Argentina: Regional Integration, Development, and Social Change
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Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in sociology, political science, economics, or development studies, as assessed by SIT. Four recent semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent and the ability to follow coursework and assignments in Spanish, as assessed by SIT.
Using an interdisciplinary approach, this program explores key theoretical and practical aspects of economic integration on the development of MERCOSUR countries. Students examine the history of the region, learn about the region’s principal actors, and these states’ prospects for continued social and economic integration. By traveling to different MERCOSUR member countries, students experience the many contrasts and convergences for themselves.
Language study and independent research also contribute to students’ enhanced understanding of the region’s people and overarching socioeconomic issues.
Links to syllabi below are from current and forthcoming courses offered on this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.
The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.
Regional Integration – syllabus (PDF)
(LACB 3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
This course provides students with a general overview of the integration process in the MERCOSUR region. Students analyze the primary social, economic, and political challenges associated with the integration efforts of MERCOSUR countries and examine the role of the different institutions and actors involved. This course is carried out in three different locations: Buenos Aires; Porto Alegre, Brazil; and Montevideo, Uruguay. All coursework is conducted in Spanish.
Development and Social Change – syllabus (PDF)
(LACB 3005 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
In this seminar, students explore theories of development and models of social change from an interdisciplinary perspective. An emphasis is placed on comparing Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Brazil. In particular, students examine the expansion of the soy model in the region, studying its benefits and potential risks in economic, environmental, and human arenas. Throughout the seminar, students will inquire into how marginalized and at-risk populations (for example, unemployed workers, migrant groups, indigenous communities, and women) are affected by these development strategies. All coursework is conducted in Spanish.
Research Methods and Ethics - syllabus (PDF)
(ANTH 3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
In this research methods course designed to prepare students for the Independent Study Project, students learn how to organize and conduct a research project. Through lectures, readings, and field activities, students study and practice basic social science methods. They examine the ethical issues surrounding field research related to the program themes and are guided through the World Learning/SIT Human Subjects Review process, which forms a core component of the course. By the end of the course, students will have chosen a research topic, selected appropriate methods, and written a solid proposal for an Independent Study Project related to the program themes. All coursework is conducted in Spanish.
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, the Independent Study Project offers students the opportunity to conduct field research on a topic of their choice within the program’s thematic parameters. The project integrates learning from the various components of the program and culminates in a final presentation and formal research paper. Sample topic areas: bilateral government-owned development projects; immigration policy changes; development of corporate social responsibility; women’s political participation; changes in political participation; eliminating child labor; sustainability of agricultural export production; gender issues.
Intensive Language Study: Spanish for Social Sciences and Development I - syllabus (PDF)
(SPAN 2000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Intensive Language Study: Spanish for Social Sciences and Development II - syllabus (PDF)
(SPAN 2500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Intensive Language Study: Spanish for Social Sciences and Development III - syllabus (PDF)
(SPAN 3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Intensive Language Study: Spanish for Social Sciences and Development IV - syllabus (PDF)
(SPAN 3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
This course allows students to hone their speaking, reading, and writing skills through classroom and field instruction. They practice reading professional social science literature as they learn both formal terms and local expressions needed to discuss development issues, to conduct field research, and to interact in settings (such as nongovernmental organizations and grassroots associations) related to the program themes. Students are placed in small classes based on an in-country evaluation that tests both written and oral proficiency.
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Buenos Aires
Language Study: Spanish
Prerequisites: 4 semesters Spanish and relevant coursework Read more...
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