Latin America is one of the most diverse and interesting regions in the world. The variety of peoples, cultures, languages, and environments makes the study of Latin America an exciting intellectual adventure.
The Argentine & Latin American Program was designed for those students who have the determination, courage and motivation to immerse themselves in a different culture and increase their global inter-cultural learning. Latin American Studies is designed to further understanding of the societies and cultures of Latin America as viewed from regional and global perspectives.
The program lasts 2 weeks and maximum 12 students will attend a wide range of classes which are offered only in Spanish. The seminars are very intensive and focus on Argentine and Latin American culture, history, economic, international relations, heath care, politics, art and literature. Students must demonstrate intermediate-advanced proficiency in Spanish language.
The Latin American Studies program is a multidisciplinary program that offers students a regional focus to complement their disciplinary focus. The concentration provides a coherent framework for the study of Latin America and is designed to prepare students for careers requiring specialized knowledge of the peoples, cultures and social systems of Latin America.
Key concepts in cultural studies
Theoretical perspectives to explain cultural differences
Statistical evidence to support theories of cultural categorization
Explanation of historical moments according to cultural traits of protagonists
Professor lecture and presentation
Reading of selected scholarly articles
Reading of selected new media articles and cases
Active discussion and debate of readings
On site visits and interview with locals
Students will get the opportunity to present their work in oral presentations (10 min)
50% active class participation
25% brief case write-ups
Cultural Immersion Program descriptions
1) Evolution of the Argentine Society
This subject is centered in the analysis of the social, cultural and economic characteristics that formed the Argentine society during the last fifty years. A brief historic introduction goes over the problems in the making of the State and the modern Argentine society. In said introduction, the particularities of the national development are traced, from Sarmiento and Alberti to Peronism. From there on, the research is centered on specific subjects that aim to explain the characteristics of present Argentina. The topics covered on this second part of the course include: the Argentine economic cycle; 1930-2001: causes of the democratic instability; Peronism; models of economic growth: from liberalism to developmentalism; European influences: British domination, French culture and Hispanic and Italian immigration; popular music: from tango to cuarteto; literature and poetry; from Alfonsín to Macri: the making of a new Argentina, from democratic consolidation to crisis.
2) Society and Culture
This subject introduces the student, based on theoretical grounding and case studies, to some relevant aspects that constitute the “ethos” of being Latin American. From the 1950’s the cultural phenomena that lead the change in the economic model, politics and international context are analyzed. With this horizon the following aspects are explored: tango, fútbol, popular religiousness and other icons of the latin culture.
3) Geography, environments and regions
The course studies the formal geographical regions of the Latin American territory and biogeography. Will consider the process of settlement of different regions, ecoregions, the excesses of nature and policies of environmental preservation of Latin American, environmental impacts, urban space among other topics.
4) A Socioeconomic Perspective on Argentina and Latin America
It consists of an approach to Argentina and Latin America according to the distribution of population, quality of life and poverty. Other issues covered: the landless social movement, the new reality of rural areas, regional economies, corruption, socio-territorial inequalities, segregation, urban poverty, and South America’s integration in the Southern Cone Common Market, known as “Mercosur”.
5) Economic of Argentina and Latin America
The course studies territorial aspects of productive activities in Argentina and the Region, distribution of wealth, economic freedom, individual and corporate income tax rates, cost of living, inflation, income distribution, debts, foreign trade, banking, among other topics.
6) Government and political organization of Argentina
The course studies the political aspects of Argentina and Latin America. Students are encouraged to understand the political systems and parties of Argentina & Region in a historical perspective. Present-day social actors and protest movements are similarly contextualized within ongoing struggles between the state and various forces in society.
7) Latin American International Relations
This course addresses the main problems of Latin American international relations during the last decades, analyzing the role of China, Russia, United States, Europe and the emergence of sub-groups in the region; the processes of democratization; the conception of strategic security; the Washington consensus; the free market policies; drug trafficking; terrorism; the regional integration experiences and Latin American’s place in the new international order.
50 Cultural lessons
Visits and interview with locals, NGO, companies, politicians and leaders.
Argentinean Wine tasting
Free Internet access - WI FI
Audio and video rooms
Free coffee, tea and refrigerated water
Time Schedule: mornings and afternoons
Intensive 2 week course study materials
2 tests during the course and end of course exam
24-hour emergency phone line
All administrative and registration fees, tax and civil liability insurance
What's not included?
All roundtrip Airfare
Personal travels and tranfers during and outside of program dates
Entertainment expenses including beverages and personal purchases
Expenses for medical and other emergencies
Shuttle Bus service on arrival or departure
Candidates must meet the following requirements:
- + 18
-CV (Curriculum Vitae in your native language)
-Spanish language: Level B1+
You will be required to prove your level of command of Spanish by presenting the results you received at Spanish courses. Please, always check with your university whether your Spanish studies are sufficient for you to meet this requirement. In general, higher education institutions request student to have a level of command of the language of instruction equivalent to a B1/B2+ level according to the scale as described by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
Program have rolling admission so it is recommended to apply as soon as possible. (Closes when 12 spots are filled) - Please contact your country organization to know if they have secure spots on this program.