Argentina: Social Movements and Human Rights
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Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in social work, political economy, development studies, or Latin American studies, as assessed by SIT. Three recent semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish, as assessed by SIT .
Conducted in Spanish, the social movements and human rights courses typically include lectures and discussions on the following topics: political and social history of Argentina; human rights and the struggle for justice, from theoretical and applied perspectives; theory and practice of social movements; and social movements, including discussions of the future of social movements and their challenges in the international context. The Research Methods and Ethics course addresses culturally appropriate, ethical field methodology, in preparation for the Independent Study Project (ISP). Spanish language study bolsters students’ ability to communicate, conduct field research, and delve deeply into the culture and theme of the program.
The following syllabi are either from a recent session of this program or for an upcoming session. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.
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Social Movements and Human Rights in Argentina - syllabus (PDF)
(LACB 3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
This course has been designed to offer academic and experiential knowledge about social movements and human rights in Argentina. It intends to give students the necessary concepts and elements to enable them to understand and analyze different social movements and organizations that struggle for fundamental rights. The course takes place in Buenos Aires and has a strong experiential learning base in which students are at the center of their own learning.
History and Human Rights in Argentina - syllabus (PDF)
(LACB 3005 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
This course has been designed to offer academic and experiential knowledge of fundamental historical events in recent Argentine history, which will facilitate the contextualization of the struggle for human rights that has taken place in the country during the past few years. The seminar intends to introduce the historical context that gave birth to the present international system of human rights protection. In doing so, it intends to present basic discussions regarding civil and political rights on the one hand, and economic, social, and cultural rights on the other. Similarly, it is expected that the students be acquainted with the contents of special protection rights such as the rights of women, children, and immigrants. The international legal context will be considered in relation to the Argentine reality. Students will approach the use of the right/law as a tool of social transformation in permanent dispute and redefinition.
Research Methods and Ethics - syllabus (PDF)
(ANTH 3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
A course in the concepts of learning across cultures and from field experience. The course serves as an introduction to the Independent Study Project. Material includes cross-cultural adaptation and skills building; project selection and refinement; appropriate methodologies; field study ethics and the World Learning/SIT Human Subjects Review Policy; developing contacts and finding resources; developing skills in observation and interviewing; gathering, organizing, and communicating data; maintaining a work journal.
Intensive Language Study: Spanish for Social Sciences I - syllabus (PDF)
(SPAN 2000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Intensive Language Study: Spanish for Social Sciences II - syllabus (PDF)
(SPAN 2500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Intensive Language Study: Spanish for Social Sciences III - syllabus (PDF)
(SPAN 3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Intensive Language Study: Spanish for Social Sciences IV - syllabus (PDF)
(SPAN 3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Emphasis on speaking, reading, and writing skills through classroom and field instruction. Based on in-country evaluation, including oral proficiency testing, students are placed in intensive intermediate or advanced classes, with further language practice in homestays, lectures, and field visits.
Independent Study Project - syllabus (PDF)
(ISPR 3000 / 4 credits / 120 class hours)
Conducted in Buenos Aires or in another approved location appropriate to the project. Sample topic areas: community health; education and the youth; urban indigenous communities; role of gender in social mobilization. Emphasis will be given to firsthand and in-depth investigation of a social movement or organization focused on: assessing labor rights; indigenous land rights; agrarian reform; sexual and reproductive rights; critique of neoliberal policy; interaction of state and society; the Disappeared peoples.
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Argentina, Buenos Aires
Language Study: Spanish
Prerequisites: Coursework in social work, Latin American studies, political economy, or development studies; 3 semesters Spanish Read more...
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