Social Movements, Education, and Human Rights

Argentina: Social Movements and Human Rights

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SIT Study Abroad programs focused on social movements examine the role of civil society and mass groups—including labor, environmental, indigenous, and gender—in relation to improved social conditions and human rights. Students consider concepts and applications of human rights, from theoretical and applied perspectives, as well as social movement theory and practices of group mobilization.

Topics of inquiry include:

  • Political engagement of civil society
  • Class dynamics and interactions
  • Impoverishment and collective coping strategies
  • Education policy and its impact on social indicators
  • Civil society, human rights, and sexuality in international development
  • Women's rights and the struggle against gender-based violence
  • Linkages between human rights and sustainable development
  • Access to literacy, education, and justice

Students examine the diverse ways in which different social actors become involved in issues such as the acquisition of better social services, including education; in efforts of cultural and land preservation; and in processes of democratization and enhanced legal protections.

With programs in diverse locations, students may choose to consider quilombo communities and liberation movements in Brazil; conditions of women in rural and urban Morocco; the history, cultural norms, and political structures shaping attitudes towards sexuality and gender in the Netherlands; or questions of ethnicity and diversity in educational systems in Chile.