The program works with small and midsize student groups to allow an interactive teaching environment with hands-on tasks and the opportunity to receive and give immediate feedback. A minimum of six students is required to open the course.
Spanish Language Immersion Course
This course is intended for students at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, and offers a combination of Spanish grammar, conversation and introduction to the local culture. It is designed for students who wish to acquire the language faster and is focus on oral skills. It is a six-week course taught from Monday to Friday for 4 hours a day (available in February and July). It will be a combination of classroom hours, virtual classes and fieldtrips. Special focus will be given to communication.
It is a basic language class designed for students who enter with some or no previous knowledge of Spanish. Emphasis on basic grammar structures (present, progressive present and past tenses, verbs ser, estar, tener, haber, gustar, commands, nominal agreement, direct and indirect pronouns, comparatives, por-para and introduction to
It is an intensive language class designed for students with good basic knowledge of Spanish. This is a fast paced course. Emphasis on basic-to-intermediate grammar structures (uses of simple and progressive present and past tenses, verbs ser, estar, tener, haber, gustar, adjectives and nouns agreement, commands, direct and indirect pronouns usage, comparatives, por-para, future tense, present subjunctive) and core vocabulary.
It is designed for students who enter with good intermediate knowledge of Spanish. Emphasis on intermediate grammar structures (future and conditional tenses, present and past subjunctive, relative and other pronouns, impersonal se). Expansion of core vocabulary.
Spanish: Grammar & Linguistic Practices
In this course students will work on essays, articles and reviews to improve their writing skills. The main topics that will be covered during the course are: Formal Register in written language in different discourse genres; Letter Writing, Reports and Presentations; Organization, Coherence and Cohesion; Common Errors; Proof-reading; Spelling & Punctuation Rules; Citation.
Pre-requisite: An advanced level of Spanish is required (Spanish II or equivalent).
Spanish through Cinema
During the modules students will analyse different aspects of the Argentine and Latin American societies (such as history, cultural habits and traditions, linguistic expressions, etc.) through the lens of the cinema. Special attention will be paid at the four macro skills of the language (listening, speaking, reading and writing). After the completion of the course students will understand a variety of long, complex texts and understand implicit meanings. They will express themselves with fluency. They will be able to use the language clearly, structured and detailed using different means to have cohesion in the written text.
Prerequisite: An advanced level of Spanish is required (Spanish III or equivalent).
Spanish through Poetry
During the modules students will get familiar with the work of well-known Latin American and Argentinean writers, both classical and contemporary. They will analyse different aspects of the works dealt in the course and will be able to discuss and write critical essays. Special attention will be paid at the four macro skills of the language (listening, speaking, reading and writing).
Prerequisite: An advanced level of Spanish is required (Spanish III or equivalent).
Spanish through Arts
After its completion students will be able to understand main ideas of complex concrete or abstract texts as well as technical texts if they are in his field of specialization. They will relate to native speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular communication with native speakers quite comfortable. They will produce clear and detailed texts about different subjects as well as defend their point of view in general discussions giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Prerequisite: An advanced level of Spanish is required (Spanish III or equivalent).
After its completion the student will be able to communicate in everyday simple tasks that require simple and direct information about habitual or familiar situations. He could describe simple facts about his past as well as anything related to his immediate necessities. Special focus is given to the use of the past during this course. Participants will be able 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 previously worked in class.
Prerequisite: An advanced level of Spanish is required (Spanish II or equivalent).
After the completion of this course, the student will be able to understand and use every day expressions as well as simple phrases. He will be able to write small and simple essays about what he likes and is able to make a brief oral presentation about every day subjects, such as routine, food, neighbourhood, differences he observes, etc. He is able to read simple texts and graded readings and films. The practice of conversational skills is encouraged during this course.
Prerequisite: Good level of Spanish is required (Spanish I or equivalent).
Comparative Economic Development
This course will focus on the development from a comparative, economic historical perspective which covers different countries and different political systems over the last sixty years. Assessment of state planning development experiences and of development programs through the intertwined relation between the private sector and the state. Examination of commodity export economies and their development pattern in the beginning of XX century. The Import Substitution Industrialization strategy and export-oriented strategies in underdeveloped economies. Different trade and finance strategies adopted in the 1970s onwards in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Development in Sub-Saharan countries. Development experiences in transmission economies.
Economic Growth and Income Distribution in Pheripherical Economies
The aim of the course is to study the interaction between economic growth and income distribution, with special focus on the historical and institutional specificities of peripheral economies. A critical review of different schools of economic thought will be combined with the analysis of long-term economic trends in Latin American countries.
Economic History of Brazil: From Colonial Period to the Brics
The aim of the course is to provide an overview of the long-term development of the Brazilian economy, exploring the causes of economic growth and structural transformation in different periods. It particularly focuses on the historical development of two sets of relationships: that between the Brazilian and the global economy and that between economic and political processes.
Economic History of Latin America
The aim of the course is to identify and appraise the origins and outcomes of successive ῾models of development’ in Latin America since the late nineteenth century.
History of Economic Thought
History of Economic Thought is essential for the understanding the development of market economies since the different paradigms developed in the past are useful for anyone trying to interpret contemporary economic phenomena, even for those tackling questions of immediate relevance.
International Trade in Latin America
This course deals with the following topics: International trade in earlier economic thought; Static comparative advantage and traditional neoclassical theory of international trade; new theories; the structuralist school, CEPAL, unequal exchange theory; Balance of payments constraints, exchange rates theories and the unbalanced productive structures; Neo-structuralist and neo Schumpeterian; Globalization and multicultural trade agreements; Regional and trade blocs; International Crisis.
Introduction. Marginalism and classical theories of value and distribution. The method of long-period positions in economic analysis. Normal price and quantities magnitudes in classical theory. Simple and joint production. The problem of choice of techniques in classical price theory. Different data used in marginalism and classical price theories. The basic tenets of neoclassical theory. Consumption, utility and demand. Production, production sets and the problem of optimization.
General equilibrium: long-period neoclassical versions and neo-Walrasian versions. The intertemporal general equilibrium and temporary general equilibrium models. The difficulty associated with the problem of capital in marginalism theory. The Cambridge capital theory controversies of the 1960s. Abandonment of the long-period versions of neoclassical theory and adoption of neo-Walrasian models in pure mainstream economic theory. Methodological difficulties in the intertemporal and temporary general equilibrium models. Competition, oligopoly and monopoly. Alternative approaches to market competition. The Schumpeterian concept of competition.
Philosophy & Epistemology in the History of Economic Thought
The course deals with both the classical and the contemporary debates on epistemology and economics, economics’ philosophical foundations, economics’ relationship with sociology. It also takes into account the increasing importance of the North American approach to economics from the Second World War on, especially about the theoretical structures and the role of empirical evidence. Finally, Latin American contemporary economic thought is also discussed.
History & Political Sciences
The native peoples of Argentina. Economic, political and cultural changes due to colonization. Revolution and War of Independence. Expansion of the Buenos Aires livestock. Emerging local authorities and struggles for the organization. The Confederation Rosista. National unity, construction of the state. Export economies. Immigration, new social composition. Conservative regime, social and political protest. Construction of nationality. First World War, effects and crisis. The Radical Party. Conservative Restoration. Second World War effects. The Peronist experience.
Argentine History: From Pre-Colonial Times through the 20th Century
The course will refer to the main historical processes and to the most important historiographical currents, focusing on debates and controversies between them, and trying to show the various ways of understanding and addressing the complex history of Argentina. It will also examine the strong bonds with the other Latin American nations and the complex relations with the major hegemonic powers
Anti-Imperialism in Latin America
Anti-imperialism is a fundamental dimension of Latin American ideological and cultural tradition. Essential aspects of political dynamics of recent years have contributed to re-centre it, with consequences on different areas.
This course will deal with Argentine politics from the generation of the 37 up to these days.
Caribbean History: From Columbus to Fidel Castro
This course will delve into the study of the conquests, imperial domination, and rebellions suffered by the region from the discovery of America to the Cuban Revolution. Throughout the course emphasis will be given to the rich and complex history marked by conquest, blood, and revolution.
Comparative Political Studies
The field of comparative politics: key concepts and methods. First approaches to comparative politics: the paradigm of modernization and its critics and socio-historical studies. Recent approaches: neo-institutionalism theory of rational action, the state-centric approach, studies of social movements and the synergistic approach. Contemporary issues in comparative politics: authoritarianism and democracy, political reforms and public policies and state-society relations.
Latin American History
A comprehensive course examining major political/geographical/social/economic features of Latin American past and present. Key issues which may divide or unite the distinctive Latin American countries will be highlighted.
Latin American Politics
This course will analyse the following topics: Politics and economics under the conservative order, the rise of mass politics - its various forms, industrialization by import substitution and state intervention in the economy, modernization, authoritarianism and democracy, revolution, guerrillas and the left, debt crisis and adjustment policies, emergency and functioning of new democracies.
Latin American Social Policies: The Construction of Family and Child Welfare.
This course explores family, childhood and citizenship constructed in Latin American Welfare Regimes. Children’s Welfare and Children’s Rights in Latin America. Interdisciplinary focus: anthropology, sociology, history and cultural studies. State, family and childhood. Children’s welfare in Latin American in the 20th century. The International Covenant on Children’s Rights and its impact in Latin America. Human Rights movements in the Southern Cone. The post neoliberal state. Conditional Cash Transfer programs and the scope of citizenship. Mothers, children and new forms of regulation.
Memory, Childhood and Dictatorship in Argentina
What is a “normal” childhood under a dictatorship? Focusing on the last Argentine military dictatorship (1976 – 83), the seminar examines the memory of childhood experience in sociocultural, historiographic and cinematographic approaches. Topics include childhood as political subject, public policy aimed at children, children of the disappeared and everyday life.
Violence, Victims and Justice: An Approach to Humanitarian Activism and Collective Memory Production.
This course proposes a reading of the literature on critical events on how State, families and transnational agencies are mobilized in denouncing violation to human rights and the production of collective memories about these events. The main topics are: the nation-state and the production of violence, social processes on the construction of the figures: victim, survivor, witness and expert, conformation of moral communities around the activism of family members and victims of violence, the management of social suffering and the humanitarian government, humanitarian activism.
Humanities & Social Sciences
Anthropology of Moralities & Moral Anthropology
The anthropology of moralities as a field of anthropological research. Anthropology of moralities, moral anthropology, philosophical ethics and sociology of moral life: major debates and perspectives. Moral criteria, community-building and boundary-work. Moral, class and (sub) culture. Rules and rule-following as a model of moral agency: heuristic advantages and limitations. Some ethical dimensions involved in the research agenda on moralities: epistemological, methodological and political consequences. A classical debate and its updates: honor, shame and grace in ethnographic research. Contemporary research on the anthropology of moralities: some objects, strategies and debates.
Anthropology of Politics
This course focuses on the relations among politics, violence and resistance. Using different approaches, it explores new forms of political control and governance, such as the refugee camps, new forms of activism and mobilizations, such as victim’s collective movements and humanitarian civil associations, transnational forms of activism such as human rights activism, violence in extraordinary moments and in everyday life and the place of compassion in currently politics.
Classical Theories in Anthropology
The colonial setting and the origins of modern Anthropology. Central and peripheral anthropologies. Evolutionism in the UK, the USA, continental Europe and Argentina. Franz Boas and the rise of cultural anthropology. Ethnography and the methodological revolution of the turn of the century.
Gender, Culture and Identity
On this course we will explore some of the most important ideas, ideologies and images underpinning Latin American nations. Special attention will be given to the subject of memory. Students will develop an awareness of how Latin American nations developed different notions of identity and devised different political and social agendas. Special attention to ideas on race and gender throughout the history of the region will be paid.
History of Medieval Philosophy
Periodization of Medieval Philosophy; Classical thought. Platonism, Neoplatonism and Aristotelianism in the Middle Ages. Division of medieval learning: trivium and quadrivium. Philosophy and theology. Transmission of learning. Augustine of Hippo. The problem of universals. Porphyry's Isagoge. Boethius' commentaries. Anselm of Canterbury. Peter Abelard. The rediscovery of Aristotle in the West. Arabic tradition of commentaries on Aristotle. Thomas Aquinas. The condemnation of 1277. Discussions on the eternity of the world and the unity of the intellect. John Duns Scotus. William of Ockham. Nominalism and realism in the Fourteenth century. Nicolaus Cusanus. Humanism and Renaissance.
Human Rights and Cultural Production in Argentina
This course will explore Human Rights in Argentina and related Cultural Production. Focused will be placed on State Terrorism during the civic and military dictatorship in the seventies. Issues of truth, quest and justice will be discussed.
Indigenous Peoples in South America: A View from Anthropology
This course deals with two main topics: the histories and cultures of Indigenous Peoples in South America and the contemporary political movements included in so-called "Indian resurgence". Issues of hegemony and resistance, ethnicity, race, class, frontier, evangelization, nationalization, genocide, empowering, representation as they are structurally conditioned by State and market practices. Cases featuring the peoples Shuar, Aymara, Kayapó, Qom, Mapuche will be discussed.
Introduction to General History of Philosophy and Ecophilosophy
This course offers students an introduction to some selected basic issues on philosophy and research. The particular focus will be on ecology. Students will develop an open-minded, receptive attitude both in relation to their intellectual work and to their larger life-world. The challenge will be to apply the different theories of ethics to the specific ethical dilemmas that appear when discussing the relationship between Nature and Humanity.
Introduction to Neuropsychology
This course will provide an introduction to the principles of neuropsychology, the study of brain-behavior relationships. It will cover topics such as neuroanatomy, cognitive functions (memory, attention, executive functions, among others), learning disabilities and testing in neuropsychological assessment.
Latin American Revolution and Social Movements
This course will examine the political and historical conditions under which revolutions and social and popular movements in Latin America took place. It will examine these events through the lens of political science and history and will try to answer the following questions: What socio-political conditions led to a revolutionary situation? What were the differing responses to those conditions? What did these revolutions seek to accomplish? What were the outcomes of these revolutionary changes? In addressing these issues, we will emphasize the themes of nationalism, state formation, imperialism, agrarian reform, leadership strategies, and citizenship.
Methodology of Social Sciences
Social research: functions, methodologies and techniques. Types of social research: exploratory, descriptive and explanatory; experimental, quasi-experimental, non-experimental, quantitative and qualitative strategies. Research process: problem formulation and assumptions. Operationalization and hypothesis testing. Validity and reliability. Techniques for data acquisition. Elements of Sampling. Probabilistic and non-probabilistic samples. Research Report: structure, development, style.
Quantitative Research Methods
Fundamentals of statistics: quantitative and qualitative data. Descriptive and inferential statistics. Discrete and continuous variables. Population and sample. Frequency distribution. Index numbers. Variance and standard deviation. Probabilistic distribution: Probability. Concept. Calculation of probabilities. Conditional Probability. Linear regression and correlation: concept scatter plots. Graphics. Least squares method. Minimum square feet Interpretation of linear regression parameter. The goodness of fit. Coefficient correlation and determination.
Qualitative Research Methods
Central characteristics of quantitative analysis in social research. Types of research design (case studies, comparative historical method, and ethnographic analysis). Unity and levels of analysis. Development of qualitative data. Techniques for the collection of information: interviews, analysis groups, life histories, questionnaires, participant observation, secondary sources, analysis of content. Processing and analysis of qualitative data: grids, charts, tabulation.
Social & Cultural Anthropology
The origin of modern Anthropology. The project of understanding and explaining human nature. The universal and the particular. Nature and culture. Race and culture. Ethnocentrism and relativism. Attitudes towards alterity: discrimination, racism, nationalism and cultural fundamentalism. Culture, politics and hegemony. The ethnographic Project. Translation, interpretation and understanding. The familiar and the strange: the construction of an ethnographic perspective.
Sociology of Culture
This course is intended to survey the field of cultural sociology focus on theoretical traditions and central debates, in convergence with anthropology and cultural studies. Areas of research viewing the polysemy of the concept of culture. Different theoretical and disciplinary perspectives that have intended to study culture, in connection with notions of ideology, hegemony and significance. Social imaginaries and cultural classifications; cultural industries, communication media and new digital platforms; cultural consumption and cultural policies; and the sociology of intellectuals.
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” ones in Latin America, Argentina is formed by diverse groups. The course introduces students to the process of ethnic formation, identity politics and theoretical perspectives on ethnicity and multiculturalism. Furthermore, it explores the ethnic complexity of the country by critiquing the idea of socio-cultural homogeneity. The course examines from a historical and anthropological perspective the experiences of incorporation and exclusion of the diverse communities which form part of the country.
Literature & Arts
20th Century Latin American Literature
The course program has been conceived as an intensive approach to the literary and non-literary origins of the selected masterpieces, their aesthetic features and their national contexts.
20th Century Argentinean & Latin American Art
This course will touch upon the historical, social and political background of the time. The focus of the course will be on the following movements: Muralism, Constructivism, Surrealism, Sculptures, Neo-surrealism, Happenings, Conceptual Art and Kinetic Art.
This course will analyse the elements, the mechanics and the social impact of different types of audiovisual productions, both commercial and auteur. The objective then, is to encourage a reflexive and critical analysis of these productions, and to underpin the importance of film to transfer language and culture.
Borges & the North American Literature
This course will analyse from a comparative perspective the literature of Jorge Luis Borges and that of the United States, considering the philosophical context and beliefs of the Argentine author. It will also discuss a film about the author's key issues: determinism, chance and freedom.
Latin American Literature & Arts: The Use of Magic Realism
Within the framework of the literary movement of Magical Realism, this course will analyse the following literary works: Magical Realism in Spanish American Fiction (1955) by Angel Flores, The Lost Steps (1956) by Alejo Carpentier, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) by Gabriel García Marquez, and The Stories of Eva Luna (1989) by Isabel Allende. In addition, it aims at studying the artistic works of Frida Kahlo (1907 - 1954) and Fernando Botero (1932).
Literary Theory & Criticism
Literary studies and its fields of enquiry: theory, criticism, and history. The origins of literary theory. The literary theory as a modern and independent field of studies. Reference and self-reference in literary discourse. New narrative and its reappraisal of structural models. French and Russian theories of intertextuality. Post-structuralism in literary theory. The reader as a new literary category. Literary criticism and its relationship to literary theory. Critical traditions.
Literature and the City
Since its foundation, Buenos Aires has been subject of several literary pieces. Local and foreign authors have written poems, short tales and novels about the city and, as a famous tango lyric says, its hundred neighborhoods. During the course, the students will:
get in touch with some of the most important Argentinian writers and the specific area of their production which focuses on Buenos Aires,
get to know the most popular areas of the city and some places that are hardly included on a tourist agenda, and
learn about the history of the city and the country.
The course will include both lectures and field trips.
General remarks about history, society and culture in the Middle Ages. The particularity of medieval texts: production, transmission, and manuscript form. The problem of medieval literary genres. The development of vernacular literatures (8th - 15th centuries). Origins and development of medieval European epic. Occitan poetry. Courtly French (12th century). Arthurian traditions. Old French prose cycles (13th century). Reinterpretation of Middle English romances. Didactic and doctrinal discourse. Allegorical literature and literary 'realism'. European literature in a context of crisis.
Narrative & Postmodern Short Fiction
This course is based on an analysis of contemporary fiction in Short Stories, from the perspective of the Postmodernist Theory. It will include different contents related to the theoretical framework that supports the aesthetic and thematic change of the postmodern text, and the way postmodern narrative modifies and enriches the rubrics of modernism through literary and linguistic strategies from a multicultural perspective.
Selected Readings on the Contemporary Reflection about Language
Various approaches to the reflection on language will be shown through the reading of central chapters of books on different fields. These texts discuss viewpoints on language which shaped the contemporary understanding of it. The course will encourage active learning by means of critical reading.
English Literature I
English Theatre. The meter and its evolution. Jacobin and Elizabethan Periods, Philip Marlowe William Shakespeare: works and periods. The masque.
North American Literature Ii
Proletarian Literature. Social Realism. The Crisis of the Novel. The Antinovel. Southern Poetry. The Fugitives (poets). War novels. Southern Renaissance. The Gothic Movement. The Search of Identity. Literature of Minorities: Afro-American, American Jews and Feminist Literature. Existentialism in North American Literature. Post Realism. The Absurd. The Search of Meaning. New criticism. Semiotic Perspective.
Tango and Argentine Culture
The purpose of this course is to explore “Tango” as an essential component of the Argentine culture, especially of Buenos Aires city. Classes are divided in two modules: tango dancing lessons and Argentinian Culture.