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Santoral: Santa María Salomé; San Juan Pablo II

Universidad Católica de Valencia

Fall Term

Fall Term: from 1st week of September to the 2nd week of December

Applications are accepted until 1st of May and enrollments are accepted until 31st of May.

Humanities/Liberal Arts
Culture & Society in Contemporary Spain

Clara Bonet, PhD
3 US credits
With an emphasis on the present-day but setting the examination of institutions and attitudes in their historical context, this course offers an introduction to Spanish culture, familiarizing students with the social, economic and political structures of contemporary Spain. Course highlights include: the restoration of the ancestral monarchy after years of dictatorship; the organization in autonomous communities; and the perception of Spain in the world today.
Requirements: n/a
Language of Instruction: English or Spanish based on demand.

History of Spain Through Arts and Media

Juan Gomis, PhD
3 US credits
This course provides students with a general overview of Spanish history from the Middle Ages to the present through cinema. In order to understand contemporary Spanish society, the class focuses on important aspects of the country's history and analyzes each through a selection of films and historical texts. The aim of this course is not only to teach students how to analyze a film, but also to demonstrate how cinema can be both enjoyable and didactic, as it provides students with an increasing knowledge of Spanish culture and history.
Requirements: n/a
Language of Instruction: English or Spanish based on demand.

The Gothic in Literature

Paul Mitchell, PhD
3 US credits
This course explores the Gothic as an artistic and cultural phenomenon from its earliest development in eighteenth century literature to its contemporary manifestations in modern cinema. Apart from discussing key works of the Gothic imagination, students will also seek to understand this genre in terms of its philosophical, psychological and sociological dimensions. As students engage in a thorough analysis of each text or film, they are also encouraged to think critically about the Gothic in relation to the European/American cultures in which it has developed.
Requirements
Language of Instruction

Literatura hispanoamericana contemporánea

Clara Bonet, PhD
3 US credits
The main purpose of this course is to analyze recent Latin American cultural productions through a selection of literary works. Students will engage in texts beginning with what is known as "the Boom" all the way the 21st century literary productions, closing the course with the Bogotá 39 generation. Through the study of each literary work, students will gain valuable knowledge of critical issues and gain a deeper understanding of the complexities/diversity of Latin American culture.
Requirements: Spanish language.
Language of Instruction: Spanish

Social Justice (+ Learning Service Internship)

Beatriz Morera, PhD
3 US credits
This course introduces students to the study of social justice, attempting to link social theory, particularly the theories of Catholic social teaching, with social action and change. Students explore the diverse meanings and definitions of social justice while developing a critical understanding of key concepts and theories. Presented in relation to some of the most important social justice debates today, this course encourages students to apply their knowledge to a wide range of subject areas and social issues. As a key component of the course, students choose a relevant placement in a community service organization/NGO, complete a minimum of four hours of service per week, and engage in meaningful reflective practice with their peers.
Requirements: n/a.
Language of Instruction: English

Spanish Language and Culture

Our Spanish Courses are divided in three main levels, Beginners, Intermediate, and Advance; specific courses for Health Professions or Business are available under request and if enough students are enrolled. Students will be placed in the correspondent level after placing test and personal interview, and under student's request.

Courses with * mark are available under request and if enough students are enrolled.

Spanish Beginner

Pablo Ortiz, ME
3 US credits
Spanish for Beginners is a great way to get started in learning Spanish as a foreign language. You can get an easy introduction to Spanish or just consolidate your basic knowledge with our Beginners courses. Whether you have no previous experience, 0 semesters, or just a very basic one, (1 semester), we have options for you.
Requirements: no requirements.
Language of Instruction: Spanish

Spanish Intermediate

María Estornell, PhD
3 US credits
Intermediate Spanish can help you review and expand the essential skills of the Spanish language. These courses will help you better understand native speakers as well as boost your confidence with the past, present, and future tenses.
Requirements: 2 or 3 previous semesters, or equivalent language skills.
Language of Instruction: Spanish

Advance Spanish (conversation and composition)

David García-Ramos, ME
3 US credits
Advanced Spanish helps students improve their writing and oral skills. It involves composition, reading and conversation.
Requirements: 4 or more Spanish semesters, or equivalent language skills.
Language of Instruction: Spanish

*Spanish for Health Professions

TBA
3 US credits
The general aim of this course is to lay the general foundations for the use of Spanish by students who already have at least an intermediate level. It is a course specifically designed to develop the linguistic skills of students in the area of health sciences, and to review and solve the grammatical problems of an intermediate level in order to provide the student with the necessary tools for effective communication.
Requirements: 3 Spanish semesters, interest in Health Professions, or equivalent language skills.
Language of Instruction: Spanish.

Biotechnology

WARNING: Courses with * mark are available under request and if enough students are enrolled.

Proteomics

Mónica Díez, PhD
3 US credits
This course focuses on the large-scale comprehensive study of a specific proteome, including information on protein abundances, their variations and modifications, along with their interacting partners and networks, in order to understand cellular processes.
Requirements: n/a
Language of Instruction: English.

Molecular Genetics

Ana de Luis, PhD
3 US credits
This course focuses on the molecular basis of gene expression and inheritance. Basic molecular genetics techniques will be learned through laboratory sessions. Attendance to related scientific seminars and introductory bioinformatic sessions is included.
Requirements: n/a
Language of Instruction: English.

Advanced Instrumental Techniques

Elisa Oltra, PhD
3 US credits
The course will provide an overview of current basic tools in biochemistry and molecular biology and their applications in a protocol-type format. Some of the examples will be worked out in the lab to provide students with hands-on practical training.
Requirements: n/a
Language of Instruction: English.

*Biochemistry I: Biomolecules

Joaquín Carrasco, PhD
3 US credits
The course is devoted to the study of the structures, functions and interactions of biological macromolecules, such as proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids, which provide the structure of cells and perform many of the functions associated with life.
Requirements: n/a
Language of Instruction: English.

*Biochemistry II: Metabolism and Nutrition

Joaquín Carrasco, PhD
3 US credits
The course contents are focused on cellular metabolism, coordination and integration of nutrition and exercise physiology. The areas of interest of Metabolism and Nutrition encompass studies in obesity, diabetes, lipidemias, metabolic syndrome and exercise physiology that have an underlying basis in metabolism. Likewise, the student will work on paper assignments on the biochemistry of metabolism, cell signaling, molecular and cellular biology of nutrients. Current, but not exclusive, interests are metabolic effects  hormonal regulation, and metabolic adaptations.
Requirements: n/a
Language of Instruction: English.

Marine Sciences
Marine Biotechnology

TBA
3 US credits
The main goals of this course are:

  • To apply of science and technology to produce knowledge, goods and services from marine biological resources.
  • To describe the characteristics of secondary metabolites.
  • To introduce bioprospecting strategies and screening techniques of marine organisms and a wide range of biotechnologies (treatment technology, bioremediation, on-site and 'ex-situ' technologies).
  • To learn the main biotechnological applications in marine animals, human health, aquaculture, and food safety.
  • To undertake laboratory-based training and practical experience in some of these techniques (PCRs, synthesis and extraction of RNA, electrophoresis, etc.).

Requirements: background in 1) Basic biochemistry (hydrocarbons, proteins, lipids), other biomolecules RNA, DNA. 2) Basic cell biology (photosynthesis, metabolism, etc.). 3) Basic taxonomy
Language of Instruction: English

Protected Areas and Recovery of Species

TBA
3 US credits
The main goals of this course are:

  • To recognize the different categories of classification of protected natural areas and their application in the natural environment.
  • To understand the most important concepts and methodological strategies related to the conservation and management of protected natural spaces.
  • To assess the degree of threat to habitats and species and its consequences on natural and socio-economic systems.
  • To learn the general tools for the recovery of threatened species and the functioning of the species recovery centers.
  • To employ legislation on habitat and species recovery.

Requirements: no prerequisites.
Language of Instruction: English

Environmental Education

TBA
3 US credits
The main goals of this course are:

  • To understand the meaning and relevance of Environmental Education.
  • To become aware of the current environmental problems.
  • To acquire guidelines and skills for the design of environmental education activities.
  • To project and program practical assumptions of environmental education.

Requirements: no prerequisites.
Language of Instruction: English

Environmental Impact Assessment

TBA
3 US credits
The main goals of this course are:

  • To know the legislative framework of the EIA and the structure, content and general methodology in environmental impact studies.
  • To identify, predict and evaluate the economic, environmental and social impact of development activities in coastal areas.
  • To provide information on the environmental consequences for decision-making.
  • To promote environmentally sustainable development through the identification of appropriate alternatives and mitigation measures.

Requirements: background in general concepts of Biodiversity, Ecology and Geology.
Language of Instruction: English

Nursing
Life Support

Esther Navarro, PhD
3 US credits
General goals:
a. Understand the delivery of care to patients requiring urgent attention.
b. Understand the coordination and mechanisms of Emergency Care.
c. Acquire basic knowledge in the ability to communicate with individuals and family members during situations requiring Emergency Care.
d. Be able to identify and manage situations of imminent vital compromise.
Requirements: none
Language of Instruction: English

Human Physiology

Javier Sancho, PhD
3 US credits
General goals:

  • To help the student develop a constant personal and professional drive to better themselves, a problem-solving approach, a decision making attitude, leadership and management. 
  • To help the student develop effective study habits, time organization skills, individual autonomy, critical and self-critical thinking, and oral and written communication skills. 
  • To provide the student with the fundamental concepts to understand the human body functions
  • To study the function of each one of the human body systems  
  • To provide the student with the scientific language to be used in clinical practice.

Requirements: none
Language of Instruction: English

Nutrition and Dietetics

Juana Carbonell, PhD
3 US credits
General goals:

  • To know the nutritional problems among the current population, the epidemiological factors responsible for them, and the measures used to promote healthy nutrition;
  • To know the difference between Nutrition and Dietetics, and to gain the necessary knowledge about food to be able to elaborate a normal diet;
  • To provide adequate knowledge for Nursing professionals in Primary Care to be able to carry out Nutrition programmes in Nursing clinics;
  • To be able to elaborate balanced diets for a person of any age group, regardless of their status.

Requirements
Language of Instruction: English

Ethics and Professional Ethics

Bosco Corrales, PhD
3 US credits
General goals:

  • Leading in the field of ethical reflection in order to know the constituents of human action and moral character of the person.
  • Deepen the need for professional responsibility based on moral, legal and ethical standards.
  • To provide basic knowledge of medical ethics and particular of ethics in nursing.
  • Recognize the importance of a holistic view of the person, fostering the personal
  • and humanized with patient and family.
  • Understand the current landscape of bioethics, through different approaches
  • anthropological and analyze its impact on health care.

Requirements
Language of Instruction: English

Psychology
The Psychology of motivation and emotion

TBA
3 US credits
It aims to provide students with basic training in the study of motivational and emotional processes and behaviors that develop them. More specifically, students will learn about the control of individual action on social factors and the role of emotions in daily life. Documentary sources will be used for further analysis of current issues, promote the use of the methodology and research techniques of psychology, to understand new developments taking place in this scientific discipline. In this way, students acquire a greater capacity to understand and interpret the information and evidence, which will continue to promote a critical spirit and allow you to properly deal with a psychological understanding of human beings.
Requirements:
To understand and manage the basic terminology of psychology specific and more general vocabulary adopted in Cognitive Sciences.
To know and understand the overall functioning and the limits of the processes of attention, perception, learning and memory that underlie the mental life and behavior of people in their daily work.
Language of Instruction: English.

Group Psychology

TBA
3 US credits
General goals:

  • To facilitate the reflection on the historical background of psychology of groups
  • To understand the concept of group as well as how to approach to it in social psychology
  • To identify the structure and the relevant group processes as well as the main characteristics of intergroup relations.
  • To be able to describe and analyze the processes of interaction, the group dynamics and the group and intergroup structure
  • To experience in simulated situations, different group phenomena in traditional contexts of group psychology
  • To Study the main methods used in psychology of groups.

Requirements:
Having previously studied the processes of social perception, the development of attitudes, the personal attraction and the social and discriminatory influence processes, will help students to optimally understand the group processes and their characteristic phenomena.
Language of Instruction: English.

School Psychology

TBA
3 US credits
In School Psychology we will learn about the functions and standards of the school psychologist, as well as the ethics by which this type of professional is governed. We have the aim to understand the importance of acquiring the necessary skills for the adequate management of therapeutic relationships in learning contexts. Moreover, we will discuss about how to conduct a psychoeducational evaluation and we will examine the main design psychoeducational intervention that are adequate in the different learning contexts.
Requirements: none
Language of Instruction: English.

Organizational Climate Management

TBA
3 US credits
The construct of organizational climate refers to the employees' perceptions of their work environment. These perceptions are important because they have a remarkable impact of both employees' and organizations' well-being and performance. In this course, we will focus on identifying and understanding a number of variables through which positive organizational climates can be fostered, such as organizational justice, organizational structure, leadership, or psychological safety, among others.
Requirements: none
Language of Instruction: English.

Sleeping Disorders

TBA
3 US credits

Cognitive goals:

  • Understand and analyze the neural mechanisms underlying sleep behavior, biological and chemical variables that deprive and alter it, and the interaction and interrelationship with other human behaviors.
  • Classification, characterization and neurobiological causes of sleep disorders.
  • Know the main documentary sources of discipline in order to develop the ability to complete and update knowledge in the future.

Requirements: none
Language of Instruction: English.

Education
Teaching ESL and Children Literature

Laura Angelini, PhD
3 US credits
General goals:

  1. To provide an overview of different active teaching and learning methodologies and techniques for the pre-school and elementary classroom.
  2. To provide and analyze a wide-ranging resource of practical ideas to be used and adapted flexibly and creatively in different contexts and situations.
  3. To provide students with a wide approach to children's literature in English.
  4. To provide broad perspectives on significant aspects of literature: genre, timeline, setting in time and place, relevant authors, among others.
  5. To be acquainted with ITC's and see the benefits when teaching literature to children.

Requirements
Language of Instruction: English.

Sports

These courses will be opened if a minimum number of students are enrolled by May 15.

Strength and Conditioning

Prof. Florentino Huertas, PhD
3 US credits
The aim of this subject is:

  • To know and to handle correctly the basic terminology of strength & conditioning training and the basic physical qualities.
  • To know the main components of strength & conditioning training in the different scopes of participation, keys to learn to observe, to detect and to correct critical elements on which to take part in the
  • training. To know the relevance the general principles of strength & conditioning training in different contexts of practice (health, education and sport high-level). To know methodological aspects and
  • main means used to develop the physical qualities. To understand the bases and the processes of interaction between basic physical qualities.

Requirements
Language of Instruction: English

Sports Physiology

Prof. Carlos Sanchis, PhD
3 US credits

The aim of this subject is to:

  • Understand and integrate the specific processes in the discipline of human physiology.
  • Understand and apply the concept of response to exercise.
  • Meet the demands that the body requires physical exercise.
  • Bring to the responses generated in the body.
  • Knowledge of the mechanisms of the organism to exercise.
  • Understand the external ergogenic aids and develop a critical and objective about them.
  • Involve the Professional Physical Education in multidisciplinary teams.

Requirements: none
Language of Instruction: English

Physiotherapy

These courses will be opened if a minimum number of students are enrolled by May 15.

Cellular and molecular biology

3 US credits
The surface of our planet is populated by curious living forms. The life is an intricately and organized system of chemical factories, that they acquire the matter from their surroundings, and they use these raw materials to generate copies of themselves. These living organisms are extraordinarily diverse. One of the most rapidly expanding areas of biological research is genetics, the biologic science that focuses on the mechanisms of inheritance. What could be more different than a tiger and a piece of seaweed, or a bacterium and a tree? Yet our ancestors, knowing nothing about cells or DNA, discovered that all these things had something in common. This is an exciting time to begin studying biology, the science of life. Almost daily, biologists are making remarkable new discoveries about the human species and about the millions of other organisms with which we share this planet. Therefore, the main objective of our subject is the study of Biology from the point of view of molecular genetics focused on health professionals.

Physiology II

3 US credits
Physiology is the science that studies the functioning of life. We explore the different systems; organs and tissues that make the human body function correctly. Our primary goal is the human physiology study of the state of relative stability of the body's internal environment and these processes feedback systems, which helps to restore the conditions needed for health and life, the homeostasis. In this second subject our aim is to focus the mechanisms that allow the energy and matter uptake (digestive and respiratory systems), distribution (circulatory) and elimination (excretory). Furthermore the major uses of physiology knowledge in therapeutics will be deeply discussed.

Community physiotherapy and public health

3 US credits
Fundamental concepts of: health, disease, public health. Role of the physiotherapist. Health systems, health organizations and healthcare levels. Epidemiology. Determinants of community health. Information systems. Data analysis methods. Demography. Communication.
Physiotherapy in primary and community care.
Occupational health: risks, accidents and diseases associated with work. Prevention. Promotion and education plans for health. Risk groups. Chronic processes and preventive measures. Communicable diseases.
Environment and health. International / global health.
Quality management in healthcare organizations. Patient safety. Strategic planning and management. Economic evaluation in public health.

Sport Physiotherapy

3 US credits
Through this subject the student will learn the main pathological mechanisms of injuries in sport, how to apply the main sports physiotherapy techniques and procedures. Determine the objectives and plan and execute the activity plan for recovery in sports physiotherapy.
Apply different techniques and phsyiotherapy methods in the field of sport.

Business

Any Study Abroad student can take regular UCV Direct Enrollment courses, grado courses, upon his/her Home University advisor´s. Those courses are not specially designed for the Study Abroad Program, therefore assessment methods, study guides and general methodologies could be different. On the other hand, study abroad students have the opportunity of interacting with Spanish and European exchange students. Please, contact us to further information about Business courses (studyabroad@ucv.es).

Dentistry

Any Study Abroad student can take regular UCV Direct Enrollment courses, “grado” courses, upon his/her Home University advisor´s. Those courses are not specially designed for the Study Abroad Program, therefore assessment methods, study guides and general methodologies could be different. On the other hand, study abroad students have the opportunity of interacting with Spanish and European exchange students. Please, contact us to further information about those courses (studyabroad@ucv.es).

Internships

If you are interested in other kind of internships not listed here, please, do not hesitate in asking us, we could have also Sports Sciences, Business, Social Work.

Education Internship

School of Education Raquel Blave
3 / 6 / 12 US credits
You will have the opportunity to fulfill a teacher training period at a school in Valencia. Depending on the degree you are studying and on your linguistic competence in English and /or Spanish, you will be placed at the school which best fits your needs. While at school, you will have a tutor who will guide you throughout the whole process. Hands-on learning for prospective teachers!
Requirements: none
Language of Instruction: Spanish

Marine Biology (Internship I & II)

IMEDMAR Tania García
3 / 6 US credits

  • Apply in a pre-professional context the knowledge acquired in previous modules.
  • Development of practical knowledge and skills, both individual and group, of the concrete activities needed according to the type of company / sector of activity of the marine area.
  • To be capable of advising technically to the companies.
  • To acquire skill in the marine basic or applied research.
  • To promote the proactive attitude of the student.

Requirements: Diving certification (the student will have the opportunity to obtain it during the stay)
Language of Instruction: Spanish / English

 

Contact information

Address

Universidad Católica de Valencia
Campus San Juan Bautista, office 30041
c/Guillem de Castro, 175. 
46008, Valencia (Spain)

Telephone

+34 963 637 412 Ext. 4865

Office Hours

Mon-Fri 9h30-13h30 & 15h30-17h30.

E-mail

studyabroad@ucv.es

UCV-US Program Director
David García Ramos

E-mail
david.garcia@ucv.es
studyabroad@ucv.es

UCV-US Program Administrative Assistant
Juan Martin 

E-mail
jm.martin@ucv.es 
studyabroad@ucv.es