and Credits: Economics/ Business 413 fall only (3)
Course Title: Economics and Business in Spain and Latin America (Economia y negocios en España y América Latina)
Course Description:
The general language of economics, the study of the Spanish economy and the economies of the main Latin American countries through a variety of activities. The differences in culture and protocol for doing business with Spain and Latin America. The industries in Spain: farming, fishing, manufacturing and tourism, Spanish investments overseas, and the economies of Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama and Cuba.
Course Code and Credits: Economics/Business 414 spring only (3)
Course Title: Foreign Trade (Comercio Exterior)
Course Description:
The general language and aspects of doing business in Spanish. The constitution of a small Spanish business and the problems it faces at the beginning, during growth and on conquering the international markets. The study of foreign trade dossiers and texts from specialized journals and periodicals and a study of the cultural features of doing business and establishing commercial relations in Spain and larger economic countries of Latin America.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 415 spring only (3)
Course Title: The Economy of Modern Latin America (Actualidad Económica de America Latina)
Course Description:
The study of the economic basis of the main Latin American countries: Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Cuba, Panama and Venezuela. This course will also address the integration of Latin America’s economy; the economic role of the Hispanic people in the U.S.; Puerto Rico’s status; European inversions in Latin America and the economic relationship between Spain and Latin America.
Course Code and Credits: Education 401 (3)
Course Title: Teaching English to Spanish Speakers (Didáctica del Inglés para Hispanohablantes)
Course Description:
Fundamental methodology for teaching English to Spanish speakers. Practice and participation, planning for didactic units, grammar, vocabulary, audio-visual methods and preparation of materials. Students teach English to Spanish-speaking students at the Center.
Course Code and Credits: Education 402 (3)
Course Title: Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (Didáctica del Español Como Lengua Extranjera)
Course Description:
Fundamental methodology for teaching Spanish to non-native speakers. Practice and participation, planning for didactic units, grammar, vocabulary, audio-visual methods and preparation of materials.
Course Code and Credits: Geography 409 fall only (3)
Course Title: General Geography of Spain (Geografía General de España)
Course Description:
Spain’s climate and vegetation, the development of towns and current population distribution, agriculture and industry, internal communications, foreign trade, tourism and the evolution of the economy.
Course Code and Credits: Geography 410 spring only (3)
Course Title: Regional Geography of Spain (Geografía Regional de España)
Course Description:
Regions (Madrid, the provinces, Balearic and Canary Islands) and their characteristics (economic problems, tourism and population).
Course Code and Credits: History/Sociology 403 (3)
Course Title: History of Spain (Franco to Present Day) (Historia de España: desde Franco hasta la actualidad)
Course Description:
Political, social and economic development of Spain from the Franco regime (its ideology and socio-political evolution) to the present. The Catholic church’s relationship with the state, the time of transition, the constitution, economic development and internal and international problems of the present government.
Course Code and Credits: History 404 (3)
Course Title: Modern History of Spain (The Modern Age) (Historia de España Moderna)
Course Description:
Spain’s history as a nation from its beginning with the unification of Castile/Leon with Aragon through the political and personal marriage of Isabella and Ferdinand and on to Imperial Spain under the rule of Emperor Charles I. Phillip II as well as disintegration and crises during the Austrian dynasty. The Wars of Succession and early 8th century reforms.
Course Code and Credits: History 406 (3)
Course Title: History of Spain (19th Century to the Civil War) (Historia de España del. S.XIX hasta la Guerra Civil Española)
Course Description:
The history of contemporary Spain. The war of independence from Napoleon, the restoration, the end of the monarchy and the republic, the Civil War, the Franco regime and the post-Franco struggle for democracy. The political, social and economic situations of the country for each period.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 403 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Literature (the Renaissance and the Baroque) (Literatura Española: Renacimiento y Barroco)
Course Description:
Spanish literature in the 18th and 19th centuries. Characteristics, historical and political tones of the time. Drama, prose, poetry and novel genres, portraying literature’s “golden age” of La Celestina, Lazarillo, San Juan de la Cruz, Cervantes’ “Don Quijote”, Lope de Vega’s “Fuente Ovejuna”, Alarcón’s “Sombrero de tres picos”, Manuel de Góngora, Quevedo and Calderón de la Barca’s “La vida es sueno”.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 405 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Literature (Enlightenment, Romanticism and Realism) (Literatura Española: Ilustración, Romanticismo y Realismo)
Course Description:
Spanish literature in the 18th and 19th centuries and comparative movements in other countries. Drama, prose, poetry and the novel.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 407 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Literature (20th Century) (Literatura Española del Siglo XX)
Course Description:
Comparison of three periods of Spanish literature and similar tendencies in other countries: (i) the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, (ii) avant garde to the Spanish Civil War and (iii) post-war to the present.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 408 (3)
Course Title: Latin American Literature (Literatura Hispanoamericana)
Course Description:
Literary currents of Hispano-American countries throughout five centuries of American literature in Spanish. Azuelo’s “Los de abajo”, Rivera’s “La Voragine”, Jorge Luis Borges’ “Ficciones”, Pablo Neruda, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Carlos Fuentes.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 410 (3)
Course Title: The Image of Women in Spanish Literature (18th to 21st Century) (La imagen de la mujer en la literatura española s. XVII-s.XXI)
Course Description:
The study of Spanish literature during the 17th to 21st centuries through the images of women produced in texts, from both male and female writers. Authors studied include: Pérez Galdós, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Unamuno, Pío Baroja, Maria Teresa Leon, Ana Maria Matutes.
Course Code and Credits: Music 401 (3)
Course Title: The History of Spanish Music (Historia de la Música Española)
Course Description:
Outstanding Spanish music from Arabic-Andalusian music to the 13th century, Renacimiento schools, 17th century court music, the Zarzuela, 19th century nationalism and modern trends. Music and illustrations are used.
Course Code and Credits: Music 402 (3)
Course Title: Flamenco and Traditional Spanish Music (Flamenco y músicas tradicionales)
Course Description:
Multidisciplinary points of view—historical, sociological, ethnic and anthropological—are applied flamenco to traditional folkloric music and popular music of Andalucia and flamenco.
Course Code and Credits: Politics 401 fall only (3)
Course Title: Politics and Government in Spain (Politica y Gobierno en España)
Course Description:
A basic vision of the political and institutional factors and elements of the Spanish political system as decreed by the Constitution of 1978. The rights and liberties of the Spanish, the constitutional monarchy, electoral system, political parties, autonomous communities and Spain and the European Community.
Course Code and Credits: Politics 402 spring only (3)
Course Title: Society and Politics in Modern Spain (Actualidad socio-política de España)
Course Description:
A global vision of social factors and political elements which determine political processes in Spain today. Social classes, nationalism and regionalism, labor unions and business organizations, governments and parliamentary legislation from 1977 until today, the educational system and foreign policy.
Course Code and Credits: Politics 407 (3)
Course Title: The Political System of the European Union (Sistema político de la Union Europea)
Course Description:
Conceptualization and theories of regional economic and political integration, antecedents and historical evolution of political integration in Europe. European Union participants, the creation and development of E.U. institutional supranationalism and basic principles of supranational constitutionalism. Political aspects of decision-making and current dilemmas in the process of European integration.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 404 (3)
Course Title: Islamic Culture in Spain (Cultura Islámica en España)
Course Description:
Importance and effect of Islamic influence on Spain’s history, tradition, life and culture. The concept of Islam, message of the Koran, Andalucia under Islamic rule, North African dynasties in Andalucia, cultural, literary and artistic aspects of Islam and Islamic architecture and symbols as exemplified by the Alhambra.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 406 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Civilization and Culture (Civilización y cultura españolas)
Course Description:
A unified and integrated interpretation of Spanish civilization and today’s society in Spain. Themes of this complex cultural reality are the relationships between the professional, labor and cultural sectors of society, the aging of the population, gypsies, bullfighting, Spanish holidays, gastronomy and flamenco.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 408 (3)
Course Title: Latin American Civilization and Culture (Civilización y cultura hispanoamericanas)
Course Description:
Basic elements of Hispano-American culture are addressed to provide an understanding of its complexity. 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.

Other languages offered to Hispanic Studies students

French Language and Culture at 100 beginner, 200 pre-intermediate, 300 intermediate and 400 advanced levels.
Italian Language and Culture at 100 beginner, 200 pre-intermediate, 300 intermediate and 400 advanced levels.
German, Arabic, Modern Greek, Portuguese and Russian each at 100 beginner, 200 pre-intermediate, 300 intermediate and 400 advanced levels.

University lecture courses

The recommended credits for these courses, which are a sample of those offered, are in parentheses. Students must be in the advanced level and take a minimum of three courses in the Hispanic studies program. Registration in a class is subject to admission by the University professor. Students must obtain permission for early exams from the professor upon registration since regular Spanish University exams are in February for fall and in July for spring. Classes meet 3 to 4 hours per week.

Language

El Español actual. Comentario y composición de textos (6)
Fonética y fonología del Español (6)
Lexicología, semántica, y lexicografía del Español (9)
Morfología y sintaxis del Español (9)
Dialectología española (6)
Historia de la gramática española (6)
Las hablas andaluzas (6)
Edición y anotación de textos españoles (6)

Literature

Literatura española I (6)
Literatura hispanoamericana I (6)
Sociología de la literatura española (6)
Teatro español a partir del arte nuevo (6)
Novela española a partir de Cervantes (6)
Literatura española desde 1939: Dictadura y exilio (6)
Picaresca y literatura (6)
Federico Garcia Lorca y la Generación del ‘27 (6)

History and Art History

Historia medieval de España (6)
Arqueología general (9)
Historia de America prehispanica (6)
Historia de Andalucia en la edad moderna (6)
Historia del arte medieval en España (6)
Historia del arte moderno en España (6)
Historia de las artes plásticas y arquitectura contemporanea en España (6)
Historia del arte Musulman (6)

Business and Economics

Contabilidad financiera (6)
Derecho mercantil (6)
Economía de la empresa (6)
Economía española y mundial (6)
Matemáticas empresariales (6)
Microeconomía (6)
Dirección y administración de empresas (6)
Dirección comercial (6)

Honors Program - Concentration in Islamic Studies

Students in Advanced Hispanic Studies may attend a maximum of two University of Granada courses with Spanish students. Students must be in the advanced level and take a minimum of 3 courses in the Hispanic studies program. Registration in a class is subject to admission by the University professor. Students must obtain permission for early exams from the professor upon registration since regular Spanish University exams are in February for fall and in July for spring. Classes meet 3 to 4 hours per week. The following courses have been selected to give students an insight into Islamic and Arabic culture.

Arabic Language Course
(3 credits each)

ARABIC 101 Beginner Arabic-Language and Culture
ARABIC 201 Pre-Intermediate Arabic-Language and Culture
ARABIC 301 Intermediate Arabic-Language and Culture
ARABIC 401 Advanced Arabic-Language and Culture
ARABIC 451 Superior Arabic-Language and Culture

Offered to students at Advanced Spanish level, the courses are taught in Spanish and Arabic.

Islamic Studies Courses
Course Code and Credits: Cinema 451 fall only (4)
Course Title: Arabic Cinema (Cine árabe)
Course Description:
This course is a survey of the history of Arabic Cinema from its original impact through current times. Topics include: Censorship in the Colonial period, the Cinematographic industry and Cinema in Egypt, Independent films, Cinema and Nationalism, Cinema and Literature, Cinema Today: Gains and Perspectives.
Course Code and Credits: Geography 431 fall only (4)
Course Title: Geography of the Arabic World (Geografía del mundo islámico)
Course Description:
Topics in this course include: Unity and Diversity in the Islamic World, the Natural Resources and Environments, the Populations and their Living Environments, Economic Activities, and Regional Differences.
Course Code and Credits: History 412 fall only (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Arabic-Islamic History and Culture I (Introducción al la historia y cultura árabe-islámicas I)
Course Description:
This course covers the history of Islam in the West: al-Magrib (Morocco and Algeria) and al-Andalus (Spain). An in-depth study of Islamic Spain or al-Andalus includes territorial and geographical organization, the political, social, economic and cultural situation throughout history, and the last four centuries of Islamic domination in Spain from the Kingdom of the Taifas to the Nazari dynasty.
Course Code and Credits: History 413 spring only (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Arabic-Islamic History and Culture II (Introducción al la historia y cultura árabe-islámicas II)
Course Description:
This course traces the history and cultures of the Eastern Islamic countries from the 15th century to modern times including the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic, from Persia to Iran and the Islamic Republic, from the Mongolian Empire to the Republics of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, Arabic Nationalism, Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula, Morocco and Algeria, and the Muslim communities in the rest of the world: Africa and Asia, Europe and America.
Course Code and Credits: History 414 spring only (4)
Course Title: History of Islamic Granada (Historia de Granada islámica)
Course Description:
This course traces the history of Granada from the 8th to the 13th centuries and pays special attention to the Nazari dynasty including: Geography of the Kingdom of Granada and Outside its Borders, Historical and Political Milestones, Foreign Relations, Economic Resources and Social Structures of the time.
Course Code and Credits: Law 441 fall only (4)
Course Title: Islamic Law and Institutions (Leyes y Instituciónes islámicas)
Course Description:
This course studies the theories of law and Islamic law, including the real nature and structure of the fiqh, legal acts, and the evolution of Islamic law in history: Pre-Islamic structure, Mohammed and the Koran, the first Islamic generations, the Omeya period and the Abassid era and concludes with the fiqh and society.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 451 fall only (4)
Course Title: Classic Arabic Literature (Literatura árabe clásica)
Course Description:
Equal attention is paid to Eastern Arabic literature as to the literature of al-Andalus (Islamic Spain). Eastern Arabic literature begins with pre-Islamic poetry and covers Mohammed and the Koran, the first poetry of Islam, the Omeya and Abassid periods, the modernist and neo-classical periods, and popular narratives such as “A Thousand and One Nights”. The Andalusi literature covers the literary characteristics and poetry of the most important eras of Islamic rule in Iberia (al-Andalus): the Emirato, Califato, Reino de las Taifas, Almoravides, Almohades and the Nazari dynasty.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 452 spring only (4)
Course Title: Andalucian Literature (Literatura andaluza)
Course Description:
This course covers the literary characteristics and poetry of the most important eras of Islamic rule in Iberia (al-Andalus): the Emirato, Califato, Reino de las Taifas, Almoravides, Almohades and the Nazari dynasty.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 453 fall only (4)
Course Title: Contemporary Arabic Literature (Literatura árabe contemporánea)
Course Description:
This course concentrates on the literature of the Arabic world from the years 1950 until 2000. Besides giving a political and socio-cultural overall view of the Arabic world during those times, concentration is placed on the main literary genres including the novel, poetry and theater.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 454 fall only (4)
Course Title: Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Arabic Literature (Introducción a la literatura árabe contemporánea)
Course Description:
A study of Arabic literature during the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries from the period of ‘decadence’ to modern times. Poetry, journalism, essays, narrative and theater are included. Special attention is paid to translations and their repercussions, the first women writers and the literature of Morocco and its beginnings.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 455 fall only (4)
Course Title: Classic Oriental Arabic Literature (Literatura árabe clásica oriental)
Course Description:
Beginning with pre-Islamic poetry, this course also covers Mohammed and the Koran, the first poetry of Islam, the Omeya and Abassid periods, the modernist and neoclassical periods, and popular narratives such as “A Thousand and One Nights.”
Course Code and Credits: Literature 456 spring only (4)
Course Title: Comparative Literature: Andalucian Arabic and Medieval Spanish (Literatura comparativa: árabe andaluza y española medieval)
Course Description:
This course focuses on the development of literature (especially narrative and poetry) in Andalucia under Islamic rule.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 457 spring only (4)
Course Title: Comparative Literature: Contemporary Arabic and Spanish (Litteratura comparativa: árabe y española contemporáneas)
Course Description:
This course traces the relationship between Spanish and Arabic literature. Topics include: Arabic Rationalism and Spanish Orientalism, Lorca and Arabic Poetry, the Civil War and Exile, the Hispano-Moroccan Literacy Cities, and Moroccan Writings in Spanish Expression.
Course Code and Credits: Religion 461 fall/spring (3)
Course Title: The Koran and the Hadith (El Córan y el Hadith)
Course Description:
This course begins with the revelation and message of the Koran. Topics also include: The prophet Mohammed, Mecca, Transmission of the text of the Koran, Liturgical Divisions and Name of the Koran, Stylistic Characteristics: Rhymes and Prose, Language of the Koran, Chronology and Traditional Islamic Ideals of the Chronology and European Theories,The Sciences of the Koran, God, Angels and Demons in the Koran, Resurrections, Final Judgement and Afterlife in the Koran,The Hadith, Source of Religious Dogma.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 421 fall/spring (3)
Course Title: The Social Reality of Islamic Women (La realidad social de la mujer islámica)
Course Description:
This course studies the various factors that make up the life of the Islamic woman including: the Koran and its interpretation, social systems and elements from other cultures, the evolution of the role of women in the different Islamic countries, feminist associations, the participation of women in public life and the laws of the family.

January Program

Full-year students who do not wish to travel in January or return home for the holidays may take one or two classes. Interested students should contact AIFS at 800.727.2437 for the supplementary fee for this program.

January Courses
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 421 January only (3)
Course Title: Spanish Phonetics (Fonética española)
Course Description:
For students who wish to improve their pronunciation and aural comprehension of Spanish. Practical exercises in pronunciation, reading and listening comprehension. The difference between phonetics and phonology, pronunciation and dialectology, vowels and consonants, syllabic structure, intonation, and dialectical variation in Spanish from Spain and Latin America.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 409 January only (3)
Course Title: Writers from Granada (Autores Literarios Granadinos)
Course Description:
A detailed study of the relationship that a group of Spanish writers has with the city and province of Granada through descriptions, opinions and traditions in their works over several periods. Fray Luis de Granada’s “Canto a la Naturaleza”, Martínez de la Rosa’s “Abén Humeya”, Pedro Antonio de Alarcón’s “La Alpujarra” and Federico García Lorca’s “Romancero gitano”.
Course Code and Credits: Music 403 January only (3)
Course Title: Traditional and Popular Music in Spanish Society (Canción tradicional y de consumo en la Sociedad española)
Course Description:
The poetic language of song lyrics through a study of songs, articles, books, films and documentaries. The relationship between the lyrics and culture (mainly poetry and music) and the links between the songs and the society from which they were born and to which they were ultimately directed.