Argentina has seen rapid growth of social movements in recent decades. The symbolic, social, and political links between street mobilization, human rights, judicial processes, and democracy illustrate the country’s status as a pioneer promoter of human rights in the region. This program focuses on topics associated with social justice and collective mobilization at the grassroots, local, regional, national, and transnational levels through the study of historical and contemporary cases. This program aims to empower learners with tools and skills to take an active role in academic discussions and contemporary struggles around social change and human rights. A flexible program model allows you to focus on the topics you find most appealing.
Buenos Aires is the heart of this eclectic collection of social movements and organizations. You will live with a local family for six weeks and have the option to stay in the city during the four-week Independent Study/internship period. During classes are at Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES), one of the top think tanks in Latin America, you will study the most relevant issues on the current human rights agenda from an intersectional approach, working on the interconnection between theory and practice, and critically reflecting on possible alternatives and strategies to drive social change. You will have the opportunity to discuss these issues with memory and other human rights activists, factory workers. as well as Afro, migrant, feminist, LGBTQIA+ and other grassroots activists advocating for human rights, equality, and social justice.
During excursions to Patagonia, Salta, Jujuy, and Rosario, you will analyze the experiences of struggle in these territories and their articulation with the national human rights agenda. Here you will meet rural families struggling to maintain their livelihoods, and indigenous communities organizing to retain their territory, identity, and natural resources. The excursions are unique opportunities to witness how different organizations with similar demands articulate and fight for their rights.
You will also have the opportunity to develop your Spanish language skills through 45 hours of classroom learning, cultural immersion, homestays, and excursions.
- Explore dynamic social movements through a deep theoretical framework and dialogue with academic experts and activists.
- Witness how grassroots organizations fight for human rights and social justice on multiple levels.
- Visit Patagonia and the Argentine Northwest to learn about campesino and indigenous communities.
- Hone your Spanish through homestays, classroom and field instruction.
Previous college-level coursework or background in 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.