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CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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ANTH 3001 AFLA (SPAN) / LAST 3008 AFLA (SPAN)
Multiculturalism and Ethnicity in Argentina (taught in Spanish)
The objective of this course is to introduce students to processes of ethnic shaping in Argentina, as well as to theoretical approaches to identity, ethnicity, multiculturalism, and interculturalism. Based on anthropological, historical, and political science approaches, the course seeks to present and discuss Argentina’s ethnic complexity and to challenge widely established ideas about its socio-cultural homogeneity, emphasizing its ethnic diversity. This course explores the complex processes of incorporation and/or exclusion of original peoples, current immigrant groups from a wide variety of countries, and descendants of settlers from historical migrations. The course’s aims will be accomplished through lectures, presentations by researchers who specialize on the topics of the class, visits to museums, and an ethnographic fieldwork experience.
CINE 3002 AFLA / LAST 3013 AFLA
New Argentine Cinema in the Latin American Context
This course focuses on the analysis of films and thus provides students with an understanding of cinematographic language and analysis. The main components of New Argentine Cinema – recognized abroad as one of the most prestigious national film movements of our time, and awarded several prizes in the leading film festivals – will be analyzed in the light of critical reflections and institutional context as well as its affiliation with poetry and directors of film history. From the theoretical-practical approach, we highlight the socio-historical and cultural processes in Latin America that are represented in the films, with special emphasis on the Argentine experience. Major topics will include the consequences of neoliberalism in Latin America (realism as a way to represent the social crisis), new visions of the past (the documentaries made by the children of the “Desaparecidos”), and an original bridge between cinema and literature. The course will also allow students to understand the position of Latin American Cinema in the global context of the film industry.
GEND 3002 AFLA / LAST 3009 AFLA
Body, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Argentina: Representations, Experiences, Social Movements and Politics (taught in Spanish)
From the perspective of gender studies, this course analyzes sexual identities and hegemonic gender models as social constructions, in opposition to biological theories and instinctive manifestations. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the complex process of gender and sexuality construction is addressed. Domination and power relations, social discrimination, and social and political inequity are discussed. The course draws upon the current Argentine context, mainly concentrated in the urban Buenos Aires population.
INRE 3001 AFLA (SPAN) / LAST 3001 AFLA (SPAN)
International Relations of Latin America (taught in Spanish)
This course examines relations between Latin American countries, especially the Southern Cone countries, as well as relations with the U.S. Major topics include external and domestic factors influencing Latin America’s insertion into the international political arena; human rights; insurrection, democratization, and migration; narco-trafficking; and intra-regional relations.
LAST 3010 AFLA / PLST 3001 AFLA
Human Rights and Public Policy in Contemporary Latin America
This course focuses on the analysis of Human Rights in Latin America from a historical and comparative perspective to understand Latin American conceptions of rights. Students will analyze the challenges of the primary human rights organizations and the role of the State and public policy in the debates. Special emphasis will be placed on specific groups in Argentina such as the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, including a comparison with cases from Chile, Uruguay and Brazil. The course includes a visit to the Space of Memory and Human Rights and an interview with a member of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.
LAST 3011 AFLA
Contemporary Argentine Issues
This seminar on Argentinian reality offers key insights to understand the current social, economic and political situation of Argentina. Historical, social, economic, political, and cultural factors will be addressed to understand the tensions between Buenos Aires and the “interior”, the Manichean political culture, “Peronism,” and mass political parties. Special attention will be paid to conflicts around national identity, the meaning behind local cultural components and gender repertoires mobilized around central cultural manifestations such as tango or football. The course features guest lecturers – including major actors involved in the topics discussed – movies (fiction and nonfiction), visits to museums, memory sites, and landmarks of historical relevance.
LITT 3002 AFLA
Contemporary Argentine Fiction
This course is designed for students who have previous knowledge of Spanish and are interested in increasing their proficiency and performance in the Spanish language through the reading, writing, and literary analysis of Latin American short stories. This course will allow students to become familiar with some Latin American writers and their masterpieces and literary movements, and have a better understanding of historical background. Students will be required to complete large amounts of pair and group work in class, presentations and written works. Audiovisual materials will be used and will be accessible through the FLACSO CIEE website and on regular Internet sites like youtube.com. Additionally, guest lectures, class debates, and visits to museums will be part of the course.
PLST 3002 AFLA
Strategic Planning in Social Policy: A Comparative Perspective of Argentina and the USA
The course will offer an examination of the process of designing and managing social policies, focusing on the areas of education and health. The course will discuss different concepts and strategies of intervention on social problems. It will assess universal and targeted approaches, their nature, implementation challenges, implications, and results. We will consider the best practices and learning experiences in the last decades. The course will allow students to delve into comparative experiences and strategies in social policies between Argentina and the U.S. analyzing the Affordable Care Act experience in the U.S. and the Universal Child Allowance Program (AUH) in Argentina. Students will have the opportunity to conduct interviews with policymakers and management actors as well as beneficiaries of the AUH Program.
SPAN 0001 AFLA
This course is designed to help students build basic communication skills in order to effectively navigate life in the host country and remain safe. By learning key phrases and vocabulary, students will begin to better understand the local culture. Emphasis will be placed on developing real-life language use. Students will build fundamental language skills to interact with local community members in an appropriate manner, to express basic needs and feelings, to buy or order things, and to learn and discover interesting aspects of the host culture. Contact Hours: 15. Credits: 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours. (Note: Students may only take this course for credit during one session.)
SPAN 1001 AFLA
Beginning Spanish I
This course will develop students´ Spanish oral and writing skills. 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 to 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.
SPAN 3002 AFLA
Advanced Spanish I
The primary goal in this course is to further develop students´ understanding of more complex messages in written and oral situations focused specifically on topics likely to be explored during university classes offered completely in Spanish. This communication-oriented Spanish language class focuses on accurate comprehension and production of oral expressions and written texts, including those likely to be required in university courses in Spanish. Students will further improve their communicative competence and further widen their lexis and discursive strategies. The course aims to develop even greater oral fluency and improve expression and accuracy in a wide variety of situations. To this end, a practical and participative methodology will be employed, which will allow students to communicate according to appropriate norms.
SPAN 3003 AFLA
Advanced Spanish II
This course is designed to improve students’ active command of the Spanish language with particular emphasis on complex oral and written structures, as well as specific attention to academic vocabulary and listening skills. This communication-oriented Spanish language class aims to further improve students’ communicative competence and continue to expand their lexis and discursive strategies. To this end, a practical and participative methodology will be employed, which will allow students to communicate according to appropriate norms.