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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CIEE Semester Language Electives
Students may choose to take language courses as electives. Language courses should be chosen in conjunction with their home school Spanish advisor.
SPAN 3014 ALLA Advanced Spanish II: Proficiency in Spanish
This course is designed to meet the needs of students who, having reached the advanced level of Spanish, need to further their skills in all four competences: listening comprehension, oral production, reading comprehension, and writing production. The course makes use of a variety of contemporary registers, from the very colloquial to the more stylish ones. Special attention is given to the more complex structures used in everyday life in real Spanish. The purpose of this course is to provide students the necessary tools to produce statements in any of the varieties of language that a native speaker uses in particular social contexts. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
SPAN 3010 ALLA Advanced Spanish Composition and Creative Writing
(This course is recommended for students with six semesters of College-level Spanish or equivalent.) Students achieve creative and innovative writing skills through the study of analytical, literary, and critical texts. Coursework focuses on stylistic variations while concentrating on other essential and interrelated writing elements, such as content, intention, and metaphors. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
SPAN 3011 ALLA
Advanced Conversational Spanish: Registers and Colloquial Uses
This course is specifically designed to provide advanced students broader oral communicative competence. Students focus on the different language registers in order to understand and produce statements in any of the varieties of language that a speaker uses in particular social contexts. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
CIEE Content Courses—in Spanish
CINE 3001 ALSP Spanish Cinema (SPAN)
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.
AHIS 3001 ALLA
The Spanish Tradition in Art
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 fundamental Spanish masters. Students learn how to analyze a painting from the formal and thematic approach and apply these methods to masterpieces of Spanish art. The course includes visits to the cities of Murcia and Orihuela as well as different museums in order for students to gain a better understanding of the arts in Spain and in the Comunidad Valenciana in particular. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
BUSI 3002 ALLA
Human Resources, E-market, and Marketing inside Spanish Business and Management
In this course students will acquire a global perspective of Spanish e-market/marketing as well as recognize Spanish marketing/e-market strategies. Students will adapt marketing concepts to practical cases studies by identifying national differences among countries and create marketing plans taking into account the importance of cultural awareness in the Spanish/European market and the relationship between local and global markets. Moreover students will understand the impacts of integration on a company from a managerial and business perspective. Managers have to learn to “e-manage,” as opposed to simply “manage,” in order to survive in this digital environment. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
COMM 3301 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.
COMM 3001 ALLA
Communication and Society: Comparative Analysis of the Media
This course introduces a comparative analysis of the media both in Spain and the United States. Students study the history, structure, and characteristics of the media, gaining an understanding of the differences and similarities of the media between Spain and the U.S and a better knowledge of their societies. Contact hours: 45. 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 further knowledge of Spanish culture. Students are evaluated on an interactive travel journal, a seminar-length paper, and two short tests covering the major themes of the seminar. Students may choose to participate on a five to seven day optional trip for an additional fee paid on site. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
HISP 3006 ALLA/CULA 3001 ALLA
Mediterranean Gastronomy and Wine Industry in Spanish Culture
This survey course covers an overview of the importance of the Mediterranean diet in Spanish life. Upon completion of this course, students understand Spanish topography and its effects on Mediterranean gastronomy and the wine industry in Spain. Students cover important aspects such as industry breakdown, the integration of Spain in the EU and its repercussions on agriculture and fisheries, the history of food and wine and its importance in the Mediterranean area, an overview of Spanish gastronomy, and wine production. Students in this class must participate in local excursions to different emblematic locations such as the Mercado Central and wineries in the province of Alicante, and to participate in gastronomic workshops. Contact hours: 45. 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. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
HIST 3001 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. A profound understanding of these concepts is essential in order to fully understand Spain in the 21st century. In this course, we propose a historical investigation of the past and the present, which in turn 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. Students in this class must participate in local excursions to the historical emblematic locations in Alicante. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
RELI 3001 ALSP
Three Cultures in Spain: Jews, Christians, and Muslims
This course studies the racial, cultural, and religious relations between Christians, Jews, and Muslims up to the unification of Spain to then focus on learning and understanding the current Spain as a modern nation. Students will analyse Spanish culture by exploring the Arab World and Islam, the European western Christianity, and the Jewish Diaspora. Present time vs. tradition, geopolitics and Euro Mediterranean relations, the role played by Spain as a joining bridge within these three major religions, as well as cultural and politic communities in Modern Society. Class lectures are complemented with visits to cultural and historical sites around the ancient town of Alicante and its province. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
INRE 3004 ALLA/HISP 3008 ALLA
The Political Construction of the European Union
This course examines the key historical events leading to the founding and development of the European Union. It also examines and analyzes how the European Union developed with a special emphasis on institutions and relations with Spain. Contact hours: 45. 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. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
LITT 3003 ALSP
Spanish Literature: Women in Contemporary Spain
In this course students explore contemporary themes in Spanish literature with professors who are experts in the field. Through reading critical and literary texts, students explore the theme of women in Spanish literature and as writers of texts. The course examines selected prose, novels, short stories, and memoirs by important Spanish women writers since the mid-19th century. Students explore themes of gender, such as relationships, sexuality, women and nature, women and politics, women and creativity, and myths of femaleness. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
INSH 3003 ALLA
Academic year students may apply for an internship for credit while in Alicante. Internships are typically with non-governmental and non-profit organizations. Students meet regularly with an academic advisor, maintain a journal, and present a final project and presentation addressing the outcomes of their work experience and relevance to current issues in the field. Contact hours: 135-160. Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours.
Universidad de Alicante Courses
All Liberal Arts students with 6+ semesters of Spanish are required to take at least one Universidad de Alicante Regular Direct Enrollment (DE) course. Liberal Arts students with 5 semesters of Spanish may request enrolling in DE courses (upon discussion with the Resident Director of the program). All DE courses are offered in Spanish for 4 credits (unless otherwise noted). CIEE students are expected to complete all work in DE courses as would a Spanish student.
Although UA official final exams take place in mid-January for the fall semester and early June for the spring, Liberal Arts students’ final exams can generally be arranged for mid-December for the fall semester and late May for the spring semester. However, CIEE can neither facilitate nor guarantee this for all university courses. In order to choose from the widest range of university courses, students must plan to stay until the official end of the university semester. CIEE students meet with resident staff upon arrival to discuss and select University of Alicante courses.
Students are advised that the Universidad de Alicante may cancel courses due to limited enrollment and that some other courses may overlap. For this reason students should have at least two or three alternate courses approved. Students can explore Universidad de Alicante course offerings at www.ua.es . Please note that the Universidad de Alicante offers semester and yearlong courses. Students interested in beginning or continuing their study of a foreign language are eligible to participate and are placed based on the results of a Universidad de Alicante placement exam.
The following is a selection of subject areas.
- Arts and Humanities: Arabic and Islamic Studies, English, French, History, Humanities, Spanish, Translation/Interpretation
- Engineering and Architecture: Architecture, Building Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Multimedia Engineering, Sound and Image Engineering
- Health Sciences: Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Nursing, Optics and Optometry
- Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Marine Studies, Mathematics
- Social Sciences and Law Studies: Business Administration and Management, Criminology, Economics, Geography and Territory Organization, Labour Relations and Human Resources, Law, Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Pre-school Specialty, Primary School Specialty, Public Management and Administration, Publicity and Public Relations, Social Work, Sociology, Tourism
Universidad de Alicante Courses taken by former students
Following is a selection of Universidad de Alicante courses, taught in Spanish, which former CIEE participants have taken. Please check with resident staff for availability. Updated class lists and website information may be found on the Universidad de Alicante website at www.ua.es.
Business Communication Marketing
Communication and Written Media
European Union Countries
Foreign Trade: European Union
Fundamentals of Psychology for Social Work
History of the United States
Introduction to Latin American Literature
Introduction to Public Relations
Linguistics applied to Translation
Marketing for Commercial Communication
Modern History of Spain
Modern History of Spain II: Bourbouns
Psychology of Women
Sociology of the Art
Spanish Medieval History
Spanish Medieval Literature
Spanish Economy in the European Union
Audiovisual Communication Techniques
Contemporary Latin American Literature II
Developmental Psychology for Social Work
History of America in the Modern World
History of Arts
History of Contemporary Europe
History of Contemporary Spain
History of Spanish Theatre: 20th Century
Individual Sports II
Introduction to Latin-American Literature
Introduction to International Relations
Islamic Material Civilization
The Human Body as a Mean of Expression and Communication
Nutrition, Health, and Sports
Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis
Principles of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Principles of Sport
Philosophy of Law and the State
Principles of Nutrition and Food Science
Psychology, Health, and Sport Activities
Relaxation and Emotional Self-Control
Sexual Behavior and Emotional Self-Control
Social Anthropology of Spanish Villages
Social Change Processes
Sociology of Arts
Sociology of Contemporary Culture and the Arts
Sociology of Education
Spanish and the World Economy
Systems of Cities and Regional Areas in Spain
Teaching Spanish Language and Literature in Pre-School Education
Theory and Sociology of Law
Vocal and Auditory Training