Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Required CIEE Intensive Language Courses
SPAN 1501 ALIC
Intensive Beginning Spanish
In this course, students develop survival skills in Spanish while also learning about cultural norms and the Spanish lifestyle. An introduction to the basic rules of pronunciation and grammatical structures forms the core of the course. Fieldwork and practice with the homestay family are integral components of the course and complement language learning. Some interactive activities and simulations take place in the local community. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
SPAN 2501 ALIC
Intensive Intermediate Spanish I
In this course, students work on basic skills in Spanish while also learning about Spanish cultural differences. The basic rules of pronunciation and main grammatical structures are revisited. Fieldwork and practice with the homestay family are integral components of the course and complement language learning. Some interactive activities and simulations take place in the local community. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
Required CIEE Semester Language Courses
Beginning students will enroll in SPAN 1001 ALIC and SPAN 1002 ALIC and Intermediate I students will enroll in SPAN 2001 ALIC and SPAN 2002 ALIC.
SPAN 1001 ALIC
Spanish Grammar and Syntax
In this course, students acquire the basic concepts of grammar, structure, and syntax to build a strong and broad foundation for further linguistic development. Students apply these skills to reading and writing a variety of simple texts in Spanish. Courses are taught by experienced dynamic and energetic native instructors, and the teaching methodology draws from modern communicative approaches. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
SPAN 1002 ALIC
Oral Communication in Spanish
This course emphasizes what students can do with the language, rather than what they know about the language. To that end, the instructors draw upon the skills students acquire in the companion course, SPAN 1001 ALIC, to help them become more communicative and active with the language as quickly as possible. Specifically, students develop oral proficiency and listening comprehension skills through a variety of interactive and communicative approaches. Vocabulary development and pronunciation practice are important components of the course. Students also take part in the Intercambios program by meeting with Spanish university students in order to complete assignments and projects. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
SPAN 2001 ALIC
Intermediate Spanish Grammar I
In this course, students work on the main concepts of grammar to keep building a strong foundation of the language. Students apply their grammatical knowledge to reading and writing a variety of texts in Spanish. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
SPAN 2002 ALIC
Intermediate Oral Communication in Spanish I
This course helps students to further develop their oral and listening comprehension skills through a variety of interactive and communicative approaches. Vocabulary development and pronunciation practice are key components in the course. Students also take part in the Intercambios program by meeting with Spanish university students in order to complete assignments and projects. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
CIEE Elective Course
COMM 3301 ALIC
Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this class, participants will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Alicante as well as in other intercultural contexts. Students will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of their experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that they can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. Participants will increase their own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help them become more effective in an interdependent world. Learning will involve in-class exercises, active reflection, discussion, readings, field reports, short lectures, and out-of-class activities that engage students in the local culture on a deeper level. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
CIEE Language through Content Courses—in Spanish
Intermediate I Spanish students that would like to challenge themselves have the option of taking one semester area studies course in Spanish and one in English. These courses are only available to students who place into the level of Intermediate Spanish I.
SPAN 2003 ALIC
Culture, Festivities, and Traditions through Spanish Gastronomy and Wine
This survey course is an overview of the importance of the Mediterranean diet in Spanish life. Upon completion of this course, students are able to understand Spanish topography and its effects on Mediterranean gastronomy and the wine industry in Spain. Students cover important aspects such as culture, traditions, and festivities and their relation to Spanish gastronomy. They also study the history of food and wine, placing special emphasis on Spanish gastronomy and wine production and its importance in the Mediterranean area. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
SPAN 2011 ALIC
Beyond Soccer: Spanish Language and Culture Through Sports
This course presents Spanish language and culture through sports. It combines language explanations with examples based on main Spanish sports (soccer, tennis, basketball). By reading the news, analyzing sport texts and audiovisuals, the students will realize how important sports are in our everyday life, and will get involved in Spanish culture through sports, while improving their communicative skills.
Sports are present in most conversations in Spanish culture, and sports references and metaphores can be found everywhere. Getting to know deeply this dimension of Spanish culture will help the students to understand better our culture and will contribute to a more successful integration in our society. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
CIEE Area Studies Courses—in English
AHIS 3003 ALIC
Spanish Art and the Process of Painting
This course offers an overview of modern and contemporary visual arts in Spain. Emphasis is placed on painting. Students learn to analyze a painting from different practical approaches (for example, formal/thematic) and apply these methods to masterpieces of Spanish Art. The theoretical component of this course is completed by an equally important hands-on art portion. The practical section is based on practicing the painting methods presented in the theoretical section by creating works of art. Visits to different museums are scheduled, helping students understand the arts in Spain and the Valencian Community in particular. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
CINE 3001 ALIC
Students are asked to analyze and critique some of the contemporary Spanish film industry’s most renowned and representative films. In conjunction with class discussions, students acquire further knowledge of the changes that Spanish society has experienced recently, contrasting it with classic stereotypes. Topics such as machismo, eroticism, gender roles, religion, terrorism, and violence are discussed in depth, while learning about new movements in contemporary Spanish cinema. The aim of this course is not only to teach students how to analyze a film, but to show them how cinema can be enjoyable and didactic at the same time. Cinema as a means of communication, not only of the author, but also of the society in which it is made, is the focus of this class. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
HISP 3002 ALIC
The Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage: Religion, History, and Culture
The Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route that runs from the Pyrenees to the Cathedral of St. James in Santiago de Compostela in the Northwest corner of Spain, is a fundamental part of Spanish culture and history. Originally a spiritual journey for devout Catholics, the pilgrimage now attracts people from many cultures and religions and has developed international significance. The approach to this course is interdisciplinary, encompassing the role of the Camino in Spanish history, art, architecture, and literature. The course emphasizes different aspects of popular culture such as gastronomy, music, legends, and traditions, helping students acquire a further knowledge of Spanish culture. Students are evaluated on an interactive travel journal, a seminar-length paper, and two short tests covering the major themes of the seminar. Students may choose to participate on a five to seven day optional trip for an additional fee paid on site. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
HISP 3003 ALIC/SOCI 3001 ALIC
Contemporary Spanish Society: Politics, Culture, and Economy
This course provides an introduction to the most important aspects of Spain and contemporary Spanish society. It is designed to offer structured information about Spanish society today and to provide a forum for discussion as students interact with the people and institutions of the country. At the end of the course, students are able to discuss relevant issues facing Spain today with a satisfactory level of understanding, to identify and comment on the major social players in Spanish society including individuals and institutions, and to carry out an insightful comparative assessment of issues that affect both Spanish and U.S. societies. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
HIST 3003 ALIC
Modern and Contemporary Spanish History (1492 – present)
This course is designed to give students a detailed understanding of Spain’s tumultuous history over the last 500 years. In order to fully understand the developments that have led up to Spain’s contemporary history, one must begin by studying Spain’s modern history from the rise of the Catholic Monarchs to its transformation into a first world Empire, the impact of the Peninsular War, and the rise of political strife in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The course places special emphasis on the Second Republic, the Spanish Civil War, the Franco Dictatorship, and Spain’s exemplary transition to democracy. These events and others are contrasted in relation to the historic events taking place in Europe. By the end of this course, students have not only become familiar with the important events in Spain’s history, but also have a clear understanding of the multiplicity of political, economic, and social factors that affect the historic process. Finally, students learn to assess history and the historic process as an integral part of Spain’s past. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
INRE 3002 ALIC / POLI 3003 ALIC
Spain in the European Union
The European Union (EU) is a unique global concept. This course provides a comprehensive view of Europe and its institutions. The integration process, the conditions for accession and the treaties signed will be reviewed in order to understand the current European Union. This supranational organism will be analyzed from different perspectives. Essential features of European policies and the development of a common currency will be subject to analysis. We will also analyze a new way of understanding political power at the trans-national level and discuss the Europeanization of the continent through the euro and the construction of a European Identity. Finally, Spain´s role as a stakeholder in the EU project and the positive and negative effects of its membership to Spanish society at large will be explored. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
Universidad de Alicante Business Courses—in English
The following courses, taught in English, are Business Management Program courses offered by the School of Economics at the Universidad de Alicante. The student population in these courses consists of Universidad de Alicante economics majors and international students. Approximately 4 courses are offered each semester. The Universidad de Alicante may change course offerings based on enrollment after students arrive. Students should have alternate courses approved in case of course cancellations. Grades in the University of Alicante business courses taught in English are based on a final exam, final project, or final presentation only. Attendance is taken and students who do not attend at least 80% of the classes will not receive a passing grade.
Please check the Universidad de Alicante website at http://www.doeua.es/business-management-program/ for more detailed information.
The Economy of the European Union: Characteristics, Economic Structure, and Institutions
This course aims to analyze the past, present, and future of European integration on the basis of historic and economic reasoning. This process and its effects are assessed, taking into account differences in European Member States economies, as well as considering the EU as a whole at the international level.
Entrepreneurial Initiative: Starting and Running a Business
In the first part of the course positive attitudes towards entrepreneurial initiative are developed. The students learn how to develop entrepreneurial ventures and how to transform an idea into a business. While thinking about running a new business, potential entrepreneurs are faced with many obstacles such as administrative requirements and the lack of finance or skilled labor. To seize new opportunities in the changing markets, businesses should be encouraged to innovate and exploit new ideas. In the second part of the course students learn and practice necessary skills and tools for running a firm. The main management processes (planning, organizing, and controlling) are developed, taking into account modern and classic problems like globalization, ethics, sustainability, change, stress, innovation, and technology.
Human Resources Management
The main objectives of this course are to keep in mind that every manager of a firm is a Human Resources Manager (HRM); to give a general guide about how to manage people; to argue how a HRM can be a strategic partner of any firm; to have a general overview about the knowledge, skills, and abilities that a HRM must have; and to describe the fundamental tools, methods, and techniques that are used in a Department of Human Resources.
On completion of this course the student should be able to demonstrate the skills needed for successful career in Marketing in an international context in terms of international theory. They will also acquire a global overview of International Marketing. This course will give students a fundamental understanding of the importance of an international market and its management implications for marketing strategies.
Students will learn the importance of cultural awareness in the international market and the relationship between local and global markets, as well as branding strategies in the international market and ways to penetrate international markets.
Universidad de Alicante Direct Enrollment Courses—in English
Language in Context (LIC) students may take a Universidad de Alicante Direct Enrollment course in English. Although UA official final exams take place in early January/June, LIC students’ final exams can generally be arranged for late December/May. However, CIEE can neither facilitate nor guarantee this for all University courses.
Students are advised that the Universidad de Alicante may cancel courses due to limited enrollment and that some other courses may overlap. For this reason students should have at least two alternate courses approved. A complete listing of available courses for the spring semester will be found in the Online Course Registration Form in the CIEE acceptance materials.
Students may find courses in these areas:
- Arts & Humanities
- Engineering and Architecture
- Social Sciences and Law
- Health Sciences
Students can look for specific courses in English in those areas at: http://web.ua.es/es/vr-ric/cursos-en-ingles.html