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Whether you're traveling to Spain or any other Latin American country for business or pleasure, it's important to understand the culture, the behaviors, the values and morals of the people at your destination.

Business or leisure travelers to Spain need to deal with passports and other important documents. Those traveling to business for Spain should understand the etiquette of doing business in this culture. Cultural awareness issues also include proper manners and expectations in business gatherings and negotiations. This course will offer you tips in successfully engaging in business in Spain.

Students will also learn basic travel tips and safety issues as well as what to expect when traveling through Spain and respecting its customs and traditions. This course explores some of the more popular festivals that occur throughout the year and introduces some of Spain's most delicious culinary delights.

The Spanish are an incredibly passionate people who love their entertainment. Spanish traditions and customs, from flamenco to bullfighting, are found in every region of the country. As a predominantly Catholic nation, ancient tradition, expectations and values are steeped in their customs regarding birth, baptism, passage into adulthood, marriage and death.

Changing values and the political landscape of Spain have brought the country through centuries of strife. Today, Spain is a wonderfully diverse country rich in both contemporary ideals and values that nevertheless blend with centuries of tradition. Finally, students will conclude the course with a brief glimpse into a few famous Spanish tourist destinations and World Heritage Sites. So, get ready to immerse yourself in Spanish culture by taking this course!

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Lesson 1. Spanish History 101

Spain is a beautiful, rich, and culturally diverse country bordered by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean on its western coastline and on its south and eastern sides by the Mediterranean. Its northern border is France. 15 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: History of Spain; Spanish History
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Spanish History 101

Lesson 2. Preparing to Travel

In this lesson, students will be given information regarding what is required to travel, as well as how to obtain a passport or visa for travel to Spain and other Latin destinations. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Staying Healthy While Traveling
  • Take Poll: Travel to Spain
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Preparing to Travel

Lesson 3. Doing Business in Spain

When traveling to Spain for business, keep in mind that things you might ordinarily do in your workplace, with your boss, or with coworkers may not necessarily be accepted in another country. 109 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Doing Business in Spain; Spanish Business Tips
  • Complete Assignment: Business Management Style
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Doing Business in Spain

Lesson 4. Travel Tips and Safety Issues

Spain is a popular tourist destination for millions of travelers each year. Also a burgeoning finance center, major cities around the country bring business travelers to Spain year round. 9 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Practical Travel Advice; Travel Tips for Spain
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Travel Tips and Safety Issues

Lesson 5. Spanish Festivals

Now, we'll talk about some of the most popular Spanish festivals. If your trip should fall on any of these special days or festivals, it's a good idea that you know what to expect. 108 Total Points
  • Review Article: Carnival in Spain
  • Take Poll: Spanish Festival
  • Complete Assignment: Spanish Festivals
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Spanish Festivals

Lesson 6. Spanish Cuisine

Before we talk about the different cuisines and delicious dishes from the country, we should begin with a brief overview and history of the cuisine. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Spanish Regional Cuisines
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Spanish Cuisine

Lesson 7. Spanish Entertainment

Spaniards are legendary for their enthusiasm for entertainment. In Spanish and Latin American cultures, "downtime" is often spent with friends and family. 109 Total Points
  • Review Article: Bullfighting in Spain
  • Complete Assignment: Bull Fighting
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Spanish Entertainment

Lesson 8. Spanish Religion

Spain and many Latin American countries are predominantly Roman Catholic. Catholic traditions, rituals, and rites often play an important role in a Spaniard's life. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Religion in Spain
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Spanish Religion

Lesson 9. Spanish Values

As a general rule, it's recommended that any business or leisure traveler research, be aware of, and understand the customs, values, and traditions of any country that they're visiting. 109 Total Points
  • Review Article: Spain's Social Values
  • Complete Assignment: Compare and Contrast
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Spanish Values

Lesson 10. Spanish Customs and Traditions

To visit Spain is to immerse yourself in a different environment. Spanish customs and traditions have been practiced in Spain for hundreds of years. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: What To Expect form Wedding in Spain
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Spanish Customs and Traditions

Lesson 11. Famous Spaniards

Travelers to Spain and other Latin American countries would do well to briefly research the individuals who have shaped the country to which you are traveling. 110 Total Points
  • Review Article: Spanish Explorers
  • Complete Assignment: Three Famous Spaniards
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Famous Spaniards

Lesson 12. Culture Clash, Spain: Past and Present

In this lesson, we'll offer a brief comparison of the changes that have helped to shape modern Spain. 110 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: 2011-2012 Spanish Protests; Spanish Society Since the 1970s
  • Complete Assignment: New Things
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12: Culture Clash Spain Past and Present

Lesson 13. Spanish Tourist Destinations

Regardless of the reason that you go to Spain, take the time for some R&R while you're there. Spain's major cities and surrounding regions offer something to delight everyone. 273 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Spanish Tourism; Top 10 Tourist Attractions
  • Take Poll: Spanish Tourism
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: Your Tourist Stop
  • Complete Assignment: Final Thoughts
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 13: Spanish Tourist Destinations
  • Complete Exam: The Final Test
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Course Title: Spanish Culture 101
Course Number: 8900275
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Nancy Fillip
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know Spanish history.
  • Know traveling and doing business in Spain.
  • Know Spanish festivals, cuisine, and entertainment in Spain.
  • Know Spanish religion, values, and special customs/traditions.
  • Recognize famous Spaniards.
  • Describe Spanish tourist destinations, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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