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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; 3 semester hours of credit per course. Students must take a placement exam and enroll in:

  1. A language course - GRAN SPAN 403 or 404 at 3 credits, or GRAN SPAN 301, 302, 401 or 402 at 4 credits, unless native fluency can be demonstrated (see important note below).
  2. Three or four additional elective courses (taught in Spanish or English) at the CLM or at the Arcadia Center in Environmental Studies (learn more).
  3. Students may enroll in a one-month, 3-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.

Spanish Language

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

GRAN SPAN 301 Intensive Spanish Advanced A  
GRAN SPAN 302 Intensive Spanish Advanced B  
GRAN SPAN 401 Intensive Spanish Superior A  
GRAN SPAN 402 Intensive Spanish Superior B  

Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM) Courses - Semester

GRAN SPAN 403 Spanish Conversation and Composition Superior A Description 
GRAN SPAN 404 Spanish Conversation and Composition Superior B Description 
GRAN SPAN 405 Spanish Grammar (Advanced) Description 
GRAN SPAN 410 Spanish Grammar (Superior) 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)

Language    
GRAN EDSP 430 Teaching Spanish in Bilingual Schools Description 
GRAN LING 400 Spanish Linguistics Description 
GRAN SPAN 406 The Diversity of Spanish in the World Description 
GRAN SPAN 408 English-Spanish Translation I  
GRAN SPAN 409 Business Spanish Description 
GRAN SPAN 410 English-Spanish Translation II
 
GRAN SPAN 411 Applied Linguistics in Teaching Spanish
(spring only)
 
Literature/Theater    
GRAN LISP 420 Spanish Literature from the Renaissance to the Golden Age of Cervantes Description 
GRAN LISP 421 Spanish Literature (Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism) Description 
GRAN LISP 422 Contemporary Spanish Literature Description 
GRAN LISP 423 Latin American Literature Description 
GRAN LISP 424 The Image of Women in Spanish Literature 18th-21st Centuries Description
GRAN THTE 490 Social and Ideological Change through the Lens of Spanish Theater
(spring only)
Description 
Geography    
GRAN GESP 420 Spain´s Evolving Social and Demographic Landscapes
(fall only)
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History    
GRAN HISP 433 Spanish History from the 1700s to the Civil War and Franco  
GRAN HISP 435 The Transition: from Franco´s Dictatorship to the Democracy of Today´s Spain  
GRAN HISP 440 Contemporary History of America
(spring only)
 
Art History    
GRAN ARSP 412 Spanish Art (Renaissance to Baroque)  
GRAN ARSP 414 The History of Spanish Cinema
(fall only)
Description 
GRAN ARSP 415 Spain and Latin America through Contemporary Cinema
(spring only)
 
     
Internship  
GRAN INSP 350 Research Project and Internship Description 
     
Sociology/Law/Politics  
GRAN PSSP 452 The Political System of the EU Description 
GRAN PSSP 453 Current Socio-political Topics in Spain  
Business and Economics  
GRAN ECSP 470 Economics and Business in Spain and Latin America Description 
Culture    
GRAN ESHE 490 Healthcare Systems in Spain  
GRAN ESHE 481 Ecology and the Environment in Spain  
GRAN MUSP 445 History of Flamenco
(fall only)
Description
GRAN MUSP 443 Spanish Music Past and Present  
GRAN MUSP 446 The Art of Flamenco in Society and Culture
(spring only)
Description
GRAN SOSP 460 Spanish Civilization and Culture Description 
GRAN SOSP 461 Islamic Culture in Spain Description 
GRAN SOSP 462 Latin American Civilization and Culture Description
GRAN SOSP 464 Religious Diversity in Spain  
Modern Languages    
Various Modern Languages (100-300 levels) Description 
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Environmental Studies

Arcadia Courses

GRAN ESEP 330 Environmental Politics in 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 Sustainability in the Mediterranean Description 
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Spanish Language Courses (Required)


GRAN EDSP 430 Teaching Spanish in Bilingual Schools
The “The Teaching of Spanish as a foreign language (E/LE). Fundamentals and practice” course has two main aims: on the one hand, to develop the skills and teaching techniques theoretical knowledge and research awareness of a teacher of E/LE; and on the other, to serve as practice and perfectioning of the Spanish language . This double aim will be developed in a predominantly practical focus, utilising the varied possibilities of practising that the Centro de Lenguas Modernas with its teaching environment has to offer, as well as all the linguistic production implied in the work in the class sessions and the autonomous work.

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GRAN LING 400 Spanish Linguistics
This course aims to familiarize the students with the fundamental topics which linguistics deals with as a language science. During the course we will learn that human language, the most perfect of the sign system switch surrounds us, is a complex and fascinating system in constant evolution. In the first part of the course we will study some central aspects of language as a system and its peculiarities as a means of social communication. We will define units of the linguistic system and we will know the necessary terminology to eliminate impediments in the study of linguistics and in language learning. In the second part of the course we will study topics related to linguistic diversity on our planet. We will learn how languages live, how they are constructed, how and why they change, how they are related, but also how they disappear. We will enter into the universal world of linguistics and analyse the relation between language and world vision. We will also speak of the dignity of languages and of prejudices and clichés which exist about some of them. We will look briefly at the evolution of linguistics and its methods.

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GRAN SPAN 403 Spanish Conversation and Composition Superior A (required)
GRAN SPAN 404 Spanish Conversation and Composition Superior B (required)
These courses are designed to help advanced-level students process and manipulate information and material they are presented with from texts including: authentic conversations and excerpts from the press, radio, TV programs, and literature. The course methodology is based on the integration of skills with the following objectives:1) production of various types of texts: taking notes, making outlines, synthesizing, summarizing, and revising information; 2) continual grammatical revision, analysis of errors and reinforcing grammatical concepts; 3) analysis of different types of texts in specific genres, 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 (gleaned from their other courses) and put them into context.

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GRAN SPAN 405 Spanish Grammar (Advanced)
This course will give students overall functional knowledge and perspective on basic communicative skills, while helping them increase their specialized proficiency of advanced Spanish grammar.  A primary goal includes the efficient, productive, and functional use of Spanish grammatical material, achieved through activities and exercises that ensure comprehension and automatic usage.  Some of the topics to be covered include: the morphology and use of different verb tenses and typically problematic structures such as "ser/estar" and "por/para." 

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GRAN SPAN 410 Spanish Grammar (Superior)
This class is designed for students working on the advanced/superior phase of their language acquisition. In order to be eligible for this course, students must have a solid base of both auditory and written grammar. This course is meant to solidify and consolidate students' grammatical knowledge through a systematic presentation of grammar, accompanied by many practical exercises.  Students will analyze the indicative and subjunctive tenses, uses of "ser" and "estar," "perifrases verbales," personal and passive constructions, and the use of subordinate clauses.

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Spanish Language and Culture


GRAN SPAN 406 The Diversity of Spanish in the World
This class will give students an overview of the distinct dialects that make up Spanish today, as well as provide a historical perspective of the language. Students will study 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, in comparison to Peninsular Spanish, as well as to colloquial terminology and phrasing. The course will cover the following topics: "Espanol" vs. "Castellano"; geographic, social, and stylistic varieties of the Spanish language; euphemisms and taboo words; bilingualism; Spanish spoken in Galicia, the Basque regions, and Catalonia; Spanish of the United States; origins of Spanish; Spanish from the Canary Islands and Extremadura.  

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GRAN SPAN 409 Business Spanish 
This course is designed for students with a good command of the Spanish language who are interested in applying it to the business world.  The course will include helpful vocabulary related to business and practical functions such as how to write a formal business letter. Prior knowledge of business or economics is recommended.

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GRAN LISP 420 Spanish Literature from the Renaissance to the Golden Age of Cervantes
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 texts that they may not be familiar with as well as to help deepen their understanding of the language and expose them to many of the great Spanish writers. 
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GRAN LISP 421 Spanish Literature (Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Realism)
This course will focus on Spanish literature produced in the 18th & 19th centuries, as well as contrast and compare literary movements in other countries taking place at the same time.  Topics covered include the Enlightenment in Spain and its coexistence with Baroque literature; and the literature of the 19th century, and its two principal genres, Romanticism and Realism. 

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GRAN LISP 422 Contemporary Spanish Literature
This course will focus on Spanish literature produced in the 20th century, contrasting and comparing literary movements in Spain and in other countries during the same time period.  Topics include:  the literature of the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th; la "Vanguardia" through the Spanish Civil War; and the literature of the post-war to present day Spain.  

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GRAN LISP 423 Latin American Literature
This course gives a brief introduction to the fundamental problems that run through the five centuries of Latin American literature written in the Spanish language such as the: the dialect between "civilización/barbarie"; the American sentiment towards its own indigenous nature; the definition of the Hispanic-American person as a synthesis of three cultures (indigenous, Spanish, and African); and, the birth of different literary genres under two centuries of colonialism.  The class will concentrate on contemporary literature that began with the poetry of la "Vanguardia" and culminated in the fabulous narrative boom of the middle of the 20th century.  

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GRAN LISP 424 The Image of Women in Spanish Literature 18th-21st Centuries
Study of Spanish Literature from its "radical historicity", through images of the women who produce the texts, as much men as women writers. Differentiation of the different configurations of femininity in virtue of the consolidation of the patriarchal bourgeois society in Spain, and of the possible influence of gender of the male or female author in the construction of the imaginary feminine.

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GRAN THTE 490 Social and Ideological Change through the Lens of Spanish Theater (spring semester only)
The goal of this course is to learn about the history of Spanish drama, using as a fundamental reference point the theatrical stage.  Topics covered include Spanish medieval drama, drama in the Golden Age, romantic drama in Spain, the Spanish stage at the beginnings of the 20th century, Spanish drama in the post-war period, Spanish drama after 1975, the Festivale, theatrical politics from the 1990's onwards, and tendencies in Spanish drama in the 21st century.
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GRAN GESP 420 Spain´s Evolving Social and Demographic Landscapes (fall semester only)
This course will give an overview of Spain's geography, its climate, topography, and population. The course syllabus will address the following topics: the variety and originality of the Iberian Peninsula; the topography of the Spanish landscape; the climate of Spain; the crossroads of Spanish towns and the evolution of the Spanish population; migratory movements; the origin and evolution of the cities; the economy of Spain and its evolution; cattle and agriculture in humid and arid Spain; Spain's industries, energy resources; Spain's interior communications; Spain's exterior commerce; and tourism.

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GRAN ARSP 414 The History of Spanish Cinema (fall semester only)
Film was the most popular artistic manifestation of the 20th century.  Due to the expressive and narrative nature of film, the modern audience is moved more by film than any other art.  This course will study 20th century Spain by analyzing film productions, from an aesthetic and historical perspective (from the origins of film-making to modern film).  Emphasis will be placed on several areas such as objective reality, analytical attitude, ideology and creativity. 
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GRAN PSSP 452 The Political System of the European Union
The objective of this course is to understand the political process (historical, economic, social, etc.) involved in the European Union. Concepts and theories of regional integration; the process of political integration in Europe; the European Union Institutional Supranationalism (origins and development); basic principles of the European Supranational Constitutionalism; an analysis of the system for making decisions within the EU; and current issues in the process of European integration will be analyzed. 

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GRAN ECSP 470 Economics and Business in Spain and Latin America
This course is intended for those who wish to learn about the language of economics in general as well as the economy of Spain and the main Latin American countries through a wide range of class activities.  The course also studies differences in culture and protocol in establishing Latin American and Spanish business relationships.  

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GRAN SOSP 460 Spanish Civilization & Culture
This course will provide students with a global vision and perspective on Spain's diverse cultures.  The class will cover a wide variety of topics.  These areas illustrate just a few of the topics to be covered:
• general introduction to Spanish culture
• distinct cultural expressions in the autonomous regions
• universal archetypal Spanish figures, such as Don Quixote and Don Juan
• the Gypsies of Spain
• bullfighting the popular Spanish festivals throughout history
• Flamenco as a cultural expression
• popular music, gastronomy, sports, handicrafts, etc., of the 20th century
• the cinema viewed through time up until the present day
• socio-cultural expressions in Spain today (the institution of the family, infancy, the elderly, religion, unemployment, economic crisis, the role of intellectuals in culture, and the means of communication and their enormous impact on culture)
• debate over Spanish culture at the end of the millennium

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GRAN SOSP 461 Islamic Culture in Spain
This course provides an introduction to different aspects of the Arabic-Andalusian civilization.  The course will focus on the most important aspects of the Hispanic-Muslim culture.  The first section will concentrate on the study of the Arabic-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 aspects.  

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GRAN MUSP 445 History of Flamenco (fall semester only)
The subject deals with both the origin and history of flamenco and the forms, development and contents from which it is nourished and represented, through the varieties of song and lyrics, dance and guitar. The principle aims of the subject are:

  • To get to know and discover this artistic-musical expression beyond the body of apparent forms from which it is known.
  • To learn about the historical conditions that gave rise to Flamenco and its later evolution.
  • To analyze the sociological substrata that Flamenco has gone through in its history.
  • To reflect on the formal elements (hidden and evident), the mechanisms of expression, the conditions of production and reception of the messages of this artistic-musical expression.
  • To recognise the styles of song and the most outstanding performers.
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GRAN MUSP 446: The Art of Flamenco in Society and Culture (spring semester only)
Through the study of a significant number of songs, as well as articles, books, films and documentaries, this course will explore the poetic language of the lyrics, the association of these with high culture (principally poetry and music), the artistic nature of this musical expression and the links between flamenco and the society and culture that are its origin and end.

We will guide the student, from the analysis of this art and its diverse substrata, to the acquisition of an advanced understanding of its anthropological, historical, socio-cultural and linguistic aspects. We will carry out a review of knowledge of the history of Spain and Andalusia. We will study the literary quality of body of anonymous lyrics. We will encourage debate and moral reflexion about such concepts as exclusion, persecution, migration and racism, as well as about the feelings of pain, disgrace, humiliation and social shame. Finally, we will consider values intimately tied to the flamenco universe, such as brotherhood, liberty and resistance.

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GRAN SOSP 462 Latin American Civilization and Culture

The objectives of this course are, mainly, the initiation and understanding of this discipline by the students through the principal stylistic languages which have defined Latin-American reality. The wealth and extension of which make it necessary for us to delimit the sections in direct correspondence with the cultural environment which allows us, on the one hand, a greater understanding of the artistic events, and  on the other, a better assimilation of the historical content which surround the artistic production and which are of a priority nature in the syllabus.
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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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