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Arcadia in Granada Course Information
Intermediate Level

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Language classes are taught in Spanish; CLM Electives are in Spanish; Arcadia-Taught 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 303 or 304 at 3 credits, or GRAN SPAN 201 or 202 at 4 credits (see important note below). 
  2. A grammar course (GRAN SPAN 305)
  3. Two or three electives (taught in Spanish or 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.

Contact your program manager to discuss your options as soon as possible.

 

GRAN INSP 350: Research Project and Internship (Description)

Spanish Language and Grammar

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

GRAN SPAN 201 Intensive Spanish Intermediate A  
GRAN SPAN 202 Intensive Spanish Intermediate B  

Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM) Courses - Semester

GRAN SPAN 303 Spanish Conversation and Composition Advanced A Description 
GRAN SPAN 304 Spanish Conversation and Composition Advanced B Description 
GRAN SPAN 305 Notions of Spanish Grammar Advanced 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 are taught in Spanish)

GRAN SPAN 308 An Introduction to Business Spanish Description 
GRAN HISP 330 The History of Spain Description 
GRAN ARSP 310 History of Spanish Art Description 
GRAN SPAN 307 Diversity in Spanish Language Description 
GRAN LISP 320 Spanish Literature (up to the 18th Century) Description 
GRAN LISP 321 Spanish Literature from the 19th Century to Current Times Description 
GRAN GESP 320 Spain´s Evolving Social and Demographic Landscapes Description 
GRAN SOSP 360 Spanish Civilization and Culture Description 
GRAN SOSP 361 Islamic Culture in Spain Description 
GRAN PSSP 350 The Political System in Spain and the European Union Description 
GRAN ECSP 370 Economy of Spain and Latin America Description 
GRAN MUSP 344 Traditional Song and Spanish Society: Flamenco, Folklore and Sephardic Song  
GRAN MSSM 340 Current Spain in the Media  
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 
ERAN ESSM 340 Sustainabillity in the Mediterranean Description 
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Spanish Language Courses (Required)


GRAN SPAN 303 Spanish Conversation and Composition Advanced A

GRAN SPAN 304 Spanish Conversation and Composition Advanced B
The goal of these courses is to prepare students at the intermediate to advanced levels to acquire a level of linguistic and communicative competence that will support their coursework (courses chosen from among the Studies in Spanish Language and Culture program's offerings). Courses are highly practical, giving students active and prolonged contact with the Spanish language.

The course methodology is based on the integration of skills with the following objectives: 1) production of different types of texts: taking notes, making outlines, synthesizing, summarizing, and reworking information; 2) continual grammatical revision: analysis of errors and reinforcing grammatical concepts; 3) analysis of different types of texts in various genres including academic, literary, and informal; 4) understanding and participating in presentations; 5) participation and expression of opinions appropriate to specific situations including comparing and expressing emotions, interpreting and discussing attitudes and different points of view; and 6) general information that permits students to relate events and facts that are addressed in classroom lectures and put these into context. 

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GRAN SPAN 305 Notions of Spanish Grammar Advanced A (required)

This course is designed for students at a post-intermediate level.  Students will reflect on the grammatical functions of Spanish by analyzing contrasting structures of the basic mechanisms of Spanish grammar, as well as understanding fundamental linguistic problem areas.  Some of the topics to be covered include: pronunciation, the formation of words, nouns, pronouns (personal, demonstrative, and possessive), verbs such as "ser" and "estar," indicative and subjunctive uses, and prepositions. 

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Spanish Language and Culture


GRAN SPAN 308 An Introduction to Business Spanish
This course focuses on the business world in Spain. The class will cover helpful vocabulary related to business and common business practices and functions that will be useful for those planning for a career in international business (specifically as related to the Spanish-speaking world) such as how to write a formal business letter in Spanish.   Students enrolling in this course should be familiar with the business world, economics, or general concepts related to these topics. 

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GRAN HISP 330 The History of Spain
The goal of this course is to provide students with a survey of the critical moments in Spanish history from its origins to present day. The class will highlight not only the political development, but also the economic, social, and cultural developments. The course will focus on Spanish civilization through art, folklore, and other aspects particular to the Spanish character and its distinctive regions. 

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GRAN ARSP 310 History of Spanish Art
This course will provide students with an introduction to the discipline of art history, viewed through the history of art in Spain.  Particular attention will be given to the art and historic monuments in Granada and the surrounding areas in order to encourage an overall appreciation of Spanish art. 

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GRAN SPAN 307 Diversity in Spanish Language
This class will give students an overview of the distinct dialects that exist within the Spanish language today, as well as provide a historical perspective of the language. Students will examine the principal tendencies and the most pronounced linguistic occurrences found in the distinct varieties of Spanish.  Particular attention will be given to Spanish from America as compared to Peninsular Spanish, as well as to colloquial terminology and phrasing.  Students should have an advanced level of Spanish to participate in this course.  

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GRAN LISP 320 Spanish Literature (up to the 18th Century)
The time period covered in this course is fundamental to understanding Spanish literature, as well as the culture and history of Spain. The goal of this course is to introduce students to literary texts that they may not be familiar with, as well as to help deepen their knowledge of the language, and provide them with opportunities to have contact with the great writers of Spanish literature. 

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GRAN LISP 321 Spanish Literature from the 19th Century to Current Times
This course will focus on Spanish literature produced in the 18th & 19th centuries through the 20th century, as well as contrast and compare literary movements in other countries during the same time period.  Topics discussed include the Enlightenment in Spain, literature of the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th; Romanticism and Realism; literature of la "Vanguardia" through the Spanish Civil War; and the literature of the post-war to present day Spain.  This course will provide students with an overview of Spanish literature. 

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GRAN GESP 320 Spain´s Evolving Social and Demographic Landscapes
This course will provide an overview of Spain's geographical characteristics including its climate, topography, and population.  Topics covered include diversity of the Iberian Peninsula; Spanish vegetation; Spain as a crossroads for civilizations and the evolution of the population; peasant and rural living; geography and historical factors in relation to farming activities; energy resources and industrial raw materials, and tourism. 

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GRAN SOSP 360 Spanish Civilization and Culture
This course 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 361 Islamic Culture in Spain
This class will be divided into two sections, focusing on the most important aspects of the Hispanic-Muslim culture.  The first section will concentrate on the study of the Arab-Islamic culture. The second part of the course will focus on the development of Al-Andalus, with particular attention paid to political, economic, social, and cultural factors. 

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GRAN PSSP 350 The Political System in Spain and the European Union
The course is designed to achieve an understanding of the basics of recent Spanish political history and contemporary Spanish politics as well as to describe the principal elements and components of the political system of the European Union. Beginning with a basic outline interpretation of today's political reality, it proposes a dynamic understanding of the actual functioning of Spain joined to the European Union.

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GRAN ECSP 370 Economy of Spain and Latin America
This course is designed for students at intermediate level. It provides an understanding of the basic sectors that form the Spanish economy, as well as an analysis of the Latin American economies with especially powerful economic potential.

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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. Student 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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