SIT First Year Argentina

Global Health & Well-being – SPRING

See the challenges and inequities in public health in Buenos Aires as you examine health and well-being from local and global perspectives.

At a Glance

Credits

16

Prerequisites

None

Courses taught in

English

Dates

late January – early May

Program Countries

Argentina

Critical Global Issue of Study

Global Health & Well-being

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Overview

SIT First Year: a new experience from SIT, the fully accredited leader in academic and social justice-driven study abroad.

More than a third of Argentina’s population live in metropolitan Buenos Aires, one of the most dynamic economies in South America. You’ll witness marked disparities in healthcare and contrasts of inclusion and exclusion. Examine health strategies, community well-being, epidemiology, and public health practices, and the intersecting factors that affect health in urban, semi-urban, and rural contexts. Consider how health as a human right impacts access to care. Explore health realities for individuals and communities across the country through site visits, and research health practices and issues by meeting practitioners, university affiliates, government officials, and activists. Compare contexts with an excursion to the neighboring province of Entre Ríos in the Mesopotamia region, where urban and rural life combine, creating a unique culture and strong community bonds.

Highlights

  • Study in Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan, vibrant, and diverse Latin American city.
  • Benefit from SIT’s liaisons with renowned health institutions, grassroots movements, local experts, and activists.
  • Examine significant social and economic disparities in health.
  • Explore health as a human right and a fully nationalized public health system.

Prerequisites

None.

Excursions

Entre Ríos

Only 150 miles from Buenos Aires in the Mesopotamia region is Entre Ríos province. Its population of 1.3 million is mostly concentrated in urban settings in close interaction with rural areas, thanks in part to the importance of agriculture in its history and economy. Its unique geography of fertile lands surrounded by the imposing Paraná and Uruguay rivers make the province something of an island isolated from the rest of the country. This has fostered a strong and distinctive local culture marked by disparities in power over economic and natural resources. This historical legacy partially explains persistent socioeconomic gaps in Entre Ríos, where extreme wealth and extreme poverty coexist amid dependency on public and state sectors to provide basic needs and healthcare for a large part of the population. We will explore the tensions between economy and environment, the importance of public healthcare as the sole provider of health services, and the efforts of community leaders and health agents to improve health and well-being.

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.

Academics

Coursework

The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.

Please expand the sections below to see detailed course descriptions.


Key Topics

  • Health as a human right
  • Argentina’s universal healthcare system
  • Political disruption and social impact
  • Ethical engagement in community work

First Year Foundations for Success: You, Abroad (1 credit)

This course prepares students to transition from high school to college, as well as between living and learning at home and abroad. Course content and activities, including basic language instruction, orient students to the intellectual, social, and intercultural atmosphere of their learning community. Through experiential learning activities and personal reflection, students will develop the transferable knowledge, skills, and habits that lead to success, well-being, and resilience in the program, in college, and beyond. Course concepts include cultural immersion, anti-oppression and anti-bias training, mindfulness for well-being, “campus” resources, and academic success strategies.

First Year Foundations for Success: Community Engagement and Reciprocity (1 credit)

The Community Engagement and Reciprocity course challenges students to develop appreciation of multiple perspectives and an understanding of reciprocal engagement with local communities. Students are asked to employ “service listening” (as opposed to “service learning”) as they learn what reciprocal engagement means for their local host communities. Volunteer experiences with SIT community partners help students learn about the practical and ethical concerns that shape engagement and reciprocity in community action. Students will develop knowledge, skills, and perspectives that transfer to their academic trajectories, while experiencing mutually beneficial civic and community partnerships.

First Year Foundations for Success: Career Pathways (1 credit)

The Career Pathways and Explorations course guides students in an exploration of their interests, field experiences, and personal goals to craft pathways toward their academic and career goals. Students are guided through reflective, exploratory, experiential, and information-gathering exercises that help them articulate long-term goals. Students are offered mentorship as they gain tools to help achieve those goals. By the end of the semester, each student develops a pathway map: a plan that identifies goals and concrete steps through college and toward a career. Concepts include personal identity, values, and career choices.

First Year Seminar (4 credits)

SIT programs are developed around a framework of the most critical global issues—challenges that transcend borders to touch every aspect of life. The First Year Seminar uses the Critical Global Issues framework to explore topics through local, regionally comparative, and global perspectives. It aims to foster a sense of ethics and an inclusive, diverse approach in academics. The SIT First Year Seminar promotes close interaction between faculty and students in a small setting to increase intellectual engagement and help students develop skills for academic success.

Fieldwork Principles and Ethics (3 credits)

This course leverages students’ unique opportunities abroad to focus on ethical engagement and introduce them to research, research design, and field-based methods for exploration. We will explore community-based research strategies, an approach that prioritizes local knowledge to mitigate the socio-cultural, economic, and structural barriers that prevent success in effecting social change.

Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)

This survey course provides an overview of public health, an interdisciplinary field dedicated to promoting and preserving the health and well-being of individuals and communities. In this course, we will focus on the concepts, practices, and structures that impact health outcomes and how systems of care operate within larger sociological and environmental systems rife with inequities. In the era of COVID-19, which brings health disparities and inequities into greater relief, this course encourages students to recognize the complex interactions between individual and community health, policy and practice, the biomedical and social issues, as well as the environment and health. Our objective is to assess the effectiveness of different public interventions at promoting and protecting health.

(Elective) Internships 101 (2 credits)

This program consists of a semester-long, two-unit group internship with a community organization, research organization, business, cultural institution, or international NGO. Small groups of students are placed together and given a project to tackle as a team under the mentorship of the organization (for instance, putting together a study or marketing campaign, developing a social media strategy, etc.). The group internship concept allows the first-year student to pursue career interests, but in the less complex environment of an individual project. The organization may also ask individual students to do job-shadowing or provide other duties during the internship. This group internship aims to help students sample a prospective career, gain experience for their resumes, and get valuable learning experience in a professional environment. It enhances critical thinking, time management, and intercultural communication skills in an international professional environment. An internship is part of the student’s experiential learning on the program and is not a paid job.

(Elective) Language (3 credits)

Students may take a language course as an elective. Students will be placed in the appropriate level of a local language (taught in person), or any other language offered by SIT via our online language programming.

(Elective) Online Course offered by home institution (1-3 credits)

This option will be determined in collaboration with students’ home schools.

Homestays

SIT places great value on learning that comes from homestays and will make that experience possible wherever appropriate. Be prepared to also enjoy accommodations such as hostels, hotels, or other group lodging. These placements are made based on health concerns (including COVID-19 precautions and local circumstances), as well as any allergies or dietary needs, to the extent possible. Please note: To ensure the most appropriate accommodations, staff may make final adjustments as students arrive in-country.

**All students are required to stay at all program-provided accommodations throughout the semester.

Faculty & Staff

SIT First Year Argentina: Global Health & Well-being – SPRING

Ana Rita Díaz-Muñoz, MA
Carolina Rovetta, MFA

Discover the Possibilities

  • Cost & Scholarships

    SIT Study Abroad is committed to making international education accessible to all students. Scholarship awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs and $500 to $3,000 for summer programs. This year, SIT will award more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students.

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