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Courses at the CLM

Student stands near a donkey in GranadaBelow is a sample of classes available to take at University of Granada's Centro de Lenguas Modernas (CLM). Please contact our office to request syllabi for any of the listed classes. 

Courses Taught in English 


The Spanish and Latin American Economies

In this course the student will study the world of business, trade and economy from a theoretic and practical point of view. This course is based on three different stages: The world of business, the foundations of the Spanish and Latin American economy and the lexicon. 

International Marketing

This subject will lead the student to become familiar with the characteristics of the process of internationalization, the market entry strategies into the international markets, the process of selection of the target international markets, the process of segmentation and positioning in the international markets, and the decisions regarding the standardization and adaptation of the international marketing mix. 


Social and Demographic Changes in Spain

This subject offers a general approach to the demographic and socio-economic changes that have taken place in Spanish society, giving special attention to the last 50 years and the current economic recession. Students will acquire holistic knowledge on the main environmental, economic and political factors that have had an impact on population structure; national and international mobility; economic production processes; consumption patterns and lifestyles; and relations within the community and international political framework. 


The Political Systems of Spain and the European Union

The aim of this course is to teach the basic foundations of contemporary politics and history in Spain while also describing the main elements which constitute the political system of the European Union. Starting with a basic method for interpreting the political reality, a dynamic understanding of the current workings of both Spain and the European Union as a whole is provided. 

Environmental Politics of the European Union

This course is designed to present the current situation and the challenges of the Environmental Policy of the European Union, particularly problems of enforcement due to the different national interests and commitments of EU Member States. The EU goals and approaches for environmental protection are compared with those of the USA and/or other countries, through discussions and seminars. 


The Arab World and the West: Past and Future

The aim of the course is to give students basic knowledge of the cultural and political interaction between the Arab world and the West during their common history. This course will cover topics such as the long-term impact of the penetration of Europe into the Islamic World, Orientalism, and Occidentalism, Islamic immigration into western societies, the impact of 9-11 and the Iraq war, and the role of oil and the Middle East conflict. 


Sustainability in the Mediterranean: Approaching Local Self-Sustainable Development

This survey course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive approach to local self-sustainable practices, models and cultures in the Mediterranean region. Through revising bibliographic references and local case studies, students will understand the basics of traditional and innovative local self-sustainable projects in the Mediterranean context. Students will also identify and compare the community practices and local governance in the Mediterranean region, contrasting the city and rural landscape configurations in the Mediterranean region, especially those related to the local self-sustainable development. They also will identify and explain in situ the processes and resistances that are influencing the local sustainability of Granada and its surroundings. 

Health Sciences

Health Sciences and Public Health in Spain

This course is intended to offer a generic view of the most important aspects of the Spanish health system and its comparison with other European systems, as well as their institutions and to cover some specific aspects of diseases of interest, in a context of scientific and technical vocabulary. The course also aims to identify what factors, together with the health system, determine the level of health of a population. The relative importance of these factors will be analyzed on the basis of the socioeconomic characteristics of a country, as well as the interventions that are made for prevention and control by the public health system. 

History & Culture

History of Spain

The aim of this subject is to offer a general view of the History of Spain. Students will study the most important political, economical, social and cultural aspects of Spanish History, starting with Prehistory and Ancient History in the Iberian Peninsula. The course will then continue with the fall of the Roman Empire, the Visigoth Kingdom, AI-Andalus, the 'Reconquista', the Catholic Kings and the Habsburg dynasty, the crisis of the Spanish empire and the Bourbon Reformism. Students will also learn about late Spanish modern history, including the Ancient Regime Crisis, the Liberal Revolution, the Restoration, the Primo de Rivera Dictatorship, the II Republic, the Civil War, Francoism and, of course, the Transition to Democracy. 

History of Art in Spain

The aim of the subject is to appreciate and recognize several interpretations and values of the work of art in different historic contexts. Students will explore the most important processes of the artistic change and cultural transformations of Western art (especially in Spain). This class will teach students to understand works of art as exponents of creativity and value them as a document from one period and one culture.

Islamic Culture in Spain

The main objective of this subject is to give the students an overall view of the Arab-Islamic world through its history and culture. Thus, the program is divided in five chapters that include Arab-Islamic history from its beginning to the present time, rendering special attention to the Islam as a fundamental religious and cultural phenomenon in Arab history, as well as to the socio-political development of AI-Andalus. 

Latin American Civilization and Culture

This subjects aims to cover the basic elements which constitute Latin-American culture. It tackles the questions which today form models for understanding the contemporary reality of Latin America. The fundamental aim is to gain a perspective on the complex reality of nations which are the result of a laborious process of culturalization. 

Spanish Civilization and Culture

The aim of this course is to serve as an introduction to various different aspects of Spanish culture combining historical, sociological and literary focuses. 


Courses Taught in Spanish 


Spain and Latin America through Contemporary Cinema

This subject approaches the contemporary historical development of these countries. It will cover Spanish history from the Post-war period (50s), an overview of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century. It will also cover Latin American history from the Populist movements of the 50s to the migratory movements of the late 20th century, and include a reflection on the first decade of the 21st century.

A Social and Ideological Perspective of Contemporary European Films

This subject approaches European society through contemporary European films. It attempts to provide a perspective of the social, economic and ideological changes, taking the main directors and films dealing with these themes as a reference.


Spanish Civilization and Culture

The syllabus of this course has been programmed from an anthropological global perspective, so that students will be able to gain an overall view of Spanish culture, of the Spanish way of life, throughout history and in the present-day, and in its diverse manifestations. 

Latin American Civilization and Culture

The objectives of this course are, mainly, the initiation and understanding of this discipline by the students through the principal stylistic languages which have defined Latin American reality. The wealth and extension of which make it necessary for us to delimit the sections in direct correspondence with the cultural environment which allows us, on the one hand, a greater understanding of the artistic events, and on the other, a better assimilation of the historical content which surround the artistic production and which are of a priority nature in the syllabus.

Islamic Culture in Spain

The aims of this course are to explain to students the history, society, art and other cultural manifestations of Al-Andalus from its birth in the year 711 to its disappearance in 1492. But the course will not be limited to this period nor to the geographical frame of Al-Andalus. An ample introduction to the Islamic world will be given, and Al-Andalus will be related to the Omeya and Abbasi empires and in general the historical evolution of the Islam, the configuration of the Christian kingdoms of the north peninsular will be studied and the course will finish with an introduction to the Mudejars and the Moriscos (Moslem converts to Christianity). 

Spanish Music: Society, Tradition, and Avant-garde

The main aim of this course is to promote recognition and appreciation of the cultural values inherent in Spanish music through listening, debate and critical analysis of bibliographic and audiovisual documents. 

The Art of Flamenco in Society and Culture

Through the study of a significant number of songs, as well as articles, books, films and documentaries, this course will explore the poetic language of the lyrics, the association of these with high culture (principally poetry and music), the artistic nature of this musical expression and the links between flamenco and the society and culture that are its origin and end. 

Health and Ecology

Health Sciences and Public Health in Spain

This course is intended to offer a generic view of the most important aspects of the Spanish health system and its comparison with other European systems, as well as their institutions and to cover some specific aspects of diseases of interest, in a context of scientific and technical vocabulary. The course also aims to identify what factors, together with the health system, determine the level of health of a population. The relative importance of these factors will be analyzed on the basis of the socioeconomic characteristics of a country, as well as the interventions that are made for prevention and control by the public health system. 

Ecology and the Environment in Spain

The course provides a a theoretical understanding, via analysis, of the major environmental problems in Spain, outlining the causes of the current situation as well as future perspectives and possible forms of intervention. Case studies are used to enable the student to understand the potential, risks, opportunities and impact of the Spanish environmental framework. Objectives will be achieved through both lectures and a series of field trips.


Spanish History from 18th Century to the Civil War and Franco

The main objective of this subject is to study the most important political, economic, social and cultural developments that took place over more than two centuries. The starting point is the establishment of the House of Bourbon in Spain and it ends with the installation of the Franco regime. This period is of utmost importance in understanding Spain today. More specific objectives of this course include acquisition of concepts and a basic understanding of Spain: demographic evolution, economic development, social changes and movements, alterations in the political systems and the succession of proposals and cultural movements. Students will have to become familiar with the main historical processes in Spain in the 18th century and in more contemporary times, and also with the specific historical vocabulary used. 

The Transition: From Franco's Dictatorship to Today's Democratic Spain

This course examines the most significant political, economic, social and cultural events from the middle of last century to those of modern-day Spain. After an introductory lesson aimed at explaining the precedents to Franco’s regime, students will fully analyze Franco’s military dictatorship and how, after this lengthy period of time, the transition to and consolidation of democracy was achieved. 

Contemporary History of America

This course covers the historical development of the Latin-American countries from their independence up until the present-day. Through well characterized periods the most relevant aspects of their nationality are studied: the formation of the state, the political evolution, social classes, economic areas, without forgetting questions such as the demographic boom, the foreign debt, or the indigenous problem. The objective is a better understanding of the causes and determining factors of contemporary Latin-America. 

History of Art

Spanish Art (Renaissance and Baroque)

This subject deals with the study of the forms of artistic expression in Spain between the 16th and end of the 18th centuries, in two differentiated blocks: Renaissance Art and Baroque Art. The analysis of these two blocks explains the main lines of artistic expression of the period and their evolution, giving attention – for reasons of brevity – to the principal figures of each epoch. The specific aims of the subject are, on the one hand, to understand the essential trends of Spanish artistic expression of the Modern Age, integrating them in their historical, social and ideological context; on the other hand, to develop the linguistic competence of the student in the Spanish language. 

Contemporary Spanish Art

This subject analyzes the historical evolution of Spanish art during the contemporary era, including the art of the end of the Ancien Régime, with the study of neoclassicism and the work of Francisco Goya; the art of the 19th century, with the analysis of the principal trends in painting and sculpture (romanticism, realism, impressionism, modernism), as well as the historicist, eclectic and modernist architectural styles, especially focusing on the works of Antonio Gaudí; and the art of the 20th century and beginning of the 21st, analyzing both the art of the historic avant-garde – particularly the work of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró – and the evolution of the plastic arts from the post-war period to today, as well as the development of Spanish architecture during this period. 


Spanish Literature: from Renaissance to the Golden Age of Cervantes

The period that this subject covers is one of the fundamental, not only to understand Spanish literature, but also the culture and history of Spain. Therefore the objectives of this subject are, above all, to introduce students to a text that is not generally known and, in turn, provide the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the language, to put the student in touch with the great masters of Spanish literature. 

Spanish Literature: Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Realism

This course will deal with Spanish literature produced during the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries, in two sections focused comparatively with respect to the same tendencies in other countries. The first section will be on the characteristics which the Age of Enlightenment presented in Spain and the continuity of a type of Baroque literature coexisting with Enlightenment literature. The second block will be focused on 19th century literature in its two main lines, romanticism and realism. With this orientation the students are expected to obtain a dynamic vision of Spanish literature with which they can interconnect the knowledge they may already possess, or with the knowledge they may possess in the future. 

Contemporary Spanish Literature

This subject covers the most prominent Spanish literary works of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century. This course also deals with the relationship between literature and other cultural aspects such as visual arts, music, popular culture, religion and philosophy. Literary works and essays will be read throughout the course. The students are expected to link previous knowledge with what is learned in class, and analyze the information received in a critical way. 

Latin American Literature

The objective of this course is to study the literary production in Latin America. The course will include the study of a selection of authors and works while at the same time trying to transmit to the student the reality, and diversity, of the vast literary production. 

Image of Women in Spanish Literature: 18th to 21st Centuries

This course will examine Spanish Literature from its "radical historicity", through images of the women who produce the texts, as well as the different configurations of femininity in virtue of the consolidation of the patriarchal bourgeois society in Spain. Students will also study the possible influence of gender of the male or female author in the construction of the imaginary feminine. 

Spanish Theater and Social Change

This course provides an overview of the main ideological and social changes taking the theatrical approach to the Spanish stage as a reference. Students will receive an introduction to the most outstanding Spanish authors and plays in comparison with the European scene. 


Religious Diversity and Culture in Medieval Spain

This course aims to contribute to the acquisition of a better knowledge and understanding of the past and of Spanish culture, particularly through the study of the social relations, and religious and cultural backgrounds that were found in the medieval Hispanic multicultural societies. Learning more about these phenomena may offer clues to understanding the present. For this reason, students will take a trip through the history of the presence and relationships of the three communities in the Iberian Peninsula, and briefly analyze the fate that each of them met with the coming of the Modern Era. 

Sociology, Politics and Economics

Current Sociopolitical Topics in Spain

This course aims to offer a general introduction to the basics of the political system and government of Spain. Throughout the course, students will analyze both the institutional and dynamic aspects of the political process. Specifically, students will study the form of government in Spain, the democratic institutions, the model of territorial organization by the State, the political party system, electoral evolution in Spain and the political culture of the Spanish people. 

Economics and Business in Spain and Latin America

This course is aimed at those students who wish to learn the general language of economics along with the study of Spanish economics and of the main Latin American countries through a great variety of activities. Also, the differences in culture and protocol for doing business with the Spanish and with the Latin Americans will be studied. Finally, material will be included related to the subjects analyzed in each unit to develop tasks on the Internet. 

The Political System of the European Union

The aims of this course are to cover the fundamental aspects of the political system of the European Union. From certain theoretical fundaments which allow students to classify the different forms of democracy, an historical evolution will be presented of the European construction process. Students will also study the group of institutions which make up the European Union’s political system as well as detailing the basic principals of functioning and the principal agents who intervene in the process. 

Marketing Communication

This subject attempts to provide the student with a complete and integrated vision of the different forms of business communication presently available. In this sense, it brings to light both the difficulties and the wealth of communication possibilities that can be developed. 


The Diversity of Spanish Language in the World

This course intends that the student from a higher advanced and proficient level of Spanish acquires a deep theoretical and practical knowledge of the different linguistic varieties that occur in different linguistic registers: academic language versus informal language, taking into account the study of its historic, geographical and social setting, as well as contact with other languages of Spain. Likewise, the student will thoroughly investigate and study the most relevant aspects that differentiate the current Spanish norms of Spain against the Spanish in America and elsewhere in the world, paying special attention to the grammatical, lexical, phonetic and pragmatic aspects.

Applied Linguistics in Teaching Spanish

The course "Applied Linguistics in teaching Spanish" has a twofold objective: first, to serve as practice and improvement of the Spanish language and secondly, to develop the skills and teaching techniques, theoretical knowledge and research awareness of a teacher of E/LE. These two aims are developed through a predominantly practical approach, with special attention to linguistic content that is more difficult, both in learning and teaching. Also advantage shall be taken of several opportunities to practice offered by the CLM and its learning environment as well as all linguistic production involved in the work in the classroom sessions and independent study course. 

Spanish Linguistics

This subject attempts to familiarize students with the most important topics in Linguistics as a science of the language in general and more specifically, with Spanish Linguistics. During the course we will learn that human language, the most perfect sign system that exists today, is a complex and fascinating system, in constant evolution. In the first part of this subject, we will study some of the main aspects of the Spanish language as a system, and its peculiarities as a means of social communication. We will also define the units of the linguistic system, and learn the terminology necessary to remove any barriers in the study of general and Spanish linguistics. In the second part of this course, we will cover topics related to Spanish linguistic diversity. We will explore the world of linguistic universals and analyze the relationship between language and the worldview. We will also talk about dignity of languages and, the prejudices and clichés that exist in some of them. We will take a brief tour through the evolution of general and Spanish Linguistics, and their methods.