History of Modern and Contemporary Spain
Study of social, economic and political history of contemporary Spain. Important events and the relationship between the above mentioned aspects are looked at in the context of international affairs.
Study and interpretation of values and symbolism of Spanish popular culture. Special attention is given to religious beliefs, regional colloquial expressions, oral tradition, music, etc. Representative films by Spanish directors are viewed and discussed as a complement of the contents presented in class.
Study of great works by artists of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary Spain and their interpretation of the world. The course is complemented with visits to museums, monuments, and historical sites. Group and individual excursions and out-of-classroom assignments constitute an important part of the course.
Latin American Literature
Reading and interpretation of the greatest South American literature in the Spanish language. Critical study permits a better understanding of Hispanic American culture and its connection with Spanish culture. Texts discussed: Prosas Profanas, Veinte Poemas de Amor, El Túnel, Pedro Páramo, Cien Años de Soledad, La Ciudad y los Perros, etc.
Spain and the European Common Market
The study of the legal and economic outline of the European Common Market and the consequences for Spain from its membership within the Market, as well as the analysis of the different European institutions. This course will comment on the history and the present state of the universal European currency (Euro).
Mercosur, European Common Market and North American Treaty
Analysis of conditions, structures, and interactions between the three markets.
Spain and Latin America: History of International Relations
Study of international relations of Spain and Latin American countries, with an emphasis on the present situation, including the politics of blocs and present political affairs.
Spain and Latin America: Social and Political History and Human Rights
Political, social, and economic reality of Spain and Latin American countries in the 20th century, with regards to human rights.
An introduction to the study of Spanish phonetics with an emphasis on practical exercises for improving students' pronunciation of Spanish. The course includes a study of the phonemes of Spanish, contrasted with those of the student´s native language and the different dialects of Spanish and the other principal languages of the Spanish-speaking world (Spain's other languages and the principal indigenous languages of Latin America).
Latin American Culture
Study and interpretation of values and symbolism of Latin American popular culture. Special attention is given to religious beliefs, regional colloquial expressions, oral tradition, music, etc.
This part of the program allows for first-hand experience working in an institution of the student's choosing (hospital, school, etc.). Interested students should contact the Program Director. Decisions regarding whether or not a particular internship is possible depend on the student's interests and skills.
(Under previous request. Consult with Universitas Castellae staff for the approval process)