PRESHCO Courses

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PRESHCO classes offer a curriculum that bring you closer in contact with topics of interest to international students.  Enrollments are small, open discussion is frequent and professors are accustomed to working with students whose more dominant language is not Spanish.  

These classes are not necessarily easier in work loads or expectations, but you may feel more comfortable being in a PRESHCO-only cohort.

The balance between UCO and PRESHCO classes will help you to improve your Spanish, while at the same time getting to know Spanish students and the Spanish culture.

PRESHCO courses are taught by regular members of the faculty of the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras of the University of Córdoba. All courses are taught in Spanish in the terms indicated. However, PRESHCO classes in which fewer than five students are registered will be canceled, so please choose alternative courses on your application.

All courses are worth 4 U.S. semester credits and a full time course load is 16 credits. Course offerings are subject to change without notice.


FALL SEMESTER

Gender and Power in Patriarchal Religions.  Spain and America. A gender-based analysis of religion taking as a construct relationships of power. Patriarchal power is seen as it is defined by the mainstream monotheist religions. The course concentrates on how females are considered in three cultures (Christian, Jewish and Muslim) along with the ways in which they are gradually finding their own space within the social and religious dominions.

Transitions in Medieval Art and Culture in Spain as a Result of Conflict and Coexistence Among Islam, Judaism and Christianity. This course analyzes the mutual influences of cultural traditions and religions that coexisted in Spain during Medieval times. Times of conflict followed by peace facilitated movements not only of human migrations but also ideas, lifestyles, customs, artistic expressions, influences, techniques and works. Barriers were crossed and roads were opened that allowed art and culture to be constructed or reconstructed to achieve hybrid forms.

Pragmatics in Spanish: Communicating in Social Situations. In this course students will expand, strengthen, and improve their knowledge of Spanish specifically with regard to acquiring fundamental strategies to respond adequately orally and through writing in any common situation. By using a variety of media forms, students will observe and practice diverse social situations where oral Spanish is used (television, film, and radio) and also written Spanish (newspapers, literary expression, and other more mundane texts such as signs, instructions, and social media or “apps”).

Spain: Views from the Inside. This seminar offers students the opportunity to learn about and comprehend fundamental geographical issues in Spain based on its regional diversity and territorial organization leading to an analysis of its rural landscapes and urban centers. Transitions in the countryside as well as in cities will be viewed from the inside as they recall their origins and look towards a sustainable future. The format of this class will be an individualized seminar in which students will work closely with the professor on human geography as it relates to the territory of Córdoba specifically and to Andalusia in general. With guidance from the professor during small group seminars, students will choose a research topic, be assigned readings on the topic, and then carry out field work.

Andalusian Archeology. Theory and Field Work. In this course students will acquire the fundamentals of Archeological research, observing how methods and techniques are applied to historical research in excavation sites in Córdoba. The course will also focus on the city of Córdoba and how its current reality is conditioned by   its history and the material past that is buried beneath it. Visits to excavation sites, practical experience in washing, restauration, classification, drawing, inventorying of cultural material, and normalized documentation of stratigraphic register, etc.

Theater in Franco’s Spain. Setting a Path Toward Freedom. Franco´s regime repressed many of the cultural expressions in Spain, including the important theatrical tradition.  In the 50s, with Franco firmly established in power, playwrights began to use historical works to create a path toward renewed creativity allowing for a resurgence of freedom of imagination, intuition and poetics.  The objective was to instill in society ideas for reinterpreting history thereby opening the way for a non-confrontational denouncing of social realities and injustice, double standards, the repression of women and other minorities, etc.

SPRING SEMESTER

Gender, Communication and Literature: A Masculine and Feminine Comparison. Gender as expressed through language is seen in this course in both oral and written communication. Topics, forms of expression, uses of language to respond to gender issues, male/female language will be observed with a view to debate on language change in Spanish.

Intercultural Aspects of Translation as Exemplified by Translations from English to Spanish. A view of how intercultural aspects have evolved throughout the history of translation. Examples of types of translations using English texts translated to Spanish will show the effects of culture on English and Spanish grammar, vocabulary and semantics.

Known and Anonymous. Women in History and Women’s History (Spain, 15th-20th Centuries). Observation, analysis, and discussion of the social and economic conditions of women who have been, and still are marginalized in modern Spanish society. Students will actively participate in organizations that work for women’s rights in Cordoba.

#MeToo in Spain: Activism and Social Issues. A study of contemporary issues regarding social rights. Racism, discrimination, gender violence, public health and education, worker´s rights, ethics and politics, etc.

Short Stories and Micro Stories: Story-Telling in Spanish. The two forms of brief fiction, short stories and the newer micro stories, have taken on importance in recent times. This is especially true in Spanish language literature. This course will explore construction of story-telling in Spanish, using Spanish and Latin American examples, and students will experiment with telling their own short or micro stories in Spanish.

Spanish Art and the Importance of Andalusia (Velázquez, Valdés Leal, Alonso Cano, Murillo, Picasso). Some of the most important works of art in Spain originated in Andalusia. This class will focus on the characteristics of Andalusian artists throughout history and will analyze the relationship between art and cultural history of the region.

Political Philosophy: A Critical Look at Democracy, Globalization and Populism in Spain and Latin America. This course will attempt to define the subtle frontier between philosophy and politics based on a critical analysis that rejects a definitive or pre- constituted doctrine in favor of a recognition that democracy is stronger when citizens attempt to resolve conflict through active participation to reach a free and peaceful coexistence.

Landscapes and Cultural Identities in Europe. The many identities of Europe will be studied in this course as students look to answer questions regarding unity and diversity, rural and urban landscapes, political and economic differences, territorial tensions and changes, etc. Spain and its transitional relationship to Europe will be one of the central themes.

The Fate of Islam in Spain: Construction and Loss of a Glorious Culture. This class is place-based taking as its main subject the city and territory of Cordoba. The arrival of the Islamic culture, the urban development of the area of Cordoba, the spectacular rise of artistic, architectural, scientific, and literary importance and the reasons why it all fell into ruin, will be studied through onsite visits.

Image, Gender & Sexuality: Contemporary Spanish Cinema. Vision, gender and desire come together in this course that explores how film situates sexuality, eroticism, love as well as variations of gender. Spanish cinema in the past decades has been especially open to this essential aspect of human existence and filmmakers have presented all types of conflicts based on sex and gender with special emphasis on women.

Research Seminar Theory and Methods in the Study of Prehistoric Material Culture. This seminar offers students the hands-on opportunity to learn how to carry out archeological research both onsite and in the laboratory. Spain has an extraordinary number of prehistoric and protohistoric sites, many of which are in Andalusia. Discovering, collecting, analyzing and classifying cultural material is the focus of this seminar. With guidance from the professor during small group seminars, students will choose a research topic, be assigned readings on the topic, and then carry out field work.

Andalusian Archeology: Theory and Practice. In this course students will acquire the fundamentals of Archeological research, observing how methods and techniques are applied to historical research in excavation sites in Córdoba. The course will also focus on the city of Córdoba and how it´s current reality is conditioned by its history and the material past that is buried beneath it. Visits to excavation sites, practical experience in washing, restauration, classification, drawing, inventorying of cultural material, and normalized documentation of stratigraphic register, etc.

Migration Policies in Spain and the United States. Conflicting views of migration, emigration and immigration abound in both Spain and the United States. This course analyzes the politics and policies in two countries that are similar in territorial boundaries yet different in the role that politics plays.