AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Summer 2018
Course Descriptions

   

Students take one course from the following list for 6 credits per session. A minimum enrollment of 10 students is required for each course. The University course code is listed followed by the U.S. equivalent. Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University.

Intensive Spanish Language Program
Course Code and Credits: INT 121/Spanish 121 (6)
Course Title: Español Básico / Beginners’ Spanish
Course Description:
This course is intended for beginners. The general aim of the course is to provide students with basic language skills. Students acquire and develop basic knowledge of the language that allows them to communicate straightforward information in a familiar context. Classes emphasize production and understanding in communicative situations. On completing the course, students will be able to understand basic instructions, take part in factual conversations on a predictable topic and express simple opinions or requirements about the present, past and future.
Course Code and Credits: INT 151/Spanish 251 (6)
Course Title: Español Intermedio 1 / Intermediate Spanish 1
Course Description:
This course is intended for students who already have basic communication skills. The general aim of the course is to extend students’ ability to communicate on a wider range of topics. Classes emphasize the active acquisition of grammatical structures and vocabulary. On completing the course, students will be able to keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics and give short talks or write short letters and other texts on familiar subjects.
Course Code and Credits: INT 181/Spanish 281 (6)
Course Title: Español Intermedio 2 / Intermediate Spanish 2
Course Description:
This course is aimed at students who have already mastered the main grammatical features of the language and can communicate in a fairly wide range of formal and informal situations both orally and in writing. Emphasis is placed on the use of precise and appropriate vocabulary in context and distinguishing between formal and informal registers. Special attention is paid to fluency and pronunciation as well as producing well-organized and grammatically correct written contexts. On completing the course students will have mastered all the major grammatical forms of the language. They will be able to express different attitudes (e.g. possibility, probability, doubts and advice) using a good range of structures.
Course Code and Credits: INT 221/Spanish 321 (6)
Course Title: Español Avanzado / Advanced Spanish
Course Description:
This course is intended for students who have mastered all the major grammatical forms of the language and can communicate with relative fluency in a wide range of formal and informal situations. At this level, students are encouraged to consolidate and perfect their communicative strategies, both oral and written. Students are required to give oral presentations in order to improve their fluency and accuracy when speaking in public. Students also gradually learn to produce expository and argumentative prose. On completing the course, students will be able to speak about complicated or sensitive issues using appropriate and complex language.

Argentine and Latin American Studies Program
Course Code and Credits: ART 305 (4)
Course Title: Arte Latinoamericano / Latin American Art
Course Description:
This course examines Argentine arts in the 19th and 20th centuries in the context of Latin American arts. It will explore trends and groups which introduced innovation in the art canon, both from a formal and socio-historical perspective. In the classes selected texts and works will be discussed. In order to provide a direct experience of the artworks, it will include visits to several Buenos Aires museums (Malba, National Museum of Fine Arts, Eduardo Sívori Museum and Modern Arts Museum).
Course Code and Credits: Cultural Studies 329 (4)
Course Title: Cultura y civilización en Latinoamérica / Culture and Civilization in Latin America
Course Description:
Since its discovery until the present, America has been imagined and conceived as the “New Continent”, a place for utopia, but also as a space of inequalities and extreme forms of violence. The course explores distinctive cultural aspects of Latin America by looking at the ways it has been represented in readings spanning from the diaries written by Christopher Columbus to the texts of the Cuban Revolution, the iconography of Peronism, or the recent debates on Neoliberalism, Globalization and Populism. Drawing on essays, but also on short-stories, paintings, photographs, murals and film, the course addresses a set of questions that lie at the heart of how we think about Latin America. The purpose of the course is threefold: to introduce students to problems central to Latin America, to familiarize students with a variety of non-fictional writings in Spanish, such as essay, chronicle, journalism and documentary films, and to sharpen student’s skills as analytical readers.
Course Code and Credits: LIT 321 (4)
Course Title: Literatura Latino Americana / Latin American Literature
Course Description:
Explores Latin American literature from pre-Columbian times to the present. The prescribed texts include letters, poems, short stories, critical articles and novels by acclaimed authors such as Ruben Dario, Juan Rulfo, Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Pablo Neruda, Elena Poniatowska, César Huidobro and Roberto Bolaños. Many of them belonged to the Latin American Boom of the 1960s and 1970s, when the Latin American novel became known throughout the world. But the course also considers original Latin American genres, such as testimonial narrative. Examines literary responses to complex cultural, social and historical problems: conquest, nation building and national identity formation; acculturation, avant-gardism, nationalism and cosmopolitanism; or populism and authoritarianism.