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
Students choose 1 of these two courses according to their level: Intermediate students (3 semesters) will choose option 1 and Pre-Advanced students (4 semesters) will choose option 2.
SPAN 2503 ALLC
Intensive Intermediate Spanish II
The intensive language course consists of 45 hours of integrated language instruction covering the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The purpose of the course is to give students the skills they need to activate the knowledge they have acquired in their previous Spanish classes. Cultural fieldwork and practice with the homestay family are also integral components of the course and complement language learning. Some interactive activities and simulations take place in the local community. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
SPAN 3501 ALLC
Intensive Preparation for Advanced Spanish
The Intensive Preparation for Advanced Spanish course consists of 45 hours of integrated language instruction integrating the four language skills. The purpose of the course is to review the Spanish grammar and structures, as well as their pronunciation and oral production, so that students are prepared for more advanced courses. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
Required CIEE Semester Language Courses
Language classes combine the grammar, written, and oral aspects of language with cultural and social issues. Linguistic exchange with Spanish students is also organized as social and cultural integration is a primary goal.
The semester language courses are divided into several groups of no more than 12 students to accommodate different levels of language proficiency. Tutorials may be required for students who need more individualized attention. Students take at least one of the following courses within one of the options according to their levels:
Intermediate students (3 semesters) will choose within option 1 and Pre-Advanced students (4 semesters) will choose within option 2.
SPAN 2004 ALLC
Grammar and Written Expression
The goal of this course is to build upon the foundation students have acquired in moods, tenses, syntax, and vocabulary and to introduce students to the nuances and complexities involved in a deeper understanding and use of the language. Emphasis is placed on written proficiency and reading comprehension through the study of applied structure. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
SPAN 2005 ALLC
Oral Communication and Listening Comprehension
This course is designed to help students achieve proficiency in listening comprehension and oral communication. Students become capable of communicating in a variety of registers appropriate for different social settings and understand the cultural rules of conversation in Spain. The goals of this course also include correcting the phonological and intonation errors frequently committed by English speakers who are learning Spanish. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
SPAN 3003 ALLC
Preparation for Advanced Spanish Grammar
The goal of this course is to further develop the foundation students have previously acquired in moods, tenses, syntax, and vocabulary and to improve their perception of nuances and complexities involved in a deeper understanding and use of the language. Emphasis is placed on written proficiency through the study of applied structures and real texts. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
SPAN 3004 ALLC
Preparation for Advanced Oral Communication in Spanish
This course is designed to further develop listening comprehension and oral communication through the study of real situations. Students should be capable of communicating in a variety of registers appropriate for different social settings, and understand the cultural rules of conversation in Spain to become fluent. . Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
CIEE Elective Course
COMM 3001 ALSP (SPAN)
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 Content Courses—in Spanish
AHIS 3002 ALLC
Spanish Art and the Process of Painting
This survey course covers Spain’s major contributions to the history of Western art from the Renaissance to the present. Emphasis rests primarily on painting and architecture, especially on the Spanish masters. Students learn how to analyze a painting from different practical approaches (for example, formal/thematic) and apply these methods to masterpieces of Spanish art. Students receive visual materials to complement the course instruction, as well as optional and mandatory guided visits to museums in order for them to gain get a better understanding of the arts in Spain and in the Comunidad Valenciana in particular. The theoretical component of this course is completed by an equally important hands-on art portion. The practical section consists of creating a piece of art. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
CINE 3001 ALSP
Students are asked to analyze and critique some of contemporary Spanish cinema’s most emblematic films. Through class discussion, students acquire knowledge of the changes that Spanish society has recently experienced, contrasting it with classic stereotypes of the culture, and comparing it with other U.S. films. Topics such as machismo, eroticism, gender roles, religion, terrorism, and violence are discussed while students learn about new movements in contemporary Spanish cinema. The aim of this course is to not only teach students how to analyze a film, but also to show them how cinema can be enjoyable and didactic at the same time. On a more practical level, students are asked to produce their own short film during the semester, and therefore cinematographic language, script writing, camera use, and editing notions are introduced in this course. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
COMM 3002 ALLC
Spain in the Media: Understanding Spanish News and Advertisements
In this course, students study all aspects of Spanish society by reviewing and analyzing pieces taken from the different Spanish media resources: TV, radio, press, and advertisements. Each unit of this course consists of both a theoretical and practical component. By profoundly examining real materials, students gain a deeper understanding of present-day Spanish society. Students may visit the headquarters of a local newspaper and a radio station, and also an advertising agency. They learn about the Spanish media getting involved in Spanish society and culture. Blogging and creating their own newspaper and radio talk show, students are the real protagonists in the class. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
HISP 3001 ALSP (SPAN)
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 deeper knowledge of Spanish culture. Students are evaluated on 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 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
HISP 3004 ALLC
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 the culture, traditions, and festivities and their relation to Spanish gastronomy. They also study the history of food and wine and its importance in the Mediterranean area, and an overview of Spanish gastronomy and wine production. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
HIST 3006 ALSP
A Journey through Time: Present-Day Spain’s Historic Past
The historic events that took place in Spain during the 20th century have greatly marked the personality of present-day Spain. Historic milestones, such as the Civil War, the Franco Dictatorship, the transition to democracy, and Spain’s acceptance into the European Union, have sculpted Spain’s identity; and a profound understanding of these concepts is essential in order to fully understand Spain in the 21st century. It is impossible to grasp a complete understanding of Spain without also taking into account the international scene. In this course, we propose an historical investigation of the past and the present, which helps us discern the future. We analyze the political, economic, social, and ideological keys to these diverse historic moments, and establish a relationship between the equivalent aspects we find in present-day Spain—all from a global and cosmopolitan perspective. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
INRE 3001 ALLC
Spain in the European Union
This course explores the complex relationship of Spain in the European Union. It begins with a deconstruction of the European Union (EU) through analysis of its symbols, institutional structures and history. We 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. The role of Spain as a political actor is interwoven throughout our exploration of these European processes. 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 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
LITT 3008 ALLC
Spanish and Latin American Literature: Two Worlds in the 20th Century
This course explores and compares literature written in Spanish from both sides of the Atlantic during the 20th century. Students discover the different aspects, as well as the mutual influences and common characteristics of both. The course focuses on the most representative literary schools and authors who have most influenced present-day culture and literature. Students explore these two worlds by reading and studying pieces of important and popular works. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
LITT 3001 ALSP
Literature and Film: Two Genres in One
This course emphasizes the similarities between these two creative genres. The literary text, the script, and the visual text form a unity that, when well done, creates another piece of art. In this course, students view some of the most well-known and most representative films produced by the Spanish film industry in the last 20 years. They also read the literary texts on which some of these films are based and which are becoming classics in Spanish literary history. Students analyze and critique the films and literary texts with the goal of increasing their knowledge of contemporary Spanish culture and recent history. 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. This course also includes visits to La Ciudad de la Luz filming center as well as television studios and media centers. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
SOCI 3001 ALSP
Spain Through its Popular Culture
The aim of this course is to gain a better knowledge of Spain through Spanish popular culture, very well known by its native people, but sometimes difficult to understand by foreign students. The course explores present Spain by studying different aspects of the popular culture such as music, cinema, literature, comics, television, commercials, press, and entertainment. There is a triple approach: descriptive, analytic, and comparative with the U.S. All topics are illustrated with appropriate audiovisual materials.Students in this class must participate in local excursions to social and cultural emblematic locations in Alicante. Contact hours: 45. Recommended 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
The objective of the course is two-fold. 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 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: keep in mind that every manager of a firm is a Human Resources Manager (HRM), give a general guide about how to manage people; argue how a HRM can be a strategic partner of any firm; have a general overview about the knowledge, skills and abilities that a HRM must have; and 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 Spanish
Pre-advanced students with a higher level of Spanish have the possibility to take one Universidad de Alicante Direct Enrollment course. Exams take place in mid-January for the fall semester and late May/early June for the spring. For some courses, exams can be arranged, but CIEE cannot guarantee this for all university courses. Students who are interested should talk to the Resident Director for permission to be granted and arrangements to be made. They will also meet with the Resident Director upon arrival to discuss and select University courses. Following is a selection of subject areas. Students are advised that the Universidad de Alicante may cancel courses. Also, they can explore Universidad de Alicante course offerings at www.ua.es/es/estudios/index.html
- Arts and Humanities
- Engineering and Architecture
- Health Sciences
- Social Sciences and Law Studies