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The University of San Diego offers an impressive number of short-term programs during intersession (between fall and spring semesters in the month of January). These programs are offered in various international locations and are all taught by USD faculty members. Program locations and courses change periodically.

The tuition cost for these programs is subsidized by the university and USD International Center scholarships as well as outside scholarships are available. The program cost is very comprehensive and includes the following: three units of USD tuition, housing, excursions, class related visits, medical insurance, and some group meals.

Intersession 2015

Program dates, cost information and additional details are forthcoming. All courses are 3 units, unless otherwise indicated.

Program Course(s) Offered Professor Program Cost

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Business Program


BUSN 494/ECON 494: Latin American Business Environment

MGMT 312: Global Social Entrepreneurship

Dr. Denise Dimon

 

Dr. Moriah Meyskens

 

 

 

 

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Spanish Program


SPAN 494/LATS 494: Argentina: Memory and Justice Dr. Alejandro Meter  
 
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

ARAB 294: Arabic Literature in Translation in Dubai Prof. Randa Jad-Moussa  
 
Hong Kong, China

BUSN 377: Negotiation in a Global Business Environment

COMM 475W: Intercultural Communication

ECON 333: International Economics

Professor Linda Barkacs

Dr. Leeva Chung

Dr. Alan Gin

 

 

 

 
London, England

ENGL 280/420: Shakespeare in London

PSYC 355: Abnormal Psychology

Dr. Abe Stoll

Dr. Michael Ichiyama

 

 

Shanghai, China


BUSN 494: International Management Practicum- Consulting Project Dr. Carsten Zimmerman  
 

Sundance Film Festival, Utah


COMM 433: American Independent Cinema
*Note: course can be taken for honors credit
Dr. Roger Pace

Dr. Eric Pierson
 
 

Sydney, Australia


ELEC 403: Advanced Electronic Circuit Design Dr. Thomas Schubert  
 

 

Course Descriptions For Intersession 2015


BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA- BUSINESS PROGRAM

BUSN/ECON 494: Latin American Business Environment
Professor: Dr. Denise Dimon
Fulfills: BUSN 494 fulfills an elective for the Business Administration and International Business majors and minors; ECON 494 fulfills an elective for the Economics and Business Economics Majors and Minors.
Pre-requisite(s): ECON 102
Course description coming soon. Students can register for either BUSN 494 or ECON 494. BUSN 494 fulfills an elective for the Business Administration and International Business Majors and Minors. ECON 494 fulfills an elective for the Economics and Business Economics Majors and Minors.

BUSN 312: Global Social Entrepreneurship
Professor: Dr. Moriah Meyskens
Fulfills: Coming soon
Pre-requisite(s): Coming soon

This unique course will provide students the opportunity to work with an existing social venture in Argentina.  In the classroom students will analyze case studies and then they will apply their classroom learning to real-world issues by conducting field work projects with social ventures in Argentina.  Team based projects will focus on areas such as poverty alleviation, energy, health and sustainability.  Students will gain exposure to innovative models for addressing issues of poverty, as well as to thoroughly-vetted social ventures that are making tangible and potentially scalable progress. Student teams will work in close collaboration with partner organizations to deliver on consulting projects designed to meet existing needs.   


BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA- SPANISH PROGRAM

SPAN 494/LATS 494: Argentina: Memory and Justice
Professor: Dr. Alejandro Meter
Pre-requisite(s): Span 303 and Span 304 or equivalent OR Instructor Consent

This intensive three-week language and culture immersion course will explore the politics of memory in post-dictatorial Argentina. We will study the role played by the “sites of memory” such as museums and monuments and their effects in the construction of a national identity. We will place particular attention to the cultural production that has resulted from the tensions between memory and forgetting by examining literary works, art, photography and music.



DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

ARAB 294: Arabic Literature in Translation in Dubai
Professor: Randa Jad-Moussa

Fulfills: Core Curriculum literature requirement

Arabic 294 focuses on the contemporary cultures and societies of the Arab world. Its objective is to develop an understanding of the political, social, and religious realities of the modern Arab world through literature. The class will provide an overview of the role that modernization and globalization play in shaping these realities. A selection of contemporary Arabic literature will be read in English translation, including poetry, short stories, novels, and plays. Current socio-cultural change in the Arab world will be highlighted with an emphasis on topics such as tradition, gender relations, and cultural pluralism. Cultural nuances are introduced and learned through interaction with a variety of multi-media material of videos, podcasts, reading material and still photos. With 85% of the population of Dubai being foreign-born, Dubai is a highly cosmopolitan society with a diverse and vibrant culture. The influence of Islamic and Arab culture on its architecture, music, attire, cuisine, and lifestyle are very prominent as well. Students enrolled in this course will have ample opportunities to interact with Arabs from a variety of professional, educational and sub-cultural backgrounds, which will add to the richness of their experience. There are no pre-requisites for this course.


HONG KONG, CHINA

BUSN 377: Negotiation in a Global Business Environment
Professor: Professor Linda Barkacs
Fulfills: Elective for International Business major; Elective for Business Administration major
Pre-requisite(s): 60 units

Negotiation is a central skill in managing conflict, bridging cultural differences, exploring options, creating value, and distributing resources. Efforts to shape the goals, structures, and the direction of an organization are undertaken by individuals and groups who frequently hold diverse and competing perspectives. People use negotiation to address their differences and to influence outcomes. International law, geo-political considerations, methods and forums for resolving international disputes, cultural factors, and international standards for business conduct are crucial considerations for business people negotiating in the global marketplace. This course will explore the science and the art of negotiation. The science will be learned largely through readings and discussion of the readings. The art will be learned through experience and simulated negotiations.

COMM 475W: Intercultural Communication
Professor: Dr. Leeva Chung
Fulfills: Coming soon
Pre-requisite(s): Coming soon

Course description coming soon.

ECON 333: International Economics
Professor: Dr. Alan Gin
Fulfills: Coming soon
Pre-requisite(s): Coming soon

Course description coming soon.


LONDON, ENGLAND- ENGLISH PROGRAM

ENGL 280/420: Shakespeare in London
Professor: Dr. Abe Stoll

Fulfills: Core Curriculum literature requirement

There is no better place to study Shakespeare than on the banks of the Thames, the alleys of Eastcheap, and amidst the architecture and vistas that he knew. Although Shakespeare’s texts provide us with some of our richest literary experiences, the playwright hardly thought about publication. The theater was a living, money-making scheme, shaped by its location in the slums, by immediate political situations, and by the actors and patrons who entered the gates of the playhouse. This course will teach Shakespeare as one of history’s great artists – whose greatness was forged within the contingencies and pressures of the real world. Much of that world is still there to be studied and experienced.

PSYC 355: Abnormal Psychology
Professor: Dr. Michael Ichiyama

Fulfills: Clinical Line for Psychology major; Upper-division elective for Behavioral Neuroscience major

Course description coming soon.


SHANGHAI, CHINA

BUSN 494: International Management Practicum- Consulting Project
Professor: Dr. Carsten Zimmerman
Fulfills: Elective for International Business major/minor; Elective for Business Administration major/minor; Elective for Management minor
Pre-requisite(s): MGMT 300, MKGT 300 & FINA 300
The international management practicum is a practice oriented, hands-on course which provides international strategic and consulting experiences of the cultures, markets, and business idiosyncrasies of the specific regions wherein projects and cases take place. The course will have students work in teams providing solutions to a business problem or strategic issue for a company or organization in Shanghai. During the course you will develop expertise on international consulting techniques, cultural specifics, practices, theories, and skills that are applicable to individuals and organizations seeking differentiated competitiveness in a global business environment. Then you will integrate your strategic thinking, creativity and analytical business tools to complete the project, and present your results to the clients in Shanghai.


SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

COMM 433: American Independent Cinema
Professors: Dr. Roger Pace, Dr. Eric Pierson
Pre-requisite(s): A strong interest in film

This is a two week course is taught at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah during intersession. This course is an intense examination of the independent film industry during the Festival. Students will engage the films and filmmakers firsthand through a series of lectures, screenings, panels, and small group discussions. Classes are conducted in a conference room in the hotel. There are a series of brief mandatory meetings in the Fall prior to departure. This course can also be taken for honors credit.


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

ELEC 403: Advanced Electronic Circuit Design
Professor: Dr. Thomas Schubert
Fulfills: UD elective for Electrical Engineering Major
Pre-requisite(s): ELEC 301, ELEC 302 or consent of the instructor
Analysis and design of analog and digital electronic circuits and systems including:  oscillators, waveform generation, communication circuits, power electronics, and digital gates; computer-aided analysis and design; lecture/recitation and occasional lab/demonstration.