Heredia, Costa Rica
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Course Information

Heredia, Costa Rica | 2017 Summer Sessions I & II

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Courses

You will enroll in three to six credits in Session I and in three or four credits in Session II, plus one additional credit if enrolled in the optional Cuba field study. At least one 3-credit course is required each summer session. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

Spanish Language and Literature Studies

Summer language courses are intensive and have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills is highly recommended to complement Intermediate Spanish I to Advanced Spanish II.

Session I and Session II

Ecological and Latin American Studies

The following courses focus on the culture, environment, and ecology of Costa Rica. Courses are taught in English unless noted in Spanish; most courses taught in Spanish are appropriate for students with four or more semesters of college Spanish.

Session I

Session II

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.unr.edu

US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Session I

Dr. Sarita Ray Chaudhury | Humboldt State University

Course offered:

Dr. Chaudhury (Ph.D., Marketing, New Mexico State University, USA) teaches at Humboldt State University (a California State University Campus). Prior to academia, Dr. Chaudhury worked in the Consumer Packaged Goods and Hospitality industries. She is fluent in four languages. Her research interests include consumer behavior and pedagogy with recent publications in notable academic journals and conferences. Dr. Chaudhury enjoys seeing students apply hands-on learning methods in her classes with particular focus on digital marketing techniques

Dr. Jeffrey Dodge | University of Idaho

Course offered:

Dr. Dodge is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Dean at the University Of Idaho College Of Law. Dean Dodge has directed study abroad programs in the past, actively teaches on international and comparative law topics, and oversees a Master of Law program for international students.

Session II

Dr. Elisabeth Bayley | Loyola University Chicago

Course offered:

Dr. Bayley is currently a lecturer in the English Department, teaching literature, at Loyola University Chicago. She received her Doctorate in Literary Studies from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in Leuven, Belgium. Prior to studying and teaching literature she worked as a registered nurse at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, Belgium and as a hospice nurse in St. Louis, Missouri.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Spanish I

Summer Session I (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

The objective of this class is to do a comprehensive revision of the most difficult grammatical points in Spanish. This will be presented through the use of theoretical and practical materials that permit the student to consolidate some of those complex grammatical aspects of the Spanish language that require frequent review and further development. Care will be taken, whenever possible, to focus on understanding and practicing their use in both the written and spoken forms of the language. Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish…

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Advanced Spanish II

Summer Session I (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

The objective of this class is to do a comprehensive revision of the most difficult grammatical points in Spanish. This will be presented through the use of theoretical and practical materials that permit the student to consolidate some of those complex grammatical aspects of the Spanish language that require frequent review and further development. Care will be taken, whenever possible, to focus on understanding and practicing their use in both the written and spoken forms of the language. Prerequisite: seven semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Cuba Field Study: History and Society

Summer Session I (Anthropology, History, Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Anthropology, History, Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)

Cuba was a key factor in the colonial Americas—its history exemplifying the impact of slavery and imperialism. Physically close but politically isolated from the United States, Cuba was also pivotal in twentieth-century events impacting the US, from the Spanish-American War to the Cuban Missile Crisis. As a result, Cuba has maintained a cultural and mythic presence in the history of the US and surrounding region. The Cuba Field Study course will give you the opportunity to experience the layers of history and culture in Cuba firsthand—the past, present, and future realities of Cuban society and its fusion of Spanish, African, and American flavors to create a rich culture all its own. The Cuba Field Study offers an unmatched opportunity to visit this enchanting island and culture, and provides a rich layer of understanding to your time living and studying in Costa Rica and Latin America by examining the contrasts and similarities between two former Spanish colonies and their histories since independence.

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Dances of Latin America

Summer Session I (Dance; 100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Dance; 100-level; 1 credit)

The objectives of this course are to understand the antecedents of Latin American dance and to learn to correctly perform folkloric and cultural dances as well as the local rhythms, such as Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and Bolero; and thus immerse the student in the social and cultural context of the area. Taught in Spanish but appropriate for everyone.

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Elementary Spanish I

Summer Session I (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of Spanish grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary and useful expressions are studied. The goals of these courses are to build reading, writing, listening and, above all, speaking skills.

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Elementary Spanish II

Summer Session I (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills. Prerequisite: one semester of college Spanish.

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Intermediate Spanish I

Summer Session I (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course emphasizes learning the structure of the Spanish language. Classes are divided into three components: grammar/vocabulary, conversation and reading/writing, each of which is related to the themes covered. A review of basic elements, such as the present tense, ser and estar, preterit and imperfect, etc. is included. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish.

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Intermediate Spanish II

Summer Session I (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)

This class continues the learning of the structure of the Spanish language. Classes are divided into three components: grammar/vocabulary, conversation and reading/writing, each of which is related to the themes covered. This level is specifically orientated towards functional and social communication, oral as well as written. Prerequisite: three semesters of college Spanish.

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International and Latin American Human Rights

Summer Session I (400-level; 3 credits)

Latin America presents a fascinating area for the study of contemporary human rights. Many countries are still considered “emerging democracies” after years of oppressive military rule. And although these countries have a history of violating a broad range of human rights, including military/police violence and involvement in extrajudicial killings, violence against and exploitation of minors, and general impunity for human rights violators, the last two decades have brought about substantial constitutional, legislative, and institutional changes in respect for civil liberties and the integrity for human dignity. These changes include governmental support of human rights groups to investigate and report their findings and new legal guarantees promoting freedom for political rights and freedom of speech and press. This course examines the international, Latin American, and Costa Rican protection of human rights in the face of such challenges and rule of law issues worldwide. The development of the Inter-American System of Human Rights, including the establishment of the Court of Human Rights based in San Jose, Costa Rica, will also be explored.

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Introduction to Tropical Conservation - Maintaining Biodiversity

Summer Session II (Biology; 200-level; 3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to establish a basic knowledge of what the tropics are and their importance to all of us, discuss their present status and consider the remaining options regarding their future. An additional fee of $200 is required for this course. Taught in English. (Session II)

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Introduction to Tropical Ecology

Summer Session I (Biology; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course is intended to give students a firsthand knowledge of tropical ecology and the issues surrounding conservation of biodiversity in a third world country. It does so in the context of an intensive foreign study tour in Costa Rica. An additional fee of $200 is required for this course. Taught in English. (Session I)

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Latin America and its Cultures

Summer Session II (Anthropology, History, Spanish; 200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Anthropology, History, Spanish; 300-level; 1 credit)

This course is an introduction to the cultures of Latin America and their histories. Taught from a historical and contemporary society viewpoint, giving particular emphasis to present-day Costa Rica but also with other Latin American countries like Argentina, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Chile and others related to each case. Some of the topics to be discussed are: Religion, clothing, foods, music, family, the role of women, stereotypes, politics, economy and environment. This course is available in English (200 level) or Spanish (300 level).

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Latin American Cuisine

Summer Session I (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)

Description not available at this time.

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Latin American History

Summer Session I (History; 200-level; 1 credit)

Introduction to the history of Latin American Countries. We will review different key historical events that occurred in Latin America since its independence and to gain insight into its problems, politics and social realities. The role played by the United States of America in the History of the region is also reviewed. Taught in English. (Session I)

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Marketing Communications

Summer Session I (300-level; 3 credits)

Students will be introduced to fundamental integrated marketing communications principles through interactive classroom discussions, group activities and individual assignments. We will explore digital trends in marketing communications practices. We will also examine the role played by marketing communications from a ‘social marketing’ perspective.

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Nature and Literature

Summer Session II (200-level; 3 credits)

Costa Rica is a landscape rich with biodiversity and natural wonders. This natural classroom provides an inviting and important space for the exploration of how we understand and talk about nature, especially with regard to our relationship and participation with it. Through the use of literature, both non-fiction and fiction, both Costa Rican authors and authors from other nationalities, we will look at the many ways that literature depicts and discusses nature. Through classroom discussions, readings, and field trips, an exploration of the land, both what it once was and what it is today, will be undertaken. This course has an additional fee for field trips.

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Spanish Composition I

Summer Session I (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

Classes revolve around compositions, which the student writes almost daily. Part of the class is used to correct the compositions or exercises that the student does outside of class. New advanced grammatical topics are also introduced and exercises reinforcing the use of that element are done in class. Also, part of the class is utilized for selected readings, discussion and vocabulary building. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Spanish Composition II

Summer Session I (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

Classes revolve around compositions which the student writes almost daily. Part of the class is used to correct the compositions or exercises that the student does outside of class. New advanced grammatical topics are also introduced and exercises reinforcing the use of that element are done in class. Also, part of the class is utilized for selected readings, discussion and vocabulary building. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills

Summer Session I (300-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (300-level; 1 credit)

Description not available at this time.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Latin American Poetry

Summer Session II (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

Presents a clear and thorough study of Latin American poetry from the period of the Vanguards (20's) until the present, taking into account its diversity and experimentation. Students will study the texts within the historical context in which they were written. A variety of authors from Central and South America will be discussed. Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish. Taught in Spanish.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Latin American Short Story and Essay

Summer Session I (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

Summer I (5 weeks): Open

Summer I & II (8 weeks): Open

Summer II (3 weeks): Open

Fall or Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

60

Instruction

English | Spanish