Spring 2021 Courses
Art History | Business | Communication | Economics | Environmental Science | Government & Political Studies | Health | International Studies | Languages | Literature | Women and Gender Studies
(B) = Offered by AU Brussels | (M) = Offered by AU Madrid | (N) = Offered by AU Nairobi
Please refer to the course equivalency database to see how courses count towards degree requirements.
*Please note: Any course with an X in the course number (351-00x, 396-00x, etc) is not yet listed in Eagle Service, but will be soon.
(M) ARTH 255-001 – Mediterranean Art History (3): This course examines the European and Spanish Art from the Middle Ages until the beginnings of the 20th century. Main trends and individual styles will be made clear by analyzing the art pieces and masters of the different periods under study. Classroom teaching combines lectures with virtual visits to important museums in Madrid such as the Prado Museum and the Thyssem-Bornemisza Museum.
(M) ARTH-255-003 - Spanish & European Art History (3): This course examines the European and Spanish Art from the Middle Ages until the beginnings of the 20th century. Main trends and individual styles will be made clear by analyzing the art pieces and masters of the different periods under study. Classroom teaching combines lectures with virtual visits to important museums in Madrid such as the Prado Museum and the Thyssem-Bornemisza Museum. AU Core Habits of Mind: Creative-Aesthetic Inquiry.
(M) KSB 350-001 – Managing and Marketing Soccer Clubs in Spain (3): This course provides students with an understanding of the dynamic and growing field of soccer as a business. Topics addressed include league formation, team and player promotion, sponsorships and events, media, soccer tourism, and soccer goods and brands. Special emphasis is placed on the soccer fan/consumer in order to understand various consumer-related issues such as participants versus spectators, research, behavior, segmentation, brand association and loyalty, customer relationship management, and globalization. Theoretical and practical cases and virtual visits to Spanish soccer clubs and organizations expose students to the techniques and strategies applicable to the business of soccer.
(M) COMM 351-002 – Interpersonal Skills in the Digital Era (3): In this course students master effective interpersonal communication in the hectic media environment. Students learn and practice the nature of proper and efficient interpersonal communication, explore the impacts of media and social networks in communication, and develop skills in verbal, non-verbal, written, and visual interpersonal communication.
(B) ECON 458-002 – Economics, Environment & Trade Policy in EU (3): In this course students develop an in-depth working knowledge of economic, environmental and trade policies of the European Union (EU) and gain a greater understanding of the process and evolution of the European economic integration and its implications for the world. The first part of the course examines the EU's single market economic system, the second part focuses on the EU's environmental policies and their global implications, and the third part focuses on the EU's external relations including EU's role in the World Trade Organization (WTO). Prerequisite: ECON-100 and ECON-200. Cross-listed: SISA-323-001.
(N) ENVS-306-001 - Environmental Conservation (3): Offered as a part of the AU Abroad Nairobi program and virtually taught at the Impala Research Centre in northern Kenya, this course introduces students to the complex dynamics between humans and wildlife. Students learn about how the health of humans and wildlife is maintained when living in close proximity can spread new diseases and pose risks, what techniques pastoralists and ranchers use to maintain their herds and make their livelihoods, and the intersection of conservation and wildlife through the lens of ecotourism. The course includes possible virtual visits to surrounding conservancies.
(N) ENVS-311-003 - Environments, Ecosystems & Evolution (3): This course, offered as a part of the AU Abroad Nairobi program, takes place with the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) faculty and offers an introduction to the ways scientists use fossil and archaeological records to learn about past changes in Earth’s climates, environments, and animal communities, and how humanity’s ancestors responded to those changes physiologically and technologically.
(N) ENVS-324-001 - Environmental Health (3): Environmental health is concerned with the influence of biological, chemical, and physical agents on human health and potential solutions associated with major environmental problems. This course introduces key terms and concepts used in the field of environmental health, focusing on environmental exposures, human health effects, and appropriate interventions on the local, national, and global scale. Prerequisite: BIO-110 or ENVS-150 or ENVS-160 or PUBH-110 or SISU-250. Recommendation: BIO-210 or ENVS-260.
Government & Political Studies
(B) GOVT 333-001 – Government and Politics of EU (3): This course is an in-depth study of the governance, politics, and evolution of the European Union (EU). It studies the EU's institutions, and the dynamics of its internal and external policy- making processes. In this course, students learn about the structure and powers of all of the EU institutions, how these institutions interact with each other and with the member states, and the dynamics of the EU's legislative and policy processes. Students also examine the process of accession for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, discuss the EU's emerging Common Foreign and Security Policy, and consider what the evolution of the EU means for the rest of the world. Cross-listed SISA 383-001.
(N) HLTH 296-001 – Dynamics of Tropical Diseases in Africa (3): Overview of tropical infectious and zoonotic diseases common in Africa. Using East Africa as a case study, this class will examine how epidemics of malaria, Ebola, tuberculosis, Coronavirus, and other diseases have shaped countries’ short-term responses, and long-term policies. Public health, social, cultural, economic, political, technological, and systemic perspectives will be incorporated.
(N) HLTH 340-003 – Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3): The best way to explore disease in populations is by thinking like a disease detective. Epidemiology, the study of the patterns and determinants of disease in populations, is the cornerstone of public health. This course introduces the fundamentals of common epidemiological methods such as measures of disease frequency, risk, and types of study designs. Concepts about disease surveillance and screening, statistical analyses, and causal inference are also introduced. Sources of study design errors, including the influence of chance, bias, confounding, and effect modification are also discussed. All of these concepts are explored through problem sets, presentations, and development of study designs. AU Core Integrative Requirement: Quantitative Literacy II. Prerequisite: HLTH-110 and STAT-202 or STAT-203.
(M) HLTH 396-004 – Comparative Health Systems in Spain and Europe (3): This course analyzes the health structures, coverages, and successes in Spain and other European nations. Students learn about the diverse ways national health is managed, explore the impacts of a failing health system, and develop skills to understand and analyze varied state approaches. Cross-listed: SISA-353-001.
(B & N) SISA 211-003 - The European Union and Africa (3): This course examines the international organizations that connect the European Union (EU) with Africa. It studies the nature of the European Union and its institutions. It also covers the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the Cotonou Agreement. It will study the way that the EU works in Africa with other governments, such as the United States, and other international organizations, such as the United Nations.
(N) SISA 311-001 – History of Identity, Conflict and State Formation in Kenya (3): This course examines the social and political history of Kenya through the lens of identity politics, conflict, and conflict resolution. It traces how these themes weave into the project of statehood and how they have changed the course of historical and ideological events and processes. Historical topics include pre-colonial Kenya societies; establishment of colonialism, the settlement of Kenya by the Europeans, and colonial economy; anti-colonial African nationalism; the world wars and their impacts on Kenya; the Mau Mau movement; and Kenya in the post-colonial Cold War context. It also examines how the politics of identity played out in the period of neo-liberal reforms and the globalization of the twenty first century. The course provides students with intellectual tools to understand contemporary Kenya and its peoples, with Kenya as the case study of state formulation processes in postcolonial Africa over the last five decades. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-210.
(M) SISA-313-001 - Security Issues - Basque Country (3): Offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Madrid, Spain, this course examines the phenomenon of political violence in Western Europe and more specifically in Spain and the Basque Country. Against the traditional interpretation of terrorism in the United States as a violent strategy used by outside groups in an attempt to influence the government's foreign policy, in Europe there have been numerous domestic terrorist groups that sought, through the use of violence, to transform their political regimes or achieve the secession of part of the country. Language of Instruction: Spanish. Pre-requisite: SPAN-253, or SPAN-237, or SPAN-322.
(B) SISA 323-001 – Economics, Environment & Trade Policy in EU (3): In this course students develop an in-depth working knowledge of economic, environmental and trade policies of the European Union (EU) and gain a greater understanding of the process and evolution of the European economic integration and its implications for the world. The first part of the course examines the EU's single market economic system, the second part focuses on the EU's environmental policies and their global implications, and the third part focuses on the EU's external relations including EU's role in the World Trade Organization (WTO). Cross-listed: ECON-458-002. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-220.
(B) SISA 333-001 – NATO & International Security Organizations (3): This course is an in-depth study of the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other international security organizations in the global security architecture of the world. Since the end of the Cold War, the global security environment has grown increasingly complex. NATO remains the cornerstone of European security, but it is a different kind of alliance than in the days of the Cold War. The UN Security Council remains preeminent in legitimizing military operations but is often sidelined and ignored. A variety of other international organizations have moved into the security field, such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the International Criminal Court (ICC), as well as the European Union (EU). This course examines what the architecture of international security arrangements will look like in the future. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-230.
(N) SISA-341-001 - International Development & Institutional Strengthening (3): This course will introduce students to international development in Kenya. It will explore the culture, discourse and practice of international development practitioners in Kenya and their bearing on the institutional building and strengthening. The course will incorporate current debates within the field of international development and the various organizations and institutions working on development in Kenya. Guest speakers will provide students with opportunities to learn directly from the experts and practitioners representing a range of development organizations. The students will be introduced to many of the core activities of development organizations – project planning, proposal writing, monitoring and evaluation – and the characteristics of successful organizations. Given that this course will be offered as a complement to students’ internships with grassroots NGOs and community-based organizations, the students will have a good opportunity to link their coursework to their externship experiences and to ask deeper questions about development interventions and their impacts on a country such as Kenya. (Not eligible for self-registration. Must be taken concurrently with an internship. Please email email@example.com for more information)
(M) SISA 353-001 – Comparative Health Systems in Spain and Europe (3): This course analyzes the health structures, coverages, and successes in Spain and other European nations. Students learn about the diverse ways national health is managed, explore the impacts of a failing health system, and develop skills to understand and analyze varied state approaches. Cross-listed: HLTH-396-003. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-250.
(M) SISA 363-001 - Spanish Culture & Civilization (4): Offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Madrid, this course examines the development of the cultures and civilizations of Spain as well as the constructions of the various national identities and analyzes the interactions with the rest of Europe, Northern Africa, and Latin America in order to better understand the current realities and complexities of the country.
(M) SISA 363-003 - Migration Phenomenon in Spain & Europe (3): This course, offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Madrid, reviews the different migratory waves and their profiles as well as the social, political, and economic impacts in both the sending and the receiving societies. It includes comparative case studies of demographic, sociological, economic, and policy-making interest. In addition, this course examines exile as a crucial channel of intercommunication among societies by highlighting the importance of the support and solidarity shown in times of social upheaval, economic failure, and/or political instability, as during and after the Spanish Civil War when Mexico offered political asylum to hundreds of thousands of Republicans fighting against Franco's fascist regime.
(M) SISA 363-004 - Politics, Economics, & Society of Spain (3): Part of the AU Abroad Semester in Madrid, seminars cover the politics, economy, culture, society, and foreign relations of contemporary Spain, including political issues such as separatism, economic trends and Spain's place in the European Union (EU), Spanish society, conflicts among various social groups, and cultural life in Spain. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: SPAN-253. Language of Instruction: Spanish.
(B&N) SISA 381-002 - Regional Conflict and Human Security (3): This course looks at the role of European and African governments and security organizations in regional conflicts in Africa. It will also study the emerging security challenges that give rise to these conflicts such as climate change, hybrid warfare, and the breakdown of the rule of law.
(B) SISA 383-001 – Government and Politics of EU (3): This course is an in-depth study of the governance, politics, and evolution of the European Union (EU). It studies the EU's institutions, and the dynamics of its internal and external policy- making processes. In this course, students learn about the structure and powers of all of the EU institutions, how these institutions interact with each other and with the member states, and the dynamics of the EU's legislative and policy processes. Students also examine the process of accession for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, discuss the EU's emerging Common Foreign and Security Policy, and consider what the evolution of the EU means for the rest of the world. Cross-listed GOVT 333-001.
(B) SISA 383-002 – Politics and Economics of European Defense (3): This course is an in-depth study of the European Union's Security and Defense Policy. Students examine the political and economic dynamics that are driving the policy's development, discuss the interaction between these economic and political dynamics, and evaluate the EU's comprehensive approach of combining and political, economic, and defense capabilities in undertaking missions. Finally, students review the security-development nexus and the EU's strategy toward security in the developing world in general, and particularly toward Africa. The course is divided into three parts. In the first part, students study the economics of defense and the economic constraints on the EU's defense ambitions. In the second part, students study the EU's security structures and the development of its defense and security capabilities in all dimensions. In the third part, the course examines the EU's Security Strategy and examines how the EU deploys its economic, political, and military capabilities in concrete operations. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-280.
(B&N) SISA 381-003 - Africa and Contemporary Great Power Rivalry (3): This course studies how the relationships between Africa, the European Union, the United States, China and Russia have evolved since the Cold War era of decolonization. It brings into this mix the evolution of China’s foreign, economic, and security policy in Africa, and assesses how such involvement has realigned these relationships in terms of economic relations and political diplomacy.
(M) SISA 383-004 – International Relations in the European Union (3): The European Union has been a successful integration process in the international scene. Yet it is very difficult to classify the outcome of this integration, which despite its scope and influence remains far away from the ordinary citizen. Is it an economic giant but a political dwarf? This course introduces the key features for understanding why there is such a project, how it works, its nature and the main debates revolving around its present and its future. Offered as part of the AU Madrid.
(M) SISA 383-005 – Mediterranean Politics (3): This course reviews the Mediterranean region's role in European politics through patterns of conflict and resolution. It covers politics of the Arab world and bilateral relations between countries, with a focus on conflicts in Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, and the Balkans. The course examines the strategic importance of the Maghreb, which combined with southern Europe plays an important role in the decision-making process of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership and the United States. The course also addresses strategic interests, security concerns, defense policies, migration pressure, and risks of nuclear and missile proliferation.
(B & N) SISA 381-002 - The Empire Strikes Back (3): This course examines Africans’ contemporary migrations to Europe and North America. It traces the drivers of migration in centuries-long exploitation and repatriation of resources, both material and human to Europe and North America, but also continuing interference of African politics by western political powers and multinational regimes coupled with lopsided trade relationships. Using case studies, the course covers as wide a topic as the transatlantic slave trade, precolonial Africa, the colonial scramble and partition of the continent, and decolonization in the context of Cold War and the end of cold war which ushered in the neoliberal policies regime.
(M) SPAN-396-001 – Spanish for Public Health (3): This course covers the basics of medical field Spanish including conversational and medical vocabulary with a focus on public health. Students learn through listening, reading, writing, and speaking and apply their knowledge in real-life situations. Language of Instruction: Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN-153.
(M) SPAN-496-001 - Contemporary Spain Through the Eyes of Cinema (3) Spanish film productions are often intended to be magnifying mirrors to reflect an aspect of society on which filmmakers want to call our attention. This course uses these works to explore in depth a wide variety of topics that define the current reality of Spain's culture and society. The course examines the Spanish recent past and present sociology (new gender roles, redefinition of family, current urban and rural cultures, impact of globalization and immigration, minorities, demographics), politics (independence movements, feminism, monarchy decay, recent political impasses), and Spanish idiosyncrasy and life style (carpe diem mentality, gastronomy and obesity, and the obsession with soccer). Students gain perspective on their own cultures by comparing Spain with their countries of origin. Prerequisite: SPAN-337 or SPAN-353. Language of Instruction: Spanish.
(N) SWAH-112-001 - Kiswahili Elementary I (3): This foundation course in Kiswahili introduces students to pronunciation; formulaic greetings; the noun class system; the concordial agreement system associated with verb structure, relative construction, and possessive pronoun and adjective formation; adverbs; sentence structure; text development; and basic vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on speaking, reading, and writing skills and the use of Kiswahili in context.
(N) SWAH 113-001 – Kiswahili Elementary II (3): The course offers more advanced Kiswahili grammatical constructions, more situational conversations, and deeper cultural information. Prerequisite: SWAH-102 or SWAH-112.
(N) SWAH-212-001 - Kiswahili Intermediate I (3): Offered as part of the AU Abroad Nairobi, Kenya program, this course explores more complex grammatical issues and communication styles, including translation. Students are introduced to Kiswahili literature, including poems, novella, and newspapers, and traditional and modern music. Prerequisite: SWAH-103 or SWAH-113.
(N) SWAH-213-001 - Kiswahili Intermediate II (3): Offered as part of the AU Abroad Nairobi, Kenya program, this course continues the study of advanced grammatical structure and communication styles, including translation. Students continue the study of literature and oral communication relevant to cultural understanding in the environment of Nairobi. Instruction in Sheng dialect is included. Prerequisite: SWAH-212.
(N) SWAH-312-001 - Kiswahili Advanced I (3): Offered as part of the AU Abroad Nairobi, Kenya program, this course furthers development of conversational, reading, and writing skills in Kiswahili. The course focuses on comprehension and interpretation of oral and written texts and development of advanced grammatical and expository skills, as well as cultural aspects of Kenya and its people through songs, poetry, cuisines, and literary texts. Prerequisite: SWAH-213.
Literature & Film
(M) LIT-374 - Spain and Latin America through Literature and Film (3) Through a survey of several different forms, contemporary Spanish and Latin American reality is presented in this course offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Madrid. It includes critical approaches to narrative textual discourses dealing with social structure and identity, and explores the relation between literature and film, showing Latin American countries as complex cultural arrangements in continuous redefinition.
(M) LIT-379-001 - Mediterranean Cinema (3): Offered as part of the AU Abroad Madrid and the Mediterranean program. Featuring a series of films, mostly produced in Mediterranean countries, which are a rich source for the study of inter cultural relations, this course studies the cinematic medium, not only as a data source, but as a language in itself. Different film traditions are analyzed in order to discover the type of stylistic conventions that vary from culture to culture, as well as cinema's potential for inter cultural communication.
Women and Gender Studies
(N) WGSS 350-005 – Geographies of Gender in Development (3): This course investigates a number of competing conceptions of development within the African context from a gendered perspective. The underlying political, economic, social, and gender dynamics that make development a continuing global problem are explored by looking at issues such as health and reproductive rights, livelihoods and land rights, human security, and political participation. It examines women's contributions to, challenges to, and revisions of the terms of key conceptual and political debates in development.
(M) WGSS 350-007 - Long Walk to Equality (3): The course informs students about the role of women in Spain and approaches the subject from both a historical and contemporary point of view. Students are introduced to both political and social movements taking place in modern day Spain that affect the role of women in society. Other key points addressed include the historic role of Spanish women under Francisco Franco and through the transition to democracy, domestic violence, and women in the media. Offered through the AU Abroad program in Madrid, Spain. Language of Instruction: Spanish. Pre-requisite: SPAN 252 or SPAN 237