Program Classes

The program offers “in-house” courses, designed especially for you, at our Madrid campus. Students from both program campuses (Madrid and Alcalá de Henares) are encouraged to take program classes that fit their academic interests. You will find a complete listing of program courses below, with a short description. Class size typically runs from 15-25 students, although the required Advanced Language course is capped at 14. If classes fill to limit, a new section will be opened so that no student is locked out of a class. Many of our program courses are specifically designed to enhance global awareness by offering critical perspectives on the geopolitics of globalization, using Spain and Latin America as a point of departure. All courses capitalize on the wealth of intellectual, artistic and cultural resources offered in Madrid, and site visits are included as part of the regular curriculum.

 

Global Health & Human Rights in Spain: Identities, Bodies, Difference

Esther Ortega, PhD [bio][email] [Syllabus] STS course that examines how the production of identities—gender, sexual, racial/ethnic—and the creation of social differences based on those identities have been generated, in part, through their medical classification as “disorder” and their subsequent insertion into biomedical classification systems. At the same time, course analyzes how these assigned identities have […]

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Español para hablantes de herencia

Chavela Olivares [bio] [email] [programa] Español para hablantes de herencia es un curso diseñado para hablantes que utilizan o han utilizado como lengua principal en su casa el español, pero cuya lengua dominante en las relaciones extra familiares y el ámbito académico es el inglés. El curso está dirigido por tanto a aquellos estudiantes que […]

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Discovering the Prado Museum

Alicia Torija López [bio] [email] [Syllabus] The Museo del Prado is renowned as being the most important museum in Spain, and one of the finest art galleries in the world. Inserted in a majestic atmosphere of marble floors and high vaulted ceilings, the museum holds some of the world’s most famous masterpieces you might remember […]

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In Women’s Words: Feminist Literary Discourse in Spain and the Americas

Bethania Guerra de Lemos, Ph.D. [bio] [email] [Syllabus] Course focuses on 20th century transatlantic texts authored by women. Course scrutinizes the notion of women’s script, and studies representative “feminine” texts alongside diverse non-canonical feminist literary production. In order to discern the epistemic relevance of “feminist literature” (as opposed to “feminine”) course relies on framework of feminist […]

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Three Cultures, Jews, Christians, Muslims: Myths and Milestones in Spanish History

Alicia Torija López [bio] [email] [Syllabus] Course examines how the three great monotheistic religions/cultures and their interwoven histories have impacted Spain. The coexistence of three cultures was a phenomenon rich in nuances and Madrid offers the perfect setting to analyze and understand its unique intellectual and artistic achievements. Through historical and comparative analysis of the […]

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Advanced Spanish Language Studies

Course offers an advanced cognitive analysis and practice of Spanish, with special attention to linguistic difficulties faced by American students. Course focuses on helping student to develop and improve communicative and intercultural competencies, taking advantage of linguistic immersion while abroad. Course privileges student experience and integration in Spanish through projects, activities, excursions. Alcalá. Syllabus. Prof. […]

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Transatlantic Literatures, Spain and the Americas: Dialogues on Self and Other

Bethania Guerra de Lemos, Ph.D. [bio] [email] [Syllabus] Course focuses on key and 20th and 21st century Spanish, Latin American and American texts, and uses a dialectical interpretation of them as “transatlantic,” in other words, these literatures are understood to be in a process of constant cultural exchange. Course readings reflect a sustained focus on […]

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Is Spain Different? Political and Social Changes since the Transition to Democracy

Dr. Josep Lobera [bio] [email] [Syllabus] Course examines the most relevant aspects of contemporary Spanish society: politics, culture, economy, and social life. Course objective is to provide students with facts, observations and interviews that allow them to have a robust map of Spanish society, going beyond everyday topics. The course offers a vision of Spain by comparing it […]

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Sketchbook: Walking in the City

Pepa Santamaría [bio] [email] [Syllabus Tuesday and Thursday] On-site studio art course, based on drawing, designed for both art majors and non-art majors. Course positions students as informed “travelers” in Madrid/Alcalá (the course is offered in each site), simultaneously exploring the city while offering personalized instruction in drawing and contact with the visual arts. Students […]