UNSAM
UNSAM
Study in English, live in Argentina

Course offering

The Program works with small and midsize student groups to allow an interactive teaching environment with hands-on tasks and the opportunity to receive and give immediate feedback. A minimum of six students is required to open the course.
We follow the Argentinean academic calendar, which is divided in two semesters: March-July and August-November.

Spanish Language

Spanish Language Immersion Course

This course is intended for students at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, and offers a combination of Spanish grammar, conversation and introduction to the local culture. It is designed for students who wish to acquire the language faster and is focus on oral skills. It is a six-week course taught from Monday to Friday for 4 hours a day (available in February and July). It will be a combination of classroom hours, virtual classes and fieldtrips. Special focus will be given to communication.

Spanish I

It is a basic language class designed for students who enter with some or no previous knowledge of Spanish. Emphasis on basic grammar structures (present, progressive present and past tenses, verbs ser, estar, tener, haber, gustar, commands, nominal agreement, direct and indirect pronouns, comparatives, por-para).

Spanish II

It is an intensive language class designed for students with good basic knowledge of Spanish. This is a fast paced course. Emphasis on basic-to-intermediate grammar structures (uses of simple and progressive present and past tenses, verbs ser, estar, tener, haber, gustar, adjectives and nouns agreement, commands, direct and indirect pronouns usage, comparatives, por-para, future tense, present subjunctive) and core vocabulary.

Spanish III

It is designed for students who enter with good intermediate knowledge of Spanish. Emphasis on intermediate grammar structures (future and conditional tenses, present and past subjunctive, relative and other pronouns, impersonal se). Expansion of core vocabulary.

Spanish: Grammar & Linguistic Practices

In this course students will work on essays, articles and reviews to improve their writing skills. The main topics that will be covered during the course are: Formal Register in written language in different discourse genres; Letter Writing, Reports and Presentations; Organization, Coherence and Cohesion; Common Errors; Proof-reading; Spelling & Punctuation Rules; Citation.
Pre-requisite: An advanced level of Spanish is required (Spanish II or equivalent).

Spanish through Cinema

During the modules students will analyse different aspects of the Argentine and Latin American societies (such as history, cultural habits and traditions, linguistic expressions, etc.) through the lens of the cinema. Special attention will be paid at the four macro skills of the language (listening, speaking, reading and writing). After the completion of the course students will understand a variety of long, complex texts and understand implicit meanings. They will express themselves with fluency. They will be able to use the language clearly, structured and detailed using different means to have cohesion in the written text.
Prerequisite: An advanced level of Spanish is required (Spanish III or equivalent).

Spanish through Poetry

During the modules students will get familiar with the work of well-known Latin American and Argentinean writers, both classical and contemporary. They will analyse different aspects of the works dealt in the course and will be able to discuss and write critical essays. Special attention will be paid at the four macro skills of the language (listening, speaking, reading and writing).
Prerequisite: An advanced level of Spanish is required (Spanish III or equivalent).

Spanish through Arts

After its completion students will be able to understand main ideas of complex concrete or abstract texts as well as technical texts if they are in his field of specialization. They will relate to native speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular communication with native speakers quite comfortable. They will produce clear and detailed texts about different subjects as well as defend their point of view in general discussions giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Prerequisite: An advanced level of Spanish is required (Spanish III or equivalent).

Spanish Composition

After its completion the student will be able to communicate in everyday simple tasks that require simple and direct information about habitual or familiar situations. He could describe simple facts about his past as well as anything related to his immediate necessities. Special focus is given to the use of the past during this course. Participants will be able to talk about past situations and experiences as well as to write about past events. They will be able to give oral and written presentations about subjects previously worked in class.
Prerequisite: An advanced level of Spanish is required (Spanish II or equivalent).

Spanish Communication

After the completion of this course, the student will be able to understand and use every day expressions as well as simple phrases. He will be able to write small and simple essays about what he likes and is able to make a brief oral presentation about every day subjects, such as routine, food, neighbourhood, differences he observes, etc. He is able to read simple texts and graded readings and films. The practice of conversational skills is encouraged during this course.
Prerequisite: Good level of Spanish is required (Spanish I or equivalent).

Development of written expression 1

In this course students will display their communicative competence in the written expression realm. They will develop the ability to write a variety of texts, from greeting messages to more formal text of an informative nature. They will be capable of writing official, private, formal and informal texts.

Development of written expression 2

The main goal of this course is that students become competent writers at a C1 level (CEFR). They have to achieve the following specific objectives at a high level of competence: to write different text types, to apply the textual format in accordance with the communicative intention of the addresser, to apply grammar categories in the composition of brief or complex texts of varied topics, to strengthen reading, listening and oral comprehension.

Use of Spanish (1)

The course is based on grammatical, functional, lexical, pragmatic and cultural contents. It includes intermediate levels: B1 and B2 (CEFR). Students are expected to develop their communicative and grammatical competences by relating their linguistic skills: oral and written comprehension and production in different social contexts.

Spanish Grammar (2)

The course is based on grammatical, functional, lexical, pragmatic and cultural contents. This course includes intermediate levels: B2 and C1 (CEFR). Students are expected to develop their communicative and grammatical competences by relating their linguistic skills: oral and written comprehension and production in different social and academic contexts.

Spanish Customized Programs

 

Economics

Economic History of Latin America

The aim of the course is to identify and appraise the origins and outcomes of successive ῾models of development’ in Latin America since the late nineteenth century.

International Trade in Latin America

This course deals with the following topics: International trade in earlier economic thought; Static comparative advantage and traditional neoclassical theory of international trade; new theories; the structuralist school, CEPAL, unequal exchange theory; Balance of payments constraints, exchange rates theories and the unbalanced productive structures; Neo-structuralist and neo Schumpeterian; Globalization and multicultural trade agreements; Regional and trade blocs; International Crisis.

History & Political Sciences

Argentine History: From Pre-Colonial Times through the 20th Century

The course will refer to the main historical processes and to the most important historiographical currents, focusing on debates and controversies between them, and trying to show the various ways of understanding and addressing the complex history of Argentina. It will also examine the strong bonds with the other Latin American nations and the complex relations with the major hegemonic powers

Anti-Imperialism in Latin America

Anti-imperialism is a fundamental dimension of Latin American ideological and cultural tradition. Essential aspects of political dynamics of recent years have contributed to re-centre it, with consequences on different areas.

Caribbean History: From Columbus to Fidel Castro

This course will delve into the study of the conquests, imperial domination, and rebellions suffered by the region from the discovery of America to the Cuban Revolution. Throughout the course emphasis will be given to the rich and complex history marked by conquest, blood, and revolution.

Latin American History

A comprehensive course examining major political/geographical/social/economic features of Latin American past and present. Key issues which may divide or unite the distinctive Latin American countries will be highlighted.

Latin American Politics

This course will analyse the following topics: Politics and economics under the conservative order, the rise of mass politics - its various forms, industrialization by import substitution and state intervention in the economy, modernization, authoritarianism and democracy, revolution, guerrillas and the left, debt crisis and adjustment policies, emergency and functioning of new democracies.

Latin American Social Policies: The Construction of Family and Child Welfare.

This course explores family, childhood and citizenship constructed in Latin American Welfare Regimes. Children’s Welfare and Children’s Rights in Latin America. Interdisciplinary focus: anthropology, sociology, history and cultural studies. State, family and childhood. Children’s welfare in Latin American in the 20th century. The International Covenant on Children’s Rights and its impact in Latin America. Human Rights movements in the Southern Cone. The post neoliberal state. Conditional Cash Transfer programs and the scope of citizenship. Mothers, children and new forms of regulation.

Memory, Childhood and Dictatorship in Argentina

What is a “normal” childhood under a dictatorship? Focusing on the last Argentine military dictatorship (1976 – 83), the seminar examines the memory of childhood experience in sociocultural, historiographic and cinematographic approaches. Topics include childhood as political subject, public policy aimed at children, children of the disappeared and everyday life.

Violence, Victims and Justice: An Approach to Humanitarian Activism and Collective Memory Production.

This course proposes a reading of the literature on critical events on how State, families and transnational agencies are mobilized in denouncing violation to human rights and the production of collective memories about these events. The main topics are: the nation-state and the production of violence, social processes on the construction of the figures: victim, survivor, witness and expert, conformation of moral communities around the activism of family members and victims of violence, the management of social suffering and the humanitarian government, humanitarian activism.

Humanities & Social Sciences

Culture, Gender and Identity in Latin America 19th and 20th centuries

On this course we will explore some of the most important ideas, ideologies and images underpinning Latin American nations. Special attention will be given to the subject of memory. Students will develop an awareness of how Latin American nations developed different notions of identity and devised different political and social agendas. Special attention to ideas on race and gender throughout the history of the region will be paid. 

Human Rights and Cultural Production in Argentina

This course will explore Human Rights in Argentina and related Cultural Production. Focused will be placed on State Terrorism during the civic and military dictatorship in the seventies. Issues of truth, quest and justice will be discussed.

Indigenous Peoples in South America: A View from Anthropology

This course deals with two main topics: the histories and cultures of Indigenous Peoples in South America and the contemporary political movements included in so-called "Indian resurgence". Issues of hegemony and resistance, ethnicity, race, class, frontier, evangelization, nationalization, genocide, empowering, representation as they are structurally conditioned by State and market practices. Cases featuring the peoples Shuar, Aymara, Kayapó, Qom, Mapuche will be discussed.

Introduction to Neuropsychology

This course will provide an introduction to the principles of neuropsychology, the study of brain-behavior relationships. It will cover topics such as neuroanatomy, cognitive functions (memory, attention, executive functions, among others), learning disabilities and testing in neuropsychological assessment.

Ethnicity & Multiculturalism in Argentina

The purpose of this course is to explore ethnic diversity and the politics of multiculturalism in Argentina. Although the country is widely perceived as being one of the most “European” ones in Latin America, Argentina is formed by diverse groups.  The course introduces students to the process of ethnic formation, identity politics and theoretical perspectives on ethnicity and multiculturalism. Furthermore, it explores the ethnic complexity of the country by critiquing the idea of socio-cultural homogeneity.  The course examines from a historical and anthropological perspective the experiences of incorporation and exclusion of the diverse communities which form part of the country.

International Relations

China and Latin American Relations

The rise of China is driving considerable changes in global and regional politics. In this context, this course explores the increasing, complex and multidimensional relations between China and Latin America, employing different theoretical perspectives from global studies. We will examine foreign policy, transnational corporations and human rights, trade and development, the challenge to USA’s hegemony, crime, migration, and the influence of Chinese media, among others.

Latin American in the global context

This seminar analyses the place of Latin America in the global conjuncture. Among other topics, it will explore and problematize:
-Societies and States facing the effects of a dissolving globalization;
-Review on the current state of the region;
-Strengths and weaknesses of States and Societies.

Literature & Arts

20th Century Latin American Literature

The course program has been conceived as an intensive approach to the literary and non-literary origins of the selected masterpieces, their aesthetic features and their national contexts.

20th Century Argentinean & Latin American Art

This course will touch upon the historical, social and political background of the time. The focus of the course will be on the following movements: Muralism, Constructivism, Surrealism, Sculptures, Neo-surrealism, Happenings, Conceptual Art and Kinetic Art.

Literature and the City

Since its foundation, Buenos Aires has been subject of several literary pieces. Local and foreign authors have written poems, short tales and novels about the city and, as a famous tango lyric says, its hundred neighborhoods. During the course, the students will:

  • get in touch with some of the most important Argentinian writers and the specific area of their production which focuses on Buenos Aires,
  • get to know the most popular areas of the city and some places that are hardly included on a tourist agenda, and
  • learn about the history of the city and the country.

The course will include both lectures and field trips.