SPA380.1 Interculturality, Diversity, and Social Justice in Contemporary Argentina (Buenos Aires Prequel) (Fall, Spring)

Taught in Spanish at FLACSO Argentina (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Sede Argentina).  In this class, you will study a range of topics related to Contemporary Argentina from an Intercultural and multidisciplinary perspective, introducing students to critical social issues related to ethnicity, diversity, and social justice in Contemporary Argentina.

You will focus on the history of different migrations waves and their cultural impact: the Afro-Argentine, indigenous heritage, and the youth social movements that have arisen in the last ten years claiming political participation and more equity and social justice in society. Through the seminar, you will analyze the context from which these social-political movements emerged, how they developed and articulated demands and strategies, and what issues are still unresolved. You’ll link theoretical concepts and historical events with cultural manifestations, such as the Tango, Candombe, and Murga, and their influence on the Argentine identity and its gastronomic heritage.

Students will learn about the impact of those issues on famous events like soccer, public political demonstrations, and the carnival. To facilitate your deep understanding of these issues, you will have the chance to interview representatives and public policy makers of the women’s movement, Afro-Argentine organizations, indigenous leaders, young feminists, and LGTTBQ+ representatives among others.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

By completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the main themes of Afro-descendant studies in Argentina and the Rio de La Plata Region
  • Understand Argentina’s migratory processes and currents in an intercultural framework and with a multidisciplinary approach
  • Contextualize and characterize the formation of cultural, social diversity, and political fields in terms of intercultural and multicultural approaches
  • Identify and use the proper tools to question the dominant narrative of the “white-European-hetero-patriarchal” Argentine nation and analyze the influence of transnational social-political movements
  • Identify similarities and differences between the United States and Argentina.

Course note: For Syracuse students, this course counts toward the Spanish major or minor.

Prereq: SPA 202, four semesters of college-level Spanish, or the equivalent

Department: Spanish

Location: Santiago

Semesters: Fall, Spring

Credits: 3