AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
Course Descriptions


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

Please note that Spanish language level is determined by an online placement test taken prior to arrival in Buenos Aires. Students are advised to gain pre-approval from their home institution for several different levels of Spanish to ensure that they receive credit for the course that they test into.

Optional Early Start Program: 4-Week Intensive Spanish Language ($2,645)

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.
Spanish Language Courses
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 121/INT 121 (6)
Course Title: Beginner Spanish / Español Básico
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: Spanish 251/INT 151 (6)
Course Title: Intermediate Spanish 1 / Español Intermedio 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: Spanish 281/INT 181 (6)
Course Title: Intermediate Spanish 2 / Español Intermedio 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: Spanish 321/INT 221 (6)
Course Title: Advanced Spanish / Español Avanzado
Course Description:
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
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 120 (6)
Course Title: Beginner Spanish / Español Básico
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 150/155 (4)
Course Title: Intermediate Spanish A/B / Español Intermedio A y B
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 220/225 (4)
Course Title: Advanced Spanish A/B / Español Avanzado A y B
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Spanish 156/226 (2)
Course Title: Intermediate and Advanced Conversation / Producción Oral Intermedia y Avanzada
Course Description:
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.

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.

Course Code and Credits: Business 333 (3)
Course Title: International Business in the Southern Cone
Course Description:
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. Students will gain valuable insights on the opportunities that the Southern Cone offers and will be ready to conduct research and access first-hand information about Southern markets.
Course Code and Credits: Cultural Studies 444 (3)
Course Title: Human Rights and Cultural Representation
Course Description:
The cultural and human responses to the violence of genocide politics in the Holocaust serve as a starting point for analysis. The 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 course includes literature, testimonies, documentary and feature film, art, oral history, journalism, poems and popular music.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 310 (3)
Course Title: Argentine Economy
Course Description:
Includes topics such as the Argentine economy before and after 1930, economic growth and structure, foreign currency shortages, structural changes and the process of industrialization, import substitution, economic cycles, inflation, devaluations, recessions and stabilization programs and hyperinflation. Finally, the course will consider Argentina’s Convertibility Law and more recent trends in inflation, economic growth and unemployment.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 330 (3)
Course Title: Social Economy in Latin America
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 332 (3)
Course Title: Economic Integration in Latin America
Course Description:
Starting from the notion of a knowledge-based economy, this course will study how highly educated and talented people and dynamic economies have crossed national borders and taken advantage of the social and cultural similarities of countries in the region as well as their geographical proximity. This course will provide a comprehensive perspective enabling students to analyze and understand the integration processes in Latin America and how they are helping regional economies to compete globally.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 400 (3)
Course Title: Latin America in Global Economy
Course Description:
Outlines commercial relations within Latin America as well as relations between Latin America and the major geo-economic regions, such as the European Union, NAFTA and ASEAN. Main aspects discussed are economic cooperation, trade, business development and socio-political issues. The prospects of BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) for becoming economic leaders will also be addressed.
Course Code and Credits: History 340 (3)
Course Title: History of Latin America
Course Description:
Examines the complex ethnic and cultural influences that have shaped various Latin American societies, including the emergence of mass society in the twentieth century, and the key role of the ’masses’ as political actors in the Mexican, ‘Perronist’ and Cuban revolutions. The course also considers the responsibility of the military juntas in state terrorism and the complex processes of healing and cultural memory in Uruguay, Chile and Argentina.
Course Code and Credits: History 342 (3)
Course Title: Race and Nation in Argentina
Course Description:
Provides a survey of the history of race in Argentina from pre-Columbian times to the present day. 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. 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.
Course Code and Credits: International Relations 366 (3)
Course Title: U.S. – Latin American Relations
Course Description:
The bulk of the course 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.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 372 (3)
Course Title: Latin American Literature
Course Description:
Explores Latin American literature from pre-Columbian times to the present and examines literary responses to complex cultural, social and historical problems, conquest, nation building and national identity formation, acculturation, avantgardism, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, or populism and authoritarianism.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 420 (3)
Course Title: Jorge Luis Borges: Visions of Culture and Knowledge
Course Description:
Shows how many of Borges’ short stories, essays and poems are embedded in and have contributed to the Latin American and Argentine literary traditions. The course also considers Borges’ and his followers. Finally, it looks at Borges’ presence in visual culture: film, architecture and art.
Course Code and Credits: Political Science/Sociology 360 (3)
Course Title: Political and Social Change
Course Description:
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. 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.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 362 (3)
Course Title: Latin American Cultures and Societies
Course Description:
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 Neo-liberalism, Globalization and Populism. Draws on essays, but also on short-stories, paintings, photographs, murals and film.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 380 (3)
Course Title: Gender History in Latin America
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 443 (3)
Course Title: Tango: Gender, Nation and Identity
Course Description:
Through the study of tango lyrics, plays, films, novels and other cultural productions, this course proposes a critical analysis of theoretical problems such as national identity, gender studies and the consumption of culture in a global era. Students will also visit different places in the city of Buenos Aires that are clearly linked to the history of tango.

Courses Taught in Spanish

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

Course Code and Credits: Art 302 (3)
Course Title: Contemporary Argentine Art / Arte Argentino Contemporáneo
Course Description:
Considers 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 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.
Course Code and Credits: Cultural Studies 260 (2)
Course Title: Tango Dance / Tango Danza
Course Description:
Students will learn the basics of tango, specific steps, turns, and figures and the roles of the lead and follower. The dancing classes will be complemented with theory classes presenting the historical and social contexts in which tango developed. By the end of the course, the student will be able to improvise and think in choreographic terms.
Course Code and Credits: Cultural Studies 262 (3)
Course Title: Latin American Cultural Studies / Estudios Culturales Latinoamericanos
Course Description:
Examines aspects of Argentine and Latin American culture with an emphasis on popular culture both written and visual. Taking its primary material from literature, newspapers, mural paintings and photographs, feature and documentary films, the course considers the notion of culture within a broad perspective, including the distinction between “high” and “low” culture.
Course Code and Credits: Cultural Studies 330 (3)
Course Title: Argentine Cultural Studies / Estudios Culturales Argentinos
Course Description:
Explores the notion of culture through the analysis of different Argentine cultural and symbolic expressions. The course reflects on the contrast between memory as distinct from the “official history” of the last military dictatorship. It also studies in depth cultural heritage and the consequences of cultural tourism in the Andean local communities, as well as considering the impact of globalization as an economic and cultural process on the urban culture of Buenos Aires.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 369 (3)
Course Title: Economic History of Latin America / Historia Económica de Latinoamérica
Course Description:
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 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.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 372 (3)
Course Title: Economic Policy in Argentina / Política Económica Argentina
Course Description:
Looks at two hundred years of Argentine economic policy within an international context. The economic plans applied under different presidents are discussed, together with implicit or explicit economic diagnoses, actions and results. 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.
Course Code and Credits: Economics 400 (3)
Course Title: Latin America and the Global Economy / Latinoamérica y la Economía Global
Course Description:
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 program promotes discussion of education for development, human resources training, transfer of technology, economy and the environment.
Course Code and Credits: Film 264 (3)
Course Title: Latin American Cinema / Cine Latinoamericano
Course Description:
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 the course explores the aesthetic approaches used to reflect on society and social problems.
Course Code and Credits: History 312 (3)
Course Title: 20th Century Latin American History / Historia Latinoamericana Siglo 20
Course Description:
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 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.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 321 (3)
Course Title: Latin American Literature / Literatura Latinoamericana
Course Description:
This course explores Latin American literature from pre-Columbian times to the present and 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.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 322 (3)
Course Title: Argentine Literature / Literatura Argentina
Course Description:
The course examines Argentine literature starting with its role in the construction of national identity in the 19th century. The course also looks at the literary avant-garde of the twenties 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.
Course Code and Credits: Literature/Film 442 (3)
Course Title: Narratives of the Human Monster in Latin America / Narrativas de lo Monstruoso en Latinoamérica
Course Description:
This course takes students on a journey through the different representations in Latin American literary and film narrative of the human monster and other marginal figures such as criminals, fallen women, rebels, and the strange and unclassifiable.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 420 (3)
Course Title: Gender Studies in Latin America / Estudios de Género en Latinoamérica
Course Description:
This seminar explains the conceptual differences between sex, gender and sexual identities. The process by which modern ideas and myths of masculinity have been formed is explored through anthropological approaches to such Argentine passions as football and tango. Current paradigms of womanhood, manhood and variations of love in men and women are questioned through an interesting selection of films, comic strips and journalistic records, as well as through short stories and novels by Latin American writers.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 454 (3)
Course Title: Social Movements in Latin American Societies / Sociedades Latinoamericanas: los Movimientos Sociales
Course Description:
Explores social power in Latin America. Topics include the “Landless Workers” of Brazil; the “recovered factories” movement in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Venezuela; the Zapatistas in Chiapas; the “Cochabamba Water Wars” in Bolivia; human rights and indigenous rights movements in Argentina and students in Chile, illustrating just some of the social movements in Latin America’s democratic societies currently struggling for representation. Latin America has a long tradition of revolutionary social movements we need to look at in order to understand the present.

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