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.

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.

Please note that students on the Certificate in Latin American Studies Program choose up to 5 courses from those in the Latin American Studies Program. Certificate Program students must also take a 490 course in Directed Research in either English or Spanish to guide them through their research paper. Contact your Admissions Officer for further details.

Optional Early Start Program: 4-Week Intensive Spanish Language ($2,795)

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

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) | Intermediate Spanish 1 / Español Intermedio 1

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.

Spanish 217/317/SPAN 217/317 (2) | Intermediate and Advanced Writing / Producción Escrita Intermedia y Avanzada

SPAN 320 (4) | Sociolingüística en español

This course offers an insightful introduction to the study of the Spanish language in its social and cultural context. The course focuses on the relationship and the constant interaction between society and language, discussing both traditional and recent issues including: language variation, language and social class, language and gender, language and age, language and context, language and identity, and language and new media. The course seeks to familiarize students with the wider macro-social phenomena and the micro-level analysis of both face-to-face and computer-mediated interactions, thus providing an opportunity for a better understanding of the interface between sociolinguistics and pragmatics. In addition, attention is also given to the various sociolinguistic approaches and the methods for collecting data for the study of language and society.

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.

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

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.

Cultural Studies 440/PALAS 440 (3) | Literature and Visual Culture in Latin America

Film and literature and their successful symbiosis have contributed to the understanding of culture as well as national identities. In this era where communication is increasingly more visual, films based on literature, engage in a dialogue that remains as inextricable as it is fruitful, making film adaptation one of the most accessible forms of cultural diffusion. This interdisciplinary course seeks to study that strong connection mostly in the Twentieth Century. Drawing on novels, plays, and short stories and using a comparative perspective, we will review and analyze the complexity and richness of the Latin American Cultures. By examining film and literature together, we will also discuss the role of the arts in society, and the social forces shaping the Latin American Societies and their audiences. The corpus of films selected will not only provide the framework to study the social, and historical, but also we will examine the technique of each format and consider what happens when short stories, novels, or plays are adapted into film language; if we approach film and literary texts differently; and how we view and read these texts in terms of representation. We will also consider national and transnational aspects in the film industry, the effects of globalization upon the cultural and economic aspects of film. By the end of the course, students will sharpen appreciation of major works of cinema and of literary narrative and broaden their knowledge about Latin America.

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

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.

Economics 310/PALAS 310 (3) | Argentine Economy

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.

Economics 330/PALAS 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.

Economics 400/PALAS 400 (3) | Latin America in Global Economy

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.

History 342/PALAS 342 (3) | Race and Nation in Argentina

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Sociology 361/PALAS 361 (3) | Cultural and Social Change in Argentina

Departing from the notion that artistic creation is the battleground where perceptions, ideologies and identity formation play a central role, this course will focus on the different ways in which social change shapes and transform the arts during the XX and XXI centuries in Argentina.This course seeks to problematize the complex relationship --be it sometimes a dialogue, some other times contested debates that could go well beyond rhetoric into bloodshed--between the arts and the conflictive history of social change in our country. The course also aims at analyzing in depth the ways in which the arts represent, contest, silence or resist the fundamental social and cultural issues of their times: populisms, dictatorships, state terrorism, revolutionary groups, avant-gardes. Our sources will be tango (visual and lyrics), melodrama, painting, artistic performances, documentaries, etc.

Sociology 362/PALAS 362 (3) | Latin American Cultures and Societies

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.

Sociology 380/PALAS 380 (3) | Gender History in Latin America

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.

Directed research/PALAS 490 (3) | (Certificate LAS program)

This course is mandatory for the students taking the Certificate in Latin American Studies and requires conducting research at the undergraduate level. Each student has an opportunity to work closely with one of our faculty tutors on a specific topic in Latin American studies of interest to the student. Tutorials are one-on-one and consist of FIVE meetings lasting 50 minutes each. They are intended to help students refine their ideas about their chosen topic. To get started you have to find a tutor, submit a research proposal and get it approved. Your proposal should include the purpose of your research, a rough plan, and a preliminary readings list. The course is graded as pass / no pass and the deadline for sending this work is an academic year from the date courses were taken.

Courses Taught in Spanish

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

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

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.

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

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.

Cultural Studies 261/PEAL 261 (3) | Popular Culture in Argentina / Cultura Popular Argentina

The objective of the course is for the student to study Argentine popular culture through those material, spiritual and ideological manifestations that "show" to the traveler since they represent the Argentines and identify them as such. The city (the center and its margins), the food, the music, the soccer and the myths are manifestations created and / or consumed preferably by the popular classes that we will study. Besides accompanying the immersion in the Argentine culture, the course also tries to be a transition with 300 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.

Cultural Studies 262/PEAL 262 (3) | Latin American Cultural Studies / Estudios Culturales Latinoamericanos

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.

Cultural Studies 430/PEAL 430 (3) | Argentine Cultural Studies / Estudios Culturales Argentinos

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.

Economics 369/PEAL 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 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 370/PEAL 370 (3) | Economic History of Argentina / Historia Económica Argentina

The course will provide basic information about the economic processes historically developed in Argentina from the generation of 80 to the 21st century. The agricultural export model, the adjustments that this model suffers over time and the national system of banks and monetary inconvertibility are subject of analysis. The influence of the two world wars on the Argentine economy leads to a process of import substitution. The 1930 world crisis and its economic-financial consequences are studied. The Peronist government (first and second management) and the role of the State and the development model are analyzed. The role of international credit organizations in the 60s and 70s and the economic characteristics during military governments and in the so-called "National Reconstruction Process" is pointed out. The political reopening that brings the advent of democracy put into operation several economic plans: Austral, Primavera and Convertibility. Crisis of 2001. The national and popular government. The course concludes with the analysis of the current situation.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Literature 322/PEAL 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. 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.

Asesoramiento de Tesinas | (Certificate LAS program)

This course is mandatory for the students taking the Certificate in Latin American Studies and requires conducting research at the undergraduate level. Each student has an opportunity to work closely with one of our faculty tutors on a specific topic in Latin American studies of interest to the student. Tutorials are one-on-one and consist of FIVE meetings lasting 50 minutes each. They are intended to help students refine their ideas about their chosen topic. To get started you have to find a tutor, submit a research proposal and get it approved. Your proposal should include the purpose of your research, a rough plan, and a preliminary readings list. The course is graded as pass / no pass and the deadline for sending this work is an academic year from the date courses were taken.

Immersion Program (Courses with local students)

Students are advised to take one language course then 2 to 4 courses from the general University of Belgrano catalog with local students. For a full and current list of available courses, please contact the AIFS admissions officer. Courses are available in the following areas:

Economic Sciences
Entrepreneurship
Human Resources
International Relations
Philosophy
Political Science
Public Relations
Sociology