Villanova University / University of Cádiz
For over 20 years, Villanova students have spent the summer studying in the beautiful coastal city of Cádiz and now they have the opportunity to spend the entire semester exploring the Spanish language and culture.
Students enroll in a total of five courses during their time in Cádiz for a total of 15 Villanova credits. The courses are comprised of four main theme areas. All students will enroll in at least one course from group A, and then choose the remainder of their classes from the other three groups, not taking more than two classes from each group.
Group A) Spanish as a Foreign Language
These courses aim at increasing language proficiency by developing speaking, writing, and reading skills.
SPA 1131. Conversation and Composition (3 CREDITS, 45 hours): The course focuses on developing skills in Spanish through all types of oral and written compositions. Grammatical points will be emphasized to keep the grammar alive as students practice in using the language.
SPA 1132. Advanced Written and Conversational Spanish (3 CREDITS, 45 hours): The course focuses on developing communicative skills in Spanish through all types of oral and written productions, increasing the students’ vocabulary, syntax and difficult grammatical structures.
SPA 1138. Advanced Specific Studies on Grammar I (3 CREDITS, 45 hours): A course that deals with specific grammar aspects of the Spanish language: morphology, syntax, etc.
SPA 3412. Introduction to Spanish Linguistics II (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). This course will introduce the core disciplines of linguistics, the scientific study of language: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Additional topics to be addressed include dialects, social aspects of language and language changes.
Group B) Spanish and Latin American Literature
These courses examine works of the most representative writers of Spain and Latin America. At the same time, the courses will help develop students’ communicative skills through reading and discussion over a range of the literary texts under analysis.
SPA 3513. Currents and Poetic Genres in Spanish Golden Age Literature (3 CREDITS), 45 hours. The course aims to provide deep insight into the understanding of Spanish poetry as a dynamic and complex creative phenomenon. The course offers an intertextual approach that tries to relate the world of popular poetry (oral poems arising from folk-songs) and the polished poetry by educated writers. It will determine the origin of poetic genres and how they developed from its origin in European mediaeval times to the diverse forms in Latin America.
SPA 3923. The Origin and Development of the Modern Novel (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The connecting thread from the hybrid discourse of Cervante’s Novelas Ejemplares (‘Exemplary Novel’) to the late 19th century novel is essential in understanding the creation and development of the novel features in the Spanish language and in determining the complex relationship between story and fiction in novel writing.
SPA 4140. Latin American Narrative (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The start of avant-garde in the early 20th century established the literary conventions and defined the way contemporary narrative developed in the following decades, and the experimental narrative style.
SPA 3412. The Spanish Avant-Garde Movement, (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The experimentation and departure from the Spanish poetic and theatre canon that took place at the beginning of last century gave rise to the Generación del 27 and continued, from 1939, during the American exile until it reached its maturity in the eighties.
Group C) Cultural Studies
These courses provide deep insight into contemporary cultural aspects of Spain, including its literature, art, history, geography, festivities, gastronomy, as well as current affairs, so as to help students shape their own opinion and take part in social and cultural debates.
PSC 4875 Culture, Ideological Context and Democracy: from the Republican Regeneration to political transition (Spain, 1931-1975), (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). A good grasp of today’s Spain requires good understanding of its political development throughout the 20th century. This course focuses on the understanding of today’s Spanish society organization based on the period from pre-war political and philosophical regeneration and its intermittent stability until the democracy transition period.
SOC 4000 Tradition, Identity and Interculturality in Today’s Spain (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The course aims to reveal the key components underlying a culture, namely the Spanish culture which is built upon three different foundations: traditions and cultural conservatism, the quest for a unique identity but showing overlapping nationalities, and the renewed make up of religions and customs reflected in today’s immigration.
COM 3290 Representation, Image and Communication: Today’s Spanish Society (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). Influenced by Romanticism, in the 20th century Spain became an iconographic repertoire which, through time, ended in the portrayal of the Spanish tipismo (portrayal of Spanish society’s customs). The main objective of the course is to provide students with the tools to critically identify the topics and realities of Contemporary Spanish and analyze to what extents today’s Spanish culture has its foundations in the memory of its own history, image and representations created from the foreigners’ perspective.
LA2993/BA2002 Internship (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). Our Internship Program offers several exchanges in a typical Spanish atmosphere. This program is thought to help the students to improve their linguistic skills in a business environment. The most important enterprises at the Bay of Cadiz are involved at the moment in this project. These companies are distributed in different sectors such us: naval one, aeronautic, services, etc.
Group D) History, Art History & Communication
These courses seek to provide students with an analytical and thoughtful view on the most important landmarks in contemporary history and other disciplines of Spain.
HIS 3995 Spain’s Cádiz Constitution of 1812 (Constitución Gaditana) and its repercussion on the constitutions of the Americas (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The new period after the French Revolution gave rise to the Constitution of 1812; a Carta Magna that set the basic principles underlying modern democracy and served as a model for the organization of the Americas’ states. The aim of the course is to analyze such a process from a historical, social and political approach.
HIS 3995 The Al-Andalus Civilization throughout its texts (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The main objective of the course is to provide students with an insight into the most important aspects of al-Andalus through its texts, both original Arab written texts and their translations that stemmed from this culture.
AAH 3009 History of Spain throughout its artistic manifestations (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The course focuses on the most significant landmarks in the Spanish history and their related artistic manifestations
Spanish Exile: artistic and editorial activities in Latin America (1937-1977), (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The Spanish Civil War and the post war years interrupted a process of cultural regeneration in Spain. However artistic production kept alive in the exile of many intellectuals, especially in the United States, México and Argentina. This course analyzes the artistic and literary legacy of Spanish writers in their American exile in their most representative manifestations: popular and children theater, Spanish oral tradition, journalism, fiction and the fine arts. It will also study the material conditions in which the exile culture developed.
Villanova students will receive a letter grade from A to F from the Instructors at the University of Cádiz. According to OIS policies students will receive transfer credit for these classes upon receiving a ‘C’ grade or better. The OIS will ensure that these courses are posted on the Villanova students’ academic transcript with the appropriate Villanova University course equivalency, but the Cádiz classes will not impact the VU GPA. Upon program completion official transcripts shall be issued and submitted to the OIS by the University of Cádiz.