ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla
Area of Study
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
The objective of this course is to develop a comprehensive understanding of contemporary Spain. We will focus on where we came from and where we?re going.
UNIT 1 ? HOW TO BEHAVE IN SPANISH SOCIETY
Social customs and cultural norms in Spanish life
UNIT 2 ? PROFILE OF SPAIN
Political systems, religions, languages of Spain, economy and industry, educational system, social problems, family, special topics
UNIT 3 ? WHERE WE ARE
Spanish geography. Autonomous communities of Spain: Andalucía, Castilla y León, Cataluña, Galicia, Madrid y País Vasco (Basque Country). Cultural and ethnic diversity.
UNIT 4 ? WHERE WE CAME FROM
4.1. The Romans and Romanization
4.2. Muslim Spain
4.3. The Catholic Kings and Christopher Columbus?s voyage to America
4.4. The Formation of a Spanish Empire: Carlos I y Felipe II
4.5. The Civil War, Dictatorship under Franco y Democracy
UNIT 5 ? CELEBRATIONS AND FOLKLORE
5.1. National celebrations and festivals: Christmas, Reyes, Semana Santa
5.2. Local celebrations and festivals: Feria de Sevilla, Fallas de Valencia, San Fermines
UNIT 6 ? FOOD CULTURE
Characteristics and regional variation
TEMA 7 ? SPANISH ART
Painting, architecture and film
*This syllabus may be subject to changes in the materials used or in the order in which content is presented.
GRADE: 30% Mid-term exam
40% Final exam
30% Essays, homework and class participation
Attendance is mandatory (maximum of 2 absences without documentation permissible). Tardiness will be counted as ½ an absence.
ADD/DROP POLICY: Changing course level can only be realized during the first week of classes. Likewise it will be impossible to drop a course after the second week of classes has begun.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations