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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All students are required to take one Spanish language course. Course levels are determined by an on-site placement exam administered during the program orientation. In addition, students take 3-4 elective courses.
CIEE Spanish Language Courses
SPAN 1001 SADR
Beginning Spanish Language I
The main objective of this course is to provide beginning Spanish language learners with the tools needed to develop and improve their conversational and reading / writing skills in Spanish, while also learning more about Dominican culture. This course has an essentially communicative orientation, through which students improve their oral and aural comprehension through exciting interactions with their professor, peers, and Dominicans and Haitians of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds both on and off campus; and through visits to a variety of cultural and educational centers. They also learn through skits in which they practice conversations in a wide variety of contexts, expand their vocabulary, and strengthen their knowledge and use of the most important grammatical structures of Spanish, while exploring social issues of Hispanic, and specifically Dominican, life.
SPAN 1002 SADR
Beginning Spanish Language II
This second level of Beginning Spanish Language reviews and then expands upon what has been learned in Beginning Spanish Language I. It is designed to help students improve their pronunciation and use of good grammar, expand their vocabulary, and help them to be more comfortable, feel more natural, while using Spanish in a wider variety of everyday situations and conversations both on and off campus; conversational skills are still stressed, but there are more reading and writing exercises than at the entry level. Exploration of the similarities and difference between Hispanic and Dominican culture, values, and beliefs continues, as well as practice in bridging the differences.
SPAN 2001 SADR
Intermediate Spanish Language I
This course provides a review of what was learned in Beginning Spanish I and II, while offering students the essential tools to continue developing their communicative competencies, thus reinforcing previous knowledge and adding to students’ ability to correctly use the often complex aspects of Spanish grammar. A wide variety of mostly interactive conversational practice both inside and outside the classroom, as well as reading and writing practice, helps students acquire an expanded and contextualized vocabulary, while focusing on readings and conversational topics that compare and contrast Hispanic-American culture in the different regions of the Caribbean, especially the Dominican Republic.
SPAN 2002 SADR
Intermediate Spanish Language II
This second level of Intermediate Spanish Language reviews and then expands upon what has been learned in Intermediate Spanish Language I. It is designed to help students master the most difficult aspects of Spanish grammar and expand their vocabulary to allow them to function fluently in Spanish conversations at all levels of society and in an ever wider variety of contexts than before, as well to read, understand, analyze, and be able to speak and write about an ever wider range of political, economic, and socio-cultural topics encompassing the Dominican Republic, United States, Hispanic Caribbean, Greater Caribbean, and Latin America, as well as Europe, African, and Asia.
SPAN 3001 SADR
Advanced Spanish Language I
This course helps students to perfect any aspects of advanced Spanish grammar that they have not yet mastered. It provides an ever wider vocabulary and an introduction to linguistics that provides a general vision of Dominican linguistics, exploring in detail its phonetic, morphographic, syntactic, lexic, and semantic aspects. Opportunities are offered in diverse communicative contexts with the aim of verifying and assessing the relevant data and Dominicans´ distinctive forms of speaking. In addition, students improve their observational, conversational / interviewing, analytical, and writing skills while doing research on topics of comparative Dominican / U.S. American values and culture, and how to bridge differences, which they will present to the class via drama, PowerPoint, video, or other creative methods.
CIEE Elective Course (Taught in English)
COMM 3301 SADR
Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this class, students will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them to communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Santiago, Dominican Republic, as well as in other intercultural contexts. Students will explore various topics in intercultural communication within the context of their experiences abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that can be applied when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. Students will increase their own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help them become more effective in an interdependent world.
Elective PUCMM Courses (Taught in English)
This course will examine the roots that culturally define Afro-Caribbean people in their diversity, uniqueness, and unity, with a special focus on the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. Students will analyze and compare key examples of political ideology, religion, and art from each of the various Caribbean regions.
This course introduces the history of the region, with a focus on the Hispanic Caribbean, but includes some history of the non-Hispanic Caribbean as well (English, French, Dutch) in order to better understand the history and development of the Caribbean Region as a whole.
Latin American Cinema
As the Civilization of the Imagination, cinema is recognized as one of the most effective mediums for the diffusion of human ideas and for understanding the reality of the world’s peoples. Furthermore, it is an excellent vehicle to inform us about the social, political, and cultural reality, in both the past and the present, of the countries that produce films. These and other reasons motivate Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra to offer, within the division of Spanish for Foreigners, a semester-long course called “Latin American Cinema,” which serves to deepen students’ knowledge about this region of the world. Parallel to the concepts mentioned above, theoretical cinematographic concepts will be presented and a compendium of the history of this “7th art form.”
Culture and Society in the Hispanic Caribbean
This course deals with the various cultures that comprise the Hispanic Caribbean as a socio-historic unity within the Caribbean cultural group, considering the specificities and diversities in which their cultural richness lies. We will examine the historic and social processes of the formation and development of the various societies and state forms in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. In addition, we will study the manifestations and representative movements of political thought, philosophy, and pedagogy, as well as artistic and literary production in the Hispanic Caribbean.
This course will examine, in an introductory form, the reality of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, emphasizing the historical structure of both societies as well as historical, political, economic and cultural factors that have influenced the relations of both nations. There will also be complementary activities, such as a visit to a batey and/or the border region (Dajabón) and viewing videos, among others.
Gender and Society of the Hispanic Caribbean
In this course, the situation of women in the Hispanic Caribbean will be analyzed from a human development perspective. For some of the course’s themes, we will make comparative analyses of the situation of women in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. At the same time, we will review the variables of health, education, work, politics, and art, starting from the level of development of the individual countries referred to above, comparing the different variables associated with the condition of gender. Student participation requires extensive field work in Santiago and in nearby sites as we visit, investigate, and compare those elements that cause the gender differences.
Hispanic Caribbean Literature (published in English)
This course offers a panoramic vision of Hispanic Caribbean literature from the colonial era until the contemporary literature with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Representative works will be read, analyzed and presented from each era corresponding to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. The analyses will be complemented with secondary readings of a diverse nature.
Introduction to Dominican Folklore
This course presents a complete and systematic panorama of the different aspects and branches of the study of folklore, with special emphasis on those areas of Dominican folklore that are particularly rich and colorful, including religious observances and festivals. In addition to the natural richness that folklore exhibits, the course will be developed within a wide theoretical framework, emphasizing Dominican references. Various videos will be shown, there will be short excursions that vividly illustrate concepts discussed in class, and students will share brief presentations of their own research, applying the research concepts that are studied in the class.
Poverty and Development: Dominican Case Study
In this course, the concepts of poverty and development are studied through an analysis of national and international factors that deepen poverty and impede a country´s and/or a region´s progress and socio-economic development. Special emphasis is placed on the socio-cultural contexts of the Dominican Republic, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The focus is on neoliberal economic policies, statistics related to international financial organizations, strategies and alternatives for socio-economic and human development in Latin American and Caribbean societies, and external debt and its impact on the poorest countries in the region.
Teaching English as a Second Language
This 4-credit course is addressed to speakers of English who are seriously interested in the ESL / EFL teaching field. It is intended to provide the student teachers with the appropriate and necessary instructions, strategies, and techniques that will enable them to succeed in their English teaching practice. The course is comprised of 28 hours of in-class theory and 56 hours of hands-on practice teaching the regularly enrolled university students at PUCMM, and requires an extensive written report at the end that incorporates elements of both theory and experiences learned through the practicum.