Montevideo, Uruguay
USAC
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Course Information

Montevideo, Uruguay | 2017-18 Yearlong

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.

Academics

You will enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of Spanish language study plus electives in Latin American studies, agribusiness, business, viticulture, and gender studies. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

Spanish Language Tracks

USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks in which courses are taught sequentially (back-to-back) within one semester. If you have already taken the first course in a track, you do not have to take it again for credit, but you must audit it to be prepared for success at the next level. All students are required to spend the beginning of the fall and spring semesters taking an intensive Spanish course, which allows for rapid acquisition of language and culture. Language courses are small and typically have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. All language courses focus on the skills of speaking, reading, writing, and listening. After the intensive period, students have the option to continue their language studies at the next level for the duration of the semester.

Track I (4 or 8 credits total)—Prerequisite: none

Track II (3 or 6 credits total)—Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

Track III (3 or 6 credits total)—Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

Track IV (3 or 6 credits total)—Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish

Fall Semester

Taught in English unless noted in Spanish. Courses taught in Spanish are for students in Track III and above unless otherwise indicated.

Agribusiness | Viticulture

Latin American Studies | Gender Studies

Spanish Language Electives

Spring Semester

Taught in English unless noted in Spanish. Courses taught in Spanish are for students in Track III and above unless otherwise indicated.

Agribusiness | Viticulture

Latin American Studies | Gender Studies

Spanish Language Electives

Field Studies

Deepen your academic experience through an optional field study course where you will explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of the region. Students who enroll in these 1-credit courses will select a particular topic of interest to examine as part of the field study and complete a research paper drawing from their field study experience as well as from additional readings, research, and written assignments.

US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professor is also teaching as a Visiting Professor.

Fall

Dr. Tom Wright, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dr. Tom Wright is a distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His main teaching field and research interest is Latin American history. He has published extensively on various aspects of that history. Dr. Wright will be teaching the History component of the following course:

Course Descriptions

Advanced Spanish I

Fall (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

This advanced level course of Spanish has been designed for students who have completed three years of Spanish and although they may manage in completing daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course offers the students the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve their grammatical accuracy in oral and written production.

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Advanced Spanish II

Fall (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

Advanced Spanish II has been designed for students who have completed more than three years of Spanish and although they may manage in daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course will offer them the opportunity to enhance the coherence and cohesion of their production, and to improve their grammatical accuracy.

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Agribusiness Management

Fall (Agriculture, Management; 200-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Agribusiness Marketing

Spring (Agriculture; 200-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Business Spanish

Fall (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Cinema of Uruguay and Argentina

Fall (Film; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Film; 300-level; 3 credits)

Review of the birth of the Uruguayan cinema. Review of most important Uruguayan cinematographic institutions. Analysis of the form, content, directing, editing, social relevance, and history of recent films from or about Argentina and Uruguay. Special emphasis in contemporary tendencies of Art Cinema, Documentaries and Independent Cinema.

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Contemporary Women's Activism

Spring (Sociology, Women's Studies / Gender Studies; 300-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Dances of Latin America

Fall (Dance; 200-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Dance; 200-level; 1 credit)

The Latin American Dances class is addressed to those students who enjoy dancing and want to learn how to relate traditional Latin American dances like “Cha chachá”, “Son”, “Bolero” “Merengue”, “Salsa”, “Guaracha”, “Cumbia” and so on. At the same time, the students have the chance to practice Spanish and become more acquainted with the Latin American culture.

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Elementary Spanish I

Fall (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)

Elementary Spanish I is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have not taken any Spanish courses at college-level before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Spanish to acquire basic communicative competence by providing the opportunities to develop the basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing. The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential.

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Elementary Spanish II

Fall (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 100-level; 4 credits)

Elementary Spanish II is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have taken one college Spanish course before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Spanish to acquire basic communicative competence by providing the opportunities to develop the basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing. The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential.

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Environment: A World of Limited Resources

Spring (Natural Resources; 200-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Intermediate Spanish I

Fall (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)

Intermediate Spanish I is a three-credit course offered to students who have completed a year of college Spanish or its equivalent. In this course, the students will learn to narrate in the main time-frames, as well as to recognize the different uses of the subjunctive mood in the expression of different degrees of certainty, of wishes and of advices.

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Intermediate Spanish II

Fall (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)

Intermediate Spanish II is a three-credit course offered to students who have completed three semesters of college Spanish or their equivalent. In this course, the students will learn how to use the language with increasing complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

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Introduction to Viticulture

Spring (Agriculture; 200-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Latin American Cuisine

Fall (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)

Description not available at this time.

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Latin American Social Revolutions

Fall (History, Political Science, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (History, Political Science, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Latin American Women's Voices: Argentina and Uruguay

Fall (Sociology, Women's Studies / Gender Studies; 300-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Rio de la Plata - History and Culture

Fall (Anthropology, History; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Anthropology, History; 300-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Rio de la Plata Field Study

Fall (Anthropology, Other Foreign Language; 200-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Anthropology, Other Foreign Language; 200-level; 1 credit)

Description not available at this time.

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Spanish Composition I

Fall (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

Composition I is a third year course for students who have completed two years of Spanish at the college level or their equivalent. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of short stories will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

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Spanish Composition II

Fall (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

Composition II is a third year course for students who have completed five semesters of Spanish at the college level or their equivalent. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of short stories will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

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Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills

Fall (Spanish; 300-level; 1 - 3 credits)
Spring (Spanish; 300-level; 1 - 3 credits)

Optional three-credit course that complements the development of linguistic competences facilitated at the two/three-hundred level courses, focusing in the oral skills in particular.

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Survey of Latin American Literature I

Fall (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

A panoramic vision of Latin American literature, from its beginnings to the 20th century. The course will study the evolution of different genre, fundamentally the novel, poetry and theater, through their more important movements, as well as representative key works.

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Survey of Latin American Literature II

Spring (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

A broad view of the evolution of the different literary genres of Spanish-speaking Latin American countries during the 20th century. Several key works will be studied as well as many literary fragments in order to provide a well-rounded vision of this century, including García Marquez, Pablo Neruda, Borges, Vargas Llosa and others.

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The Global Food Challenge

Fall (Agriculture, Geography; 300-level; 3 credits)

Food is central to our lives; and in many more ways than the action of eating to sustain body and brain. Food is embedded in culture and acts as a strong binding link in families and societies and even between societies as food products and recipes travel the world. More importantly, what is less known is that food production and consumption stand at the crossroad of the big world challenges that humanity faces: hunger, poverty, energy, environment, climate change and population growth. Finally, access to food is a condition to the political stability of a country as mass demonstrations against high food prices (known as ‘food riots’) have showed in recent years.

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Viticulture Field Study

Fall (Horticulture and Viticulture; 200-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Horticulture and Viticulture; 200-level; 1 credit)

This field study course is designed to provide students an academic and cultural experience of visiting and learning from vineyards and local wine cellars in the countryside area. The aim is to familiarize students with the rich wine culture and development of its industry in Uruguay.

While visiting the locations, students will learn first-hand about the harvest, growing and care procedures related to the grapes and vines, bottling, and the packaging process. Also related, they will learn about the business of winemaking, marketing, promotion, shipping, exporting, operations, logistics, etc. Differences in small and large, family and corporate-run vineyards will be addressed.

The vineyards / companies we will visit were chosen purposely for their varying sizes, styles, focuses and products, in order to provide an authentic and thorough learning opportunity for students.

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Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

Fall or Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open

Eligibility

Minimum 2.5 GPA

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

50 students

Instruction

English/Spanish