Cambios Sociales y Demográficos en la Geografía Española (Spain’s Evolving Social and Demographic Landscapes or Social and Demographic Changes in Spain)
The subject of this course aims to address the study of physical, economic, political, social and regional contemporary Spain. After an introductory theme dedicated to acquainting students with the vocabulary of this specific matter, the course will start with the physical study of the Iberian Peninsula. In this first part of the course, the physical, hydrological, climatic, etc. aspects of the country will be analyzed. The following themes will analyze the evolution of the Spanish population in the recent century, the natality behavior of the Spanish and the most significant changes, structural characteristics, migration and the recent phenomenon of immigration. Other themes include the current economic policies, features of the different economic sectors, and the significance of Spain as a member of the European Union.
Canción Tradicional y Sociedad Española: Flamenco, Folclor y Canción Sefardí (Traditional Song and Spanish Society: Flamenco, Folklore, and Sephardic Song)
Through the study of a significant number of songs, articles, and documentary and cinematic material, this course will explore the importance of the old, traditional song in our society. Special attention will be given to the poetic language of the lyrics; the student will be provided with the basic tools to handle this rich material and we will analyze the links between song and society that is its origin and at the same time its end.
Civilización y Cultura Españolas (Spanish Civilization and Culture)
This course aims to study and explain the concepts considered to be the basis of Spanish culture. Cultural aspects of different fields are covered and interrelated, whenever possible. At the same time, students conduct a thorough and detailed study of the phenomena considered universally to be genuinely Spanish.
Civilización y Cultura Hispanoamericanas (Latin American Civilization and Culture)
The fundamental objective of the course is to understand the complex reality of peoples who are the result of a laborious process of acculturation. This course aims to explain and study in depth the principles considered the foundation of Latin American culture, analyzing issues that are now models to understand the contemporary reality of Latin America. Cultural aspects of different fields are covered and interrelated through explanations, articles, and media resources.
Cultura Islámica en España (Islamic Culture in Spain)
The main objective of this subject is to give the students an overall view of the Arab-Islamic world through its history and culture. The program is divided into five chapters that include Arab-Islamic history from its beginning to the present time, rendering special attention to the Islam as a fundamentally religious and cultural phenomenon in Arab history, as well as to the socio-political development of al-Andalus.
El desarrollo de la competencia en ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemática (STEM) (Developing Competence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM))
What does being competent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics mean? Does it make sense to consider a unique competence covering four different areas? This course aims to introduce and give examples of actions and tasks that provide opportunities to develop STEM competence in students. We will explore, in detail, problems of modeling and some aspects of scientific inquiry; as well as discuss the use of technology to gather data from surroundings and thus propose contextualized and authentic tasks.
Health Sciences and Public Health in Spain
This course is intended to offer a generic view of the most important aspects of the Spanish health system and its comparison with other European systems. Students will learn about specific aspects of diseases of interest, in the context of scientific and technical vocabulary. The course also aims to identify what factors, together with the health system, determine the level of health of a population. The relative importance of these factors will be analyzed on the basis of the socioeconomic characteristics of a country, as well as the interventions that are made for prevention and control by the public health system.
Historia de España (The History of Spain)
The goal of this course is to offer a general view of the History of Spain. The most important political, economic, social and cultural aspects of Spanish History are studied: Prehistory and Ancient History in the Iberian Peninsula, the fallen of the Roman Empire, the Visigoth Kingdom, Al-Andalus, the ‘Reconquista’, the Catholic Kings and the Habsburg dynasty, the crisis of Spanish empire and the Bourbon Reformism. Students also learn about late Spanish modern history: the crisis of the Ancient Regime, the Liberal Revolution, the Restoration, the Primo de Rivera Dictatorship, the II Republic, the Civil War, Francoçs years and the Transition to Democracy.
Historia del Arte en España (History of Art in Spain)
The course introduces students to the discipline of Spanish art history. Particular attention is paid to the artistic and historic monuments in Granada and the surrounding areas in order to allow students to more closely appreciate the history of Spanish art as a whole.
Internships in Educational Institutions (Programa de Prácticas en Centros Educativos)
The Internship Program in Educational Centres is designed for university students and professionals interested in broadening their studies through professional internships in a wide range of educational centers. Student participation in the Internship Program in educational centers has a double objective: to learn how the Spanish educational institution works, benefiting from interaction with the teaching teams and the center’s pupils, and the centers benefit from the collaboration and involvement of these interns in the classes taught in the corresponding foreign language.
Up to 120 contact hours possible (additional fee of $500 required)
Internships in NGOs/Volunteer Work (Programa de Prácticas de Voluntario)
The Internship Program with NGO’s or Service Learning and Community Service Internship Program is designed for university students and professionals interested in broadening their experience through the participation with the Spanish NGO “Solidarios” in a wide range of areas (minors, elderly people, Asperger Syndrome, handicapped, homeless, immigrants, etc.).
Introducción al Español de los Negocios (An Introduction to Business Spanish)
Students learn about the process related to the creation of SMEs. This course is geared to those students who wish to have a general vision of the topics that encompass business, as well as those who wish to acquire the necessary skills to face the working world. The syllabus for this course consists of three different areas: the world of business, business correspondence, and vocabulary.
La Diversidad del Español en el Mundo (The Diversity of Spanish in the World)
The communicative competence of a speaker is not only the domain of the four language skills, but also of the knowledge of the idiomatic registers of the language offered by generational and geographical parameters and pragmatic elements involved in the speech situation. In this regard, it is intended that students become familiar with colloquial Spanish to be capable of discriminating the main types diatopic, diastratic and diaphasic contemporary Spanish. The program covers the following topics: Levels of formality and informality of Spanish language; Communicative functions: tips, messages, congratulations, praise, hello, goodbye. Communicative functions: agreement, disagreement, rejection, hypotheses and probability; Colloquial Spanish; south and centro-peninsular linguistic features of Spanish; and linguistic features of American Spanish.
La España Actual en los Medios de Comunicación (Current Spain in the Media)
This subject attempts to offer a general picture of the political, social and cultural aspects of Spanish reality today. It gives an overview of the national press, radio stations, television channels, internet and film topics over the last few years. The idea is that students will be able to contrast the different trends when presenting information and become fully aware of the audience each communication channel receives. The final aim is to learn about the different social groups that define contemporary Spain.
Literatura Española (hasta S.XVIII) (Spanish Literature (Pre-19th Century)
The basic objective of the course is to provide students an approach to Spanish literature from its origins to modernity, analyzing movements, authors and works of each period and the historical and social context in which those where produced. Some of the texts to be analyzed are El Cantar del Mio Cid, La Celestina, El Lazarillo de Tormes, El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de La Mancha and the 17th Century poetry and theater.
Literatura Española del Siglo XIX a la Actualidad (Spanish Literature from the 19th Century to Current Times)
This course covers the highlights of Spanish Literature in the last two centuries, using a social, historical and literary approach: a general introduction to Spanish literature. Romanticism; Realism; Modernism and the Generation of ‘98; La Vanguardia and the Generation of ‘27; literature in the post-war years (1940-1950); literature in the 60s and 70s; the latest literary movements.
Marketing Internacional (International Marketing)
This subject will lead the student to become familiar with the characteristics of the following: process of internationalization, the market entry strategies in the international markets, the process of selections of the target international markets, the process of segmentation and positioning in the international, markets, and the decisions regarding the standardization and adaptation for the international marketing-mix.
Nociones de Gramática Español (Beginning-Advanced Spanish Grammar)
The basic levels aim to consolidate and extend student´s previous knowledge and help students communicate in basic situations in their daily lives. Some of the many topics to be covered during the course include: present tense, present perfect tense, demonstrative and personal pronouns and verbs such as “ser” and “estar”. At the higher levels, the purpose of the course is to equip students with the necessary tools to communicate in Spanish with a notable degree of fluidity while reflecting on the fundamental problems of the Spanish grammar. Course contents vary per level.
Producción Oral y Escrita (Speaking and Writing Skills)
The goal of this class is to prepare students to acquire a linguistic and communicative competency that helps them advance in their studies. This course is extremely practical, giving students active and prolonged contact with the Spanish language. This course is taught at six different levels. At the basic levels (A1, A2, and A2+) students learn basic resources to be able to speak of life; social relationships and personal needs as well as writing small personal notes concerning the same subject. In addition, students understand and convey basic information to others, especially those related to likes and dislikes. Higher level (B1.1-B1.2 and B2.1) students learn to understand and express themselves in many situations not necessarily familiar to them, and will learn to exchange information and their own opinions using complex language structures. Those academic year students who elect to move to the Hispanic Studies program in the spring will be required to continue this course at the next level up.
Sistema Político en España y en la Unión Europea (The Political Systems of Spain and the European Union)
The aim of this course is to teach the basics of contemporary politics and history in Spain while also describing the main elements of the political system of the European Union. Students will learn to interpret the political reality and understand the current workings of both Spain and the European Union as a whole.
The basic goal of this course is to offer a general perspective of Spanish literature from its origins until the present day. Students will study different periods, as well as the most significant authors and works. Different literary texts are analyzed, and complementary visual materials are used.
The Arab World the West: Past and Future
The aim of the course is to give students basic knowledge of the cultural and political interaction between the Arab world and the West during their common history. In the first section of the course, students will analyze the history of the Arab world from the emergence of Islam to the Iraq war, including the crusades, the Ottoman Empire, the western colonization, etc. During the 2nd part of the course, students focus on the main challenges of the relations between the Arab world and the West. This course covers topics such as the long-term impact of the penetration of Europe into the Islamic World, Orientalism, and Occidentalism, Islamic immigration into western societies, the impact of 9-11 and the Iraq war, and the role of oil and the Middle East conflict.
Sostenibilidad en el Mediterráneo: acercamiento al desarrollo auto-sostenible local (Sustainability in the Mediterranean: An Approach to local Self-Sustainable Development)
This survey course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive approach to local self-sustainable practices, models, and cultures in the Mediterranean region. Through revising bibliographic references and local case studies, students will understand the basics of traditional and innovative local self-sustainable projects in the Mediterranean context. Students will also identify and compare the community practices and local governance in the Mediterranean region, contrasting the city and rural landscape configurations in the Mediterranean region, especially those related to the local self-sustainable development. They also will identify and explain in situ the processes and resistances that are influencing the local sustainability of Granada and its surroundings.
Política ambiental de la Unión Europea (Environmental policy of the European Union)
This course is designed to present the current situation and the challenges of the Environmental Policy of the European Union, particularly problems of enforcement due to the different national interests and commitments of EU Member States. The EU goals and approaches for environmental protection are compared with those of the USA and/or other countries, through discussions and seminars.
Economía de españa y américa latina (Economy of Spain and Latin America)
This course is aimed at students of intermediate level. It will examine the basis of the economic sectors that make up the economy of Spain. It will also examine the economies of Latin American countries with a marked economic potential.