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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.

Students on the Certificate in Latin American Studies Program choose up to 5 courses from those in the Latin American Studies Program - for specific course areas please visit the AIFS website. 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


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

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)
Español Intermedio 1/Intermediate

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 1Spanish 281/INT 181 (6)
Español Intermedio 2/Intermediate Spanish 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)
Español Avanzado/Advanced Spanish

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 or 4 semester credits.

Spanish 150/155/SPAN 150/155 (4)
Español Intermedio A y B/Intermediate Spanish A/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/SPAN 220/225 (4)
Español Avanzado A y B/Advanced Spanish A/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/SPAN 156/226 (2)
Producción Oral Intermedia y Avanzada/Intermediate and Advanced Conversation

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.


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.

Cultural Studies 440/PALAS 440 (3)
Latin American Film, Literature and Visual Culture

Film and literature and their successful symbiosis have contributed to the understanding of culture as well as national identities. This interdisciplinary course seeks to study that strong connection mostly in the 20th 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. 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.

Directed Research 490/PALAS 490 (3)
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.

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 331/PALAS 331 (3)
Social Business 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.

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 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.


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

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

Asesoramiento de Tesinas/Research Tutorial PEAL 490
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.

Cultural Studies 261/PEAL 261 (3)
Cultura Popular Argentina/Popular Culture in Argentina
Enables students 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. 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).

Cultural Studies 262/PEAL 262 (3)
Estudios Culturales Latinoamericanos/Latin American Cultural Studies
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 332/PEAL 332 (3)
Tango: identidad cultural y sociedad Argentina/Tango: Argentine cultural identity and society

Product of the fusion of Afro-Rio de la Plata, gaucho and European dances and rhythms, tango was born in the mid-nineteenth century on the margins of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, undergoing a transformation that makes it a recognized global and transnational musical genre although it retains its Argentine brand. This course focuses on tango as avant-garde, that is, as tradition and rupture in Argentine culture. From the outskirts of the suburbs and the periphery to the centrality of an international dance, tango is an excellent cultural artifact to think about Argentine society. During the classes, sociocultural aspects of tango, the beginnings and evolution of the genre, the relationship between the culture of tango and the development of the city of Buenos Aires will be analyzed, as well as a review of the outstanding discography of the different eras of the genre. Finally, the course proposes an approach to dance-music-song through a talent show in which students will have the opportunity to choose between dance, performance (interpretation), songs and music.

Film 264/PEAL 264 (3)
Cine Latinoamericano/Latin American Cinema
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)
Historia Latinoamericana Siglo 20/Latin American History of the 20th Century
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/PEAL 321 (3)
Literatura Latinoamericana/Latin American Literature
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)
Literatura Argentina/Argentine Literature
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 are considered

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


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