Why study transnationalism in Argentina?
This program has been modified with a later in-country start date preceded by one to two weeks online. The online portion will include: program orientation; introductory activities to get to know your academic director and local program team; faculty-led sessions; guest lectures to provide the theoretical frameworks for the course and historical background to the sites and partner organizations; readings; preliminary assignments; and discussions about independent study projects and, if applicable, internship opportunities. We will also have online discussions to debrief sessions and prepare you to join faculty, local team, and peers in country.
While the countries of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) share some economic and social realities, they are more disparate than alike. Argentina and Brazil both have large economies with changing social policies within politically polarized societies. Paraguay and Uruguay are smaller economies with different socio-economic models and development and social policies. You’ll spend time in all four countries to understand their similarities, differences, and transnational processes.
Begin the program in Buenos Aires, attending lectures at IDES (Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social), and interacting with politicians, economists, and grassroots community leaders. Then excursions to Brazil*, Paraguay, and Uruguay, will expand your knowledge of the region’s history, including memories of human rights violations; political and economic changes; the role of grassroots movements; and the economic, cultural, and social aspects of regional integration.
Develop Spanish language skills related to social sciences and development through classroom learning, cultural immersion, homestays, and excursions. Finally, customize the program by choosing an internship with a nonprofit or an independent research project in Argentina, Paraguay or Uruguay.
*Please note that the excursion to Brazil has been cancelled for the fall 2020 semester due to local COVID-19 concerns. The program will continue to incorporate Brazil into the comparative learning on the program including remote lectures, assignments, and readings about Brazil. The excursion will be replaced with extra days in Uruguay, Paraguay, and local excursions within Argentina
- Spend six weeks in Buenos Aires and travel to Brazil*, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
- Rapidly improve your Spanish through coursework and cultural immersion.
- Explore economic and social realities of the MERCOSUR countries.
- Examine the regional similarities, differences, and transnational processes.
Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in sociology, political science, economics, or development studies, as assessed by SIT. Three recent semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent and the ability to follow coursework and assignments in Spanish, as assessed by SIT.