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Arcadia in Granada Course Information
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Language classes are taught in Spanish; Electives are in English. Total credits = 15-18 per semester. Students must take a placement exam and enroll in:

  1. A language course  - GRAN SPAN 104, 203 or 204 at 3 credits, or GRAN SPAN 101, 102 or 103 at 4 credits (see important note below).
  2. A grammar course (GRAN SPAN 105 or 205)
  3. Two or three electives (taught in English), at the CLM or at the Arcadia Center in Environmental Studies (learn more).
  4. Students may enroll in a one-month, three-credit optional pre-session in intensive Spanish (at an additional cost) which takes place prior to the regular semester.

Spanish Language and Grammar

Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM) Courses - Optional Pre-Session

GRAN SPAN 101 Intensive Beginning Spanish Initial A  
GRAN SPAN 102 Intensive Beginning Spanish Elementary A  
GRAN SPAN 103 Intensive Beginning Spanish Advanced Elementary  B  

Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM) Courses - Semester

GRAN SPAN 104 Spanish Conversation and Composition Elementary A2 Description 
GRAN SPAN 203 Spanish Conversation and Composition Lower Intermediate A2+  
GRAN SPAN 204 Spanish Conversation and Composition Intermediate B1.1  
GRAN SPAN 105 Notions of Spanish Grammar Elementary A Description 
GRAN SPAN 205 Notions of Spanish Grammar Intermediate A Description 
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Spanish Language and Culture

Arcadia Courses

GRAN GRMC 280 Mediterranean Cultures and Civilizations - The Great Mosaic Description 

Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM) Courses
 (courses with an E designation in their codes are taught in English)

GRAN LISP 220E Spanish Literature Description 
GRAN GESP 220E Spain´s Evolving Social & Demographic Landscapes Description 
GRAN HISP 330E The History of Spain Description 
GRAN ARSP 310E History of Spanish Art Description 
GRAN SOSP 360E Spanish Civilization and Culture Description 
GRAN SOSP 261E Arab Islamic Culture in Spain Description 
GRAN SOSP 362E The Arab World and the West: Past Interactions and Future Challenges Description 
GRAN SOSP 262E Latin American Civilization and Culture Description 
GRAN PSSP 350E The Political System in Spain and the European Union Description 
GRAN ECSP 370E Economy of Spain and Latin America Description 
Various Modern Languages (100-300 levels) Description 
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Environmental Studies

Arcadia Courses

GRAN ESEP 330 Environmental Politics of the European Union Description 
GRAN ESRE 370 Renewable Energy: Wind, Solar, Wave Description 
GRAN ESMC 360 Atmospheric Processes and Climate Change (spring only) Description 
GRAN ESEA 350 Ecosystems of Andalucia Description 
GRAN ESSM 340 Sustainabillity in the Mediterranean Description 
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Spanish Language Courses (Required)


GRAN SPAN 104 Spanish Conversation and Composition Elementary A2

The A-level student is referred to as a "basic user" of the language, which means  he/she is capable of acting, in the second language, as a social agent in basic transactions in written and oral written texts related to immediate needs, and participating in social interactions within the immediate surroundings.

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GRAN SPAN 201 Spanish Conversation and Composition Lower Intermediate A2+

The A-level student is referred to as a "basic user" of the language, which means the he/she it is capable of acting, in the second language, as a social agent in basic transactions in written and oral written text related to immediate needs, and participate in social interactions within the immediate surroundings.

Given the nature of immersion education at the CLM, during classroom instruction the student develops both pragmatic strategies as well as linguistic and cultural knowledge that allow him or her to face these transactions, as well as social interactions and texts outside the classroom. This enables the student to connect her personal experience with classroom instruction.

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GRAN SPAN 202 Spanish Conversation and Composition Intermediate B1.1

The level B student is referred to as an "independent user" of the language, which means that she is capable of acting as a social agent in daily life transactions, as well as social interactions of various types of texts. The student is able to function at a level that allows her to manage most tasks involving the use of language in a Spanish speaking country.

The texts (written and oral) that the student is able to understand at B-level have a clear structure and are presented in an accessible format. These texts have a medium level of complexity, and understanding them may require some familiarity with common features of foreign culture.

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GRAN SPAN 105 Notions of Spanish Grammar Elementary A (required)

This course begins a student's study of Spanish grammar with the forms and constructions most frequently used. Some of the topics covered include:  infinitives, definite and indefinite articles, present indicative of most frequent regular and irregular verbs, time constructions, agreement of adjectives, demonstratives and possessives, interrogatives, most frequent reflexive verbs, genders of nationalities and professions, and constructions such as 'para' +noun and infinitive, relative clauses,uses of the preposition 'de,' the verbs 'ser/estar/hay.'

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GRAN SPAN 205 Notions of Spanish Grammar Intermediate A

This course continues the study of forms and constructions in Spanish grammar for students who have completed their first year of language study.  Some of the topics covered include: indefinite pronouns, uses of key prepositions, the gerund, the participle, direct and indirect object pronouns, the present perfect, present/future constructions ('ir', 'pensar'), imperatives, exclamatories, contrast of 'ser/estar, ' time expressions.

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Spanish Language and Culture

Courses with an "E" designation in the code are taught in English.


GRAN LISP 220E Spanish Literature

The basic aim of this course is to offer a general overview of Spanish literature from its origins to the present. It will cover different periods through the most important works of different authors, covering their seminal works. Class discussion, sometimes supplemented with audio-visual material, will be encouraged along with lectures.  Students should participate actively in discussion. At the end of the course they will present a final project to their class mates.

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GRAN GESP 220E Spain´s Evolving Social & Demographic Landscapes

This course, taught in English, falls into two parts. The first tours the Spanish geographic reality, starting with the study of its general aspects. The second is a geographic study of the different Spanish autonomous regions and an analysis of the different economic activities related to their geographies, focusing on tourist geography because of its importance in Spain.

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GRAN HISP 330E The History of Spain

The course, taught in English, offers a general view of the history of Spain, covering the most important political, economical, social and cultural aspects of Spanish History. It begins with an analysis of prehistory and ancient history in the Iberian Peninsula, and continues with the fall of the Roman Empire, the Visigoth Kingdom, Al-Andalus, the 'Reconquista', the Catholic Kings and the Habsburg dynasty, the crisis of Spanish empire and the Bourbon Reform. In  modern Spanish modern history it considers the crisis of the Ancient Regime, the Liberal Revolution, the Restoration, the Primo de Rivera Dictatorship, the II Republic, the Civil War, Francoism and, of course, the Transition to Democracy.

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GRAN ARSP 310E History of Spanish Art

The aim of the subject is:

  • To appreciate and recognise several interpretations and values of the work of art in different historic contexts.
  • To explain the most important processes of artistic change and cultural transformations in Western art (especially in Spain).
  • To explain the most important artistic events in art history, placing them correctly in time and place and emphasizing their significance in the process history-art.
  • To understand works of art as expressions of creativity and value them as documents from one period and one culture.
  • To know, enjoy and value the cultural heritage of Spain, Andalucia and Granada.
  • To develop critical sense and to be able to enjoy aesthetics.

The course is taught in English.

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GRAN SOSP 360E Spanish Civilization and Culture

This course, taught in English, will help provide an overview of what has come to be considered "Spanish culture."  It will examine aspects of historical and modern-day Spain and the Spanish influence on culture and the world.

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GRAN SOSP 261E Arab Islamic Culture in Spain

This course, taught in English, provides an overall view of the Arab-Islamic world through its history and culture.  In five sections it covers Arab-Islamic history from its beginning to the present time, paying special attention to Islam as a fundamental religious and cultural phenomenon in Arab history and to the socio-political development of al-Andalus.

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GRAN SOSP 362E The Arab World and the West: Past Interactions and Future Challenges

The aim of the course, taught in English, is to give students basic knowledge of the cultural and political interaction between the Arab world and the West during their common history. In the first section of the course we will analyze the history of the Arab world from the emergence of Islam to the Iraq war passing through the crusades, the Ottoman Empire, the western colonization, etc. And in the second section of the course we will focus on the main challenges for the relations between the Arab world and the West. This course will cover topics such as the long-term impact of the penetration of Europe into the Islamic World, Orientalism, and Occidentalism, Islamic immigration into western societies, the impact of 9-11 and the Iraq war, and the role of oil and the Middle East conflict.

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GRAN SOSP 262E Latin American Civilization and Culture

This course, taught in English, is a basic survey of Latin American culture. Culture will be considered in the arts, the environment, the traditions, and through iconic figures in Latin America and interrelated through explanations, articles, and media resources.  Students will choose a representative example from one of these fields and prepare a final paper for class presentation and assessment.  Assessment will also include examinations and class participation.

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GRAN PSSP 350E The Political System in Spain and the European Union


The aim of this course, taught in English, is to teach the basic foundations of contemporary politics and history in Spain while also describing the main elements which constitute the political system of the European Union. Starting with a basic method for interpreting the political reality, a dynamic understanding of the current workings of both Spain and the European Union as a whole is provided. Students will be required to make weekly presentations on current news items treating Spanish and European politics.

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GRAN ECSP 370E Economy of Spain and Latin America

This course , taught in English, is for students at beginning language level. The student will study the world of business, trade and economy from a theoretic and practical point of view. This course covers three major areas: The world of business, the foundations of the Spanish and Latin American economy and the lexicon. The scheduled activities will help prepare the student for the test for the Business Spanish Beginner's Certificate from the Madrid Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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MODERN LANGUAGES 100-300 Levels

The Centro de Lenguas Modernas teaches French, German, Italian, Arabic, Catalan, Japanese, Portugese, Russian and Swedish at all levels, beginning, intermediate, and advanced, according to the Common European Framework on Language.  The CLM specialises in teaching language and the pedagogy of language teaching.  Arcadia students may enrol in any of these classes and provided there are enough enrolments at a given level, earn credit.  Speak to your Program Manager for more information.

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Arcadia-Taught Courses

All courses are in taught in English.


GRAN GRMC 280 Mediterranean Cultures and Civilizations – The Great Mosaic

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This survey course, taught in English, is designed to provide students with a comprehensive approach to Andalusian culture in its Mediterranean context. The origins of civilization in the Mediterranean are given paramount importance as well as the study of cultural traditions which have contributed to the making up of the Spanish and Andalusian cultures. Students will discover the main cultures that developed in the Mediterranean region. Recognize the different traits of Western and Eastern Mediterranean civilizations. Participants will be able to identify the imprint that other Mediterranean peoples have left in Mediterranean Spain. They will compare the Andalusian culture with other contemporary Mediterranean cultures, as well as contrast Mediterranean Spain with non-Mediterranean Spain.

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Environmental Studies

GRAN ESRE 370 Renewable Energy: Wind, Solar, Wave
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This course, taught in English, provides an overview of renewable energy concepts. The course content is grounded in theory and applied to the real-world. This course explores the main factors associated to the energy systems, and the technologies and policies that could be adopted to create more sustainable energy systems. Visits to solar plants and wind farms will be included in this course. Students will understand the physical and technological principles of energy supply systems based on fossil, nuclear and renewable sources, and of efficient energy use in buildings, industry and transport. They will recognise the main factors that determine the economic viability of energy generation, energy conservation and energy efficiency improvement measures. The course will discuss the sustainability problems associated with energy use and how they might be resolved by technological and social measures. All students will be able to perform simple energy-related calculations. Background in energy physics or engineering or environmental science desirable.

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GRAN ESMC 360 Atmospheric Processes and Climate Change

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This course, taught in English, includes sections on: (I) Physical Meteorology: structure, composition, and physical laws governing radiation, state, thermodynamics, stability, and condensation; (II) Atmospheric Dynamics: the equation of fluid motion, applied to synoptic and global scales; and (III) Climatology: climate dynamics, climate change, and climate regimes of Earth. Students will learn basic concepts of Physical Meteorology, Atmospheric Dynamics, and Climate and Climatic Change.

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GRAN ESEA 350 Ecosystems of Andalucia
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The course, taught in English, presents the major terrestrial ecosystems present in Andalucía and examines their structure, organization and functioning. Lectures in classrooms are complemented with field visits to the main representatives of these ecosystems. As the region encompasses a good representation of the most common habitats of Mediterranean-type ecosystems, the course provides an introduction to Mediterranean Ecology. The course is intended for those with previous knowledge in biological sciences or environmental sciences.

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GRAN ESSM 340 Sustainability in the Mediterranean 
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This course, taught in English, provides students the basics of local self-sustainable development according to the Mediterranean context in which they are involved for one year. Students will also develop a holistic knowledge of the Mediterranean territories in order to evaluate and interpret the processes, the traditions and the innovations that are influencing sustainability in the Mediterranean region. No prerequisites.

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GRAN ESEP 330 Environmental Politics of the European Union
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This course is designed to introduce students to Environmental Politics of the European Union and to Community environmental legislation, taking into account the different national interests of EU Member States. The EU decision making process in the field of environmental protection is compared with the US decision making process. No prerequisites.

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Spanish Language Study at Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM)

Spanish language study at the University of Granada is customized for the student and to integrate successfully with the student's language goals and class schedules. Students may enroll in an optional,  intensive three-credit pre-session prior to the semester.

This intensive option, Spanish as a Foreign Language, is also offered during the semester for four credits to those students who are taking the bulk of their courses in Environmental Studies. Please note that students do not need to enroll in the pre-session in order to take the four-credit option during the semester.

Students taking the majority of their courses at the CLM in Spanish language, culture and other subjects would opt for the three-credit semester Spanish course. Students at the beginner and intermediate levels are also required to take a Spanish grammar course.

You should consult with your program manager when you apply to determine which option will work best for your particular needs and objectives.

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