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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 3 or 4 semesters of college-level Spanish choose from the Advanced level courses. Students with 5 or more semesters of college-level Spanish and with minimum High Advanced level Spanish choose from Advanced or Superior level courses. Students may also select up to 2 courses taught in English from the Contemporary Hispanic Studies Program.



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 videobased performances, etc.

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-41/FB-42 (3) spring only
Learning of Spanish Vocabulary

Enables students to acquire vocabulary in a gradual way, while considering 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-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.

FB-12 (3) spring only
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.

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 Seville 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.

FB-23 (3) spring only
Psychology of Persuasion in the Mass Media: from Advertising to Propaganda

Addresses 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.

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 phrases and practical tools currently used by translators. Two key concepts will be explained through translation: linguistic competence and cultural competence.

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.

FA-43/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-46 (3) spring only
The Social Psychology of Language Learning

This course offers an introduction to second language acquisition, that is, a first approach to the process of how to learn a language that is not the maternal, once the first has developed. The acquisition of a second Language is a dynamic process involving millions of people throughout the world, and it is also an interdisciplinary field of study of increasing importance within the megafield of applied linguistics.

FB-47 (3) spring only
Understanding Flamenco through Dance

Each year, this form of artistic expression, declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, attracts thousands of people from every country, who come to Spain to try to understand and enjoy Andalucía’s most universal art. The main objective of this course is the initiation in Flamenco through learning the basic techniques, the historical contextualization of Flamenco dancing, understanding of its aesthetic criteria, as well as its structural and expressive resources and the assimilation of certain fundamental Flamenco styles (measured rhythm and structure). No prior knowledge of Flamenco is required.



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.

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

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.

GA-26/GB-38 (3)
Historical-Artistic Patrimony of Sevilla

This course is based on two fundamental objectives: firstly, in theoretical sessions, to provide students with an introduction to Seville's key monuments and customs, thus enabling them to become familiar with their historical and artistic reality; secondly, to ensure that those same participants in the course get to know these monuments directly, even propitiating thereby their experiencing of them.

GB-29 (3) spring only
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.

GB-39 (3) spring only
The European Union in the face of the Political, Socio-Economic, and Territorial Challenges of the 21st Century.

Acquire basic knowledge concerning the European Union in a global world. By the end of the course students should have become familiar with documentation resources which provide information on Europe, with the tools for accessing the statistics they contain, as well as with specific European Union-related vocabulary. A further objective consists of motivating students to become involved in the European Union from an academic perspective, while keeping in mind their own personal foci of interest.


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.

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.

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 license 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-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.

GB-24 (3) spring only
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-26 (3) spring only
Jewish History and Culture within Spain

Enables students to become knowledgeable about the presence of Jewish people 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-30 (3) spring only
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 endeavor, at the dawn of the 21st century, of the woman artist in the search for gender equality in society.

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

To provide an understanding of the rich heritage and diversity of traditional Andalucian 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.

Contemporary Hispanic Studies Program (Courses Taught 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 3 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)
Conversation and Composition in Spanish

This course is geared toward students who speak American English and who have no prior knowledge of Spanish. Its overall objective is to develop 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 contrast. Our endeavor is to enable 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. Likewise, students will be provided with the chance to develop their comprehension skills in Spanish, becoming thereby adept at understanding real life oral discourse adjusted to their level.

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) spring only
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-09 (3)
Music and Society: Theory and Practice of Flamenco

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

See FA-31/FB-32 in Hispanic Studies Plus section for course description.

FS-14 (3)
Painting in Literary Seville

See FA-37/FB-35 in Hispanic Studies Plus section for course description.

FS-15 (3)
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-17 (3)
Teaching English to Spanish Students: Methodology and Practice

See FA-43/FB 45 in Hispanic Studies Plus section for course description.

FS-19 (3)
The Image of Spain in Cinema and of Digital Fiction 

This course 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 analysing 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. 


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 as a 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-05 (3) spring only
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) spring only
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) spring only
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

This course is a continuation of Anatomy & Physiology I and aims to convey knowledge of the general structure and function of the human body. We will focus on the blood, immune, lymphatic, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive and reproductive systems. Special emphasis will be placed on the interactions among those systems and on the regulation of physiological functions involved in maintaining homeostasis.

GS-11 (3) spring only
Anatomy and Physiology (Lab)

This course is a continuation of Anatomy & Physiology I. The aim of this course is to apply and facilitate the understanding of the knowledge acquired during the lectures. Attendance and active participation in the laboratory is mandatory.

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

Wine has long been part of human society and today is an important part of Spanish culture. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine. Students will meet the main Spanish wine regions and grapes, learn how to store and serve wine effectively, and explore different wines through sight, smell, and taste, and the principles of food and wine pairings. This course also covers a variety of topics related to the Spanish wine industry, from wine styles and wine growing areas to sustainable production and tourism.

GS-13 (3) spring only
Social Psychology

An introduction to the field of social psychology, a subfield of the science of psychology that focuses on the perceptions, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals and groups within a social context. This class will give you a broad overview of the major theories and findings within social psychology.

GS-14 (3) spring only
Seville's Historical-Artistic Heritage

This course is based on two fundamental objectives: firstly, in theoretical sessions, to provide students with an introduction to Sevilla's key monuments and customs, thus enabling them to become familiar with their historical and artistic reality; secondly, to ensure that those same participants in the course get to know and experience these monuments directly.

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