Argentina 2010: Social Justice, Human Rights Social Work & Community Challenges

San Jose State University at the University of Palermo, Buenos Aires Argentina

Gain a better understanding of Latin American social, political, economic and cultural history, as well as human rights issues and challenges. Study how the recent social and economic history of Argentina has informed the challenges to Argentina as it has emerged from the economic crisis of 2002 .Visit Argentine communities, cultural and political centers and meet with leading Argentine social workers, human rights activists and educators.Take tours to important historical, cultural and locations in the greater Buenos Aires region.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

As the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires offers a heady blend of traditional European culture, combined with a fusion of indigenous culture, fed by increasing immigration from the interior of Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru. It is a fantastic, energized beehive of cultural, social experimentation, experiencing a renaissance of venerable institutions as the tango, a flourishing and sophisticated art scene, educational and cutting edge experiments in labor ownership and Latin American cosmopolitan life.

University of Palermo, BsAs

In December of 1990, the Ministry of Education and Justice authorized the University of Palermo and its first classes began in 1991. Since then, the University of Palermo (UP) has been characterized by its dynamic growth and its pursuit of academic excellence. At the present time, the UP offers degrees in multiple disciplines, is organized in six Faculties and several interdisciplinary Schools and special programs. It is located in a safe, middle/upper middle class neighborhood of Buenos Aires and is today one of the most dynamic institutions of Argentina's university system with a particular urban focus.

Course Enrollment

The San Jose State School of Social Work offers this course and all participants must take the following three unit course:

SW 285/180 is 3-credit hour course focusing on Argentina's recent social and political history, its current human rights climate and the challenges facing those working in the context of social justice. It is especially relevant for students (upper division or graduate) in many fields including: social and behavioral sciences, social work, anthropology, history, global studies, Latin American studies, public health, social science, sociology, communications studies, psychology, and occupational therapy among others. It includes lectures, field trips, museum tours, guest lectures, documentary films, and excursions. There will also be a conversational Spanish course offered although no prior Spanish is required.

Eligibility Requirements: none other than upper division and graduate students in good standing with at least a 2.75 GPA; no prior knowledge of Spanish is required.

Program Overview: this course focuses on current social justice and human rights, as well as social history and culture of Argentina.

View the course syllabus. 

Prof. Mike Gorman, Program Leader

E-mail: emg3@sjsu.eduor

Estimated Costs:

SJSU Special Session Tuition (3 units @ $250) $ 750.00
Program fees, lodging, meals, class materials and local tours approx $ 2,050.00 (approx)
Estimated Total $ 2,800.00 (approx)
Air fare (est.) $1,100.00

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