AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Granada, Spain
Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Course Descriptions

   

Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University of Granada.

ECTS: The University of Granada awards ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. The number of class hours and ECTS credits will be shown on the transcript to allow each student’s home institution the ultimate decision in the awarding of U.S. credit. Recommended U.S. semester credits next to each course are based on 15 classroom hours per semester credit and are not a conversion of ECTS credits. Students should consult with their university advisors prior to participating in the program to have course credit pre-approved and ensure that they are taking the appropriate amount of credits.

AIFS recommends that students gain pre-approval for several levels of Spanish in order to ensure that credit is accepted for the course that students test into following the placement test.

Optional Early Start Program: Intensive Spanish Language and Culture Preparation

The Early Start Option is 4 weeks in length in the Fall with 80 contact hours for 5 credits and 3 weeks in length in the Spring with 60 contact hours for 4 credits.

Intensive Spanish Language 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 their personal experiences. Students will be able to exchange simple and direct information. Included topics are: 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. Students will be able to understand and express themselves in everyday situations and those related to their personal experiences, 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 103 (5) (4)
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 one or two semester(s) in college 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) (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, usually place in this level. Students will be able to understand and express themselves in general situations that require the exchange of information and show personal attitudes about many themes, not exclusively related to personal experience. 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–Upper-Intermediate B1.2
Course Description:
Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with two or three semesters in college, usually place in this level. The course is similar to Spanish 102, however focus is on communication skills and grammar plus the future and conditional tenses are covered. Content also includes: 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 and unfamiliar situations that require exchanging information with complex linguistic structures. Content includes: uses of the imperfect, preterit, conditional, imperative, and subjunctive, correlation of the tenses in specific 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–Upper-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. The course is similar to Spanish 301 but with greater emphasis on the subjective. 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–Superior C1.1
Course Description:
Students with at least six semesters of college Spanish usually place in this level. Students will be able to understand and express themselves correctly and with fluidity in situations familiar to them and communicate adequately in unfamiliar situations through linguistically complex structures. 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–Proficiency C2
Course Description:
Bilingual students generally place into this level. The course is similar to Spanish 401 but with greater emphasis on prepositional patterns of verbs, problematic prepositions, proverbs and sayings, lexical adaptations on different sociolinguistic 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

For beginner or intermediate level Spanish students. Choose 2 or 3 electives in addition to the required courses.

Spanish Language and Culture Courses (taught in English)
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 104/106/108/204 (3) (required course)
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 105/107/109/206 (3) (required course)
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
Course Description:
Spanish art from its origins to the present: pre-historic art, Spanish- Roman, Visigoth, Islamic, 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 Economies
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: Social and Demographic changes in Spain
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: Geography 310E (3)
Course Title: Sustainability in the Mediterranean: Approaching local self-sustainable development.
Course Description:
This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive approach to a local self-sustainable practice, models and cultures in the Mediterranean region. Students will also identify and compare the community practices and local governances in the Mediterranean region contrasting the city and rural landscape configuration in the Mediterranean region, Granada and its surroundings.
Course Code and Credits: Health Sciences 301E (3)
Course Title: Health Sciences and Public Health in Spain
Course Description:
This course offers a generic view of the most important aspect of the Spanish health system and its comparison with other European systems. The course also identify which factors determine the level of health of a population. The relative importance of these factors will be analyzed on the basis of the characteristics of a country, as well as the interventions that are made for prevention and control by the public health system.
Course Code and Credits: History 308E (3)
Course Title: History of Spain
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
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: Marketing 301E (3)
Course Title: International Marketing
Course Description:
The aim of this course will be to enable the student to understand/acknowledge the concept of international marketing and its function within the global markets; the socio-economic, political, legal, cultural, technological and competitive dimensions of the current international scenario such as its potential impact onto the development of the international marketing strategies; and the different approaches to the process of internationalization, as well as the main drivers and obstacles to the internationalization.
Course Code and Credits: Politics 313E (3)
Course Title: Environmental Politics of the European Union
Course Description:
This course provides a comprehensive introduction into the making, development and implementation of the European Union environmental politics.
Course Code and Credits: Politics/Sociology 310E (3)
Course Title: The Political Systems of Spain and the European Union
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: Politics/Sociology 312E (3)
Course Title: The Arab World and the West: Past and Future
Course Description:
This course covers the basic cultural and political interaction between the Arab world and the West during their common history. From the emergence of Islam to the Iraq war through the crusades, the Ottoman Empire and the western colonization, the focus is on the main challenges for relations between the Arab world and the West.
Course Code and Credits: Religion/Sociology 304E (3)
Course Title: Islamic Culture in Spain
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
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
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: STEM 301E (3)
Course Title: Developing competence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematichs.
Course Description:
This course introduce and give examples of actions and tasks that provide opportunities to develop STEM competence in students. It will be explored in details problems of modeling and some aspects of scientific inquiry. It will also discuss the use of technology to gather data from surroundings and thus propose contextualized and authentic data.
Course Code and Credits: Foreign Languages 100/200/300/400 (3)
Course Title: Language and Culture
Course Description:

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


For students with a high intermediate or above level of Spanish. Choose 2 or 3 electives in addition to the required courses.

Spanish Language and Culture Program (taught in Spanish)
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 205/304 (3) (required course)
Course Title: Spanish Grammar (Nociones de la gramática 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 207/306 (3) (required course)
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: The Diversity of Spanish in the World (La diversidad del español en el mundo)
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 is paid 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 Economies (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: Social and Demographic changes in Spain (Cambios sociales y demográficos en la geografía española)
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 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 301 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Literature - up to the 18th Century (Literatura Española hasta Siglo XVIII)
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 – From the 19th Century to current times (Literatura Española desde los siglos XIX hasta la actualidadd )
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: Marketing 301 (3)
Course Title: International Marketing (Marketing Internacional)
Course Description:
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Course Code and Credits: Music 301 (3)
Course Title: Traditional Song and Spanish Society: Flamenco, Folklore and Sephardic Song (Canción tradicional y sociedad española: flamenco, folclor y canción sefardí)
Course Description:
Through the study of ancient songs, this course explores their importance in Spanish society. Special attention is paid to the poetic language of the lyrics and the understanding of song as a cultural vehicle. Musical genres include cante jondo, flamenco, los romances, and sephardic song.
Course Code and Credits: Politics/Sociology 311 (3)
Course Title: Current Spain in the Media (La España actual en los medios de comunicación)
Course Description:
This subject attempts to offer a general picture of the political, social and cultural aspects of Spanish reality today. It gives an overview of the national press, radio stations, television channels, Internet and film topics over the last few years.
Course Code and Credits: Religion/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:
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: STEM 301 (3)
Course Title: Developing competence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. (El Desarrollo de la competencia en Ciencias, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemática)
Course Description:
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Course Code and Credits: Foreign Languages 100/200/300/400 (3)
Course Title: Language and Culture
Course Description:

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


For students with a high advanced or above level of Spanish. Choose up to 4 electives in addition to the required course.

Advanced Level Hispanic Studies
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 307/406/407 (3) (required course)
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 305 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Grammar (Upper Advanced B2.2 level) (Gramática del español: nivel Avanzado alto B2.2)
Course Description:
Students must have at least two years of college Spanish. 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 404 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Grammar (Superior C1 level) (Gramática del Español: Nivel Superior C1)
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 (3) (required course)
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: The Diversity of Spanish in the World (La diversidad del Español en el mundo)
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 418 (3)
Course Title: Translation from English to Spanish I (Traducción Inglés-Español I)
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 419 (3)
Course Title: Translation from English to Spanish II (Traducción Inglés/Español II)
Course Description:
Students will continue to refine skills acquired in Translation I by studying strategies for translation, instruments, resources and documentation. Students will complete written and oral translation exercises. Prerequisite: Translation I.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 420 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Linguistics (Lingüística Española)
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: Art 405 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Art (Renaissance and Baroque) (Arte Español: Renacimiento y Barroco)
Course Description:
This course focuses on two important periods of Spanish art, the Renaissance and the Baroque, by studying the main artists and works such as El Escorial, El Greco, Berruguete, Martínez Montañés, Ribera and Zurbarán.
Course Code and Credits: Art 407 (3)
Course Title: Contemporary Spanish Art (Arte español contemporáneo)
Course Description:
This course relates the principal artists and works to the social, cultural and political changes in Spain during the contemporary age. Artists such as Goya, Gaudí, Picasso and Dalí are studied.
Course Code and Credits: Art 411 fall only (3)
Course Title: The 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: Art 412 spring only (3)
Course Title: Spain and Latin America through Contemporary Cinema (España e Hispanoamérica a través del cine contemporáneo)
Course Description:
This subject approaches the contemporary historical development of these countries. It will cover Spanish history from the Post-war period (50s), an overview of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century. It will also cover Latin American history from the Populist movements of the 50s to the migratory movements of the late 20th century, and include a reflection on the first decade of the 21st century.
Course Code and Credits: Art 413 (3)
Course Title: A Social and Ideological Perspective of Contemporary European Films. (Visión Ideológica en el cine europeo contemporáneo)
Course Description:
This course approaches European society through contemporary European films. It attempts to provide a perspective of the social, economic and ideological change, taking the main directors and films dealing with these themes as a reference.
Course Code and Credits: Economics/ Business 413 (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: Education 401 fall only (3)
Course Title: Teaching Spanish in Bilingual Schools (La enseñanza del español en escuelas bilingües)
Course Description:
This course familiarizes students with the basic questions related to bilingual education: “¿What is bilingualism?”, “Different models in Bilingual education”, “Management of the Bilingual Classroom as a model of integrated learning”.
Course Code and Credits: Education 402 spring only (3)
Course Title: Applied Linguistics in Teaching Spanish (Lingüística aplicada a la enseñanza del español)
Course Description:
Students will integrate the learning of the knowledge and skills needed to be a teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language with practice and improvement of their own language skills. Focus on the theoretical and practical content to be presented and practiced in Spanish, with the consequent development of Spanish specific to the field of linguistics applied to the teaching of the Spanish language as well as grammar points, linguistic functions, sociocultural content, etc.
Course Code and Credits: Health Sciences 401 spring only (3)
Course Title: Health Sciences and Public Health in Spain (Ciencias de la salud y salud pública en España)
Course Description:
This course offers a generic view of the most important aspect of the Spanish health system and its comparison with other European systems. The course also identify which factors determine the level of health of a population. The relative importance of these factors will be analyzed on the basis of the characteristics of a country, as well as the interventions that are made for prevention and control by the public health system.
Course Code and Credits: Health Sciences 402 spring only (3)
Course Title: Ecology and the Environment in Spain (Ecología y medio ambiente en España)
Course Description:
The course provides a theoretical understanding, via analysis, of the major environmental problems in Spain, outlining the causes of the current situation as well as future perspectives and possible forms of intervention. Case studies are used to enable the student to understand the potential, risks, opportunities and impact of the Spanish environmental framework.
Course Code and Credits: History 401 (3)
Course Title: Spanish History from the 1700s to the Civil War and Franco (Historia de la España del Siglo XVIII a la Guerra Civil y Franco)
Course Description:
This course focuses on the most important political, economic, social and cultural developments that took place over more than two centuries. The starting point is the establishment of the House of Bourbon in Spain and it ends with the installation of the Franco regime. This period is of utmost importance in understanding Spain today.
Course Code and Credits: History 402 (3)
Course Title: The Transition: From Franco’s Dictatorship to the Democracy of Today’s Spain (La transición: de la dictadura de Franco a la democracia de la España actual))
Course Description:
Political, social and economic development of Spain from the Franco regime (its ideology and sociopolitical 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 403 spring only (3)
Course Title: Contemporary History of America (Historia contemporánea de América)
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: Literature 403 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Literature: From the Renaissance and the Spanish Golden Age of Cervantes (Literatura española: del Renacimiento al Siglo de Oro de Cervantes)
Course Description:
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 sueño”.
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: Contemporary Spanish Literature (Literatura Española Contemporánea)
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 García Márquez 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 18th 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, María Teresa León, Ana Maria Matutes.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 412 spring only (3)
Course Title: Social and Ideological Change through the Lens of Spanish Theater (Cambios ideológicos y sociales a través del teatro español)
Course Description:
Students study the history of Spanish theater with special emphasis on the 20th century including authors such as Benavente, Valle- Inclán, García Lorca and Buero Vallejo.
Course Code and Credits: Marketing 401 (3)
Course Title: Marketing Communication (Comunicación de marketing)
Course Description:
This course attempts to provide the student with a complete and integrated vision of the different forms of business communication presently available. It is sense, it seems bring to light both the difficulties and the wealth of the communication possibilities that can be developed.
Course Code and Credits: Music 401 (3)
Course Title: The Spanish Music as an Artistic and Social Phenomenon: Tradition and Vanguard (La música Española como fenómeno artístico y social: tradición y vanguardia)
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 day trends. Music and illustrations are used.
Course Code and Credits: Music/Sociology 403 fall only (3)
Course Title: History of Flamenco (Historia del flamenco)
Course Description:
This course covers the origins and history of Flamenco as well as the forms, development and content of the music through song and lyrics, dance and guitar.
Course Code and Credits: Music/Sociology 404 spring only (3)
Course Title: The Art of Flamenco In Society and Culture (El arte flamenco en la sociedad y la cultura)
Course Description:
Through the study of Flamenco songs, articles, books, film and documentaries, this course explores the poetic language of the lyrics, the artistic nature of this musical expression and the relationship between Flamenco and Spanish society and culture as well as its origin and destiny.
Course Code and Credits: Politics 405 (3)
Course Title: Current Socio-Political Topics in Spain (Temas de actualidad sociopolitical en España)
Course Description:
This course studies the form of government in Spain, the democratic institutions, the model of territorial organization by the State, the political party system, electoral evolution in Spain and the political culture of the Spanish people.
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: Religion/Sociology 403 (3)
Course Title: Religious Diversity and Culture in Medieval Spain (Diversidad religiosa y cultural en la España Medieval)
Course Description:
During the Middle Ages, the Iberian Peninsula was inhabited by men and women of the three monotheistic religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. This course aims to contribute to the acquisition of a better knowledge and understanding of the past and of Spanish culture, particularly through the study of the social relations, and religious and cultural backgrounds that were found in the medieval Hispanic multicultural societies.
Course Code and Credits: Religion/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.

Intermediate, Advanced and Superior level students can take another foreign language course as one of their course options:

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.

Internship Program

Students on the Internship Program take a 45 hour internship in a Granada based organization, 1 or 2 required Spanish courses depending on Spanish level and then choose 2 or 3 electives from the Spanish Language and Culture Programs in English or Spanish or the Advanced Hispanic Studies Program courses listed above.

Spanish Internship course (3)

The internship course consists of a 14-hour internship seminar (12 hours of group seminar plus a 2-hour individual seminar with a University of Granada Internship Advisor) followed by 45 hours of internship at either a local company or at a local school for a recommended 3 credits.

The Internship Program enables students to:

  • apply academic training to practical situations in business and other organizations
  • work alongside professionals and managers to observe different work-styles and techniques
  • relate work experience to classroom situations
  • enrich their employment opportunities and establish a work record for their CV (resumé)
  • acquire skills and strengths essential to the development of personal confidence
  • gain contacts and insight into a career area

Internship opportunities are available in the areas of Education, with local NGOs, Health Centers, Communications, Web Design, Graphic Design, Video Production, Nutrition and Renewable Energies.

The ideal internship placement is a coordination between the skills and personality that an organization is seeking and those which a student presents. Placements are made with both small and large organizations, and selection is based on a number of criteria.

Students must attend interviews with suitable organizations as part of the internship selection process. Final selection is always at the discretion of the organization and the University of Granada Internship Coordinator.

For further details of the Internship Program application and selection process please speak to your AIFS Admissions Officer.

Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University of Granada.