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Liberal Arts in Advanced Spanish

Deepen Your Spanish in the Heart of Cuban Culture! 

Immerse yourself in our Liberal Arts in Advanced Spanish program in Havana, Cuba, tailored for a semester-long journey. This program is meticulously designed for students aiming to escalate their Spanish proficiency while immersing themselves in the intricate cultural, historical, and social tapestries of Cuba.

Highlights:

  • Advanced Spanish Instruction: Engage in intensive Spanish language courses aimed at enhancing fluency and comprehension of sophisticated linguistic constructs.
  • Rich Academic Offerings: Delve into deeper topics of Cuban history, literature, politics, and art, all instructed in Spanish to broaden your academic and cultural outlook.
  • Direct Enrollment at La Universidad de La Habana: Experience true academic immersion by enrolling directly in one or more regular courses alongside local Cuban students. This direct enrollment ensures a comprehensive integration into the university setting, providing full access to campus resources and immersion into the university community. Our on-site resident directors support each student with course selection, registration, and provide a tutor for academic assistance.
  • Immersive Cultural Experiences: Step beyond the academic confines to embrace Havana’s vibrant cultural heritage through guided excursions, events, and personal interaction with the local populace.

Havana’s unique fusion of historical depth and cultural vibrancy provides the ideal setting for students aiming to refine their Spanish while delving into a rich liberal arts curriculum. Our Liberal Arts in Advanced Spanish program is tailored for those eager to confront academic and cultural challenges in one of Cuba’s most iconic cities.

Program Details

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Course Selection

The available courses for students vary by program and are distributed between the SSA center and local universities. Please see the selection below, and contact us for the most current course information:

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Courses

Prerequisites: 2 semesters of advanced college Spanish or the equivalent.

Art/Design/Architecture

SPAN 344H is a course focusing on the history of art. Through lectures, discussions, and visual analysis, students explore significant artistic movements, styles, and works of art from various historical periods. Emphasis is placed on understanding the cultural, social, and political contexts that shaped artistic production and reception. By studying key artists, artworks, and art theories, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of art across different civilizations and time periods.

Contact Hours: 64

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 342H is a course dedicated to the study of Hispanic literature. Through readings, discussions, and critical analysis, students explore literary works from Spanish-speaking countries and regions. Emphasis is placed on understanding the cultural, historical, and social contexts in which the texts were produced, as well as the themes, styles, and techniques employed by the authors. By engaging with a diverse selection of literary works, students gain insight into the richness and diversity of Hispanic literary traditions.

Contact Hours: 64

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 340H is a course that delves into the history of Ibero-American and Caribbean culture. Through lectures, discussions, and multimedia resources, students explore the cultural, social, and historical developments of the Ibero-American and Caribbean regions. Emphasis is placed on understanding the diverse influences, traditions, and identities that have shaped these cultures over time. Topics may include colonial legacies, cultural exchanges, artistic movements, and social movements. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of Ibero-America and the Caribbean.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 338H is a course that examines Latin American society through the lens of film. Through screenings, discussions, and critical analysis, students explore the social, political, and cultural issues depicted in Latin American cinema. Emphasis is placed on understanding how films reflect and shape societal attitudes, identities, and realities in the region. Topics may include representations of race, class, gender, politics, and historical events. By engaging with a diverse selection of films, students gain insight into the complexities of Latin American society and develop critical thinking skills through the analysis of visual media.

Contact Hours: 64

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Tema I. Recapitulación del último tema impartido en Literatura cubana III. La creación del Ministerio de Cultura (1976). Los reajustes en la red de instituciones culturales que funcionan como soportes de la producción literaria. Los vínculos con la vida y el mercado internacional literarios. Tendencias del desarrollo literario cubano en la década de los ochenta. Tema II. El “Periodo Especial”. Su impacto en la red de instituciones que funcionan como soportes de la producción literaria. La era digital y las publicaciones electrónicas. El siglo XXI y el diálogo de nuestra literatura con el mercado internacional del libro. La actualidad más inmediata. Problemas de continuidad y ruptura estéticas. Tema III. La praxis literaria cubana en cada género entre 1976 y el año en curso: poesía, cuento, novela, teatro, ensayo, la crítica literaria y artística.

Contact Hours: 64

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Tema I. Recapitulación del último tema de Literatura cubana I, dedicado a la literatura en los inicios del siglo XX. La red de instituciones culturales que tributan a la producción literaria. El pensamiento cultural republicano. Los vínculos con la vida literaria internacional. Tema II. La segunda renovación modernista. La praxis literaria por géneros: poesía, cuento, novela, teatro, ensayo. Tema III. Las vanguardias. El pensamiento cultural del periodo. Los vínculos con la vida literaria internacional. La praxis literaria por géneros: poesía, cuento, novela, teatro, ensayo, crítica. Las publicaciones. Problemas de continuidad y ruptura estéticas. Tema IV. Las tendencias posvanguardistas y antivanguardistas. Los aportes cualitativos de la producción literaria hasta 1959. La praxis literaria por géneros. Tema V. La literatura a partir de 1959 hasta 1976. La red de instituciones literarias que tributan a la producción literaria. Los vínculos con la vida literaria internacional. Los problemas cualitativos de continuidad y ruptura estéticas. La praxis literaria por géneros.

Contact Hours: 64

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 330H is a course that focuses on Cuban literature. Through readings, discussions, and critical analysis, students explore the rich literary tradition of Cuba. Emphasis is placed on understanding the cultural, historical, and social contexts in which Cuban literature has evolved. Topics may include key literary movements, prominent authors, and representative works from different periods in Cuban history. By engaging with a diverse selection of texts, students gain insight into the unique perspectives, themes, and styles that characterize Cuban literature.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 328H is a course that delves into linguistic studies, focusing specifically on stylistics. Through theoretical discussions, practical exercises, and analysis of authentic texts, students explore the principles and techniques of stylistic analysis in Spanish language texts. Emphasis is placed on understanding how linguistic choices such as vocabulary, syntax, and rhetoric contribute to meaning and style in written and spoken discourse. By the end of the course, students will have developed a deeper appreciation for the nuances of language use and gained skills in analyzing and interpreting stylistic features in Spanish texts.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 326H is a course that focuses on linguistic studies, specifically the lexicon of the Spanish language. Through theoretical discussions, practical exercises, and analysis of lexical data, students explore the principles and methods of lexico​logical analysis. Emphasis is placed on understanding the structure, formation, and usage of words in Spanish, as well as the historical development and regional variations of the Spanish lexicon. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper understanding of the rich and dynamic vocabulary of the Spanish language and its significance in communication and language variation.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 324H is a course that introduces students to the fundamental concepts of phonetics and phonology in the Spanish language. Through theoretical discussions, practical exercises, and analysis of speech sounds, students explore the production, transmission, and perception of sounds in Spanish. Emphasis is placed on understanding the articulatory mechanisms, phonetic transcription, and phonological patterns of Spanish speech. By the end of the course, students will have gained a solid foundation in the study of phonetics and phonology, enabling them to analyze and describe the sounds of Spanish accurately.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 322H is a course dedicated to the exploration of Cuban culture. Through lectures, discussions, and multimedia resources, students delve into the diverse cultural expressions, traditions, and identities of Cuba. Emphasis is placed on understanding the historical, social, and political contexts that have shaped Cuban society. Topics may include art, music, literature, religion, cuisine, and popular culture. By engaging with a variety of cultural artifacts and perspectives, students gain insight into the richness and complexity of Cuban cultural heritage.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 320H is a course that delves into the history of Cuba. Through lectures, discussions, and readings, students explore the key events, movements, and figures that have shaped the development of Cuba from pre-colonial times to the present day. Emphasis is placed on understanding the social, political, economic, and cultural dynamics that have influenced Cuban society. Topics may include colonization, independence struggles, revolution, post-revolutionary developments, and contemporary issues. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper understanding of the complexities and significance of Cuban history within the broader context of Latin American and global history.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 365H is a course that explores the cultural and social realities of Cuba. Through lectures, discussions, and experiential learning activities, students delve into various aspects of Cuban culture, society, and identity. Emphasis is placed on understanding the historical, political, economic, and cultural factors that have shaped contemporary Cuban life. Topics may include race and ethnicity, gender relations, religion, arts and literature, popular culture, and socio-economic issues. By engaging with diverse perspectives and primary sources, students gain insight into the complexities and nuances of Cuban cultural and social dynamics.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 313H is a course designed for near-native and native speakers of Spanish seeking to perfect their language skills. Through advanced-level discussions, writing assignments, and linguistic analysis, students refine their proficiency in Spanish. Emphasis is placed on achieving fluency, accuracy, and cultural competence in various contexts. Topics may include advanced grammar, idiomatic expressions, stylistic nuances, and sociolinguistic aspects of the Spanish language. By the end of the course, students will have honed their ability to communicate effectively and confidently at a near-native or native level in Spanish.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 311H is a course focusing on the integral usage of the Spanish language at a superior level. Designed for advanced students, the course encompasses a comprehensive approach to language acquisition and refinement. Through immersive activities, advanced discussions, and written assignments, students enhance their fluency, expand their vocabulary, and deepen their understanding of grammatical structures. Emphasis is placed on mastering complex language skills necessary for sophisticated communication in diverse contexts. By the end of the course, students will have elevated their proficiency to a superior level, demonstrating advanced competence in Spanish language usage.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 309H is an advanced Spanish course designed to further develop language proficiency. Through interactive activities, discussions, and written assignments, students refine their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is placed on expanding vocabulary, mastering advanced grammatical structures, and improving communication skills in various contexts. By engaging with authentic materials and cultural content, students deepen their understanding of Hispanic cultures and societies. By the end of the course, students will have enhanced their ability to communicate effectively and fluently in Spanish at an advanced level.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Academic Institutions

The Universidad de la Habana, founded in 1728, stands as one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in Cuba. Nestled in the heart of Havana, the university boasts a rich history and a commitment to academic excellence. The main campus, characterized by its neoclassical architecture, exudes a sense of tradition and intellectual vibrancy. The university has played a pivotal role in the country’s cultural and political landscape, producing influential figures in various fields, including literature, science, and politics.

The Universidad de la Habana offers a diverse range of academic programs across faculties and schools, catering to a broad spectrum of disciplines. With a focus on research and innovation, the university serves as a hub for intellectual exploration and academic inquiry. The lush campus provides a stimulating environment for students, fostering a sense of community and collaboration. Students at the Universidad de la Habana not only engage in rigorous academic pursuits but also contribute to the university’s rich tapestry of cultural and social activities, creating a holistic and transformative educational experience.

 

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Oct 15, 2024

Jan, 2025

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$15.700

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