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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. 2017-18

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 (Fall only)

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

 

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)

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

 

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

History and Civilization of Spain. – 3 U.S. Credits

This course provides students with a general overview of Spanish history from the Iberians, the Celts and the Phoenicians to the present, paying special attention to the mosaic of different cultures and civilizations that have shaped Spain. As they seek to understand questions of Spanish national identity, students engage with authentic texts and visual materials and are encouraged to think critically about the cultures studied. The notion that history, culture and civilization are concepts constantly “under construction” will also be explored.

Language of Instruction: Spanish or English based on demand

History and Civilization of 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

UCV-US PROGRAM DIRECTOR, EMILIO RAMÓN
Despacho 16090 – Centro de Postgrado
Universidad Católica de Valencia 
C/ Sagrado Corazón, 5
46110 Godella (Spain)

E-mail: emilio.ramon@ucv.es

raquel.blave@ucv.es