Arte Español (Spanish Art History) - Fall
The fall semester of this course takes a tour around the Spanish History of Art, from its beginning until the Renaissance. Cave art, from prehistoric times and illustrated in Altamira Caves (Cantabria), is considered the departure point of this tour. Students analyze in chronological order the different cultures and their corresponding trends, as well as their most important examples: Pre-Roman Art, Roman Art, Muslim Art, Mozarabic Art, Romanesque Art and Gothic Art.
Arte Español (Spanish Art History) - Spring
The spring semester of this course focuses on Spanish Renaissance art. The main examples of this artistic period as well as others (Baroque, Neoclassicism) is analyzed. The most important figures of Spanish contemporary art, and especially of the development of the artistic Avant-Garde, are Picasso, Dalí and Miró. Students analyze the time in which they lived as well as their most important works and how that reflects the Spanish art of the 20th century. Students also study the works of other important figures of contemporary art in all mediums: painting, sculpture, architecture.
Cine español e hispanoamericano (Spanish and Latin American Cinema)
In this subject students explore the narrative mechanisms that make film a special artistic medium. Students view a variety of Spanish and Latin-American films from a cinematographic point of view. Students learn how different aspects of the Hispanic culture are shown and analyze the aesthetic and social issues. Students make reviews, critical analysis and comparative studies which allow them to develop their communicative skills and their ability to draw conclusions. Course content remains the same each semester.
Cine, Prensa y tv en España (Spanish Cinema, Newspapers, and Television)
In this subject students analyze the importance that media (press and television) have had in the dissemination of Spanish reality, as well as the influence they have had on the political and cultural opinion. A review of the different media outlets in Spain, their trends and importance is carried out. In addition, students study the cinema as an artistic and cultural expression of a society. This helps to understand the evolution of this genre in Spain. The most interesting films and the work of the most important movie makers of contemporary Spanish cinema is studied.
Conversación y redacción (Spanish Conversation and Composition)
Students in this course will learn to produce short, simple texts on familiar topics and situations of work, study or leisure; learn about situations that can arise during travel or stay in a Spanish-speaking country; and describe experiences and events, dreams and plans, in order to to briefly give reasons and opinions. Course content varies each semester.
Cultura española (Spanish Culture)
This course presents a wide variety of information about Spain and its people. Topics include an introduction to the most important aspects of Spanish geography, history, politics, art history, and popular culture (bullfighting, flamenco, and music). This is an excellent option for the student wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the country and culture. Course content remains the same each semester.
The recent history of Spain provides a well-acknowledged model of political and economic development. From the political point of view, Spain went from dictatorship to democracy under a monarchic system in a very smooth way. From an economic perspective, Spain´s economy has grown exponentially and what it used to be an underdeveloped country in the fifties turned into a modern economy during the eighties and nineties. This course will analyze the different parameters involved in this process.
Economics/Political Science in the European Union
The role of the European Union within the international context has been more and more important in the last decades. This course focuses on the origins, development and current issues from a political and economic perspective. It deals with topics such as: unity and diversity in Europe, European institutions, multiculturalism and multilingualism, the difficulties of a common market, etc.
El mundo árabe en el mundo hispánico (Arab Culture in the Hispanic World)
This class analyzes the Moorish influence in Hispanic societies and cultures and studies the role Arab language, literature and arts, together with other cultures, have had in the development of the Hispanic identity. The contents of this course is divided into four sections: the Moors and the Hispanic world through history; the Arabic language as a key element for the development of the Spanish language; medicine, philosophy and sciences; and Moorish architecture in Spain. Course content remains the same each semester.
Electronic Commerce and Social Media Marketing
This course is addressed to the students who want to know the characteristics of electronic commerce and its impact on business performance. Companies today have the challenge to adapt their business models to meet the new customer requirements. The development of the internet and the new information technologies open a world of possibilities for companies to satisfy their customers’ needs more effectively. Students will learn the basics of theory, but mainly from a wide range of case studies, work projects, illustrative example and computer simulations that will illustrate the current development of electronic commerce.
Chinese Language - Regular
This program offers immersive and intensive Chinese language instruction for students at all levels, from complete beginners to more advanced language learners.
The instruction stresses the equal importance of listening, speaking, reading, and writing Chinese, in order to lay a solid foundation for students learning. Classes are generally no larger than 20 students and meet for 20 hours per week.
Español con fines profesionales
This course includes registration for the BULATS (Business Language Testing Service). Your score on the test describes your Spanish language ability in the workplace in accordance with the 6 proficiency levels established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students must have a minimum B1/ Intermediate Spanish level to enroll in this course.
Español de los negocios (Spanish for Business)
This course focuses on the business world in Spain. The class also includes helpful vocabulary related to business, “how-to” information, and common business practices and formalities that are useful to know, such as how to write a formal business letter in Spanish. It is helpful to have some knowledge of the business world, economics, or general concepts related to these topics.
Español médico (Medical Spanish)
In this course students develop appropriate medical communication skills including basic medical vocabulary and common terminology. The class reviews the terms, structures and themes that appear in the daily practice of medicine and health care in a Spanish speaking environment.
Historia de España (History of Spain) - Fall
The fall semester begins in the Middle Ages where the most important events (the Moorish conquest, the Reconquest, the settlement of the first Christian Kingdoms, etc) as well as the economic and social context (feudalism, coexistence of cultures, etc) are analyzed. Then, students focus on the 15th Century and on the time of the Catholic Monarchs, putting a special emphasis on the beginning of the Modern Times and especially on certain events as the conquest of Granada or the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the New World. The time of the Austrias Mayores (Carlos I and Felipe II) was the beginning of the Hapsburg dynasty and it is a time in which the Spanish Empire was enlarged. It is also the beginning of the Golden Age, a cultural label gathering important people of the Spanish art and literature.
Historia de España (History of Spain) - Spring
The spring semester focuses on the period of the history of Spain studied in the spring starts at the beginning of the 17th century, when Felipe III was king, followed by Felipe IV and Carlos II (they are known as Austrias Menores). The key reasons for the decline of the Empire are analyzed. The course reviews the Bourbon dynasty, after the War of the Spanish Succession up until the end of the 19th century, and the important year of 1898, when Spain lost its last colonies. The last period studied in this subject covers the analysis of the most important events of the 20th century and beginning of the 21st century (crisis in the monarchy, II Republic, Civil War, Franco’s regime, Transition and democratic normalization) and the settlement of the socioeconomic and cultural context of current day Spain.
The increasing globalization of the marketplace affects all who are involved with business or who must make business decisions. Even those who are not directly involved in international business are affected in their domestic operations by international events and by the business activities of foreign entities. Therefore, it is imperative to be knowledgeable about the international business systems. This decade will pose many challenges and opportunities, particularly for newly industrialized countries (NIC). Three primary causes of these challenges are: first, these countries have become fierce competitors for the manufacture of high tech goods. Second, integration of the European Community has now created the largest trade block. Third, the acute international debt crisis keeps threatening the world financial structure and economic growth. This crisis has redirected the trade pattern away from the poor countries to the richest and likewise has concentrated capital flows among the rich countries. However, in recent times we have been observing a shift back to LCD’s, particularly in industries that are labor intensive
Given the current concept of a globalized world, this course is addressed to students keen on financial issues and, in particular, international finance. The main purpose of this course is to understand the financial system and to include an international perspective. In its duration of 45 hours, the course examines the determination of exchange rates and operation of exchange markets as well as firm’s management of foreign exchange exposure, cash management, and capital budgeting. The development of International banking and political risk management will also be studied. Emphasis is also placed on the effects of globalization on financial crashes, financial regulation & market efficiency. An updated look at the dynamics of international entrepreneurship is also provided, focusing especially on developed countries and the role of female entrepreneurship. Students will acquire knowledge on the former topics by means of dynamic and practical examples, work projects and group discussions (i.e., essays, role-playing, video, surveys, economic experiments; Financial Times press cuttings on selected controversial issues).
This course provides a general introduction to international marketing dealing with topics such as: making business in a global economy, strategies in export trade, international logistics, the impact of the new technologies in the world trade, the role of the media and of advertising in a consumer oriented society, different approaches for different targets, etc.
La mujer en la Historia de España (Women in Spanish History)
This class explores the role women have played throughout Spanish history. Students study the history of Spain from the beginning of the 20th century, taking a look at the Second Republic, the Civil War, Franco’s regime, the Transition, and finally, the current situation. The history of women in Spain is analyzed through the study of the most important figures of the literature (Emilia Pardo Bazán, Carmen Martín Gaite), politics (Clara Campoamor, Dolores Ibarruri), philosophy (María Zambrano, Calia Amorós) and the arts (María Blanchard, María Casares). Course content remains the same each semester.
Lengua española (Spanish Language)
At the intermediate level, this course gives a general view of the most important grammar points in Spanish, reviewing the basic verb tenses and adding the subjunctive and conditional forms. Vocabulary expansion is stressed as an important aid to fluency. At the advanced and superior levels, these courses offer a systematic review of all verb tenses and moods and help students to further develop and improve their writing skills. Vocabulary acquisition is a key component in both advanced and superior levels. Courses are taught at the appropriate level (advanced or superior), and is similar in structure.
Literatura española (Spanish Literature)
This course offers, above all, a general overview of the Spanish literature of the 20th century, focusing on the introduction of the different literary trends in chronological order and on the development of the different literary genres, studying the most important writers and works. Special emphasis is given to the figures of the speech and of the literature which are characteristic of the Spanish language for each of the most important genres covered in the course: poetry, narrative, theater. At the same time, the course takes into account the social, cultural and ideological aspects that may arise from the different topics.
Literatura latinoamericano (Latin American Literature)
The aim of this course is to introduce the work of some of the most important writers of contemporary Latin American literature and their connection within the sociocultural context of their time. The course includes a review of the most important literary trends of the time studied through a selection of texts corresponding to the different genres: poetry, theater, and novel. The analysis of the different varieties of Spanish is carried out by using selected texts of specific writers.
This course presents a wide variety of information about Spain and its people. Topics include an introduction to the most important aspects of Spanish geography, history, politics, art history, and popular culture (bullfighting, flamenco, and music). This is an excellent option for the student wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the country and culture.
Volunteer Teaching Placements
All students with 2 semesters of college-level Spanish (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in a volunteer teaching program. Students assist professors one hour per week, teaching English to Spaniards (ages 18 and up). Students will be able to apply for these opportunities on site, and placements are limited. This is a unique experience for API students in Salamanca to get to know Spaniards and Spanish life.