Argentina: Regional Integration, Development, and Social Change
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Examine the social and economic development strategies of South America’s Southern Cone countries – Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
Spring 2012 student Antonia DeMichiel (University of Oregon) combines personal goals and academic interests: Her ISP examines the gap between Argentina’s accessibility laws and their implementation, specifically within Buenos Aires. Read more.
In this comparative study abroad program, students can rapidly improve their Spanish while exploring the current economic and social realities of the countries comprising the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR). Students visit three of the four MERCOSUR member states during group excursions.
The program takes advantage of the many factors that make the region so fascinating to study at this particular moment in history. Through the distinct lens each country offers, students consider the social, political, and economic challenges and opportunities these countries are facing in light of domestic, regional, and global shifts and processes of integration. Topics of study include:
- Changing political frameworks in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay
- Debates surrounding new economic development models
- The development of unique grassroots movements
- Current social and political challenges
While living in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires—where the program is based—students attend thematic seminar lectures, receive intensive instruction in Spanish, and share daily life with their Argentine host family.
During field visits to NGO headquarters and government and nonprofit entities, students explore relevant issues such as the role of government and civil society in development, alternative development strategies, participatory democracy, political and social grassroots movements, and cultural identity. Students also gain insight into the different countries' view of MERCOSUR, including its perceived benefits and problems.
Lecturers for the program are drawn from prestigious institutions such as:
- Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social (Institute for Social and Economic Development)
- University of Rosario
- Southern Federal University of Rio Grande
- University of the Republic in Montevideo
- Centro de Documentación y Estudio (Center for Research and Documentation)
|Experience the profound transformations underway in South America’s Southern Cone.
The 2001-2002 Argentine crisis and its subsequent effects in the region sparked a profound debate on development strategies and political systems. In the context of this crisis, the program looks at questions and themes including:
Students interested in issues of regional integration, development, and social change will find the Southern Cone particularly compelling.
SIT Study Abroad alumna describes how her experience studying abroad in Argentina positioned her for future academic success, including receiving a Fulbright grant.
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Buenos Aires
Language Study: Spanish
Prerequisites: 4 semesters Spanish and relevant coursework Read more...
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