Argentina: Social Movements and Human Rights


Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in sociology, social work, political economy, development studies, or Latin American studies, as assessed by SIT. Three recent semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish, as assessed by SIT .

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Conducted in Spanish, the thematic courses typically include lectures and discussions on the following topics: political and social history of Argentina; human rights and the struggle for justice, from theoretical and applied perspectives; and theory and practice of social movements, including discussions of the future of social movements and their challenges in the international context. The Research Methods and Ethics course addresses culturally appropriate, ethical field methodology, in preparation for the Independent Study Project (ISP). Spanish language study bolsters students’ ability to communicate, conduct field research, and delve deeply into the culture and theme of the program.

The following syllabi are either from a recent session of this program or for an upcoming session. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

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Social Movements and Human Rights in Argentina - syllabus (PDF)
(LACB 3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
In this seminar, students focus on social movements that have emerged as Argentines demand human rights and protest a range of sociopolitical inequities and injustices. Students analyze social movements from the 1990s to the present, focusing on both political and social contexts, and asking who has been included or excluded from these efforts. They consider the challenges faced by these movements at the local, national, and international levels. The course includes both a theoretical component and case studies that allow students to apply the concepts to actual issues. By the end of the seminar, students are able to identify and analyze the ways in which Argentine scholars address and frame questions of human rights and social justice and to assess new models of community-based social, political, and economic organization. All coursework is conducted in Spanish.

History and Human Rights in Argentina - syllabus (PDF)
(LACB 3005 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
This course introduces students to Argentina’s long struggle to guarantee its diverse populations’ human rights, defined broadly to include cultural, civil, political, and other rights. Students examine the history of Argentina’s dictatorship, state terrorism, and the Dirty War, focusing on the rampant abuses of human rights and the case of Argentina’s desaparecidos (the disappeared). They then examine the present International System of Human Rights Protection and the use of legislation as a tool for social transformation as human rights issues are continually redefined in Argentina. Students also analyze the themes of memory and memorialization. All coursework is conducted in Spanish.

Research Methods and Ethics - syllabus (PDF)
(ANTH 3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
In this research methods course designed to prepare students for the Independent Study Project, students learn how to organize and conduct a research project. Through lectures, readings, and field activities, students study and practice basic social science methods. They examine the ethical issues surrounding field research related to human rights and other program themes and are guided through the World Learning/SIT Human Subjects Review process, which forms a core component of the course. By the end of the course, students will have chosen a research topic, selected appropriate methods, and written a solid proposal for an Independent Study Project related to the program themes. All coursework is conducted in Spanish.

Intensive Language Study: Spanish for Social Sciences I - syllabus (PDF)
(SPAN 2000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Intensive Language Study: Spanish for Social Sciences II - syllabus (PDF)
(SPAN 2500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Intensive Language Study: Spanish for Social Sciences III - syllabus (PDF)
(SPAN 3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Intensive Language Study: Spanish for Social Sciences IV - syllabus (PDF)
(SPAN 3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
In this course, students hone their speaking, reading, and writing skills through classroom and field instruction. They practice reading professional social science literature as they learn the terms and expressions needed to discuss human rights and social movement issues, to conduct field research, and to interact in settings related to the program themes. Students are placed in small classes based on an in-country evaluation that tests both written and oral proficiency.

Independent Study Project - syllabus (PDF)
(ISPR 3000 / 4 credits / 120 class hours)
Conducted in Buenos Aires or in another approved location appropriate to the project, the Independent Study Project offers students the opportunity to conduct field research on a topic of their choice within the program’s thematic parameters. The project integrates learning from the various components of the program and culminates in a final presentation and formal research paper. Sample topic areas: labor rights; rights of migrants; issues of identity; women’s rights; LGBTQ rights; indigenous rights and community; the memory and memorialization; art as a tool for social transformation; children’s rights.

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Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Buenos Aires

Language Study: Spanish

Prerequisites: 3 semesters Spanish and relevant coursework.

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