Study Abroad in Seville, Spain

Study Abroad in Seville: Courses

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Courses are subject to change at the discretion of Universidad de Sevilla.

Hispanic Studies Plus Program (Courses Taught in Spanish)

Students on this program can take up to 5 courses. All courses are taught in Spanish. Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. Advanced level students with at least 4 semesters of college level Spanish choose from the Advanced Level Courses. Students with more than five semesters of college level Spanish and with High Advanced level Spanish choose from Superior Level courses. High advanced level Spanish students may also be able to take regular University classes alongside Spanish students.

Advanced Level Courses

FA-02/FB-01 (3) | Contrastive Grammar: Spanish-English

In this course we will carry out a systematic comparison between English and Spanish. The emphasis will be on practical exercises that will help the student overcome the difficulties that Spanish presents for English speakers. The instructor recommends that only students with at least three semesters of Spanish at their home University take this class.

FA-03/FB-03 (3) | Corrective Phonetics and Conversation

This course, both theoretically and practically based, is designed to help students improve on, and take better advantage of, their communication skills (comprehension and production) during oral performance in Spanish. Attention will be paid to the most challenging kinds of issues in phonetics they may encounter, especially within the context of their own performance, as in the case of conversation practice sessions which will include informal talks, explicative segments, and lectures, as well as video-based performances, etc.

FA-04 (3) | The Writing and Composition of Texts

This course is designed to help students improve on their communication skills with regard to the writing of Spanish, focusing on orthographic correctness, on the grammatical and lexical-semantic aspects involved in the writing process, as well as on the techniques involved in different categories and genres of text composition.

FA-08 (3) fall only | Spanish American Literature

Provides students with a general overview of Spanish American literature including Modernism in Spanish America: characteristics and evolution; Fin-de-siècle Culture and Society: links with Spanish Literature; The Renovation of Literary Language : Poetry and Prose; García Márquez and Magic Realism.

FA-09/FB-10 (3) | Contemporary Spanish Cinema

This course spans a wide range of cultural perspectives, thus taking it beyond the limits of the cinematic and the historical. Movies are perceived as audiovisual works, approachable as texts, as the artistic expression of an author and, at the same time, as being determined by circumstances involving their social, historical, linguistic, and literary contextualization.

FA-25/FB-27 (3) | Literature and Cookery: Writing, Reading, Cooking and Eating

This course is designed as a way of approaching the world of cuisine and food through literature in different periods and throughout history. It is not intended to be either exhaustive nor all-embracing, but rather a humble hors d’oeuvre that aims to whet the appetite for the great banquet of literature in its relations with food, cuisine, eating habits, and gastronomy.

FA-31/FB-32 (3) | Progressive Spanish for English Speaking Students

Aimed at English-speaking students who already have a basic knowledge of Spanish. Its key objective is to improve their communication skills by means of the consolidation of their grammar competence and of the introduction of practical vocabulary so as to enable them to cope with the usual communication situations of everyday life. On the one hand, teaching methodology will be based on the assimilation of grammatical rules and their practical application via specific activities and, on the other hand, will involve the gradual and progressive use of Spanish as a vehicle for communication within the classroom.

FA-37/FB-35 (3) | Painting in Literary Seville

Understand the city of Seville and its artistic heritage combining the literature of Seville with the practical art of painting. To have a profound knowledge of a city and its heritage requires a very careful study of its most emblematic places. We choose different techniques: pencil, charcoal, watercolor, and ink, etc. The students pass enjoyable sessions in the parks, plazas, streets and monuments of Seville, the Guadalquivir River, the Alcázar, the Barrio Santa Cruz, taking time to study their subject, its form and history. They will get to know the city, its hidden places and architecture like no other student can hope to do.

FA-38/FB-38 (3) | Literary and Cultural Traditions in Spanish Speaking Communities

Language, literature, as well as culture in general, constitute the key aspects of the identity of peoples; it is for this reason that, in order to learn a foreign language, having knowledge of the culture associated with it also gains relevance: knowing who, what, when and why (in terms of political, religious, education-related, historical, geographical, etc. issues), knowing about (events, developments, and social concerns), as well as knowing how (that same society acts, speaks, and manifests itself).

FB-42 (3) spring only | Learning of Spanish Vocabulary

Enables students to acquire vocabulary in a gradual way, while taking into account the range of lexical categories involved. As an essentially practical subject, emphasis is placed on becoming knowledgeable about the acquisition of phraseological units, which are key to mastering colloquial Spanish, as well as on the relations at work within synonymity, an essential tool in lexical enrichment and on the capacity to adapt to different communicative situations.

FB-47 (3) spring only | Understand Flamenco through Dance

Course description coming soon.

Superior Level Courses

FB-04 (3) | Writing and Composition of Texts

Designed to help students improve on, and take better advantage of, their communication skills with regard to the writing of Spanish, while focusing on orthographic correctness, on the grammatical and lexical-semantic aspects of the writing process, as well as on the techniques involved in different categories and genres of text composition.

FB-07 (3) spring only | Spanish Literature’s Mythic Figures

Enables students to take their first steps in becoming knowledgeable about the study of Spanish literature. A hybrid theoretical-practical approach will be adopted via the exploration of key works which gave rise to the creation in writing of a range of mythic figures within Spanish culture, figures which have become universally known. A further aim is to promote the city of Seville’s own myths.

FA-11/FB-12 (3) | Spanish Grammar

The aim of this course is to improve, and develop further, students’ communication skills, paying attention to key issues affecting Spanish grammar. Students would need to keep abreast of grammatical circumstances concerning variants within the language, as well as issues related to the interaction of norms and usage. Likewise, students will be expected to acquire a certain degree of knowledge of the theoretical dimension of grammar so as to ensure further understanding of the constructions to be employed within practical communication.

FA-12/FB-13 (3) | The Phonetics and Phonology of Spanish

Offers students an overall grasp of how Spanish is structured at an expressional level, while studying, from a synchronically present-day perspective, both its substance (Phonetics) and its form or representation (Phonology). Standard Spanish will be used as a point of departure while, when necessary, on a contrastive basis, account will be taken of social and dialectal variants, together with other languages, especially English.

FA-14 (3) fall only | Spanish in America

An approach is provided to the history and reality of present-day Spanish within the United States using a series of factors as points of departure: the identification of the different varieties that exist, as well as of the existing large-scale dialectal zones (Florida, California, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, together with large urban centers), the assessment of the distribution and evolution of the Hispanic population, Spanish language within U.S. society, Spanish in the communication media, the issue of bilingual education, the ‘English Only’ movement as a reaction against the rise of Spanish, and the manifestations of linguistic contact which occur between English and Spanish.

FB-17 (3) spring only | The City Constructed in Literature: the Case of Seville

A study of key authors and works within Spanish Literature which use the city of Sevilla as their reference. In this way, light can be shed upon how such authors viewed the city itself, its people, its customs, its scenarios, etc.

FA-19/FB-20 (3) | The Image of Spain on the Cinema Screen

Provides students with a route-map through those Spanish movies, as well as those from other countries, which deal with the image of Spain from different perspectives. There have been times when that same image has become distorted for reasons which are not, strictly speaking, cinematographic in character. Bringing to the fore the key aspects of that distortion, while analyzing a range of discourse types in film, can help to bring into focus the role of Cinema as a generator of cultural stereotypes. Keeping visiting students in mind, this course spans a wide range of cultural perspectives, thus taking it beyond the confines of the cinematic and the historical sensu stricto.

FB-24 (3) spring only | Spanish in the Sectors of the Economy, Business and Finance

Aimed at students who wish to acquire a specific expertise in Spanish so as to enable them to put their know-how to use within the specialist field of Economics and the Entrepreneurial Sector. The basis of the actual teaching will involve what is known methodologically as a ‘communicative approach’ in which students will play an active role in their own learning process, their lecturer being constantly available as support, while he/she guides and encourages participation in activities within the classroom setting. The purpose of this methodology is to provide students with the possibility of transferring the communicative actions set up and rehearsed in the classroom to real contexts outside it in which such actions are likely to be required.

FA-22/FB-23 (3) | Pyschology of Persuasion in the Mass Media: From Advertising to Propaganda

The fundamental aim of the course is to address the issue of persuasion and manipulation as strategies by which the media can "enter into" our minds and direct our behavior. Moreover, what will also be undertaken is a brief diachronic review of the historical forms assumed by persuasive discourse types and, fundamentally, by advertising and propaganda. In addition to theoretical classes, their practical counterpart will always be sought, and in every possible form: class-based assignments, viewing and commenting on video and movie material, the reading of ad hoc texts linked with sessions of commentary and debate, as well as reviews of a further range of texts and items that will be brought into use.

FB-26 (3) spring only | The Civil War and Present Day Spanish Literature

Explores the interaction of history and literature, using as a point of departure an historical event which has had wide-ranging effects upon Spanish literary output: the Civil War of 1936. An overview of the cultural and literary context of the 1930s will be provided, as well as of the evolution of the Civil War and its consequences for Spanish literature between the 1940s and the present day. Gives a clearer understanding of the contemporary literary scene via its development during the second half of the 20th century.

FA-27/FB-16 (3) | Cervantes and Don Quixote

Provides an approach to the first modern novel, Don Quixote (The Ingenious Gentleman, Don Quijote of La Mancha), to the figure of its author, Miguel de Cervantes, as well as to the historical and literary context in which it was created and published: the Golden Age. A further aim is to promote the city of Seville as a Cervantine and Quixote-based scenario.

FA-28 (3) fall only | Contemporary Spanish Women Writers

Studies the key role in recent decades of women as writers within Spanish literature. Focuses on those figures which have stood out in each of the principal literary genres: poetry, novel, and drama. Themes include: women in present-day Spanish society; the links between women writers and their cultural environment: their presence and absence in institutions and academies, as prize-winners, and within the publishing sector, etc; women dramatists. A specific study of Lidia Falcón, Carmen Resino, and Paloma Pedrero.

FA-30/FB-31 (3) | Introduction to Translation: Culture, Vocabulary and Process

Aims to present the basic principles of translation between English and Spanish, for which a number of basic concepts will be explained to understand the process of translation. The process will be done in a practical way so that the student acquires an understanding of the phases and practical tools currently used by translators. Two key concepts will be explained through translation: linguistic competence and cultural competence.

FB-37 (3) spring only | Photographing the Literary Seville

Examines the literary richness of Seville through the photographic lens. We will learn about how to better control our cameras, fundamental photographic techniques and the history of photography and apply this knowledge to the myths and stories based here. We will also explore the city and its surroundings during field trips and learn to look at images critically and critique them in a group setting.

FA-39/FB-45 (3) | Teaching English to Spanish Students: Methodology and Practice

Offers a theoretical and practical approach to the teaching of English as a foreign language (EFL) to Spanish-speaking students. Classroom practice will be fostered which includes activities in the class, activities outside the class under the supervision of a tutor and the opportunity to take part of the course in a Spanish school with Spanish students in the city of Seville. This way, not only theoretical content but also the cultural aspects which are involved in the practice of teaching English as a foreign language will be dealt with.

FB-43 (3) spring only | Literary Visions of Andalucía

The main objective of this course is to make available the different literary and artistic visions that have had Andalucía as their focal point over time and which have helped give rise to a stereotypified image of this land and its people. Aims to enable students to identify the origins of each of the clichés concerned, while becoming knowledgeable about Andalucian literature, art and culture.

FA-44/FB-46 (3) | The Social Psychology of Language Learning

This course is an introduction to second language acquisition, that is, a first acquaintance with how a non-native language (L2) is learned once a first language (L1) has already been developed. The following are the main aims of this course: Students are expected to (i) develop an informed, reflective, and analytical attitude regarding the factors that play a role in the processes of acquiring and using of two (or more) languages; (ii) recognize the meanings of key terms and concepts used in the field of second language acquisition and bilingualism studies; and (iii) make connections between the descriptive contents covered and their own past and present experiences involving foreign/second language learning and use.

FB-44 (3) spring only | Contemporary Spanish American Literature

Aims to provide an overview of the main literary trends that have emerged in Latin America since the beginning of the 20th century, via the study of some of the key authors involved.

Department of Geography and History Courses

Advanced Level Courses

GA-01 (3) fall only | Culture and Society in Present Day Spain

Examines Spain’s cultural plurality, while analyzing the reasons for this diversity, as well as for the prolific range of manifestations through which it is expressed. An initial approach to, and further explanation of, certain key concepts from an anthropological perspective: Culture, Society, Social Classes, Enculturation, Socialization, Ethnic Identity, Nation, State, Ethnocentrism.

GB-01 (3) spring only | An Introduction to the History of Contemporary Spain

Provides students with as inclusive an overview as possible of the contemporary history of the Hispanic World, taking into account the period between the final third of the 18th century and the present day. Explores the political, institutional, social, economic, and cultural factors involved.

GB-03 (3) spring only | Economy and Society in Contemporary Spain

Provides students with an introduction to the study of contemporary Spain’s economy and society, set within the context of its European configuration, for which reason Spain’s reality will be continually contrasted with that of the other countries of Europe.

GA-04/GB-20 (3) | Cultural Anthropology of Latin America

Explores the current model of inter-ethnic relations in Latin America as a fundamental aspect of its present-day social reality. Focuses on the co-existence of two well-defined strategies: a) the domination of the indigenous population by national elites and b) the resistance practised by ethnic groups. The content of class sessions will be based on the explanation of basic theoretical concepts.

GA-05 (3) fall only | The Political Construction of the European Union

Reviews the historical milestones within the process of European construction. As the course develops, reflection upon the idea of Europe will be encouraged, as well as upon how to approach this same historical process from the perspective of the social sciences and historiography, upon its evolution, upon the study of its institutional make-up, and upon the existing links between Spain and Europe.

GA-17/GB-29 (3) | Women in the History of Latin America

Examines the role of women during the different stages of the history of Latin America, using as a point of departure the Continent’s indigenous cultures, already in existence prior to any European presence, and on through the colonial period into the first republican phase, until the 21st century is reached. Focuses on the trajectory of such women as historical agents, thus counteracting both the subordinate position and the invisibility to which they have been condemned, not only on the part of hegemonic patriarchy, but also by historiography itself. Also encourages a critical mind-set capable of extricating the role of Latin American women from a range of ethnic and cultural strata so as to advocate their contribution to history.

GA-07/GB-09 (3) | Flamenco: Cultural Expression of Andalucía

Flamenco will be broached as a cultural phenomenon in its widest sense; i.e., taking into account the dimensions that link it with music, social interaction, and communication, as well as its displaying of itself as lyricism, while not forgetting its links with contexts related to work, ritual, and festive occasions. Flamenco is viewed as a manifestation which goes beyond the strictly artistic, while possessing the capacity to generate social identity, in the case of Andalucía, on the basis of ethnic factors, but not exclusively so. Students will learn about the key features of Flamenco thus enabling them to appreciate it as a musical language and as a communicative model with its own specific characteristics. An Exploration will be made of the characteristics of Flamenco as an expression of social interaction and as a communicative model, while its current validity in contemporary society within diverse social and festive contexts is scrutinized, together with the key characteristics of its lyrics as a manifestation of poetic art.

GB-10 (3) spring only | An Introduction to the Early Modern History of Spain

The key objective is to ensure an awareness of the structural problems affecting Spain’s modern history, the making of the monarchy, and the Spanish Empire, together with its decadence and downfall during a period of three and a half centuries. Another of the course’s objectives is to develop students’ interest in modern history, while, both individually speaking, as well as within the context of group interaction, increasing their capacity for reflection and critical thought.

GA-19/GB-24 (3) | Photography: Theory, History and Art Photography

Combines a theoretical and practical approach to the phenomenon of the photographic. Students will be involved in a wide range of photographic practices linked with the major photographic genre types. The course’s practical character will be backed up by sessions based on the history and theory of photography as a framework for understanding the different uses, genre types and approaches to the photographic medium which exist, as well as a way of encouraging an analytical reading of contemporary photographic-based pictures.

Superior Level Courses

GA-09/GB-17 (3) | Medieval Spain and the Historical Projection of the Three Cultures: Christians, Muslims and Jews

Explore the role played by Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the creation of Medieval Spain from the time of the Islamic Invasion of 711, through the emergence of the Frontier and its territorial evolution, to the period of the reign of the Catholic Monarchs, including the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, the End of Tolerance, and the Conquest of the Kingdom of Granada in 1492. Likewise, an analysis will be carried out of the fundamental characteristics of the coexistence of these three civilizations in terms of the problems derived therefrom, and in terms of the socio-cultural relations and different mindsets affecting everyday life.

GA-11 (3) fall only | Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso

Allows students from abroad to become familiar with the art scene in Spain between circa 1550 and 1973, especially with regard to painting. Divided into syllabus blocks, class sessions will explore areas of interest such as Renaissance Painting, Baroque Art, Painting and Neoclassicism, the Pictorial Art of the Romantic Period, of the remaining 19th century, and of the 20th. Special attention will be paid to the insertion of painting within the environment of other art forms (architecture, sculpture, and the applied arts), while also debating the cultural and social phenomena which contribute to the characterization of each of the periods concerned and which exert an influence upon the genesis and evolution of art forms.

GB-11 (3) spring only | Regional Policy, Economic Resources and the European Union’s Commercial Relations

Provides students with a basic knowledge of the European Union and its global status. By the end of the course, students will have become familiar with document-based resources, with the tools available for accessing statistics, and with the terminology related to the European Union. A further aim is to spur students’ interest in the European Union from an academic standpoint.

GB-13 (3) spring only | Inter-American Relations

Designed to enable students to become knowledgeable about the evolution of the relations between the United States and Latin America from the end of the 18th century to the present day, while not losing sight of the economic and ideological contacts and influences involving interaction with the countries of Europe. The aim is to ensure that students acquire an understanding of the historical reasons which lead to the United States becoming an empire, while providing them with an analysis, within this context, of the relations the U.S. has maintained with the rest of the countries within the American continent.

GA-15/GB-23 (3) | Political Transition and Democracy in Spain (1975 – 2000)

A quarter of a century has gone by since the process of democratization in Spain first got under way. There is no doubting the fact that the process of democratization in Spain has aroused a great deal of interest outside the country. Not only has it acted as a reference in the case of Latin American countries such as Guatemala and Chile, but has also come to be a subject of analysis and observation on the part of developed Western countries.

GB-15 (3) spring only | European Art of the Twentieth Century

The aim of this course is to provide a working knowledge analysis of the main currents and key figures within European Art during the 20th century. Emphasis will be placed upon the degree of freedom that characterizes the plastic arts of our era and, in the case of contemporary art, upon how they constitute a manifestation of the socioeconomic, political, and cultural complexity of present-day Europe.

GA-16/GB-30 (3) | Women in Art: Visions from the Perspectives of Difference and Equality

Designed with two key objectives in mind: firstly, to contribute to the recovery from academic oblivion of the women artists who have produced creative output throughout history and who, due to a range of different conditioning factors of a social kind, have remained on the margins of the Art World; secondly, to raise awareness of, and encourage reflection about, the situation of women within the present-day Art environment, as well as about the aims pursued by tendencies within feminist criticism, together with the endeavour, at the dawn of the 21st century, of the woman artist in the search for gender equality in society.

GB-18 (3) spring only | Present-day Spain and the Context of International Relations

Provides students with as detailed an overview as possible of Spain’s International Relations and Foreign Policy within the period dating from the Second World War until the present day. With this aim in mind, a specific methodology has been designed in terms of the kind of students participating in the course, while also taking into account its duration, as well as the distribution of its sessions which will be divided between those of a practical kind and those which are theoretical in character.

GA-19/GB-24 (3) | Photography, Theory, History and Art Photography

Students will learn how to read photographs and their meaning in the present; develop technical photographic skills; understand the possibilities of photography as a way of expression and information; develop a knowledge of the History of Photography; improve social skills and group work.

GB-19 (3) spring only | The History of Slavery in Latin America

Using as departure points the origins of both indigenous and African-based slavery, the tides of slave population movements, ports of entry, factors related to legislation, settlements, and licence holding, as well as the approximate extent of the trafficking involved, a study will be made of the economic activities of all types for which slaves were used, the main emphasis being placed on the plantation regime. Account will also be taken of matters of a social nature related to the everyday existence and death of slaves. Lastly, the dissolution of the slavery regime will be explored, by means of an analysis of the different kinds of abolitionist processes involved. The geographical context to be explored is that which corresponds to the Hispanic and Portuguese colonies, given their statistical, economic, and cultural relevance.

GA-20 (3) fall only | Economy, Society and the Environment in Spain

Provides students with an initial understanding of the complexity of the Spain of today within the framework of the European Union, while paying particular attention to key aspects related to the Economy, Society and the Environment.

GA-21/GB-28 (3) | Cuisine Culture in Spain

The course syllabus is structured around the history of the gastronomy of the Spanish culture from the kitchen of the first settlers to today, studying the influence of Mediterranean and American cultures, the Mediterranean triad (olive oil, wine, and bread) and the importance of the Mediterranean diet as a way to lead a healthy life. It is essential that the student has a sufficient degree of knowledge of Spanish to be able to understand the classes which are taught in that language. It also requires a basic knowledge of history. This course is for students of any program. The course objectives are that the student knows the history of a kitchen and an ancient culture, and that this knowledge will be beneficial to your health.

GA-22/GB-27 (3) | Wine in Spain: History, Culture and Economics

Enables students to become knowledgeable about wine, one of Spain’s most culturally important and economically relevant elements, by means of the study of its history, the range of types it has and their modes of production, the key wine-producing regions, its impact on the Spanish economy in regional and national terms, and the recent evolution in tourist-based activities that have developed around it.

GA-24 (3) fall only | The Classical World in Contemporary Popular Culture

Course description coming soon.

GA-25/GB-37 (3) | Initiation to the Practice of Flamenco

To fully understand and enjoy a flamenco performance, or even to participate in an improvised get-together, it is essential to be knowledgeable, with regard to its practical dimension, about the language of song (cante), dance (baile) and guitar music (toque). One of the master keys to the understanding of the language of flamenco is that of rhythmic measure. Thus it is that this course has the following objectives: To bring the student closer to the expression of this art through the practice of percussive accompaniment (hand-clapping by using one’s palms, feet tapping, knocking sounds, whistling sounds, noisy back-up, etc.) 2. To know the traditional structures of flamenco dance and understand the language and codes used by the different disciplines 3. To develop students' rhythmic and choreographic memory 4. To promote the ability to work as a team.

GB-26 (3) spring only | Jewish History and Culture within Spain

Enables students to become knowledgeable about the presence of Jews in Spain from the period of the Romans until their expulsion at the close of the Middle Ages and about the lasting presence of a Sephardic consciousness within the Hebrew communities of the diaspora as found in historical sources and materials.

GB-33 (3) spring only | Tourism in Spain: Keys and Destinations

Enables students to become fully aware of the diversity inherent to Spanish tourism, while highlighting, in a more concrete way, the resources and destinations available. Examines: The characterization of “Destination Spain”: territory as a key factor in the development of tourism, its implementation and spatial distribution, together with the models and characteristics of tourist areas; the focusing upon specific tourist destinations and the research into them: the Balearic Isles (Mallorca and Ibiza), the Canary Islands and Andalucía’s Costa del Sol; as well as specific route-ways: the Camino de Santiago (as the first European Cultural Route), wine-related tourism and gastronomic itineraries, etc.

GB-34 (3) spring only | Marketing and Tourism

Gives students a basic knowledge of the specialism of marketing within the sector of tourism. Focuses on the significance of marketing together with the fundamental marketing strategies applicable to the management of tourism-related businesses and destinations. Aims to encourage a capacity for reasoning in business matters within the context of tourism-related activities, while developing skills in assessing specific marketing solutions.

GB-35 (3) spring only | Culture and Traditions in Andalucía

To provide an understanding of the rich heritage and diversity of traditional Andalusian culture, while enabling it to be appreciated. The syllabus topics that make up the program will be developed during class sessions by means of a combination of teacher input, as well as via the analysis of audiovisual documents, so that student participation will lead on from these. Themes include history, social structures, cultural manifestations, family and kinship.

GB-36 (3) spring only | Gobal Change in the Mediterranean World

Course description coming soon.

Contemporary Hispanic Studies Program (Courses Taught Mainly in English)

Students on this program can take up to 5 courses. Courses are taught in English unless otherwise stated. Advanced level Spanish students (at least 4 semesters of college-level Spanish) taking this program can take up to two courses from the Hispanic Studies Plus program. Recommended credits are shown in parentheses.

FS-02 (3) spring only | Conversation and Composition in Spanish for American Students

For students who speak American English and who have no prior knowledge of Spanish. Develops students’ capacity to express themselves orally and in written form, within routine sociolinguistic contexts, so that they can come to terms with them and cope adequately with them, the contrast with their mother tongue acting as a point of reference. Enables students to initiate and keep up a conversation using limited vocabulary content, to produce phrases and basic conversational routines in a spontaneous way, to narrate and describe routine social situations, as well as to draft basic written forms, while keeping in mind orthographic, lexical and syntactic correctness, as well as pragmatic appositeness.

FS-06 (3) | Gender Views in Contemporary Spanish Literature and Cinema

Explores gender representations (ranging from feminist perspectives, gender performances, or the theory and practice of female writing, to questions of sexual identity, patterns of masculinity and queer theory) within the Spanish literature and cinema produced during the last three decades. Besides analyzing a selection of works by the most representative authors who form part of the contemporary literary panorama in Spain, students will also examine the different critical paradigms and theories within the field of gender and sexuality studies and how they are formulated within a range of cultural texts and contexts.

FS-07 (3) | Introduction to Spanish Cultural Studies

Gives students a core familiarity with Spanish history and culture. They are expected to come away from the class with a pronounced sense of the tensions and turning points that have shaped the Spanish past and help to understand its present.

FS-08 (3) | The Arab World Today: Contemporary History and International Relations

Introduces students to the contemporary history of the Arab world and its international relations during the 20th and 21st centuries. Focuses on the major events in the history of the Eastern (Mashreq) and Western (Maghreb) Arab states during this period and of the development of their relations with Europe and the United States. Special attention will be paid to Spain’s relations with the Maghreb region, particularly with Morocco.

FS-09 (3) | Music and Society: Theory and Practice of Flamenco

Broadly defined, Flamenco is a complex performative art which includes song (cante), dance (baile) and guitar music (toque), originally embedded in a particular lifestyle and world view. Tracing its origins to approximately the mid-9th century, Flamenco has been associated with Spanish Gypsies (gitanos), a community instrumental in its development and who represent the majority of its practitioners, and with the culture of Andalusía in Southern Spain. Our emphasis is on acquiring an aural, visual, and theoretical understanding of Flamenco, of the streams of culture which created it, and of its role within Spanish culture.

The practical part of the course is designed to give students an understanding of the mechanics, aesthetics, and basic canons of an art form that is so often described as being purely spontaneous and free. The dance class centers on learning the basic postures and steps of the Flamenco vocabulary and the techniques of footwork. We also study the “compás” (rhythmic cycle) and learn to play “palmas” (rhythmic handclapping). At the end of the course, in addition to a final paper and final exam, students will perform the simple choreography they have learned, accompanied by a professional singer and guitarist.

FS-12 (3) | Progressive Spanish for English-Speaking Students (Taught in Spanish- Advanced level required)

Aimed at English-speaking students who already have a basic knowledge of Spanish. Its key objective is to improve their communication skills by means of the consolidation of their grammar competence and of the introduction of practical vocabulary so as to enable them to cope with the usual communication situations of everyday life. On the one hand, teaching methodology will be based on the assimilation of grammatical rules and their practical application via specific activities and, on the other hand, will involve the gradual and progressive use of Spanish as a vehicle for communication within the classroom.

FS-13 (3) spring only | Languages of International Development: Healthcare and Voluntary Work

Examines a range of international development topics related to healthcare and medicine around the globe. We will explore contemporary issues affecting the institutions that provide healthcare and the people who seek health services. We will also look into how international development takes place and is developed, why it is necessary, and how it is related to healthcare.

FS-14 (3) | Painting in Literary Seville (Taught in Spanish- Advanced level required)

Understand the city of Seville and its artistic heritage combining the literature of Seville with the practical art of painting. To have a profound knowledge of a city and its heritage requires a very careful study of its most emblematic places. We choose different techniques: pencil, charcoal, watercolor, and ink, etc. The students pass enjoyable sessions in the parks, plazas, streets and monuments of Seville, the Guadalquivir River, the Alcázar, the Barrio Santa Cruz, taking time to study their subject, its form and history. They will get to know the city, its hidden places and architecture like no other student can hope to do.

FS-15 (3) spring only | Photographing the Literary Seville

Examines the literary richness of Seville through the photographic lens. We will learn about how to better control our cameras, fundamental photographic techniques and the history of photography and apply this knowledge to the myths and stories based here. We will also explore the city and its surroundings during field trips and learn to look at images critically and critique them in a group setting.

FS-16 (3) spring only | Literary and Cultural Traditions in Spanish-speaking Communities (Taught in Spanish- Advanced level required)

Language, literature, as well as culture in general, constitute the key aspects of the identity of peoples; it is for this reason that, in order to learn a foreign language, having knowledge of the culture associated with it also gains relevance: knowing who, what, when and why (in terms of political, religious, education-related, historical, geographical, etc. issues), knowing about (events, developments, and social concerns), as well as knowing how (that same society acts, speaks, and manifests itself).

FS-17 (3) | A Practical Course in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Offers a theoretical and practical approach to the teaching of English as a foreign language (EFL) to Spanish-speaking students. Classroom practice will be fostered which includes activities in the class, activities outside the class under the supervision of a tutor and the opportunity to take part of the course in a Spanish school with Spanish students in the city of Seville. This way, not only theoretical content but also the cultural aspects which are involved in the practice of teaching English as a foreign language will be dealt with.

FS-18 (3) | Psichology and Foreign Language

Course description coming soon.

GS-01 (3) | Spain’s Classical Heritage: Between History and Mythology

The main goal of this course is to give students an overview of Spain’s Classical heritage. The course pays special attention to Phoenician, Greek and Roman presence in Spain, not only from a historical point of view, but also taking into account the mythological construction of Spain´s past and key cultural traditions. The course also explores Spain’s religious background, mainly the long process of Christianization of Southern Spain. The course is divided in classes and field trips that will be key elements in helping the student to have a clearer perception of each historical period.

GS-02 (3) | Contemporary Spain: Economy, Society and Environment

Spain is comprised of an absolutely fascinating set of diverse places, inhabited by intriguingly diverse peoples, traditions and landscapes consequence of its rich history, cultural heritage and complex geography. The focus of this course is on learning about the country, regions and the people. In a context marked by economic crisis, the pressures from sectors such as construction, tourism, transport, energy and agriculture, high densities and pressures in coastal areas and islands determines that Spain faces important challenges in economic, social and environmental issues. The teachers will try to provide an open, critical and diverse overview of contemporary Spain using press releases, videos, reports and presentations.

GS-03 (3) | Great Masters and the Major Artistic Trends in Spain during the Twentieth Century

The course analyzes the principal trends in Spanish Art during the twentieth century. During the first half of the century, developments in Spanish Art were determined by a particular set of historical circumstances. After the arrival of democracy it is clear that Spanish artists become more integrated into the worldwide art movement. We have chosen those artists who are representative of certain developments in a key way and through whom, in general terms, Spanish art in the 20th century may be explored.

GS-04 (3) | U.S. – European Relations Since World War II

This course will provide students with the theoretical framework necessary to help them think critically about transatlantic relations at many different, yet inter-related levels: political, military, security-based, cultural, and economic. The first part of the course will focus on the historical context of this key network. The second part of the course will examine the institutions linked to the transatlantic agenda: of a political, security- based, and economic kind. The third and last part of the course will focus on cultural issues, including public opinion and anti-Americanism.

GS-05 (3) | International Marketing

The overall objective of the course is to introduce students to the marketing decisions within an organization, from a global perspective. With this aim in mind, we will train participants to apply the basic concepts and techniques in marketing, so that they become familiar with the duties of a marketing manager. More specifically, students will be exposed to the development, evaluation, and implementation of marketing management in a global business environment.

GS-06 (3) | Spanish Cuisine, Spanish Cuisines

This course is designed as an introduction to the diversity of Spain’s cuisine. It is not intended to cover all aspects of Spanish cooking, but rather as an appetizer which will seduce you with its appearance, aromas and tastes, making you hungry to learn more about Spain´s gastronomic achievements. The course will consist of two distinct parts. A theoretical part in which we will study the origins and development of some products and “processes of transformation” of food in Spain. The other part will be practical, and will consist in cooking a series of recipes that belong to the Spanish cuisine, tradition, and culture.

GS-07 (3) | Photography: Theory and Technique

This unit combines a theoretical and practical approach to contemporary photography, paying special attention to Spanish photography. Using slide presentations and group discussion, we will outline an itinerary throughout the main movements in the history of the medium and its evolution until today. There will be practical exercises about each of the genres discussed. The tutor will supervise and co-edit during the course every single student final project.

GS-10 (3) spring only | Anatomy and Physiology II

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GS-11 (3) spring only | Anatomy and Physiology (LAB)

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GS-12 (3) spring only | Wine in Spain: History and Wine Tasting

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GS-13 (3) spring only | Social Psychology

Course description coming soon.