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Citizenship, Globalization & Language in Contemporary Buenos Aires

Term To Study: Winter-Break 2015
Application Deadline: Oct 31, 2014
Program Starts: Jan 02, 2015
Program Ends: Jan 30, 2016
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $3,000
Program Locations: Buenos Aires
Contact Phone: 2122295100
Contact Name: Dechen Albero
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What is Included: Housing, two meals per day, excursions, activities, some museum entrances, in country-transportation
What is not Included: Airfare, visa reciprocity fee, travel insurance, personal expenses.
Program Description

Citizenship, Globalization & Language in Contemporary Buenos Aires

Winter (3 weeks), 4 credits

This intensive winter-break program is an opportunity to study intensive Spanish language as well as the relationship between democratic citizenship and neo-liberal globalization as experienced by PorteƱos in the city of Buenos Aires. It is an immersion in Spanish lanaugage and the history and politics of modern Argentina.

The program combines 32 hours of Spanish language instruction with rigorous classroom studies and experiential learning in the form of field work/site visits, arranged in three thematic areas. The first surveys the formation of modern Argentina by focusing on the displacement of indigenous peoples, "creolization" of the country, and mass immigration. The second part examines three key elements that have shaped contemporary public life: 1) military dictatorship; 2) return of political democracy and liberalization of economic life; and 3) transformation of the country into a market-centered society. The last part is an analysis of the way elites and non-elite groups, in the course of practicing citizenship in daily life, have altered and restructured globalization from below, creating new ways of life in Buenos Aires. Argentina's experience is now paradigmatic and useful for understanding the crises facing other countries.

No prerequisites, but priority consideration is given to juniors and seniors who are in good academic standing and have studied subjects such as Spanish, politics, economics, sociology, history, urban studies, and globalization.

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Population: 42192494
Capital: Buenos Aires
Per-capita GDP: $ 17700
Size: 2780400 km2
Time Zone: (GMT - 03:00 hours) Brasilia

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