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Summer Institute

In collaboration with IDAES and other prestigious schools and institutes in a variety of fields, UNSAM is launching the first Summer Institute in 2020.

The course offering in English aims to engage both international and local students in global debates. They gain a different perspective on contemporary issues through peer learning and eventually become study abroad ambassadors. Students have access to an open series of Lectures and Events on campus and may choose 3 from the following 5 courses.

Youth, Culture & Politics in Latin America

How and why did youth become a cultural and political actor in Latin America? In addressing this question, the course will explore crucial themes in Latin American history: the evolution of student movements; the connections among youth, party politics, and social movements; the rise of a “youth market” and youth artistic expressions. Special attention will be given to the emergence of the youth-based feminist and LGTB+ movements, drawing on examples from Argentina, Chile, and Mexico, and students will have the chance to interact with young political and social activists, as well as with artists and journalists. 

Health, Sexuality & Gender in Argentina

This course focuses on the impact of gender on the access to healthcare and health/illness experiences in Argentina. By developing an open and holistic perspective to show the multiple connections of gender with class, race, age, and ability, it will provide some insights into the local dynamics, which is necessarily aligned with global processes such as immigration and neoliberal policies on health. The course is structured around topics such as access to sexual and reproductive rights for women and the LGTBI community; indigenous and migrant health; new alternative medicines & spirituality; and science, gender and health.

Ethnicity & Multiculturalism in Argentina

The purpose of this course is to explore ethnic diversity and the politics of multiculturalism in Argentina. Although the country is widely perceived as being one of the most “European” in Latin America, Argentina is formed by diverse groups. How is ethnicity and cultural diversity conceptualized in Argentina? How is it different or similar to other Latin American countries? The course examines, from a historical and anthropological perspective, the experiences of incorporation and exclusion of the diverse communities which are part of the country, such as native populations, European and Latin American immigrants, and Afro-argentines.

Reimagining the Museum in Latin America

This course is designed around practical case studies that highlight institutional transformation and exemplary practices to initiate and manage change in Latin America. Whether a museum is devoted to art history or to the natural sciences, they are an attempt to understand societal dilemmas within their unique contexts. Through carefully planned site visits, guest lectures by scholars and practitioners, and the presentation of a final project, students will gain an insight on pressing challenges and how museums can inspire positive social change, influence political discourse, and assume greater civic responsibility.

Perspectives on Ecophilosophy

How has the concept of ecology grown out of our scientific tradition? How does it challenge some of that tradition’s underlying premises? How can we bring about cultural change at the depth, scale, and speed that is called for by the ecological crisis? This course will expose students to critical moments in classical and contemporary philosophy to better understand today's ecological challenges, and to recognize and resolve ethical dilemmas that arise in our relationship with nature. Students will attend field studies related to the environment and tutored by UNSAM researchers, and they will participate in public debates on campus.

 

In order to facilitate a successful and life-changing immersion in Argentina, the Summer Institute offers also a comprehensive Spanish Language option at the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Students take a placement test before arrival and develop their proficiency in Spanish with a set of specifically designed field studies and academic materials.

We know how important it is for a student to feel at home while living abroad, to be able to focus and elaborate on a wide range of lessons and stimuli. This is why we carefully select their host families —welcoming, comfortable, and well-located homestays, who provide breakfast and 6 meals a week. Students reach both campi —Miguelete and Volta— by public transportation and are exposed to the contrasts between suburban and downtown Buenos Aires. During the week, they may lunch at the community mensa, a healthy and affordable menu prepared by the Sustainable Food Program on campus. Orientation and Farewell dinner are included in the Program.

For more information, please contact [email protected]

Social Action

Aligned with UNSAM’s mission of giving back to the community, Study Abroad offers a unique opportunity for students across the board to participate in ground-breaking projects in the district of San Martín, Buenos Aires, with a population of ca. 500,000 people. The program includes a Social Action Seminar to guide students through relevant readings and help them reflect on this hands-on, life-changing experience. Under the supervision of trained tutors and accompanied by local students, they are exposed to life and work at a variety of placements on a carefully planned itinerary, including education, health, the environment, social entrepreneurship, and justice.

Social Action Seminar

This seminar introduces international students to the inspiring ways in which the people in the Reconquista Area organized themselves to face the devastating crisis that hit Argentina in 2001, and how they transformed it into an opportunity for growth and an example of community development in the region. Their life stories will be recorded with the help of a professional crew, for this unique experience to be disseminated and made visible to the world. Classes are highly interactive and take place both on campus and at different locations in the Area. At the end of the seminar, students present a comprehensive project in a field of common interest to develop with an international partner.

Spanish

The Spanish as a Foreign Language program is open to international students who are temporarily or permanently residing in Argentina. These courses provide them with the necessary tools to successfully follow regular courses at UNSAM and to communicate in real-life situations, while being immersed in a unique learning environment with the highest academic level.

Immersion courses for the intermediate and advanced levels are offered every year in February and July, and they meet Monday through Friday for 4 weeks. Courses are designed to balance the hours spent in class, at field studies, and completing online assignments. Special focus is given to communication and academic writing.

Students must complete the Language Placement Test before arrival.

Español I

This course is intended for beginners and has a duration of 48 hours. At the end of the course, students are able to understand and use everyday expressions, as well as interact with native speakers using simple structures, write brief essays and read simple texts. The practice of conversational skills is encouraged throughout the course.

Español II

This course is intended for students who have completed Español I and has a duration of 48 hours. At the end of the course, students are able to understand expressions of frequent use related to information about themselves, their family, places of interest, and occupation. Special focus is given to the use of the past. Students are encouraged to talk about past situations and experiences as well as to write about past events. They will be able to give oral and written presentations about subjects which were previously discussed in class.

Español III

This course is intended for students who have completed Español II and has a duration of 48 hours. At the end of the course, students are able to understand main ideas in texts and know how to handle situations which may come up in the target language. They will produce simple and coherent texts about familiar situations or of personal interest, and will describe experiences, events, wishes, hopes, and ambitions. They will be able to briefly justify their opinion or explain their plans.

Spanish for Heritage Speakers

This course is designed for bilingual or heritage students who come to Argentina to develop their skills and communicate in standard or academic Spanish. Typically, heritage students have been reared in a Spanish-speaking environment and speak or understand some Spanish as a result of having heard it at home or in the community by family, friends, and neighbors. Diverse scenarios related to personal life, career readiness, and civic participation frame each lesson and increase student engagement by making learning authentic and relevant to real issues that students face. 

Spanish for Health Care Providers

These courses are intended for students at the intermediate and advanced language levels. They are especially designed for people currently employed in the medical field or for those students planning a career in a health-related field (such as medicine, nursing, pharmacology, radiographic technology, physical therapy or dentistry). Visits to public hospitals and shadowing doctors are included as part of the course.

Content & Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

These courses are designed on request and may cover a wide range of disciplines, from the environment and the natural sciences to gender studies and the performing arts, taking advantage of the diverse academic strengths on campus. They include guest lectures by experts in each field as well as site visits to relevant projects and organizations.