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CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Required Spanish Language Courses
SPAN 1001 AFLA
Beginning Spanish I
This course is designed to introduce students to oral and writing skills in Spanish. It is a Spanish course focused on communicative competence and discursive strategies, which will allow students to interact successfully in Spanish familiar life. To this effect, a practical and participative methodology will be employed, which will allow students to communicate according to appropriate norms.
SPAN 1002 AFLA
Beginning Spanish II
This course is designed to help students in their oral and writing skills, and to develop an increasingly accurate use of Spanish grammar. It is aimed at students who wish to improve their communicative competence and widen their lexis and discursive strategies, which will allow them to interact successfully in Spanish daily and familiar life. It aims to develop oral fluency, writing, and grammar skills and improve expression and accuracy in a wide variety of situations. To this effect, a practical and participative methodology will be employed, which will allow students to communicate according to appropriate norms.
SPAN 2001 AFLA
Intermediate Spanish I
In this course, students develop an increasingly accurate use of Spanish grammar. Building on work in previous levels, students learn idiomatic uses of grammatical forms including contrasting uses of the moods (indicative, subjunctive, and imperative). This communication-oriented Spanish language class focuses on accurate comprehension and production of oral expressions and written texts in a socio-cultural immersion context. It is aimed at students who wish to improve their communicative competence and widen their lexis and discursive strategies. It aims to develop greater oral fluency and improve expression and accuracy in a wide variety of situations. To this effect, a practical and participative methodology will be employed, which will allow students to communicate according to appropriate norms.
SPAN 2002 AFLA
Intermediate Spanish II
In this course, the main goal is develop students’ understanding of more complex messages in written and oral situations focused on specific topics. This communication-oriented Spanish language class focuses on accurate comprehension and production of oral expressions and written texts in a socio-cultural immersion context. It is aimed at students who wish to improve their communicative competence and widen their lexis and discursive strategies. It aims to develop greater oral fluency and improve expression and accuracy in a wide variety of situations. To this effect, a practical and participative methodology will be employed, which will allow students to communicate according to appropriate norms.
Area Studies Elective Courses (taught in English)
BUSI 3001 AFLA
Business, Globalization, and Their Effects in Latin America
This course focuses on the analysis of the main components of business of Argentinian companies in regional and global settings. The course will allow students to understand the position of Argentina in the global value-chains through the analysis of particular cases, their financial strategies, and the effects of regional and globalization trends in the economic performance of these firms. Major topics will include structural configuration, the pattern of specialization, production, productivity, investment, main economic actors, and public policies oriented towards the business sector. The course will analyze domestic and international trade, recent economic performance, competitive factors, and the challenges ahead related to different economic sectors of Argentina.
BUSI 3002 AFLA / FINC 3001 AFLA
Business, International Finance, and Public Policy in Latin America
The course aims to analyze international finance (public and private bank investments) by studying their impact on the business world and local public policies. The class will focus on the design and implementation of public policies in Argentina that encourage or discourage the flow of international funding and investment. Students will consider the importance of international financial and regulatory institutions in this process: Bretton Woods, IMF, and the World Bank. Co-curricular activities allow students to meet important representatives of the financial and governmental sector, including international investment companies.
BUSI 3003 AFLA
Business, Regional Trade, and Economic Integration in Latin America
The course aims to analyze the new trends of economic integration and regional trade in Latin America, where external investment flows have been a key issue for governments interested in creating a regional market. Students will compare and contrast the different processes of economic cooperation and business development over time in the region, focusing on internal and external factors. U.S.-Latin American relations will be highlighted. Special guest lecturers will be invited from the government, private sector, Mercosur and UNASUR. Students will visit private companies engaging in regional trade to understand the opportunities and challenges of the region.
BUSI 3004 AFLA
Business and Local Consumer Culture: Identifying Consumption Patterns in a Foreign Context
Consumption, as any other human behavior, is defined by values and belief systems, grounding factors of what people feel and think. This course aims at teaching how to research consumer behavior in order to identify consumption patterns: research can provide much valued information on values and belief systems, in most occasions, blind to the common eye; especially when research is conducted by foreign researchers. Qualitative research methods will be used. Students will design a business proposal as a final project.
ECON 3002 AFLA
Comparative Economic Systems in Latin America
This course provides students with a comparative framework of the different strategies and development models implemented by the principal economies of the region in the last decades: Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Venezuela. Topics will cover macroeconomic performance and the configuration of macroeconomic policy, the socio-economic situation, and international economic integration. Special attention will be paid to the role of the state in economic and political development.
BUSI 3005 AFLA
Green Business and Policy in the Global Context
This class seeks to provide students with an overarching vision on the most recent international debates surrounding the complex relationship between unprecedented levels of global growth in production and consumption, and the imperative of environmental protection. Students will address and debate the wide array of theoretical notions for understanding this complex interplay (such as sustainable development, green economy, green growth, sustainable growth), emerging from international organizations, academia and the corporate sector. Students will critically analyze the opportunities and shortcomings of different technologically innovative strategies promoted by governments and private stakeholders in the search for achieving economic development while reducing environmental risks. Several national and international guest speakers will contribute to the discussion on sustainable production and consumption, payments for ecosystem services, and energy efficiency among others policies.
Spanish Language Elective Course (taught in Spanish)
SPAN 2004 AFLA
Spanish Language for Business and Finance
This course is designed to introduce students to the vocabulary needed to discuss the fields of economics and finance in Spanish. A pre-intermediate level of Spanish is required. Students will work on improving reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills on topics related to business and finance. A wide variety of materials will be used such as oral and written texts, films, trailers, short films, TV shows, advertisements, recordings, newspaper articles, stories, comic strips, photos, and maps.