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 cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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CIEE Language Courses
Please select the language class corresponding to the next level of instruction taken at the home university. Final confirmation of classes will take place on site based upon the results of the online placement test and oral interview.
SPAN 1010 SESU
Beginning Spanish Language
(offered in Session I)
This course is designed for students with zero to two semesters of college-level Spanish. The goal of this beginning language course is to bring students to communicative competency in the Spanish language and to facilitate their immersion in Spanish life.
SPAN 2010 SESU
Intermediate Spanish Language
(offered in Sessions I and II)
This course is designed for students with two to four semesters of college-level Spanish. The primary objective of this intermediate course is to allow students to achieve maximum communicative competency in the Spanish language and immersion in Spanish life.
SPAN 3010 SESU
Advanced Spanish Language
(offered in all sessions)
This course is designed for students with five semesters of college-level Spanish. The goal of this advanced language course is to give students an opportunity to expand their knowledge and command of the Spanish language in all areas: reading, writing, listening comprehension, and oral communication.
CIEE Content Courses
ANTH 3001 SESU / SOCI 3006 SESU
Culture and Cuisine in Spain
(in Spanish, Session III)
This class aims to introduce students to the relationship between food and culture in Spain. Students study how Spain’s long, interesting history and distinctive social, cultural, linguistic, geographic, political, and economic factors influence its gastronomic melting pot. Special emphasis is placed on Andalusia with its Roman, Arab, Jewish, and New World food influences still important to the present day. This class will be interactive with cooking classes, guest lecturers, and visits to organic farms, oil producing factories, vineyards, and other places of interest in the culinary word.
HISP 3001 SESU
Flamenco in Andalusia: Culture, Language, Music, and Dance
(in Spanish, Sessions I and III)
This class studies Flamenco as an important part of Andalusian history. Its approach is interdisciplinary. Students learn about the historical roots of Flamenco and its articulation in history, language, literature, music, art, and dance over the centuries. They participate in many activities outside of the classroom, drawing them even closer to the world of Flamenco in Seville, Andalusia, and Spain. Special emphasis is placed on the internationalization of Flamenco today.
HISP 3002 SESU
Spanish Culture and Civilization
(in English, Session II)
This class helps students understand the plurality of Spanish society within a historical, sociological, economic, and political context. Through active discussion, the class examines the following important themes that characterize Spanish culture: historical cultural legacy, urban vs. rural, women’s issues, the Church, popular fiestas, social classes, regionalism, and Spain in the European Union.
HIST 3101 SESU
Three Cultures in Spain: Jews, Christians, and Muslims
(in English Sessions I and in Spanish session II)
This course studies the racial, cultural, and religious relations between Christians, Jews, and Muslims up to the unification of Spain. Class lectures are complemented with visits to historical sites around Seville.
HIST 3001 SESU/RELI 3001SESU
The Camino de Santiago: Historical Roots and ContemporarySignificance
(in Spanish, Session I)
This is an interdisciplinary course which studies the historical, cultural, artistic, social, religious, and gastronomical significance of the “Road to St. James,” the Camino de Santiago, from the Middle Ages to the present day. This class includes a five-day excursion in which students walk approximately 20 kilometers per day. The goal is to walk 100 kilometers total to receive the “Compostela” upon arrival at the magnificent Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Students should be in good shape to complete this course objective. Students choosing this course must pay an additional fee of 250 euros on site.
LITT 3002 SESU
The Essence of Seville and Sevillanos: A Journey Through Literature
(in Spanish, Session II)
For centuries, Seville as a city has always been a source of inspiration for literary artists from around the world. This course offers students a survey of the literary works from Al-Andalus to the present day. We examine how literature, art, architecture, history, politics, and economics are inter-related. Special emphasis is placed on the Generation of 1898 and 1927. Students read theater, poetry, and literature inspired by the city of Seville. Included visits to literary clubs, historical monuments, and places associated with either the author or the inspiration of the literary work are included.
LITT 3501 SESU
Short Stories in Spain and Latin America
(in Spanish, Session III)
This course is designed for students with advanced language skills. The objective of the course is to give students the opportunity to study short stories as a literary genre in Spain and Latin America from the 19th and 20th centuries.
PUBH 3001 SESU
Dimensions of Health Care in the Developed World: Theory and Practice
(in Spanish, Session II)
This course introduces students to local public health care realities in Spain and the EU through theory and fieldwork. Students learn about the different aspects of public health as organized within a universal health care system with special focus on the challenges of disease prevention, disabilities, environment, management of health promotion programs, and aging. Special attention is paid to the social context of disease/poverty and the economic factors involved in public health planning. Each student discusses his/her experiences on a weekly basis with on-site tutors, resident staff, and peers. A final project is developed as part of the field experience. Main activities include investigation, evaluation, observation, site visits, and community education.
RELI 3002 SESU
Religion and Religions in Spanish History
This class focuses on the role of religion and religions in Spanish history, from Antiquity to Modern-Day Spain. Students will study how the Spanish state emerges out of the struggle between Catholicism and Islam. Over the course of the centuries, we will examine how the Catholic Church achieves and maintains a predominant role as a state partner against Judaism, Islam and Protestantism. We will look at attempts at religious liberalization and the concession of limited freedoms during the Enlightenment, leading up to the anticlerical movements of the early 19th and 20th centuries, only to be resolved with an alliance between the Church and the Franco Dictatorship after a brutal Civil War. Discussion will focus on the role of the Catholic Church and other religions in a Democratic Spain, influenced by the growing communities of Muslim immigrants, Jewish groups and the establishment of Protestant Churches around the country. Throughout the course we will deal with controversial issues such as tolerance/intolerance, inclusion/exclusion and identity/identification. Excursions to important historical sites in Seville will be an integral part of the in situ learning goals of the course.
SOCI 3002 SESU
The Legacy of Al-Andalus in Andalusia
(in Spanish, Session II)
Historians have determined that the civilization of medieval Muslim Spain was one of the most prosperous of its age and key to the direction that civilization took in medieval Europe. This is an interdisciplinary class in which students learn about the significant contributions of the Al-Andalus legacy in Andalusia in many different areas, including art, architecture, city planning, food, literature, economics, science, philosophy, and politics. Students visit several important sites around Seville and Córdoba to complement class lectures.
SOCI 3003 SESU/POLI 3003 SESU
Social Justice and Human Rights: The Case of Spain and the European Union
(in Spanish, Session I)
Designed for students with advanced Spanish skills who are interested in human rights, sociology, international law, or international relations, this course explores some of the contemporary manifestations of social divisions: inclusions and exclusions, collective identities, minorities, citizenship, gender, and globalization and human rights, with special emphasis on the Spanish and European reality. The course seeks to familiarize students with major issues in the current global debate and increase their capacity for critical research and analysis. Students with advanced Spanish language skills are able to complement the academic knowledge though service-learning as part of a volunteer component.
COMM 3001 SESU
Contemporary Digital and Visual Culture in Context
(in English, Session III)
Digital and visual media are ubiquitous. They are the tools with which we communicate, the sources from which we derive information, the instruments that uphold so much of our culture. As such, they elude definition. By observing the history, technology, economy, politics, and metaphysics of digital and visual media, this course will attempt to provide a theoretical framework from within which to address the subject critically, drawing from inspiration on a wide variety of sources, from the ancient Greeks to the modern geeks. This course is additionally designed to foster the students’ creativity and critical thinking about digital citizenship, allowing them to sample the professional skills of creative digital practice through a number of one-session workshops spread during its three weeks.