AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain
Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
Course Descriptions

   

Most courses meet for 45 contact hours and are recommended for 3 credits (shown in parentheses). Please note that course descriptions for all Spanish language courses are available on the AIFS website. These courses are a sample of those offered on the AIFS programs at the University of Salamanca and courses may change at the discretion of the university.

Students should consult with their university advisors prior to participating in the program in order to have course credit pre-approved and ensure that they are taking the appropriate amount of credits. AIFS advises students taking a Spanish language course to gain pre-approval for several levels of Spanish in order to ensure that they receive credit for the course they test into following the Spanish language placement test./p>

Optional Early Start: Intensive Spanish Language and Culture Preparation Program

Students wishing to kick start their Spanish can choose to study in Salamanca before the regular semester begins and take an intensive Spanish language course with 50 contact hours and for an additional 3 credits. The Early Start course is mandatory for spring students wishing to take the Integrated Studies with Spaniards Program.

Course Code and Credits: Spanish 102 (3)
Course Title: Intensive Elementary Spanish
Course Description:
For students with no previous Spanish instruction and up to a year of high school or semester of college Spanish. Focus is on grammar, sentence structure, pronunciation and vocabulary development. Present, past and future tenses are studied in the indicative as well as subjunctive, along with regular and irregular verbs, interrogative and personal pronouns and possessive adjectives. Social and cultural topics covered include manners, introductions, customs, gastronomy, fiestas and traditions.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 202 (3)
Course Title: Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Course Description:
Solid knowledge of basic Spanish grammar structures and tenses and a fundamental vocabulary are necessary to place in this level. Emphasis is on fluid conversation, comprehension and vocabulary. Tenses, habitual actions in the past and abstract descriptions are explained. Grammar study is on the imperative, conditional and relative sentences, indirect speech, passive voice, intonation, prefixes, suffixes and affixes. Cultural topics include the influence of mass media on Spanish language, superstitions, beliefs, literature, humor and cinema.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 302 (3)
Course Title: Intensive Advanced Spanish
Course Description:
For students with a strong background in Spanish, this course deepens comprehension and works at developing a more sophisticated speaking style. Conversational skills are emphasized: conversations, arguments, debate, opinions, concession and opposition. Grammar focus is on verb forms in the past, nominal subordinate sentences, emphatic and metaphoric comparisons and meaning and use of the infinitive, gerund and participle. Cultural aspects include appropriate behavior and manners, stereotypes of regions of Spain and Hispanic countries, “la tertulia” (conversational gatherings), gestures, popular stories and legends.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 402 (3)
Course Title: Intensive Superior Spanish
Course Description:
Students in this level are essentially bilingual and want to perfect or understand grammatical complexities. Pragmatic issues are expressing and understanding humor, irony, sarcasm, anger, wonder and skepticism, persuading and convincing, expressing cause, consequence and purpose as well as agreement and disagreement. Grammar focuses on the pronoun “se”, idioms, colloquial Spanish, changes in sentence structures, direct object complements, paraphrases and Latin American Spanish. Cultural themes are the influence of other cultures on Spain, types of journalism, publicity in the media, dialects, Hispanic American writers, Spain’s political system and social attitudes.

Optional Internship in Education $550 (spring only)

Teaching Internship (3)
Students with an interest in a teaching career will have the opportunity to work in a local Spanish school assisting teachers and tutoring students in English language classes. Students will complete a 3-credit, 45-hour internship in addition to 3 courses from their chosen academic program. Please note that scheduling conflicts will reduce course selection options. Students must place into upper Intermediate level Spanish or above. The internship includes individual meetings with University of Salamanca staff in order to prepare you and support you through the internship. Upon completion of the internship, students will present an internship diary and give an oral presentation for a final grade. The internship will appear on your semester transcript.


Spanish and International Studies Program

For students with an Intermediate, Advanced and Superior level of Spanish. Students on this program can choose up to 5 courses. Spring semester Early Start students with Advanced/Superior language level can choose to take 1 or 2 semester courses (within the 5 course maximum) from the Integrated Studies Program. Permission to enroll in these classes can only be granted once on campus after an interview and flexibility in course choice is essential as there may be scheduling conflicts.

Courses Taught in Spanish
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 303 (3)
Course Title: Lengua Española–Intermedio/Intermediate Spanish Grammar
Course Description:
Problems that Spanish grammar presents to foreign students will be studied including indicative tenses, the future and conditional and how they contrast, the subjunctive with its use in subordinate clauses, “ser” or “estar” and use of prepositions.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 315 (3) spring only
Course Title: Español de los Negocios/Business Spanish 
Course Description:
Through topics including commerce, banking, labor, etc., students will not only learn specialized business vocabulary but develop and refine all four areas of language skills.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 317 (3)
Course Title: Conversación y redacción/Spanish Conversation and Comp 
Course Description:
The course aims to develop skills in both the written and spoken expression through the analysis and production of different types of written text (reports, letters, notes, curricula) and oral texts (dialogues, presentations, debates).
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 328 (3) fall only
Course Title: Español Médico/Medical Spanish 
Course Description:
This course aims to develop the skills necessary for proper communication in the medical and health fields. Students will learn terms and vocabulary as well as the structures and themes that would be confronted daily in medicine and health care.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 403 (3)
Course Title: Lengua Española–Avanzado/Advanced Spanish Grammar 
Course Description:
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 415 (3)
Course Title: Lengua Española – Superior/Superior Spanish Grammar
Course Description:
Course Code and Credits: Art 307 (3)
Course Title: Cine Español e Hispanoamericano/Spanish and Latin American Film
Course Description:
A study of Spanish and Latin American films as well as an analysis of the narrative mechanisms that define cinema as a distinct artistic expression. Different aspects of Hispanic Culture will be discussed.
Course Code and Credits: Art 310 (3) spring only
Course Title: Cine, prensa y televisión en España/Mass Media in Spain
Course Description:
This course will examine the importance of the media (press and television) in the diffusion of the Spanish reality as well as the influence it has had in the formation of political and cultural opinion. 
Course Code and Credits: Art 311 (3) fall only
Course Title: Arte Español: Desde los Orígenes hasta el Renacimiento/Spanish Art - Origins to Middle Ages
Course Description:
A chronological analysis of distinct cultures and artistic tendencies as well as their most outstanding examples will be studied: pre-Roman art, Roman art, Muslim art, Mozarabic art, Romanesque art and Gothic art.
Course Code and Credits: Art 312 (3) spring only
Course Title: Arte Español: Desde el Renacimiento hasta la Actualidad/Spanish Art Renaissance to Present
Course Description:
This course addresses Spanish renaissance art through the successive Baroque and Neoclassical tendencies. An analysis of contemporary artists such as Picasso, Dalí and of their greatest works is a faithful reflection of Spanish art in the 20th century. 
Course Code and Credits: History 307 (3) fall only
Course Title: Historia de España: Desde la Época Medieval hasta la Época de los Austrias Mayores/History of Spain – Middle Ages to the 16th Century
Course Description:
This course begins with an examination of the most relevant events of the period as well as the social and economic context in which they take place. The second part of the course will focus on the 15th century and the era of the Catholic Monarchs. 
Course Code and Credits: History 309 (3)
Course Title: La mujer en la Historia de España/Women in Contemporary Spanish History 
Course Description:
This course covers the role of women during the 20th century including the Civil War, the Franco regime, the Transition and finally, women’s role in today’s Spain. These issues will be analyzed through literature, philosophy and the artistic world.
Course Code and Credits: History 311 (3) spring only
Course Title: Historia de España: Desde los Austrias Menores hasta la Actualidad/History of Spain - 17th Century to Present
Course Description:
This course covers the reign of Felipe III, Felipe IV, Carlos II and the decline of the empire through to the crisis of the monarchy, Civil War, Francoism, the Transition as well as the social, economic and cultural context of Spain in present day.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 305 (3) fall only
Course Title: Literatura Española/Poetry, Theater and Novel in Spanish Literature of the 20th Century
Course Description:
The chronological presentation of the various literary movements serves as an overview of Spanish literature of the 20th century. The development of the genres will be studied through acclaimed authors and representative texts. 
Course Code and Credits: Literature 306 (3) spring only
Course Title: Literatura Hispanoamericana/Contemporary Latin American Literature
Course Description:
This course will examine the most indicative authors of contemporary Latin American literature and the relation of their work to the social and cultural context of the period through selected texts.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 305 (3)
Course Title: Cultura Española/Spanish Culture and Civilization 
Course Description:
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the Spanish culture and way of life with topics including: geography, politics and history, as well as customs, behaviors, and values that form the Spanish character. 
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 320 (3)
Course Title: El mundo Árabe en el Mundo Hispánico/The Arab Influence on the Hispanic World
Course Description:
The course is divided into four sections: the Arab and the Hispanic world throughout history; the Arab element in the birth of the Spanish language; an analysis of medicine, philosophy and science; Arab architecture in Spain referencing the different historical and artistic periods. 

Courses Taught Exclusively for AIFS Students
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 330 (3) 
Course Title: Traducción/Translation
Course Description:
With a textbook written especially for this class, Intermediate Level students will learn and perfect the skills necessary for translating English into Spanish as well as improve their command of both formal and colloquial Spanish. 
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 340 (3)
Course Title: Fonética/Spanish Phonetics
Course Description:
This course examines the authentic Spanish accent by studying intonation, pronunciation and rhythm, as well as Spanish and English vowel/consonant differences. Emphasis is on problems non-native Spanish speakers confront. 

Courses Taught in English
Course Code and Credits: Economics/Political Science 311 (3)
Course Title: Economy of the European Union
Course Description:
Introduction to the history, political institutions and political economy of the European Union. The class compares and contrasts the Union’s institutional arrangements and its political economy to that of the United States.
Course Code and Credits: Economics/Political Science 315 (3)
Course Title: Current Spain: Economic History from Franco to Present
Course Description:
This course will analyze the different parameters involved in Spain’s transition and development from dictatorship to democracy from a political and economic perspective.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 317 (3)
Course Title: International Marketing
Course Description:
Companies today are challenged to adapt their products to different countries with their special requirements and customs. Marketing specialists must be prepared to deal with the differences and to generate strategies accordingly. The fundamentals of International Marketing will be studied via marketing theory, but also through examination of different cases and examples that illustrate the actual situation of international companies today.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 315 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Culture
Course Description:
In-depth study of the foundation of Spanish culture. Lessons will be based on the descriptions of the main aspects of Spanish life and culture from an intercultural perspective.

International Business Studies Program

All courses below are taught in English apart from Spanish 405. Choose up to 5 courses. Depending on your fluency in Spanish, you can choose 2 of your courses from the Spanish and International Studies Program. Early start students with Advanced/Superior language level can choose to take 1 or 2 courses (within the 5 course maximum) from the Integrated Studies Program. Permission to enroll in these classes can only be granted once on campus after an interview and flexibility in course choice is essential as there may be scheduling conflicts.

Course Code and Credits: Business 319 (3)
Course Title: E-Commerce and Social Media Marketing
Course Description:
This course analyzes the characteristics of electronic commerce and its impact on business performance. Participants will learn from the basics of theory as well as from a wide range of case studies, work projects, illustrative examples and computer simulations. 
Course Code and Credits: Economics 309 (3)
Course Title: International Business
Course Description:
This course aims to increase students’ knowledge of international business systems focusing on the challenges and opportunities businesses will face over the next decade, particularly in newly industrialized countries. 
Course Code and Credits: Economics/Political Science 311 (3)
Course Title: Economy of the European Union 
Course Description:
See Spanish and International Studies Program courses for course description.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 312 (3)
Course Title: Business Ethics
Course Description:
This course analyzes the main philosophically relevant questions that instigate the conversation and ongoing disagreement among academic business ethicists systems. 
Course Code and Credits: Economics 313 (3)
Course Title: International Finance
Course Description:
This course addresses international finance in a globalized market including the examination of international banking and political risk management, the effects of globalization on financial crashes, financial regulation and market efficiency. 
Course Code and Credits: Economics 317 (3)
Course Title: International Marketing
Course Description:
See Spanish and International Studies Program courses for course description.
Course Code and Credits: Economics/Political Science 315 (3)
Course Title: Current Spain: Economic History from Franco to Present 
Course Description:
See Spanish and International Studies Program for course description.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 405 (3)
Course Title: Español con Fines Profesionales (test BULATS)/Spanish for Professionals
Course Description:
This course has a minimum language level requirement of Intermediate. The course will focus on comprehension of written and oral texts of a professional or economic nature and interaction and communication in professional situations.

Integrated Studies with Spaniards Program (Spring + Early Start only)

Eligible students must have Superior (high Advanced) level Spanish. The Early Start Program is mandatory. Choose up to 5 electives combining integrated courses with courses from the Spanish and International Studies Program. The courses listed below for this program are a small sample of those available. Students interested in this program should contact the AIFS Admissions Officer for further subject and course details.

Course Code and Credits: Art 405 (3)
Course Title: Arte Español Contemporáneo/Contemporary Spanish Art
Course Description:
Beginning with the Vanguard and its different artistic manifestations this course studies Picasso, J. Gris, Miró and Dalí within the European context that nurtured them.
Course Code and Credits: Art 415 (3)
Course Title: Historia del arte Contemporáneo Español/History of Contemporary Spanish Art
Course Description:
The study of Spanish art of the 19th and 20th century in its historical context, general characteristics and its contrast with European artistic tendencies.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 474 (3) 
Course Title: Economía de América Latina/Economy of Latin America
Course Description:
The situation and transformation as well as the economic structure and economic systems of the many emerging economies in Latin America.
Course Code and Credits: History 417 (3)
Course Title: Historia Contemporánea de España/Contemporary History of Spain
Course Description:
The framework of the most relevant political, economic, social and cultural processes in contemporary Spain. The period studied encompasses the crisis of the former regime at the beginning of the 19th century up to the present.
Course Code and Credits: History 421 (3)
Course Title: Historia de España Siglo XX/History of 20th Century Spain
Course Description:
The recent history of Spain – the Bourbon Restoration, Second Republic, Francoism, democratic transition and the historical situation of Spain today.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 426 (3)
Course Title: Literatura General de España/Spanish Literature
Course Description:
The history of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to today, approaching the study of the most significant works of different genres and authors. 
Course Code and Credits: Literature 427 (3)
Course Title: Literatura Hispanoamericana del siglo 20/20th-Century Hispano-American Literature 
Course Description:
Selected writers are studied within cultural and literary contexts. Genres covered are pre-1940 (from the end of the 19th century to the Vanguard) to the Post-Vanguard and New Novel. Authors studied vary.
Course Code and Credits: Political Science 434 (3)
Course Title: Sistema Político Español/Spanish Political System
Course Description:
An introduction to the Spanish political system in all of its dimensions – concepts, approaches and methodologies.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 451 (3)
Course Title: Estructura Social de España/Social Structure of Spain 
Course Description:
Contemporary Spain from a sociological point of view, addressing the major challenges and future of Spanish society.

Spanish Language and Culture Program (Fall only)

Courses for Student with Elementary Spanish

Spanish grammar is required. Then choose up to 3 electives.

Course Code and Credits: Spanish 204 (6) (required)
Course Title: Spanish Grammar 
Course Description:
This course focuses on greetings, introductions and farewells, as well as giving information about one’s self. Interrogatives, verb use and pronouns are also introduced. 
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 206 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Vocabulary Development 
Course Description:
Increasing word acquisition is the goal. Students learn new words and develop the ability to make connections and semantic fields, taking advantage of patterns and processes.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 208 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Language Laboratory 
Course Description:
To reinforce language classes, this individualized practice in grammar, vocabulary and phonetics gives more varied input set at the student’s own pace.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 210 (3) 
Course Title: Spanish Conversation and Composition 
Course Description:
This course bridges the gap between knowledge of a language and its actual use. Experiences encountered outside the classroom are simulated e.g. asking for a coffee and going to the doctor. 

Courses Taught in English

Elementary level students may opt to take the following courses in English depending on course schedules.

Course Code and Credits: Economics/Political Science 311 (3)
Course Title: Economy of the European Union 
Course Description:
This course will focus on the origins, development and current issues within the European Union from a political and economic perspective.
Course Code and Credits: Economics/Political Science 315 (3)
Course Title: Current Spain: Economic History from Franco to Present
Course Description:
See Spanish and International Studies Program courses for course description.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 317 (3)
Course Title: International Marketing 
Course Description:
An introduction to international marketing dealing with topics such as: business in a global economy and the role of media and advertising in a consumer-oriented society.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 315 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Culture
Course Description:
See Spanish and International Studies Program courses for course description.

Courses for Students with Intermediate, Advanced and Superior Level Spanish

Students are required to take a 6-credit Spanish grammar course (Spanish 311, 321 or 405) and up to 9 credits in electives. Please note that courses in the same section are offered at the same time. Only one course may be chosen from each section. All courses are taught in Spanish.

Section I
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 311 (6)
Course Title: Intensive Intermediate Spanish Grammar (Gramática Española)
Course Description:
This class expands and improves students’ dominance of grammatical and lexical aspects of Spanish linguistics with focus on function and communication.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 321 (6)
Course Title: Intensive Advanced Spanish Grammar (Gramática Española)
Course Description:
This class examines the indicative tenses, the use of the subjunctive, verbal periphrases, using “se” and the problems of certain prepositions such as “a”, “de”, “desde”, “por”, “para”, etc. Problems of prepositional verbs are addressed.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 405 (6)
Course Title: Intensive Superior Spanish Grammar (Gramática Española)
Course Description:
An in-depth examination of specific and complex grammar issues provides students with greater sophistication in their language usage. Further attention will be devoted to strategies in writing and linguistic register.

Section II
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 317 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Conversation and Composition (Conversación y Redacción)
Course Description:
This course aims to develop skills in both the written and spoken expression through the analysis and production of different types of written text (reports, letters, notes, curricula) and oral texts (dialogs, presentations, debates).
Course Code and Credits: History 303 (3)
Course Title: Political History of Contemporary Spain (Historia de España)
Course Description:
Different historical aspects of the 20th century in Spain will be presented to further students’ understanding of the repercussion of significant historical moments lived by the Spanish in recent years.
Course Code and Credits: History 305 (3)
Course Title: Women in Contemporary Spanish History (La mujer en la Historia de España)
Course Description:
This course covers the role of women during the 20th century including the Civil War, the Franco regime, the Transition and finally, women’s role in today’s Spain. These issues will be analyzed through literature, philosophy and the artistic world.

Section III
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 319 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Oral Skills (Destrezas orales)
Course Description:
This class aims to develop students’ listening and speaking skills in a wide variety of situations. There is a special focus on tailoring language usage for each specific situation, improving fluency, and deploying appropriate communicative strategies.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 307 (3)
Course Title: Spanish and Latin American Contemporary Literature (Literatura Española e Hispanoamericana)
Course Description:
This class is the study of the principal Spanish and Latin American authors of the 20th century and their relation to the social and cultural context of each corresponding era.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 307 (3)
Course Title: Spanish Culture and Civilization (Cultura Española)
Course Description:
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the Spanish culture and way of life with topics including: geography, politics and history, as well as customs, behaviors, and values that form the Spanish character.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 323 (3)
Course Title: The Arab Influence on the Hispanic World (El mundo Árabe en el mundo Hispánico)
Course Description:
The course is divided into four sections: the Arab and the Hispanic world throughout history; the Arab element in the birth of the Spanish language; an analysis of medicine, philosophy and science; Arab architecture in Spain referencing the different historical and artistic periods.

Section IV
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 320 (3)
Course Title: Writing Skills (Destrezas escritas)
Course Description:
The skill of writing is learned through comprehension and production of different text types (narrative, descriptive, argumentative, formal letter-writing, and others). Students will learn how to search for ideas, plan, outline and compose written texts.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 323 (3)
Course Title: Business Spanish (Español de los negocios)
Course Description:
Through topics including commerce, banking, labor, etc. Students will not only learn specialized business vocabulary but develop and refine all four areas of language skills.
Course Code and Credits: Art 305 (3)
Course Title: Spanish and Latin-American Film (Cine Español e Hispanoamericano)
Course Description:
A study of Spanish and Latin American films as well as an analysis of the narrative mechanisms that define cinema as a distinct artistic expression. Different aspects of Hispanic Culture will be discussed.
Course Code and Credits: Art 309 (3)
Course Title: History of Art Tendencies in Spain (Arte Español)
Course Description:
This course aims to provide an understanding of the principal tendencies of Spanish art throughout history as well as an analysis of the most outstanding works of art (pictorial, sculptural and architectural) of Spanish heritage.