Society and Politics of Argentina has been created to introduce all students to the richness of the culture, history, literature, art, music, and dance of Argentina. The program runs for three weeks during the January semester. Estimated dates are January 5-24, 2014. Students study the society and politics of Argentina through readings, lectures, and explorations of the sites, sounds, and tastes of Buenos Aires and Cordoba. Students combine classes in the morning with excursions in the afternoon and evening into Buenos Aires and Cordoba led by an SU faculty expert on the culture and history of Argentina.
CLASS: All students earn four credits by registering for one of the following courses:
SPAN 300: Topics on Society and Politics of Argentina - The themes of the classes will involve the independence of Argentina, populism and the influence of Peronism, and the different stages of the military dictatorship and its lasting implications. Each morning all students meet for class and will study authors in Spanish including Alfonsina Storni, Tomas Eloy Martinez, Jorge Luis Borges, Hebe Bonafini, Ricardo Piglia, Tununa Mercado, and Mara Teresa Andruetto. In addition to the formal readings and lectures, students are led throughout the streets of Buenos Aires and Cordoba where they contextualize the coursework through the cultural expressions of two major cities of Argentina. Prerequisite for this course is Span 310.
MDFL 248: Studies in Contemporary Cultures: Society and Politics of Argentina - The themes of the classes will involve the independence of Argentina, populism and the influence of Peronism, and the different stages of the military dictatorship and its lasting implications. Each morning all students meet for class and will study authors in translation including Alfonsina Storni, Tomas Eloy Martinez, Jorge Luis Borges, Hebe Bonafini, Ricardo Piglia, Tununa Mercado, and Mara Teresa Andruetto. In addition to the formal readings and lectures, students are led throughout the streets of Buenos Aires and Cordoba where they learn and are assessed on the cultural expressions of those two major cities of Argentina. There are no prerequisities for this course and no Spanish language is necessary. The course is open to all students. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIC.
EXCURSIONS: To reinforce their classes, the students will go to the Evita Museum, will visit the famous cemetery La recoleta, where they will see the tomb of Juan Batista Alberdi, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Eva Pern, and others. On a Thursday, they will go to the Plaza of May and will meet the famous protesting mothers and grandmothers. They will also take a guided tour of the ESMA. As part of the Buenos Aires tour, they will spend an entire day at a traditional estancia (ranch) in the pampa (countryside) where they will meet several gauchos (cowboys of South American countries), eat the typical Argentinean asado, ride horses and see a traditional gaucho dance performance. In Cordoba, they will visit the torture camp of La Perla, museum and will meet the famous writer Maria Teresa Andruetto, who recently earned the Hans Anderson Prize (known as the Nobel Prize of Childrens Literature).
HOUSING: Students stay in the America del Sur Youth hostel. Hostelworld guests voted America del Sur Hostel Buenos Aires the best in Argentina and Latin America at the 2011 Hoscars. This hostel is located in the beautiful San Telmo area, a short walk from Casa Rosada, Plaza de Mayo, Calle Florida and much more. Travellers say the staff are 'enthusiastic, friendly, helpful and competent', while the hostel itself is 'very chilled out if you want it to be, but also can party a lot, too'. Students are housed in doubles or triples at the hostel. You can see photos of the America del Sur Hostel here.
COST: Tuition and fees for the 2014 Society and Politics of Tango program are estimated to be $2150. The price includes tuition and fees for 4 credits, ground transportation in Argentina, lodging, partial board, guided excursions throughout Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and much more. International airfare is not included in the price. SU has made international flight arrangements for students through www.travelon.com. The faculty director will provide students a special code to receive the itinerary for this program with Travel On. Students pay Travel On separately for their airfare, which is estimated to be $1300.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Admission to the program is competitive and program enrollment is limited to 15 participants. The application deadline is October 1, 2013. Once maximum enrollment is reached additional applicants are placed on a waiting list. All admitted students must be in good standing of student conduct with the university. In addition to completing the online application, all applicants must submit the following materials directly to the faculty director: