Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Study Abroad in Buenos Aires: Courses

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Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. Elective courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University of Belgrano.

Optional Early Start Program: 4-Week Intensive Spanish Language

The University course code is listed preceded by the U.S. equivalent. Classes meet 5 hours per day for a total of 100 hours. The course is recommended for 6 semester credits.

Early Start Optional Program Intensive Spanish Language Courses

Spanish 121/INT 121 (6) | Beginner Spanish / Español Básico

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.

Spanish 251/INT 151 (6) | Beginner Spanish / Español Básico

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.

Spanish 281/INT 181 (6) | Intermediate Spanish 2 / Español Intermedio 2

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.

Spanish 321/INT 221 (6) | Advanced Spanish / Español Avanzado

This course is intended for students that 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.

Latin American Studies with Spanish Program

All students are encouraged to enroll in one of the following Spanish classes for 2, 4 or 6 semester credits

Spanish Language Courses

Spanish 120 (6) | Beginner Spanish / Español Básico

This course is designed for students who have no previous knowledge of Spanish. The course introduces students systematically to the grammatical and lexical features of the language in its social context. Students will be able to understand others and express themselves in everyday situations, exchanging simple and direct information. The basic rules of Spanish grammar will be taught such as the present and preterite tense, use of ser and estar, vos vs. usted, agreement, prepositions, nouns, adjectives and pronouns and the definite and indefinite article. Please note that this course meets 3 times a week for 90 minutes for a total of 90 hours.

Spanish 150/155 (4) | Intermediate Spanish A/B / Español Intermedio A y B

Intended for students with a basic mastery of Spanish grammar, this intermediate course helps students acquire a broad communicative command of the language across an increasingly rich and diverse range of contexts.

Spanish 220/225 (4) | Advanced Spanish A/B / Español Avanzado A y B

Intended for students with a solid understanding of the Spanish language, this course strengthens overall language skills and encourages reflection on language so that students become not only more fluent but also more accurate in the production of different text types.

Spanish 156/226 (2) | Intermediate and Advanced Conversation / Producción Oral Intermedia y Avanzada

The aim of this course is to improve oral expression and fluency in communication among Advanced students. The course encourages spontaneous use of the language. Students learn to develop and support their ideas in individual presentations or group discussions on assigned topics, expand their vocabulary and improve their pronunciation. Please note that this course meets once a week for 2 hours for a total of 30 hours.

PORT 120 (2) | Portugues Básico

The course introduces students systematically to the grammatical and lexical features of the language in its social context.

Port 121 (2) | Producción oral Portugues

Intended for beginner students of Portuguese, the aim of this course is to focus on oral communication.

Courses Taught in English

The courses listed have been offered in previous semesters. Courses may change depending on the semester and at the discretion of the University of Belgrano. For a full and current list of available courses, contact the AIFS Admissions Officer.

Semester Courses taught in English

Business 333 (3) | International Business in the Southern Cone

The course raises critical questions about the opportunities and challenges that companies and entrepreneurs encounter when doing business in the Southern Cone countries of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. We begin by introducing the general political, legal, socio-economic context in which international business takes place in the region. Once we have looked at the big picture, we focus on the controllable and uncontrollable forces in the Southern Cone business environment. A structured approach encourages well-informed discussions from which students can build their own understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of doing business in this part of the world. As the course progresses, students are expected to develop basic interdisciplinary skills for business decision making. By the end of the course, students will have gained valuable insights on the opportunities that Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay offer and will be ready to conduct research and access first-hand information about Southern markets.

Cultural Studies 442 (3) | Popular culture in Argentina

This course will examine Latin American Culture and History through the lens of popular culture. The focus will be cultural identity, Nation Building formation, and social, and political conflicts and class struggle. We will examine issues such as democracy, myths, public festivals, religion, sports, music, food, fashion, print media, television, and film paying particular attention to the art and politics that have influenced (and continue to influence) the lives of ordinary people in Argentina. We will discuss how popular culture contributes to a multi-faceted and continuously evolving sense of national identity. We will cover a wide range of topics from the myth of Eva Perón and Che Guevara to soccer and Maradona´s “hand of God”; from Tango to Rock and Roll. We will explore popular iconography related to such figures as the singer Gilda and the popular folk saint rural Gauchito Gil, as well as issues relating to politics and the media (movies, comics and TV shows). Course materials will include Santa Evita by Martínez, short stories by Cortazar, Perlongher, Borges and Rozitchner, comics such as Quino´s Mafalda, by Quino and Maitena Burundarena´s famous comic strips, videos, songs and excerpts from movies and TV shows.

Cultural Studies 444 (3) | Human Rights and Cultural Representation

The cultural and human responses to the violence of genocide politics in the Holocaust will serve as an excellent starting point to analyze political repression in Latin America (focus on Guatemala, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile). Central to the theoretical and critical corpus of the course, is the multidisciplinary work of scholars (e.g. Soshana Feldman, Cathy Caruth, Dominick La Capra, Astrid Erll, Jean Amery, Giorgio Agamben). This course discusses not only the impact of trauma, the legacy of memory and the role of the national states during dictatorships in these countries, but also how to make these experiences productive to reconstruct selves and societies. The corpus includes literature, testimonies, documentary and feature film, art, oral history, journalism, poems and popular music by such authors as French-Jewish Claude Lanzmann, Chilean film director Patricio Guzmán, Guatemalan writer and Nobel Peace Prize Rigoberta Menchú, Uruguayan poets Mario Benedetti and Mauricio Rosencof and songs by Argentine composers and interpreters Luis Alberto Spinetta and Charly García.

Economics 310 (3) | Argentine Economy

Argentina’s economy is best understood within the context of Latin American economic history. This course includes topics such as the Argentine economy before and after 1930, economic growth and structure, external terms of exchange between agricultural exports and imported industrial goods, foreign currency shortages, structural changes and the process of industrialization, import substitution, relative prices, capital formation, and economic cycles. Inflation, devaluations, recessions and stabilization programs, and hyperinflation will also be discussed. Finally, the course will consider Argentina’s Convertibility Law, a currency board implemented throughout the 1990s, and more recent trends in inflation, economic growth and unemployment.

Economics 330 (3) | Social Economy in Latin America

Environmentally, technologically, economically and culturally, we live in an interconnected world where traditional approaches to business no longer work. Environmental problems and social issues are becoming increasingly important. Notions of sustainable development and fair trade are forcing companies to radically rethink their business strategies. New structures and beliefs and a redistribution of existing resources are required to build sustainable businesses. Here, the work of C.K. Prahalad and Stuart Hart has been ground-breaking: added values, such as transparency and mutual agreements, are just part of a new vision of business.

Economics 400 (3) | Latin America in Global Economy

well as relations between Latin America and the major geo-economic regions, such as the European Union, NAFTA and ASEAN. The main aspects discussed are economic cooperation, trade, business development and socio-political issues. Special emphasis is placed on the role of international organizations and multinational corporations in economic development. The prospects of BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) for becoming economic leaders will also be addressed.

History 342 (3) | Race and Nation in Argentina

This course provides a survey of the history of race in Argentina from pre-Columbian times to the present day. Argentina is a large and geographically diverse nation with marked differences among its inhabitants. Nevertheless, not all ethnicities have enjoyed the same status. By exploring the experiences and identities of different sectors of the country’s heterogeneous population, the course will provide a voice to those who have traditionally been excluded from the historical process. At the same time, it will also demonstrate how the indigenous and black populations as well as the laboring classes, contributed to the development and construction of the Argentine nation.

International Relations 366 (3) | U.S. – Latin American Relations

This course begins by examining U.S. and Latin American relations from the Wars of Independence and the emergence of Latin America’s nation-states to U.S. expansion southwards at the beginning of the 20th century. However, the 19th century is discussed mainly to shed light on the processes of policy formation that occurred as the U.S. emerged as a world power during the 20th century. The bulk of the course thus concentrates on the impact of the two World Wars, the Cold War and the current post-Cold War transition. The course highlights specific moments and crises, as well as the major figures that shaped inter-American relations and some lesser-known actors.

Literature 372 (3) | Latin American Literature

This course 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 Octavio Paz, Juan Rulfo, García Márquez, José María Arguedas and Jorge Luis Borges. Many of them belonged to the Latin American Boom of the 1960s and 1970s, when the Latin American novel became known throughout the world. The course 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.

Political Science/Sociology 360 (3) | Political and Social Change

This course focuses on national identity in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela resulting from political and social change. Students are encouraged to understand the political systems and parties in each country from a historical perspective. Present-day social actors and protest movements are similarly contextualized within ongoing struggles between the state and various forces in society. The course also considers collective memories of the repression inflicted by successive military dictatorships in some of these countries and the role of citizenship and institutions in contemporary democracies.

Sociology 362 (3) | Latin American Cultures and Societies

Since its discovery until the present, Latin America has been imagined and conceived as the “New Continent”, a place for utopia, but also as a space of uneven modernity 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 Peronismo, 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 one thinks about Latin America. What is expected from “Latin America”? What were the different “ideas” that Latin America embodied? What are the forms of “Latin American” culture? How are the different “cultures” connected?

Sociology 380 (3) | Gender History in Latin America

The course provides a brief introduction to the history of gender in Latin America from the time of Columbus to the 20th century. Focusing on the multiple manners in which womanhood has been constructed and experienced, the course explores the role that categories such as racial origins and social class play in mediating and defining experience. The course seeks to understand the complexity of the process of finding women’s own voices. Labor, family relations, sexuality, religion, education, and the evolution of political and civil rights will be discussed in order to demonstrate that women have actively shaped their own destinies. The course will use case studies, such as Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Manuela Saenz, Clorinda Matto de Turner, Eva Perón, Rigoberta Menchú, and Frida Kahlo and the weekly readings will be completed with primary source material, such as memoirs, accounts, films, photographs, and images.

Courses Taught in Spanish

Students wishing to take courses taught in Spanish must place into an Intermediate level of Spanish or above.

Semester Courses Taught in Spanish

Art 302 (3) | Contemporary Argentine Art / Arte Argentino Contemporáneo

After a brief overview of the main artistic movements of the 19th century, this course goes on to consider the socio-cultural changes occurring between 1900 and 1945. These were manifested both in art—the Painters of the People, the Paris Group, Cubism, Surrealism, Concrete Art—and in architecture: Art Nouveau, Neocolonialism, Art Deco, Rationalism and Monumentalism. The euphoria and rebellion of the 1960s found their modes of expression in Pop Art and abstraction, the New Figuration Movement, Participatory Art, Brutalism, Formalism, the International Style and Casablanquismo. The return to democracy in Argentina in 1983 coincides with the advent of Postmodernism, Ecological Art, Postfiguration, Digital Art, Naive Art, Regionalism and Technological Determinism. Classes will be supplemented with visits to the many museums and urban spaces that Buenos Aires has to offer.

Cultural Studies 260 (2) | Tango Dance / Tango Danza

Students taking this course will learn the basics of tango, specific steps, turns, and figures (e.g. ocho, sentada, media luna, molinete, sandwich), and the roles of the lead and follower. Students will learn how to place and extend their legs elegantly, transfer their weight, keep their balance while moving, pivot and embellish their dancing. The dancing classes will be complemented with theory classes presenting the historical and social contexts in which tango developed: its origins as a low life dance in the late 19th century; its growing respectability in the 1920s with Carlos Gardel, who popularized the dance abroad in Hollywood films; the Golden Age of tango (1935-1952), and its current global phase. Students are also introduced to tango as concert music. They will listen to a selection of composers such as Francisco Canaro, Anibal Troilo, Osvaldo Pugliese and Astor Piazzolla, who incorporated elements of jazz and classical music. Students will analyze lyrics and become familiar with their lunfardo slang. By the end of the course, the student will be able to improvise and think in choreographic terms.

Cultural Studies 261 (2) | Cultura popular argentina

This course has the objective to bring the student closer to the Argentine culture through the material, spiritual and ideological manifestations that are visible in the daily life of the locals, since they represent the identity of the Argentinians. The city (the center and its margins), the food, the music, the football and the myths are manifestations created and / or consumed preferably by the popular classes that we will study. In addition to accompanying the adjustment in the immersion in the Argentine culture, the course also tries to be a transition with 300 level courses, hence the place that is given to the brief and continuous participation both written and oral. From television, literary and culinary fragments, photography and film, videos and music, students will discuss the topics in order to improve their linguistic skills in terms of comprehension and production (written and oral). During the classes, grammar corrections will be made, while students will be assisted with support exercises to improve their expressive production in Spanish.

Economics 369 (3) | Economic History of Latin America / Historia Económica de Latinoamérica

The course examines the development of the economies of Latin America from the late nineteenth century to the present day. A comparative approach is adopted and special attention is given to the major economies of the Northern and Southern Cones of Latin America (Venezuela, Brazil, Chile and Argentina). The course also examines the economic structures of Latin America—its rural (1870 -1930) and industrial (1929-1950) economy and the external and internal conditions leading to a period of relative stability (1960-1970) and mounting foreign debt. It highlights the role of the International Monetary Fund’s austerity plans in the 1980s and the social crises that followed. It also looks at the rise of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR) in the 1990s, and their results in terms of output growth, as well as neo-liberal macroeconomic adjustment and labor market flexibility. The 21st century under the leadership of Brazil, offers new horizons in which Latin America looks set to consolidate a united bloc. It has already strengthened the democracies and economies of the region with the creation of UNASUR. The role of the IMF, the reduction of foreign debt, the redistribution of wealth, employee participation in profits and media relations with the government are just some of the debates that we will be exploring.

Economics 372 (3) | Economic Policy in Argentina / Política Económica Argentina

This course looks at two hundred years of Argentine economic policy within an international context. Different periods are distinguished and short-term variables are identified and compared with those from Latin America and other parts of the world. The economic plans applied under different presidents are discussed, together with implicit or explicit economic diagnoses, actions and results. The course concludes with an analysis of national and international scenarios and analyzes the new political and economic landscape after the crisis of 2001-2002 and the governments of Presidents Néstor and Cristina Kirchner.

Economics 400 (3) | Latin America and the Global Economy / Latinoamérica y la Economía Global

This course provides an overview of international economic relations with an emphasis on Argentina and Latin America. It discusses the internal and external determinants of economies of less developed countries in general and Latin American countries in particular within the “intra-capitalist” framework of the global economy. The general principles applicable to economic and social development and economic integration in Latin America are studied. MERCOSUR, AC-4, G-3, NAFTA, and future FTAA agreements are described in relation to other important global institutions such as the EU, NAFTA, and Asia-Pacific. The program promotes discussion of education for development, human resources training, transfer of technology, economy and the environment. The course concludes with a survey of Latin America in the twenty-first century in the current international context of economic globalization.

Film 264 (3) | Latin American Cinema / Cine Latinoamericano

This course focuses on aspects of history and culture as presented in recent Argentine and Latin American cinema. Through a close study of the films themselves as well as related texts (interviews, reviews, essays, testimonials, literature, newspapers, comics), the course explores the aesthetic approaches used to reflect on society and social problems. Assignments help students to develop reading and writing skills in Spanish while class discussions help students to sharpen their oral skills.

History 312 (3) | 20th Century Latin American History / Historia Latinoamericana Siglo 20

This course gives a brief overview of Latin American history since independence. It describes how Spain’s colonies became nation states and how these new republics gradually consolidated their political, social and economic systems. It outlines the ideas and careers of their founding fathers, as well as the major political figures of the twentieth century. In particular, it compares the socio-political developments of the 1940s and 1950s (e.g. under Getulio Vargas in Brazil, Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala and Juan D. Perón in Argentina). It also examines the causes and consequences of the many military coups in the region, together with the eventual return to democracy. Finally, the program analyzes political changes in Latin America since the end of the Cold War and the region’s current situation in the 21st century.

Literature 321 (3) | Latin American Literature / Literatura Latinoamericana

This course 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. The course 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.

Literature 322 (3) | Argentine Literature / Literatura Argentina

The course examines Argentine literature starting with its role in the construction of national identity in the 19th century. Esteban Echeverría’s short story “The Slaughterhouse”, written in 1839 but not published until 1871, illustrates the conflict between gauchos, Indians and government. However, it is José Hernández’s “Martín Fierro” (1872), an epic poem depicting the plight of the all-but-vanished gaucho minority, which is to become problematic when appropriated by the literary establishment. The course also looks at the literary avant-garde of the twenties (Oliverio Girondo, Alfonsina Storni, Jorge Luis Borges, Roberto Arlt) and its relationship with the city of Buenos Aires, as well as literary testimonies of the 1976-1983 military dictatorship in Argentina and discusses the place of literature in the national memory. Finally, some new literary phenomena: blogs, virtual publications, and the problem of copyright in the digital age is considered.

Jewish Latin America: History, Literature and Human Rights in Buenos Aires

In addition to these courses taught at the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano "Marshall T. Meyer," students take a Spanish language course and one or two elective courses chosen from the Latin American Studies with Spanish Program at the University of Belgrano.

Academic field trips
With a focus on the history of human rights activism, students in both courses will experience the social justice legacy of Rabbi Marshall Meyer as they visit the main Jewish sites in Buenos Aires and speak with representatives of the Jewish communities: for instance, the AMIA/DAIA building, synagogues, the memorial site for the Embassy of Israel, Jewish clubs, Biblioteca Nacional and Museo Xul Solar, Museo Arte Tigre and Delta Terra, Museo de la Inmigracion (Untref), and institutions such as Hebraica. Participants will also have a two night excursion to the agricultural colonies of Basavilbaso.

Courses at the Seminario will take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Students should bear this in mind when selecting courses from the Latin American Studies Program to make sure that classes do not clash and that students have time to travel from one institution to the other. The Seminario and the University of Belgrano are approximately 10 minutes’ walk from each other.

Jewish Latin America courses

History SEM341 (3) mandatory | Jewish History in Latin America

The aim of this course is to provide an in-depth sociological and historical analysis of the origin and development of the Jewish communities within Latin America, from its onset in the early 16th century to the present day. More specifically it provides an introduction to the primary literature and the historiographical debate surrounding the specific problematic dealing with immigration, civic and political participation, cultural assimilation, demography and both global and local communitarian politics and issues.

Literature SEM421 (3) mandatory | Latin American Jewish Literature

This course examines the Jewish presence in Latin America from the earliest mass immigration of Jews to the present. The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with some of the major Jewish writers from Latin America, with special emphasis on those who portray in their works the situation of the Jewish communities of their respective cities and countries. Topics to be discussed include the formation of Jewish and national identities and anti- Semitism in literature during the Nineteenth Century; the Jewish theme during the Latin American Boom of the Twentieth Century, and the Jewish testimonials during the dictatorships of the 1970s in Latin America.

Immersion Program (Courses with local students)

Students are advised to take one language course then up to 4 courses from the general University of Belgrano catalog with local students. Courses are available in the following areas. For a full and current list of available courses, please contact the AIFS admissions officer.

Agricultural Studies and Animal Science
Biological Sciences
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Economics/Business Administration
Graphic Design
Health and Exercise Science
Hospitality and Tourism
International Relations
Natural/Physical Sciences