Pre-Registration for PRESHCO Courses
COURSES: After viewing the PRESHCO online brochure and course schedule, and consulting with your campus coordinator/adviser, select the courses that you plan to take in Córdoba. Keep in mind that you will also take two University of Córdoba (UCO) courses, which you will choose after you arrive in Córdoba.
CLASS CANCELLATION POLICY: PRESHCO classes in which fewer than five students are registered will be canceled. The Resident Director, in consultation with the appropriate individuals at the student's home institution, will work with the student to choose an alternative course.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS SPRING SEMESTER
Gender, Communication and Literature: A Masculine and Feminine Comparative. 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.
A History of Translation Exemplified by Translations from English to Spanish. A view of how translation has progressed throughout history. Examples of types of translations using English texts translated to Spanish, will not only show how translation works, but will also compare English and Spanish grammar and vocabulary.
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.