Humanities

The following courses are specifically designed for American students.

Any American student can also take regular UCV catalogue courses, "grado" courses, upon his/her advisor´s approval.

This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between the UCV and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

Literature, History, Culture & Civilization Courses. 2018-19

Fall semester

Contemporary Hispanic-American Literature – 3 U.S. Credits. (Fall Only)

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. Language of Instruction: Spanish

Contemporary Hispanic-American Literature – 3 U.S. Credits. (Fall Only)
The Gothic in Literature – 3 U.S. 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. Language of Instruction: English

The Gothic in Literature – 3 U.S. Credits 

History of Spain through Cinema – 3 U.S. Credits

This course is intended to provide the student with a general overview of Spanish history from the Middle Ages to current times via cinema. In order to understand contemporary Spanish society, the class focuses in some of the most important aspects of the country’s History and analyses them through historical texts and movies. Students will be provided with some key historical overviews as well as with some filming notions so that they can analyze both the films technical characteristics as well as their historical representations. The main aim of this course is not only to teach the students how to analyze a movie, from an artistic point of view, but also to show them how cinema can be enjoyable and didactic at the same time while providing them with an increasing knowledge of Spanish culture and history. Language of Instruction: Spanish or English based on demand

History of Spain through Cinema

Culture and Society of Contemporary Spain – 3 U.S. 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. Language of Instruction: Spanish or English based on demand

Culture and Society of Contemporary Spain – 3 U.S. Credits

Toys as an Education Tool – 3 U.S. Credits (Fall only)

Playing is an important part of child development and learning through play is the best way to develop new skills. Toys are mediating instruments for children's play, usually designed with strong pedagogical potential to influence the development of the child. This course provides a general view of the process of learning through play-toy and a specific analysis of particular and popular toys. As students analyze the capacities toys develop and strengthen in children, they themselves develop an understanding of the science behind play.

Language of Instruction: Spanish or English based on demand

Toys as an Education Tool – 3 U.S. Credits

Spring semester

Contemporary Spanish Literature. Literatura Española Contemporánea – 3 U.S. Credits. (Spring Only)

The main purpose of this course is to analyze recent Spanish culture through a selection of films and literary works. Students read excerpts or full novels, several short stories, and watch a number of films over the course of the semester. Works selected focus on the period of rapid social, economic, and political change in Spain between 1979 and the present day. Through the study of each literary work, students will gain valuable knowledge of critical issues and a deeper understanding of the complexities of Spanish culture. Language of Instruction: Spanish

Contemporary Spanish Literature – 3 U.S. Credits. (Spring Only)

The Gothic in Literature – 3 U.S. 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. Language of Instruction: English

The Gothic in Literature – 3 U.S. Credits 

 

History of Spain through in arts and media – 3 U.S. 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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish or English based on demand

History of Spain through in arts and media – 3 U.S. Credits

Culture and Society of Contemporary Spain – 3 U.S. 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. Language of Instruction: Spanish or English based on demand

Culture and Society of Contemporary Spain – 3 U.S. Credits

Service Learning

Social Justice – 3 U.S. 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. Language of Instruction: English

Social Justice – 3 U.S. Credits

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