PRESHCO Courses

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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

1301 Oral and Written Communication. Both during class sessions and outside class, this course helps you explore a wide variety of textual and linguistic material in the contemporary Spanish-speaking world. Using a variety of techniques, you will practice speaking and writing as well as review grammar as needed.

1611 Female Heroics in Spanish Theatre. A close reading of the representation of gender in plays by modern Spanish women playwrights.

1914 From Text to Film: Spanish and Latin American Cinema. Focusing on six novels by Spanish and Latin American authors that have been adapted for film, the course examines questions of form, medium, and narrative.

1701 Struggles for Power in Spanish Medieval Art. A survey of the artistic expressions–architecture, painting, and sculpture–that emerged in Spain from the Islamic period through the Muslim expulsion, as a result of the power struggles (religious, cultural, political, etc.) between the eighth and sixteenth centuries.

1410 Contemporary Spanish History: From the Franco Dictatorship to Democratic Monarchy. Study, discussion, and analysis of the major political, economic, and social transformations from the Franco Period to the present, with a special emphasis on the unique model of Spain’s transition to democracy.

1500 Images and Landscapes of Spain - A Geographic Reading. This course uses geography as a tool to study the human impact on cultural spaces and landscapes of Spain. Readings, discussions, student projects, and field trips will be used to analyze Spain’s regional and cultural diversity through the lens of history, ecology, and economics.

1922 Comparative Political Institutions (Spain and the US). A comparative analysis of the governmental structures of the United States, Spain, and the European Union, paying particular attention to historical, legal, political, and sociological dimensions.

1912 Topics in Spanish and Latin American Women in History: Women and Religion. Using archival material, you will examine, study, discuss, and analyze the social, political and cultural conditions of women’s lives in Spain and Latin America.

1915 The Coexistence in Cordoba Myth or Reality. An analysis of the formation of “Semitic culture” (primarily Hebrew and Arabic) in both Eastern and Western contexts and its lasting influence on Spanish ways of life and culture. Emphasis given to the role of Córdoba as a crossroads of intellectual, cultural and artistic currents.

1920 Andalucian Archeology-Theory and Practice. A course encompassing both theory and hands-on practice. Readings and lectures in archeological theory and methods (including differences between American and European approaches), complemented by extensive practice at local installations.

SPRING SEMESTER

1301 Oral and Written Communication. Both during class sessions and outside class, this course helps you explore a wide variety of textual and linguistic material in the contemporary Spanish-speaking world. Using a variety of techniques, you will practice speaking and writing as well as review grammar as needed.

1310 Translation. Theoretical and practical aspects of the translation of both literary and non-literary texts. Classes are centered on the discussion of weekly translation exercises and are directed toward increasing your linguistic competence in both English and Spanish.

1615 Image Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Spanish Cinema. Focusing on recent Spanish films by important filmmakers, the course analyses the ways in which societal codes dealing with gender and sexuality are presented, explored and oftentimes subverted.

1702 Spanish Art from Velázquez to Picasso and Beyond. A survey of major movements and figures in Spanish painting from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.

1405 The Social and Economic Conditions of Women on Their Own. The examination, study, and discussion of the social and economic conditions of women who are in some way marginalized in modern Spanish society.

1415 Social Democracy and the Welfare State: Social Rights and Public Policies of Equality in Spain. This course will examine the role of activists in responding to local need, and the relationship between community-based organizations and official political entities. A component of the course will be direct student engagement with a Cordoba-based NGO (non-governmental organization) committed to local issues including gender equality, integration of immigrants, rights of the differently-abled, LGBT rights, ecology and poverty. A minimum of 4-5 volunteer hours per week is required. By permission of instructors.

1811 Political Philosophy: Spain and Latin America. An examination of the development of concepts of nationhood, colonialism, and human rights within the contexts of both Spain and Latin America.

1922 Comparative Political Institutions (Spain and the US). A comparative analysis of the governmental structures of the United States, Spain, and the European Union, paying particular attention to historical, legal, political, and sociological dimensions.

1910 Images and Landscapes of Spain-A Geographic Reading. A study and analysis of the varying geographical features, landscapes, and unique spatial configuration of the European continent as a reflection of its social, political, economic, and cultural diversity.

1911 The European Union and the New World Order. An examination of communitarian forms of government and political cooperation among member nations. Particular focus on ways in which participation in the EU and adherence to a supranational structure has informed Spanish government, jurisprudence, economics, and society.

1916 Islam: Beginnings, Introduction into Spain, and Contemporary Andalusia. An examination of the origins of Islam in Arabia and its introduction into and evolution within Spain beginning in 711 C.E. Particular attention to the diversity of Islamic religious thought and philosophy, competing notions regarding lasting Islamic influence in Spanish identity, and the role of Andalusia as a cultural site for contemporary Islamic thought.

1921 Theory and Methods in the Study of Prehistoric Material Culture. Taking advantage of Córdoba´s rich offering of research sites, this course combines an understanding of general approaches to the study of prehistoric remains with hands-on practice in the Facultad’s “Laboratorio de Prehistoria,” visits to the Museo Arqueológico de Córdoba, and other local research facilities.