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 Language Courses—Intensive Session
Students are placed in one of the following courses based on the online placement exam results and the last level of Spanish taken prior to arrival. The goal of the Intensive Language program is to immerse students in the Spanish language in preparation for regular session language classes at the UPO.
SPAN 1503 IBCP
Intensive Pre-Elementary Spanish I
Designed for students with no or very basic knowledge of Spanish. Special emphasis is placed on developing speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in order to provide students the necessary linguistic tools to live and study in Seville.
SPAN 1504 IBCP
Intensive Pre-Elementary Spanish II
Designed for students with an elementary understanding of Spanish. Special emphasis is placed on developing speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in order to provide students the necessary linguistic tools to live and study in Seville.
SPAN 2503 IBCP
Intensive Pre-Intermediate Spanish I
For students who have studied Spanish previously and are at the intermediate level. Students work to increase their vocabulary and improve their communicative skills in Spanish.
SPAN 2504 IBCP
Intensive Pre-Intermediate Spanish II
Previous Spanish students who are at the upper-intermediate level. Students work to increase their vocabulary and improve their communicative skills in Spanish.
SPAN 3503 IBCP
Intensive Pre-Advanced Spanish I
For students entering the program with four semesters of college level Spanish, or the equivalent. The objective of this course is to enhance the ability of students to understand written and oral materials so that they can communicate successfully in Spanish.
*This course is only offered if there are students at the advanced Spanish level according to the CIEE online placement exam.
CIEE Optional Course
COMM 3002 IBCP
Intercultural Communication in Context
In this class, students concentrate on the complexities and challenges of interacting in culturally diverse environments. Students explore theories related to intercultural communication and are expected to apply learned concepts and theories to personal experiences, social interactions, and observations during their semester in Spain. This course concentrates primarily on developing skills to interact effectively and appropriately in intercultural contexts, with particular focus on the host culture. Guest speakers and/or visits to culturally relevant destinations may be included in the class.
Universidad Pablo de Olavide
Hispanic Studies Courses for International Students
The following courses, taught in English or Spanish, are courses offered by the Universidad Pablo de Olavide International Center. The student population in these courses consists of international students, mostly from the United States.
Required Semester Language Courses
Students are placed in one of the following courses for the remainder of the semester based upon the intensive language class placement and language levels taken prior to arrival.
Beginning Spanish—Intensive Course
This beginning intensive course is designed for students with a very basic Spanish knowledge. Emphasis is on building oral and written communication skills and on acquiring knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world. Contact hours: 90. Credit: 6 semester/9 quarter hours.
This beginning course is designed for students with an elementary Spanish knowledge. Emphasis is on building oral and written communication skills and acquiring knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world.
This one credit course is designed to complement the elementary Spanish classes and aims to improve oral communication skills. Guided conversations such as roleplay, theater, and so on serve to increase language competence. Sessions in the language laboratory focuses on addressing specific pronunciation difficulties.
Spanish Conversation-Elementary II
This course is for students that have taken at least one semester of college-level Spanish. The objective of this class is to develop conversational, comprehension and oral interaction skills for students at the upper elementary/low intermediate level with a focus on form to attain effective communication skills.
Spanish Reading and Composition-Elementary II
This course develops reading and writing skills through written reports, compositions and class discussions on assigned topics and articles. It also reviews grammar points with the purpose of achieving greater accuracy.
Spanish Language: Elementary II and Intermediate I
This intensive course covers two semesters of Spanish language: Elementary II and Intermediate I. Course emphasis is on expanding vocabulary and building oral and written communication skills as well as acquiring a greater awareness of the Spanish-speaking world. Credit: 6 semester/9 quarter hours. Contact hours: 90.
Intermediate Spanish I
Designed for students with an intermediate level of Spanish. Emphasis is on expanding vocabulary and building oral and written communication skills, as well as acquiring a greater awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.
Intermediate Spanish II
For students with an upper-intermediate level of Spanish, emphasis is on expanding vocabulary and building oral and written communication skills, as well as acquiring a greater awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.
The objective of this class is to develop conversational comprehension and oral interaction skills for students at the intermediate level. The focus is on form in order to attain fluency and effective communication skills.
Spanish Reading and Composition—Intermediate
Designed for students who have had two semesters of university-level Spanish, this course continues to develop reading and writing skills through written reports, compositions, and class discussions on assigned topics and articles. It also reviews more advanced grammar with the purpose of achieving greater accuracy.
Spanish Language Courses-Advanced
Advanced Spanish I
This course is designed for students who have had at least four semesters of university level Spanish. Emphasis is placed on applying the skills acquired at the intermediate level to further improve oral and written skills. The methodology applied is communicative and encompasses assignments, which include grammar reviews, cultural readings on Spain, and debates that require use of practical and communicative vocabulary.
Advanced Spanish II
This course is designed for students who have had at least five semesters of university-level Spanish. The course focuses on written and oral expression of Spanish through compositions, oral reports, and class discussions. Material for discussion includes literary texts, as well as topics of general interest. Emphasis is on interactive language use, vocabulary expansion, and accuracy of expression.
The objective of this class is to develop conversational, comprehension, and oral interaction skills for students at the advanced level with focus on form to attain fluency and effective communication skills.
Spanish for Business
In this course, students learn the vocabulary and concepts used in oral and written translations in the business world. Emphasis is placed on increasing vocabulary and using Spanish business terminology in commercial correspondence including letters, job descriptions, advertisements, bank documents, and so on. Cultural differences which affect the way business is conducted in Spain and in the U.S. is also explored. This course is for students at the upper-intermediate or advanced Spanish level.
(In Spanish—spring only)
This course introduces students to basic theories and modalities of interpreting and provides training
in interpretation techniques from Spanish into English, and vice versa, in the fields of tourism, health, and the judicial system. The course is for students with an advanced level of Spanish and is very practical in nature. Advanced Spanish required.
This course provides an introduction to translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish. Particular attention is given to the linguistic issues involved in translation. Short literary works, as well as articles, are translated as a practical part of the course. Special emphasis is placed on Spanish idioms and their translation. This course is for students with an advanced level of Spanish. Conducted primarily in Spanish.
Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
This course examines the sound system of Spanish and concentrates on improving pronunciation. Emphasis is placed on the peculiarities of Andalusian Spanish. Class work includes transcriptions and intonation exercises. Advanced Spanish required.
Spanish Pragmatics and Communication
In this course we learn and apply basic concepts in pragmatics to verbal and non-verbal communicative acts in Spanish. We also study related aspects in politeness and miscommunication using Spanish. Advanced Spanish required.
Spanish Reading and Composition—Advanced
This class is designed for students who have had at least four semesters of university-level Spanish. It continues the development of reading and writing skills through written reports, compositions, and class discussions on assigned topics and articles. It also reviews more advanced grammar with the purpose of achieving greater accuracy.
Health, Healing and Culture: An Introduction to Medical Anthopology
This course is an introduction to medical anthropology, emphasizing the literature on health and healing in different cultures. The objectives of the course are to understand health and healing in social and cultural context, to compare health, illness and healing in different cultures, and to introduce the theoretical orientations and basic concepts of medical anthropology.
Theater Anthropology: Seville
This course combines ethnographic fieldwork and theatrical creation to bring together both approaches to reality. In this case, the stage is Seville, a city to which one arrives with preconceived notions or stereotypes which, during the experience of a semester abroad, undergo change. The course includes a number of outings to the city, attendance at plays, meetings, interviews and a traveling diary. At the end of the course, students create a theatrical play about life in Seville during a specific time period.
This course looks at the structure of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids, enzyme catalysis and principles of metabolism including glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, and oxidative phosphorylation. A comparison is also made between English and Spanish scientific expressions.
Anatomy and Physiology II
(In English—fall only)
This course provides an anatomical and physiological overview of human structure and function. Human gross anatomy and histology is related to cell, tissue, and organ level physiology for each of the major body systems. Topics include the musculoskeletal and central nervous systems as well as cardiovascular, renal, and endocrine systems. The class requires lab work. RecommendedCredits: 4 semester credits/ 6 quarter hours.
(In English—fall only)
This course is an introduction for students to basic concepts and unifying principles of microbiology. The goal of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the general concepts in microbiology, as well as inform them about the general practices used clinically to identify and treat the most common infectious agents. The course is oriented towards the clinical aspects of microbiology, but does introduce historically significant discoveries to convey important topics. The labs are designed to familiarize students with aseptic methods of microbiological techniques and its applications in clinical and environmental microbiology. A previous course in physiology and anatomy is required to take this class. Recommended Credits: 4 semester credits/ 6 quarter hours.
Organic Chemistry I
(In English—fall only)
Organic chemistry is the chemistry of the compounds of carbon. This course is the first half of a comprehensive one-year course suitable for science majors. The first semester course includes structural and functional aspects of saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons with various heteroatom functionalities. Discussion focuses on the mechanistic basis for organic compound reactivity. First semester laboratories concentrate on the basic techniques and procedures used in organic syntheses and separations, including microscale techniques. In addition, modern analytical techniques (e.g. infrared spectroscopy) used in the identification of organic compounds will be discussed. RecommendedCredits: 5 semester credits/ 7.5 quarter hours.
Organic Chemistry II
(In English—spring only)
A continuation of Organic Chemistry I with a focus on complex chemical reactions and syntheses utilizing fundamental principles. The study of mechanistic functional group chemistry will be a primary focus. Second semester laboratory extends previously learned macro- and micro-scale techniques to more complex systems and explores chemistry discussed in the lecture portion of the course. In addition, modern analytical techniques (e.g. nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry) used in the identification of organic compounds will be discussed. Lab work is included for this class. RecommendedCredits: 5 semester credits/ 7.5 quarter hours.
(In English-spring only)
This course offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of coastal and marine environments, analyzing aspects such as the physical environment, coastal processes and coastal planning and management. The objective of the course is to provide a wide overview of the complexity that characterizes coastal systems and its management. The course builds on concepts that range from morphodynamic and hydrodynamic processes that govern these environments, a review of existing techniques and analytical tools for its study and modeling, as well as an overview of the main initiatives of Integrated Coastal Management and spatial planning.
This course examines ecology and its large-scale patterns and processes, both from an Iberian general perspective, the elements of time and space in the ecosystem, regulatory elements, and the application of ecological principles in solving environmental problems.
In this globalized world, it is important to understand how individuals in other cultures think, feel, and behave, and the forces, beliefs, and motivations that guide their behavior. This course will focus on topics in personality, social, developmental, and health psychology, and will encourage an appreciation for the diversity of cultures and how culture influences behavior.
General Sports Psychology
The course will provide an overview of the field of sports psychology and exercise, which involves applying psychology topics to exercise, sports, competition and health. Topics will cover how sports psychologists work – at any level – with athletes and teams on motivation, concentration, resilient personalities, attention as well as decision making based on interbehavioral, cognitive and other important approaches in sports psychology. Topics will include theoretical foundations of behavior, procedures for solving problems, adherence and motivation, etc.
This course will provide an overview of theory and empirical research in social psychology, with topics including social cognition, the social self, attitudes and persuasion, prejudice and inter-group relations, social influence and intra-group relations, attraction and interpersonal relationships, aggression, and prosocial behavior.
Business and Economics Courses
The European Union
This course analyzes the initial motives behind the creation of the European Community and its development into the European Union with a unique institutional structure. There is a study of the EU’s key common policies—economic and monetary union, competition, agriculture, external trade—and their global effects, with special attention paid to EU/U.S. relations.
The Global Economy
This class explores the main debates surrounding the nature, effects, and attempted management of the global economy. Special attention is paid to the role of such international organizations as the IMF and the WTO, as well as moves towards economic regional integration (EU, NAFTA, Mercosur). NOTE: A previous economics course is highly recommended.
(In English and Spanish)
The objective of the course is to introduce the student to the complex world of international finance. Topics include the increasing globalization of financial markets, international and European monetary systems, foreign exchange markets, and direct and indirect international investment. Offered in Spanish when minimum enrollment is met.
This class examines the process of internationalization of companies, alternative forms of international business, and international alliances (exports, franchises, subsidiaries, licenses, strategic alliances, joint ventures). The class also looks at environmental factors, globalization, management functions, human resources and diversity, different organizational cultures, and the role of strategic business management in a globalized world.
(In Spanish and English)
This is an introductory course in international marketing. Topics include analytical techniques used in international market research, determining prices and distribution channels in an international context, and marketing across linguistic and cultural borders. Offered in Spanish when minimum enrollment is met.
International Financial Accounting
Accounting is often call the ‘language of a business’, and deals with the interpretation of a firm’s operations and finances, is a guiding force to sound management decisions, and helps business to grow and flourish by allowing them to make solid business decisions. This course aims to provide students with the knowledge required for a general understanding of Financial Accounting Statements, comparing International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) currently used in the United States.
This course deals with the identification and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities. It introduces students to the fundamentals of creating a business which will succeed in dynamic markets and competitive environments. The course deals mainly with the process of launching new firms although it will touch upon other areas close to entrepreneurship, such as family businesses. A previous introductory course in business management is recommended.
Enterprising Initiative and Family Business
This course deals with the identification and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities. It introduces students to the fundamentals of creating a business which will succeed in dynamic markets and competitive environments. The course deals mainly with the process of launching new firms although it will touch upon other areas close to entrepreneurship, such as family businesses.
This course is designed to give participants a solid understanding of what intercultural communication is, how to benefit from it, and how to manage it in our personal and future professional lives. Using an interdisciplinary focus, we examine values, customs, and communication styles of cultural groups and we learn to interpret communicative behavior of others. A special emphasis is placed on the Spanish form of communication.
History of Art and Cinema Courses
History of Spanish Art
This course is a survey of major works of art from prehistoric times through the present. Painting, sculpture, and architecture are examined in the context of their time and place in history. Special attention is given to the art and culture of Seville.
History of Spanish Art: From the Renaissance to the 20th Century
This class is a survey of major works of art from the Renaissance period to the 20th century. Painting, sculpture, and architecture are examined in the context of their time and place in history. Special attention is given to the art and culture of Seville.
History of Spanish Cinema During the Democracy
Spanish cinema underwent an important transformation following the death of Franco in 1975 and the ensuing democracy. During these last 30 years, Spanish cinema has become a stronger player on the European scene and has gained a level of recognition unthinkable only a few decades ago. This course analyzes the historical evolution of the period, as well as introduces students to Spanish films up to the present time.
Seville: The Expression of a City through its Art
With this course, students will understand, distinguish and appreciate the different styles that Seville offers to its visitors and citizens. Seville is, in fact, a work of art and this course takes advantage of this to make it its classroom. Each topic begins with an introduction to the history and the keys to understanding the distinctive places and monuments that students will visit
Ancient and Medieval Spanish History: From Altamira to Isabella and Ferdinand
(Prehistory to 1500)
(In English—fall only)
The main goal of this course is to give students an overview of Spanish history and culture, with special emphasis on events that have marked Andalusia more profoundly from the dawn of history to the 16th century.
Contemporary History of Spain
The course will present the main historic processes from the 18th century to the present which have been crucial in shaping present day Spain. The course will examine the creation of its democracy, the genesis of the nationalistic problem and the economic articulation of Spain in the international context.
Early Modern and Modern Spanish History: From Isabella and Ferdinand to the Euro
(In English—spring only)
The main goal in this course is to give students an overview of Spain’s history over the past 500 years, with special emphasis on events that have marked Andalusia more profoundly. Additionally, we will study and analyze different trends and phenomena of modern day Spain, along with some traditions that still hold in our time. Field trips, projections of slides and videos will all be key elements in this course to present the student a clearer perception of each period.
History of Spain
This course provides an overview of Spanish history from Roman times to the modern era, including the Arab invasion and Christian Reconquest, Spain’s monarchy, and Spain’s society and identity from 1936 to the present. The role of the church, women, social classes, and nationalism are discussed.
The Mediterranean World and Spain
(In Spanish-fall only)
The objective of this class is to investigate the intimate relationship between the Mediterranean world and Spain during the creation of the Spanish culture (from pre-history until the Arab invasion). Several field trips to places of historic interest are an important part of this course.
Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean
The course aims to study the origins of inequality, racial prejudice and the poverty that a large portion of the Afro American communities in Latin America and the Caribbean currently live in. It examines how some cultural patterns of African origin persist: music, clothing and such religious beliefs as witchcraft and voodoo. It also offers a global perspective of the phenomenon of slavery, from the introduction of the first slaves to the abolition of this “peculiar institution”.
Contemporary Spanish Literature
This course analyzes Spanish literature of the 19th and 20th centuries and the literary movements of Romanticism, Modernism, “La Generación de 98,” “La Generación de 27,” and the most current trends in Spanish literature. Students study the literary aspects as they relate to cultural and historic events that influence or have influenced various literary trends.
The Latin American Short Story
This course analyzes the beginnings of the short story in Latin America in the 20th century and its subsequent development, revising the different styles and literary movements that take place over time and the extraordinary contribution of women writers to the genre. The complex social, political, and cultural realities are studied as they are reflected in the Latin American short story. The stories of Horacio Quiroga, Modernism, Criollismo, Magical Realism, and the most recent literary tendencies are examined.
Nobel Prizes in Spanish and Latin American Literature
The Nobel Prize in literature has recognized the works of men and women from many different languages and cultures. However, its history is one of controversy: major authors have been ignored by the Swedish Academy. The aim of this course is to analyze the life and the works of the Spanish and Latin American Literature Nobel Prize Winners and the reasons for the Academy’s choices. The study will be carried out from a critical and comparative perspective within a historical and literary context. The Generation of 1927, Post-Spanish Civil War narrative or Magical Realism among other great literary tendencies will be included.
Panorama of Latin America Literature 1 (Pre-1820)
(In Spanish—fall only)
This course is an overview of Latin American writings from the pre-Hispanic period until the eve of the Independence movements in the 1820s. It includes literary works in poetry and non-fiction, such as the chronicles of conquest. It also features a selection of literary works (including prose, drama, and essay) that have received recognition from specialists and the general reading public for being the most outstanding in Latin America.
Panorama of Latin America Literature 2 (Post-1820)
(In Spanish—spring only)
This course is an overview of Latin American writings from the Independence era to the present. It includes literary works in poetry and non-fiction, including novel, short story, poetry, and essay. One major objective is to achieve a knowledge of how these works fit into the framework of Latin America's cultural and intellectual history.
Spanish Literature: The Spanish Golden Age: El Quijote
(In Spanish—spring only)
The objective of this course is to study the masterpiece of the Spanish literary work: Don Quijote. Cervantes’ novel is considered to be the first modern novel and its influence in later literary productions is still present in the creative process for most authors. The course analyzes the structural, thematic, and stylistic characteristics of the novel, as well as presents the study of the novel as a cultural product, so as to present an in-depth study of Cervantes's world.
Women and Spanish Literature (19th-20th centuries)
(in Spanish—spring only)
This course analyzes the role of women in Spanish literature in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the literary works written specifically by women during both centuries. It is mainly during Romanticism that women begin to take an active role in literature and by the middle of the 20th century women have the liberty to express themselves and their vision of reality through the world of fiction.
Imaginaries of Spain Through Literature
The role of literature has been crucial in the articulation of the different imaginaries of Spain. In this course, we will analyze how reflections on the Arab legacy and the intellectual debates about bullfighting and flamenco have been used in literary works as a means to represent the complexity of Spain’s cultural identity. We will focus on the creation of la España castiza versus la España heterodoxa and how this confrontation has been articulated through la España colorista of the Romantic travellers, la España negra, la España de la República y del exilio, la España del franquismo, la España de la transición, and la España de la democracia. Paintings and films, as well as philosophical, historical, and political essays will also be included.
Political Science Courses
Contemporary Spanish Politics
This class introduces students to the contemporary Spanish political system. It examines the process of the transition to democracy from an authoritarian regime. With the adoption of the new Spanish constitution, the course looks at political institutions, political parties, autonomous regions, the monarchy, the Catholic Church, and the military. Special emphasis is placed on changing socioeconomic factors, nationalism, immigration, and terrorism.
Current Affairs in Latin America: Press and Cinema
This class aims to promote active class discussion while increasing the student’s knowledge of the social, political, and cultural life of present-day Latin America. Teaching material includes top stories from the Latin American press, as well as from Latin American film.
Relations Between the U.S. and the Hispanic World
(In Spanish—spring only)
The objective of the course is to give the student a global perspective of the relations between the United States, Spain and Latin America throughout history. The course will also study the series of problems which have shaped the character of interamerican relations, the mechanisms of economic integration and its repercussions in the socio-political sphere.
U.S.-European Relations Since World War II
The objective of this course is to examine first, the tensions which arose between the states on both sides of the Atlantic following the defeat of Germany in 1945; and secondly its transformation into economic, political and military cooperation. This cooperation has assured the stability of liberal democracies and consolidates the dependence of the Old Continent on a strengthened United States.
The Road to Democracy in Portugal, Greece, and Spain
During the second half of the 1970's, Southern Europe inaugurated the "third wave of democratization." This course approaches that crucial period of Portuguese, Greek, and Spanish history with a comparative methodology. The course will analyze the nature of authoritarian regimes, as well as the transition to and consolidation of democracies.
Historical Ties Between Spain and the U.S.
(In English—spring only)
This course offers a historical overview of the relations between Spain and the United States up to the present day. Starting with the Spanish colonial rule and surviving legacy in the southern and western U.S., following with Spain's role during the War of Independence, and ending with the 1898 Spanish-American War and U.S. relations with Franco and democratic Spain, students will become aware of the strong ties that exist between both nations.
Spanish Culture Courses
History of Flamenco in Spain: Theory and Practice
This course immerses the student in the world of Flamenco and its artistic forms beginning with the geographic, historical, and socio-cultural context of its origins. Flamenco’s evolution into an artistic professional activity is examined by studying the most well-known Flamenco singers, dancers, and guitar players. Students will see and hear the various forms of Flamenco during the practical portion of the course.
Medieval Spain: Christians, Jews, and Muslims
The main objective of this course is to offer a panorama of medieval Spanish history (711–1492) and bring students closer to medieval society and the groups that formed it. The course examines the medieval legacy and the importance of the contributions of Arab and Jewish cultures to the history of Spain. Students also study medieval Seville and the influence of this historic period on its current urban features.
Spanish Civilization and Culture
(In Spanish and English)
This course has two main goals: to increase the students´ knowledge and appreciation of Spanish culture and its people and to build and strengthen their intercultural awareness as a result. Focusing mostly on the 20th century, we will explore Spain´s diverse heritage through the different factors which constitute its present identity: history, art, economy, and social organization, education, dance, music, and folklore. Students will also read about and discuss linguistic and cultural variety, regionalism, nationalist, ethnicity and politics.
Spanish Culture Up Close
(In English—fall only)
This course offers a panoramic overview of the sociocultural idiosyncrasies of Spain nowadays. Considering the volunteer experience students will have to take part in as an essential part of the course, special relevance will be given to the study of the management of time, space, and interpersonal relations in Spain, within the theoretical framework of intercultural communication studies.
(In Spanish - Fall only)
This course aims to increase the students’ knowledge and appreciation of Spanish culture and its people. Such aspects as geographic and social-cultural diversity, religion and popular religiousness, the family and social change, Spain’s fiestas, music and dance (Flamenco), bullfighting, soccer and Spanish gastronomy will be studied. This course is taught in Spanish and is for students with a high elementary/low intermediate Spanish level.
Spanish Culture and History through Film
This course presents a general introduction to the main aspects of Spanish culture and history through cinematographic representation in various films. The class covers the main social, political, and economic aspects of Spanish life from the beginning of the 20th century through today, with special emphasis on current affairs.
Tapas: A Window to Spanish Cuisine and Culture
Food is one of the most important cultural expressions in today's society and the tapa is, possibly, its best example. This course will take place in our kitchen laboratories where we will cook and taste a variety of dishes. Through these dishes, we will discuss the different aspects such as products, producers, history, society, nutrition, culinary technology, quality criteria, etc. All of these aspects are of vital importance in understanding what tapas represent in Spanish culture. A high intermediate/advanced Spanish level is required to take this course.
Universidad Pablo de Olavide—Direct Enrollment Courses
The following courses, taught in English, are Direct Enroll courses offered by the Universidad Pablo de Olavide Integration Program (PIU). The student population in these courses consists of Universidad Pablo de Olavide Spanish students and international students. CIEE Seville International Business and Culture students cannot pre-enroll in these courses, but can keep them in mind as possible class options. Students interested in these courses should thoroughly review the course syllabi. International Business and Culture students can enroll in a maximum of two direct enroll UPO courses.
School of Business
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Financial accounting is concerned with the use of information and helping managers to make better judgments and decisions about the organization. Accounting is the process of identifying, measuring and communicating information. Thus, this course is designed to provide a basic understanding of financial accounting, including introductory accounting theory, concepts, principles and procedures. Also, an overview of the major financial statements is provided. Prerequisites: none.
Intermediate Financial Accounting
The overall aim of this subject is to develop students accounting knowledge by focusing on accounting rules for measuring and recording, taking into account International Accounting Standards. A shared aim to
be promoted throughout the whole accounting curricula is to infuse students with values that allow them to be able to understand ethics in accounting profession and the role of accounting in promoting social responsibility, sustainability and accountability. Prerequisites: It is advisable to have taken Introduction to Financial Accounting.
Advanced Financial Accounting
The course aims to provide students with the knowledge required for a general understanding of financial accounting statements. The communication process of accounting information is approached from an external point of view, analyzing intensely the main financial accounting statements, and also other kinds of statements and corporate reports. Prerequisites: This course is a continuation of Introduction to Financial Accounting and Intermediate Financial Accounting. Consequently, students are advised to have successfully completed these two courses.
Financial Statements Analysis
The objective of the course is to offer the student a catalog of tools that allow them to analyze the economic and financial situation of the company. This way, the student becomes not just an accounting builder, but an accounting user. The course will often combine theoretical and practical views in the same package. The class analyzes the ability to generate business income, and their ability to generate solvency and its ability to generate cash. Prerequisites: successful completion of a Financial Accounting course.
Management Accounting aims to provide the basics concepts and techniques needed for costing, analysis, and use of management accounting information in the process of planning and control. As a practical aim this course shows which cost data is crucial to measure product, service and customers’ costs, enabling them to develop planning, control processes and decision-making in different organizations. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Introduction to Financial Accounting and an understand concepts such as asset / liability, expense / income and insights on accrual.
Introduction to Economics
This is an introductory course devoted not only to essential aspects of the economy but also to the methods and basic principles of economics. The purpose of this course is twofold: firstly, to provide students with an overview of economic problems and, secondly, to analyze in depth some of the most important issues of the economy from the perspective of microeconomic and macroeconomic theory. Prerequisites: Students should have a solid grasp of mathematics, particularly graphics analysis, graphing functions and basic calculus.
This course is intended for students to delve into the developments and be able to understand and explain the current situation of Spanish economy, highlighting its strengths and weaknesses, and its strategic challenges increasingly influenced by the European environment. Students will study Spanish economic growth patterns and the role played by productivity, institutions such as labor market and public sector, financial system and foreign sector, all under the framework of common public policies such as monetary policy in the Euro Area and other partially harmonized policies. Prerequisites: it is essential to have basic knowledge of consumer theory, production theory and understand the meaning of the main macroeconomic indicators, as well as be able to deal with graphic and analytical tools.
The aim will be to gain a greater understanding of the role of institutions in economic development, as well as the effects of growth on globalization and well-being. The globalization of the international economy and its long-term effects on human wellbeing will also be analyzed. Particular attention is paid to the role of institutions in this process. While the geographical scope of the course is worldwide, focus is on European and North American economies and how they have interacted with other economic regions within the framework of economic internationalization. Prerequisites: none.
This subject is intended for the student to become familiar with the most relevant concepts and methods of analysis in the field of international economics and for him/her to be able to carry out a rigorous analysis of the main phenomena coming about in the current global economy. Prerequisites: it is essential to have some knowledge of micro and macroeconomics, be familiar with the consumer theory, production theory and the macro magnitudes, as well as with the graphical and analytical tools relative to those concepts.
The basic objective of this subject is to provide students with a global vision of how economic markets work. The course takes an approach based on a study of consumer and producer behavior. This subject will enable students to advance in the analysis of Consumer and Production theory, competitive equilibrium, and non-competitive markets. Prerequisites: completion of an introduction to economics course and basic mathematical knowledge as course will be based on analytic development of microeconomic models.
Statistical and Econometric Methods for Business
The aim of the course, Statistical and Econometric Methods for Business, is not only to familiarize students with the essential statistical and econometric principles, especially those related to different techniques of multivariate analysis and econometric regression model, but also to teach them to use them correctly and efficiently in their daily routine while working in the fields of business and economics. Prerequisites: student should have some knowledge of mathematics, descriptive statistics, statistical inference, and economic theory.
Financial Management I
The objective of the course is to provide the student with the conceptual framework necessary to understand the problems facing a financial manager. Readings, class lectures and homework will focus on the basic tools used by financial analysts and decision makers. The course is divided in two parts. The first part focuses on the creation of value in a firm (value of the bonds and stocks issued by a firm, how to invest in projects that add value to the firm, etc.). The second part focused on the relationship between risk and return, and its effects on asset pricing and capital budgeting. The class also analyzes some of the practical problems that a financial manager comes across when making capital budgeting decisions. Prerequisites: Successful completion of introductory courses in accounting, statistics, and business administration.
Financial Management II
This course is the continuation of Financial Management I. The course offers an overview of financing decisions, dividend policy and the optimal capital structure of a firm. The objective of the course is to provide the student with the appropriated framework to analyze some relatively complex problems that a financial manager needs to address in large corporations. Readings, class lectures and homework will take the student to the type of situations that a financial manager will face in practice. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Financial Management I or equivalent.
Introduction to Business Management
This course is designed to provide students with basic knowledge of business management and the way in with a business works and develops. Students will also learn about the problems that business face in the areas of operations, marketing, finance and human resources. Prerequisites: none.
Business Management Process
The key objectives of the course are to understand what a manager is and the role of management in organizations, to grasp the principal functions of the management process, acquire a comprehensive view of the prevalent lines of thought in management research and literature, observe management functions from the perspective of ethics and social responsibility, understand the importance of the environment as a conditioning factor affecting management, analyze the decision-making process and become familiar with the main support methods/models for this process among others. Prerequisites: none.
Corporate Management and Business Ethics
This course provides an overview of corporate governance on multinational companies, specially focused on the role of shareholders activism on environmental, executive compensation and social issues, as well as an understanding of the structural relationships, determining authority and responsibility for the corporation and their associated complexities. Prerequisites: none.
Enterprising Initiative and Family Business
Enterprising Initiative and Family Business is a subject dealing with the identification and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities. The subject will mainly deal with the process of launching new firms although it will touch upon other areas close to entrepreneurship, such as family businesses. Prerequisites: none.
Human Resources Management
This course will look at operative & strategic human resource management (HRM); planning, positions, personnel selection & staffing; training & HR development; and measuring performance & awarding compensation within organizations. Prerequisites: none.
Innovation management is one of the key elements for a company´s survival. This course will focus on understanding what innovation is, the development of innovation strategy, and understanding how companies deal with innovations. This course is closely related to Operations Management, Human Resources Management and Commercial Management. Prerequisites: none.
Management Information Systems
The general aim of this undergraduate course is for students to become sufficiently competent using Management Information Systems (MIS) and Information & Communication Technologies (ICT), as applied to Business Management, so as to 1.) Understand the crucial role information systems play in advanced societies and, more specifically, in business, and 2.) Use common ICT tools and information systems techniques proactively in dynamic, rapidly-changing contexts. Prerequisites: Students are required to have a working knowledge of computing using the Microsoft Windows operating system. They should have a basic understanding of ICT and feel comfortable using Internet and common network applications.
Operations Management I
In this course students will become familiar with key strategic decisions, including: product selection and design, technology and process design, capacity, localization, distribution and work design. Students will also develop the ability to carry out diagnostics, develop the ability to differentiate between relevant and superficial information when dealing with a strategic problem relating to production management, and acquire efficient communication skills both for expressing and presenting ideas and for understanding ideas expressed/presented by others. Prerequisites: basic business administration knowledge.
Operations Management II
This course covers the topic of maintenance and reliability, how to carry out diagnostics, and how to differentiate between relevant and superficial information when dealing with an operational problem relating to production management. Students will also acquire efficient communication skills both for expressing and presenting ideas and for understanding ideas expressed/presented by others. Students will become familiar with key tactical decisions, including: short and medium-term operations planning, production plans hierarchy analysis, MRP and JIT production systems, inventory management and supply chain management. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Operations Management I or equivalent.
This course aims to provide a general understanding of organizational theory by Learning about the most relevant organizational theories and understanding the different perspectives adopted to analyze business phenomena, learning about the organizational design function, design parameters, contextual factors and basic organizational models, as well as learning how to diagnose organizational problems and giving possible solutions. Prerequisites: Knowledge of business management recommended.
Strategic Management I
The course aims to expose students to business realities and provide them with the tools they will need in order to carry out sector analysis, study strategic corporate groups, and produce segmentation matrices. In addition, the class strives to help students grasp key variables shaping the current stage of the life cycle in the sector, pinpoint catalysts for success, understand the roots of both success and failure in business ventures, as well as assess roles, antecedents, impact and types of competitive (or business) strategy. Students also learn about cost leadership strategy and differentiation strategy, with a special focus on: nature, favoring factors, etc. Prerequisites: knowledge in business management, organizational theory, and Marketing Management I and II or equivalent
Strategic Management II
This course focuses on how a firm competes within a particular market with corporate strategy. The course goal is to understand the roots of success, key factors of the emergent and mature industry, and main topics of corporate strategy. We begin with vertical integration because it takes us to the heart of many of the issues relevant to determining the optimal scope of the firm, particularly the role of transaction costs in drawing the boundaries of the firm and the types of relationships between firms. Prerequisites: successful completion of Strategic Management I or equivalent.
Market Research Techniques
The purpose of this course is to better understand market research and distinguish between problem identification and problem-solving research. Students will learn about the framework for conducting market research, its role in designing and implementing successful marketing programs, and gain an understanding of the ethical aspects of marketing research, amongst others. Prerequisites: none.
Marketing Management I
In this course students are introduced to the set of marketing-related problems faced by profit and non-profit organizations alike. Students learn how to apply marketing concepts, principles & strategies, develop an ability to put theoretical notions into practice and apply knowledge to real business scenarios, foster an interest in researching and managing information needed for effective marketing decision-making and communication. Prerequisites: none.
Marketing Management II
The goals of the course are to understand the marketing-related problems faced by profit and non-profit organizations alike; learn how to apply marketing concepts, principles & strategies; develop an ability to put theoretical notions into practice; apply knowledge to real business scenarios and foster an interest in researching and managing information needed for effective marketing decision-making; build effective communication skills both when presenting/expressing ideas in groups / individually, and when understanding the ideas expressed by others. Prerequisites: successful completion of Marketing Management I or equivalent.
The goals of this course are to acquire an overview of the set of marketing-related problems faced by profit and nonprofit organizations alike, learn how to apply marketing concepts, principles & strategies, develop an ability to put theoretical notions into practice and apply knowledge to real business scenarios, foster an interest in researching and managing information needed for effective marketing decision-making and to build effective communication skills both when presenting/expressing ideas in groups/individually, and when understanding the ideas expressed by others. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Marketing Management I and II or their equivalent is highly recommended.
Mathematics and Statistics
Business Statistics I
This subject serves as an introduction to basic notions of Descriptive Statistics, Probability Calculus and Statistical Inference. The first will include: the development of statistical analysis of real business and economic data, the knowledge of the most popular index numbers (consumer price index, industrial production index, etc.), and the introduction to the classic analysis of time series. The latter will include: probability calculus, which intends to obtain a sufficient theoretical basis to develop probabilistic models and inferential methods in the future. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of Mathematics I is needed, especially in solving equation systems, optimization and simple-multiple integration.
Business Statistics II
The objectives of this course are to introduce students into the statistical techniques of data analysis, the use of specific statistical software and to make the students aware of the applicability of these statistical techniques to real life business and economic problems. Prerequisites: Business Statistics Ior equivalent recommended.
Statistics for Finance I
This subject intends to initiate students into basic notions about of Descriptive Statistics, Probability Calculus and Statistical Inference. Basic objectives of the course are to teach students theoretical and practical foundations of statistical analysis and the usage of modern computer techniques (SPSS, Excel) applied in Statistics. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of first year mathematics.
Statistics for Finance II
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the statistical techniques of data analysis, the use of specific statistical software, and the applicability of these statistical techniques to real life business and economic problems. Prerequisites: It is recommendable that students have successfully completed Financial Statistics I or equivalent.
The objective of this subject is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the world of banking and finance. This also involves using the most appropriated IT programs for problem-solving. The essential objective is to study the main financial operations like capitalization, bank discount, installment credit, repayment of loans and the mathematical equations which are involved. Using the financial models studied, students will solve equations and suggest additional ways of solving them which could be useful in the financial market. Prerequisites: Basic mathematical knowledge is necessary in order to take part in this course.
Mathematics for Business I
The aim of the class is to provide students with basic tools needed to interpret and tackle mathematical models associated with the economic problems that can be found in the business world. Students will focus on the basic elements of Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory, Matrix operations and basic elements of functions such as continuity, differentiability and integration, in order to facilitate the comprehension of economic results. Students will also be introduced to the software program Mathematica. Prerequisites: basic mathematical knowledge (algebra, linear equations, etc.).
Mathematics for Business II
This course is a continuation of Mathematics for Business I. The class will look at additional elements on matrix theory, input-output analysis, optimization theory (or mathematical programming) and its applications to economics, as well as computer applications used for solving problems. Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics for Business I or equivalent highly recommended.
SCHOOL OF EXPERIMENTAL SCIENCE
This course provides students with the skills needed to understand the mechanism underlying biological processes. Students will understand the atomic/molecular origin of the properties of matter, apply the principles of thermodynamics to thermochemical and thermodynamic substances, mixtures or solutions, and study chemical reactions amongst others. Prerequisites: high school math, physics, and chemistry.
This course aims to provide the student with the knowledge to understand and identify the physical processes involved in any context related to biotechnology, especially in applications related to engineering and analytical techniques. Students will learn to use the different unit systems and how to assess the results of an experiment from the mathematical analysis of measurements; the mechanics and physics of fluids; and the basic principles of electricity, magnetism, optics, and radioactivity. Prerequisites: working knowledge of basic mathematics, including linear and quadratic equations, simple sets of linear equations, trigonometry, and the properties of logarithms and determinants.
The objective of this course is to understand the structure and functions of the cell and its organelle, to understand the mechanism of cell division and to envisage the response mechanism of the cell against external stimuli. The course presents the complexity of the structural and functional design of living organisms (from microorganisms to higher organism: animals and plants) as the basic properties of these organisms in their energy maintenance and reproduction. Prerequisites: Previous knowledge of the cell and its structure. Recommended: Previous reading of a Cell Biology manual.
Biochemistry: Metabolism and its Regulation
This course seeks to explore the molecular bases of life. Emphasis will be placed on chemical transformations underlying metabolic features in animal cells and tissues. The main aims of the course are to understand the metabolic pathways that play a role in the handling of energy processes in cells, the molecular bases of the major cellular processes, and the main signaling pathways that control cell metabolism. Prerequisites: It is recommended that students have a background knowledge in cell biology, organic chemistry, structure of biomolecules, bioenergetics and enzimology.
Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
This course will focus on the origin of the atomic/molecular properties of matter, with students learning the principles o thermodynamics and their application to thermochemical and thermodynamic study of a reaction, as well as learn the common characteristics of physicochemical transport processes such as diffusion, osmosis, and electrophoresis, amongst others. Prerequisites: high school math, physics, and chemistry.
This course in an introduction to concepts and basic issues in Animal Physiology. Students will master the basic principles of physiology and use these to understand and interpret the operation of the physiological systems, as well as the structural design that allows this operation. Prerequisites: General knowledge of biology and an understanding of the essential concepts of physics and chemistry.
Techniques and Instrumental Analysis
The main objectives of this course are to provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge about the basic principles of instrumental analysis in biochemistry, to transmit a multidisciplinary and modern vision of the current status of instrumental bioassays, to link bio-analytical applications with the underlying biochemical and physicochemical principles that make them possible and provide students with the ability to design application protocols in instrumental techniques to detect and quantitate chemical compounds of relevance in biochemistry and biotechnology. Prerequisites: students should have previous knowledge in the following subject areas: General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Thermodynamics and Chemistry Kinetics and Bioanalytical Chemistry.
Pharmacology and Toxicology
This course introduces students to the basic knowledge of pharmacology and toxicology oriented to biomedical and biotechnological fields. Particular attention will be paid to kinetics and dynamics of both drugs and toxics. Concepts of clearance, timing and dosage will be stressed. Detoxification and drug biotransformation, and excretion will be showed as real models for drug discovery. Prerequisites: This course is partially supported by knowledge acquired in previous subjects. Particularly, those included in the biochemistry (enzyme kinetics), physiology (excretion), and cell biology (cell/tissue structure) areas. A brief overview of them prior to course beginning may be recommended.
This course is necessary to understand the basis of the functioning of the healthy human body and its essential vital processes. This knowledge will also be applied to sport practice and human body movement. This subject is crucial to understand the fundamentals of human body movements and its control and will constitute the basis for the study of other subjects in the Sports Science Major. The general objective of the course is for students to understand the physiological mechanisms underlying physical activity and the regulation of vital human body functions. At the end of the course, the students should know the physiological basis of the functioning of the different systems that constitute the human body and the basis of their integrated functioning. Prerequisites: previous coursework in cellular biology and biochemistry.
Biochemistry of Sport and Physical Activity
The main objective of this course is to provide students with an overview of Energy Metabolism and the integration of metabolic activities in the human body in motion, as well as modulation under new energy demands ascribed to Physical Activity. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of biology and anatomy and physiology.
This course provides students with the skills needed to understand the mechanism underlying biological processes. Students will understand the atomic/molecular origin of the properties of matter, apply the principles of thermodynamics to thermochemical and thermodynamic substances, mixtures or solutions, and study chemical reactions amongst others. Prerequisites: highschool math, physics, and chemistry.
Environmental and Quality Management Systems
The course is part of the module "Environmental Management, Quality, Conservation and Planning". This comprehensive module aims to monitor, control and design programs and activities of environmental nature. The aim of the course includes the implementation of environmental management systems, the ISO 14001 or EMAS certification being prominent among them, as well as quality, management systems. Prerequisites: Knowledge of environmental regulation. Basic knowledge of air pollution, water waste management, solid waste management, land and energy management.
The course will focus on the main natural processes that may cause hazards to humans and the environment, what their consequences are and how we can minimise them. A good knowledge of natural hazards occurrence and a real distribution is crucial for landuse planning and improvement of society education and warning. This course should provide students with the basis for critically evaluating future approaches to risk assessment. Prerequisites: No previous requirements are needed. However basic math, physics and geology are strongly recommended.
Water and Social Management, Conservation and Exploitation
Students in this course will learn about the main techniques of surface and ground water resources, exploitation and withdrawal as well learn skills in the area of management and conservation of water resources and its application to environmental studies. Prerequisites: Previous knowledge about hydrology and soil sciences (second course) is needed. Even more, basic math, physics and geology skills are strongly recommended. Prerequisites: Previous knowledge about hydrology and soil sciences is needed. Basic math, physics and geology skills are strongly recommended.
Sampling Methods in Ecology
In this course students will relate the values of environmental factors with the abundance and distribution of the living organisms by means of field sampling techniques. Students will also learn the most common sampling method used in terrestrial Ecology, and apply the principles to quantify the abundance of living organisms. Prerequisites: It is advisable that students have previous knowledge in the natural sciences.
In this course, students will be able to interpret critically the IPCC scenarios, correctly identify and discriminate the impacts that Global Change have on natural ecosystems and on socioeconomic aspects, assess critically the mitigation alternatives at both local and global scale, identify the consequences of Global Change in relation to the loss of biodiversity and the human influence in the planet desertification trend and assess the eutrophication degree at a global scale. Prerequisites: It is recommended that students have experience in the following subject areas: Physics, Geology, Meteorology and Climatology, Ecology, Statistics, Hydrology and Soil Science.
School of Humanities
Fundamentals of History I
The aim of this course will be to study fundamental approaches to and basic knowledge about the history of historiography, the epistemological characteristics of history, and the origin and development of historical theories, as well as current historiographic trends and schools.
Geographic Information Systems
In this course, students will be introduced to remote sensing, global positioning systems, geographic information systems and spatial data infrastructures. These sciences provide practical results of geographical research, and will likely be used in the professional lives of students. Prerequisites: Previous coursework in geography.
History of Europe and the World
This course will build upon the skills developed in Medieval and Modern History. The course is designed to explore the historical processes crucial to understanding the present-day planetary transformation. Students will continue the process of developing analytical practices and methodologies necessary to undertake historical research. Prerequisites: successful completion of Modern History and Medieval History.
History of Science
The aim of this subject is to trace the historic genealogy of contemporary scientific and philosophical knowledge, showing how the intellectual concepts that are part of our cultural heritage today emerged. Within this context, the essential core of the subject taught will revolve around the Scientific Revolution, progressively studying: Greek philosophy and science; its recovery in the Middle Ages through Arab philosophy and science, and the work carried out by the Toledo School of Translators; the Revolution itself and the subsequent transformations it sparked in science and philosophy up to the 20th century. Prerequisites: none.
This course presents a basic knowledge of elements that define the natural environment and the processes that take place in it. Students explore geomorphology, climatology and biogeography. The course aims to present and explore the relationships between the various natural processes that take place in different temporal and spatial scales and to familiarize students with various common physical geography research methodologies. Prerequisites: none.