Suggested Courses of Study in Argentina

Students with a range of primary interests may also choose to design their own study track. The concentration of top-level universities in Buenos Aires affords a wide selection of challenging courses.

The Universidad de Buenos Aires is the largest university in Argentina and the highest-ranked public school. The UBA is best known for its excellent programs in philosophy and language and literature, in addition to its strong social sciences faculty. Its Faculty of Exact Sciences is home to one of Latin America's most respected earth science departments.

The Universidad Torcuato Di Tella hosts excellent professors in political science an international studies. Students concentrating in government will appreciate its courses offered in these subjects.

Students interested in economics will also be well-served at the Universidad de San Andrés, which specializes in business and economics.

Students interested in the arts will find excellent courses at the Instituto Universitario del Arte (IUNA).

Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)

Spanish for Foreigners Level 6 at Laboratorio de Idiomas: A helpful review and introduction to Spanish grammar and Argentine culture. The classes are small and diverse; you're able to meet interesting students and practice speaking in a comfortable setting while learning about some of the idiosyncrasies of Porteño Spanish and culture. It's an interesting and yet gentle view into what la UBA can be like.

Foundations of Modernist Latin American Literature-Facultad de Filosofía y Letras: Martí, Darío and del Casal. This is a seminar formatted class, which means that it's relatively small (about 25-30 students) with a higher level of participation and discussion. We studied poetry and newspaper articles from José Martí, Rubén Darío and Julián del Casal. The writing is dense and difficult in terms of vocabulary and context. The professor, Ariela Schnirmajer, seemed to have an encyclopedic knowledge of related theoretical and analytical sources. This consequently meant that the intended reading list was impossibly long and that often these materials were frustratingly never discussed or explained in class. The 4-hour class consisted of lectures by the professor and weekly student presentations followed by discussion. The class was demanding for a number of reasons: the authors to begin with are generally difficult, the reading list was designed to be impossible, the professor uninspiring, and the fact that amid all this you're in a class with all native Spanish speakers more advanced and knowledgeable. That being said the class was an incredible experience. It was amazing to be in la UBA and to be with Argentine students of all ages, vocations.

Human Rights-Facultad de Derecho, (Law School):  This law  school class, Derechos Humanos y Garantías,  is also a lecture class, and has about 100 different sections, each with a different professor, and from what I observed each professor teaches the class a completely different way and has different exams, so if you want to take this class I would recommend going to a few versions in the first week and seeing how well you can understand the professors, asking them about the exams, etc. The course was a little more focused on the technical aspects of law than I would have liked (but it was a class at the Law School), but I enjoyed the theoretical parts of the class. The class involves a history of human rights in Argentina (which was really interesting to learn about especially because Argentina did not have democracy until 1983 and had many dictatorships with thousands of disappeared people and huge human rights abuses), the theory behind human rights, and the practical application of human rights in the laws (reading the Constitution and various international treaties). The only foreign students in the class were myself and another Harvard student, so I did feel that everyone else knew more than us about Argentine history, law systems, etc. but it was really cool being in a class full of Argentine students because they were all very vocal and opinionated and did not hesitate to raise their hands and make controversial comments. There were also a few older people in the class who had lived through the dictatorships, so they had really interesting opinions to add. I found the professor a little difficult to understand at times (I would say I understood about 75%) but the coursepack basically repeated everything that was said in class, and we were always invited to ask questions during the break of the professor, the helpers, or the other students. There were a few Argentine students who always offered to help us. Homework for the class included reading the coursepack, finding a current newspaper article about human rights, and studying for two midterms (no final). I would recommend the class because I did learn a lot about human rights, and their interesting history in Argentina, and the workload was also manageable, although I did have to concentrate more in class to understand and sometimes I had to look up the topics in English. Keep in mind that this review is only for Cataldo's class, the other sections were really different, so shop around!

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

Foundations of Modernist Latin American Literature: Martí, Darío and del Casal at la UBA Filosofía y Letras:  The course Fundamentos del modernismo hispanoamericano: José Martí, Rubén Darío y Julián del Casal. Poesía, crónica y cuento,  gives an overview of some of the canonic figures of Argentine literature: Borges, Cortázar, Arlt, Sabato and Girondo. It's offered excluslvely to foreign students. The professor, Martín Kohan, is a Porteño writer, and he teaches the class as though he is doing a stand-up comedy routine. There's very little discussion or participation (as is the case with most classes in Argentina), but sitting and listening to Kohan talk about literature, life, illnesses, unrequited love, travel, history, Parisians, fatherhood is possibly one of the most entertaining introductions to Argentine literature and culture. All the materials are read in class and there's one written assignment and one final exam. In terms of workload and format, the class is undemanding and the setting unintimidating with all foreign students. The material covered is sparse but well presented. Course offered exclusively to foreign students.

The Peronist Movement: From the mid twentieth century until today. The course tries to contextualize and explain the roots and evolution of Peronist politics in Argentina. Professor Ernesto Cussianovich is an economist who works for a political statistics consulting firm that is currently contracted by the Kirchner administration. Despite this association, he gives a well-rounded perspective on current politics with a slight focus on economics (which is imperatively helpful when studying Argentine history). The course material starts with Argentine history since independence and goes up to the present in the literal sense that many classes we simply read the newspaper and discussed the contents, implications, and context of what is going on in current Argentine politics. It was an incredibly helpful, fascinating class taught by a very intelligent, informed professor. The course work includes a take-home midterm exam, a final paper and final exam. Course offered exclusively to foreign students.

In coordination with the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) Law School and the Harvard Committee on Human Rights, DRCLAS offers a Study Abroad program and internship opportunity for Harvard College students interested in human rights.

This program brings together both formal learning opportunities in universities and strong human rights programs along with informal learning opportunities such as internships and independent research. Such a mix of resources allows students to delve into Argentinean history and topics in human rights. DRCLAS staff provides logistical and administrative support throughout the process of course selection and with the organization of internships and independent research projects.

Concentrators interested in the Social Sciences enrolling at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, may find the following courses particularly interesting:

Orígenes y Evolución del Movimiento Peronista/Origins and Evolution of the Peronist Movement (9996) Professor: Ernesto Cussianoich
This course aims to study the origins and development of the Peronist movement in Argentina between the mid-twentieth century and today. Students will analyze the historical background of Peronism through an examination of the labor movement and political parties in Argentina in the first half of the twentieth century. The figure of their leader, Juan Domingo Peron, will be studied in the historical context of the years immediately after World War II. We will analyze the two governments of Peron during the forties and fifties, as well as the proscription of Peronism to the short Perón's third term in the difficult seventies. The course also aims to analyze and reflect on the consequences of the military dictatorship of 1976-1983, particularly its economic consequences and the serious human rights abuses executed in Argentina during that period. Finally, Peronism of today will be analyzed by the two governments of Carlos Menem and Duhalde and the presidency of Nestor Kirchner and the current administration of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

América Latina en el Sistema Internacional/Latin America in the International System (9994)Professor: Mariano Turzi (Ph.D. in International Affairs, The Johns Hopkins University)
The objective of this course is that the students acquire knowledge about the insertion of the region into the structure of contemporary international relations. It examines the evolution of the international system from the Latin American optic. Thus, the course aims to teach students to observe International economic and political processes as they have been perceived in the region. In this way, they will be able to understand a “Southern”vision of international processes, in order to better understand how our region interprets the world.

Política y Sociedad en América Latina / Politics and Society in Latin America (2521)
Professor: Jorge Battaglino (Ph.D. in Latin American Politics, University of Essex)
This course focuses on Latin America’s transformation process. Argentina: from prosperity to decadence. Chile: democracy, socialism and military authoritarianism. Brazil: end of the Empire. Economic growth and social change. The First Republic, 1889-1930. Getulio Vargas and the Estado Novo. The Second Republic, 1946-64. The military government. Mexico: the North American invasion. The Díaz era, progress and social change. The Mexican Revolution. Cárdenas, the institutionalization of the revolution. Cuba: the last colony and first socialism. Economic growtha nd social change. Politics, corruption and decadence. Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution. Decline of the revolutionary experiment. Cuba from 1970. Central America: colonialism, dictatorship and revolution. Latin American and the United States: from independence to panamericanism. The growing influence of the United States in Latin America.

Política y Sociedad en la Argentina S. XIX y XX / Politics and Society in Latin Argentina (2522)Professor: Andrea Matallana (Ph.D in History, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella)
The Generation of the 1880s and its political and social project. Massive immigration  urbanization, and modernization. The conservative republic. Economic growth and social differentiation. Civil uprisings and the question of universal suffrage. The Catholic Church and politics in Argentina. The formation of contemporary political parties and the crisis of the conservative order. The Unión Cívica Radical and its leaders. Repercussions of the crisis of 1930. Institutional breakdown and military intervention. Argentine nationalism. State intervention and industrialization. Politics between 1930-43. The military coup of 1943. The rise of Peronism. Perón in government (1946-55). Political difficulties in the post-Peronist period. The question of Peronism: neo-Peronism, partial democracy, and Peronist unions. The development experience. The government of the UCRP. The Argentine Revolution and its foundational intentions. The failure of authoritarian experience. Radicalization of political life: violence. Peronism´s return to power and rapid fall. The coup of 1976 and the military government. State repression and institutional breakdown. The war of the Malvinas and the transition to democracy.

Seminario Historia Politica Contemporánea Argentina I y II / Seminar on Contemporary Argentine Political History I and II (4525/4533)  Professor: Ricardo Salvatore (Ph.D. in Economics, University of Texas at Austin)
The objective of these courses is the in-depth analysis of a contemporary political issue. Topic selection will vary according to the research interests of the professor.

Seminario Ideas y Cultura en Argentina / Seminar on Ideas and Culture in Argentina (4535) Professor: José María Ghio (Ph.D. in History, Columbia University)
Creation of Argentine culture. Narratives of the conquest. Immigration, assimilation, and language. Cultural insertion of social control. Technological imagination and the dream of modernity. Peronism and the culture of work. City, country, and the shores. The culture of terror.

Tópicos Contemporáneos de Política Latinoamericana / Seminar on Contemporary Latin American Politics (3524) Professor: Jorge Battaglino (Ph.D. in Latin American Politics, University of Essex)
This course is an in-depth analysis of contemporary issues and problems in Latin American politics. Specific topics will vary each year. Some possible topics include: economic reform policy, constitutional policies, foreign debt, human rights, and government transitions.

Política Exterior Argentina / Argentine Foreign Policy (4516) Professor: Francisco Corigliano (Doctor en Historia, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella)
Interdisciplinary analysis of Argentina’s foreign policy from an historic perspective: continuities and ruptures. Structural ties between Argentina and its principle international partners throughout the 20th century. Connection between foreign policy and the type of government and/or political regime. Relationship between foreign policy, the dominant political culture and the belief systems of decision-makers. Analysis of present-day foreign policy in Argentina and its political and economic agreements. Institutional plans for constitutional control of foreign policy. Bilateral and multilateral relationships and alignments in historical perspective.

Historia Argentina del S XX / 20th Century Argentine History  (3415)
The course will discuss Argentina’s social, political and cultural history in 1930-1983.
The classes will center in the bibliographical and historical discussion and the analysis of different sources (journalism, literary, essays etc).

Historia Contemporánea de América Latina / Contemporary Latin America History (3409) Professor: Ricardo Salvatore (Ph.D. in Economics, University of Texas at Austin)
Economic growth, exportation, and foreign investment. The Great Depression. Import substitution and industrialization. Democracy and authoritarianism. Chile: democracy, socialism, and military authoritarianism. The Christian Democracy experience. From instability to the Frente Popular. The failure of socialism. The Pinochet regime. Brazil: Getulio Vargas and the Estado Novo. The Second Republic, 1946-64. The military government. Mexico: Cárdenas, the institutionalization of the revolution. Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution. Central America: colonialism, dictatorship, and revolution. Latin American and the United States. Inflation and stabilization plans. The democratic revival.

Historia de América Latina en el Período Colonial  / Colonial Latin American History (2409)Professor: Ricardo Salvatore (Ph.D. in Economics, University of Texas at Austin) 
The American civilizations. Indigenous cultures. Imperial organizations. The arrival of the Europeans. The encounter between indigenous and European worlds. The discovery. The conquest. The organization of colonial empires. The Spanish and Portuguese empires. British, French, and Dutch colonization. Politics and institutions. Religion and ideas. The Church. The cultural world. Work systems. Commerce systems. The monopoly. Economy and society. Crisis of the colonial order.

Historia de América Latina en el siglo XIX / 19th Latin American History (3405)
The Independence revolutions. The wars of Independence. The problem of political order. Liberals and conservatives. Societal changes. Export economies. Consolidation of central states. The political system: elections and fraud. New ideas. Positivism. The crisis of the old political system. Reformism and revolution. Brazil: end of the Empire. Economic growth and social change. The first Republic, 1889-1930. Mexico: the Díaz era. The Mexican Revolution. The battle for universal suffrage in Latin America. The Great Depression: economic crisis and authoritarianism.

Relaciones Internacionales Contemporáneas/ International Contemporary Relations (3511) Professor: Jorge Battaglino (Ph.D. in Latin American Politics, University of Essex)
This course analyzes the main events that have marked the develpment of International relations since the end of World War II. It concentrates on four regions: Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. For each region, special attention will be paid to the main topics on the regional agenda and the effects they have on the International system. In this way, the course provides students with the basic knowledge that they need to understand the evolution of contemporary International relations in those regions and beyond.

Conflictos Internacionales y Seguridad / International Conflicts and Security (4617) Professor: Rut Diamint (Ph.D.Candidate, Kings College, London University)
Security, defense and geopolitics, strategic doctrines and concepts. National defense organization. Military alliances. Regional security arrangements. Collective security. The United Nations´ doctrine, bodies, areas of influence, functioning, and debates. Hemispheric security: OAS, TIAR, Interamerican Defense Committee. Disarmament agenda and forums. Non-proliferation. Weapons of mass destruction and conventional forces. Measures to promote trust and security. Recent developments and tools. The post-Cold War agenda.

Estrategia y Negociación Internacional / International Strategy and Negotiation (4315)  Professor: Rut Diamint (Ph.D. Candidate, Kings College, London University)
This course is oriented to the knowledge of the concepts of negotiation, mediation and pacific resolution of conflicts. Negotiating is an important concept on the relation between States, but is applied today in Law, commerce and interpersonal relations as well. This course will be centered in the relations and negotiations between States.

Introducción a las Relaciones Internacionales/Introduction to International Relations (4619)Professor: Rut Diamint (Ph.D. Candidate, Kings College, London University)
This is a multidisciplinary course that examines at a basic level the type of political, economic, and military problems covered in “international studies”. It begins with an introduction to 20th century history, as this is the context in which the events to be studied took place. It will include an analysis of the recent evolution of the political structure of the world, of commerce, and of international finances. It continues with a basic analysis of the objectives of different international relations and economic development theories as well as studies of decision-making processes, bureaucratic conflict, and internal factors that condition foreign policy. It will attempt to clarify how different approaches contribute to historical knowledge, their particular strengths and weaknesses, and where new theories are being developed.

Política Comparada / Comparative Politics (2504)  Professor: Ana María Mustapic (M.Phil. in Politics, University of Oxford)
Comparative study of the relevant political actors and processes of different nations as well as of the criteria, strategies and instruments of the comparative methodology. Subjects of comparative analysis will include political parties, unions and other intermediary sectors, governments, their structures and functions, political regimes, and Constitutions.

Política y Comunicación/Politics and Communication (3523) Professor: Philip Kitzberger (Doctor en Filosofía, Universidad de Buenos Aires)
Communication is an essential aspect of political life. The idea that the legislative process should be rooted in public deliberation is one of the guiding principles of any democratic regime. In contemporary society, the media provides citizens with the information they need to influence the public agenda. How are public opinion, the media and the political system related in contemporary society? How has the development of mass media and new technology influenced political life? Using current debates about the relationship between public deliberation and democracy, this course analyzes the conditions that form independent public opinion in liberal democracies, the crisis of the liberal public after the emergence and development of mass communication media, the professionalization of political communication and its consequences on democratic life, the role of media scandals in political dynamics, journalism, and the mediatization of politics.

Política y Economía / Politics and Economics (3508) Professor: Sebastián Etchemendy (Ph.D. in Political Science, University of California at Berkeley)
The objective of this course is to study the impact of political institutions and political actors´ behavior on the development, implementation and performance of economic policy. How do States govern their economies? Analysis of historical experiences. Growth, stabilization, and reform policies. Relationships between economic and political actors.

Teoría de las Relaciones Internacionales / International Relations Theory (4513) Professor: Roberto Russell (Ph.D. in International Affairs, The Johns Hopkins University)
Analysis of the major international relations paradigms and their development since the 1920s, such as the classical tradition, theories of the global society, and the neomarxist challenges and contributions to the classical school. The most important theoretical debates that have characterized the discipline´s evolution (realists vs. idealists, traditionalists vs. scientificists, realists vs. modernists) will also be studied. Special emphasis will be given to those perspectives developed since the 1970s: structural realism, dependence theory, international regimes, contemporary theories of international political economy, the bureaucratic political model, the ideal “commercial state”, and the recent contributions of the post-structuralist and postmodernist schools. Finally, the Latin American contributions to international relations theory will be discussed.

Economics concentrators interested in enrolling at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, may find the following courses particularly interesting:

Historia Económica Argentina / Argentine Economic History (4114) Professor: Pablo Gerchunoff (Licenciado en Economía, UBA)
The economy before 1930. The frontier economy. Agricultural development. Immigration and the labor market. Money and finance during the organizational period: 1850-1880. Monetary, exchange and fiscal policies during the international gold standard: 1880-1930. The capital factor: investments, capital market and foreign debt. Industrialization in the first post-war era. Agriculture prices and changes in the 1920s. Impact of the Great Depression and economic policy’s response. Industrialization in the second post war period, the empresarial state and the import substitution model. Stabilization policies and the breakdown of the import substitution model. The foreign debt crisis of 1982. Structural changes in the 1990s: privatization and deregulation.

Historia Económica Internacional / International Economic History (2106) Professor: Fernando Rocchi (Ph.D. in History, University of California Santa Barbara)
Economic history as an explanation of how humans have tried to resolve the economic problem of resource allocation throughout time. Instruments of economic history analysis. The feudal system before the commercial and industrial revolution. Markets and institutional changes. Commercial expansion in Europe. Banks, currencies, and distribution systems. Mercantilism. The Industrial Revolution: causes, impact on welfare, legal and institutional changes. The role of government. The role of technology, the capital factor, and work in economic growth. The rise of new nations: the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia.

Seminario Problemas Contemporáneos de la Economía Internacional /  Contemporary Problems in International Economics (4121) Professor: Mónica Hirst (Master en Ciencia Política, Instituto Universitario de Pesquisas de Río de Janeiro)
This course will study the practices and institutions that characterize the current international financial and commercial markets. Specific topics vary by year. Some examples are: international finance and regulatory structure, innovations and tendencies in financial instruments, international debt, trade wars, the role of the European Economic Union, and the role of developing nations.

Comercio Internacional / International Trade (3109)  Professor: Marzia Raybaudi (Ph.D. in Economics, University of Southampton)
International economy problems. Labor productivity and commerce. The concept of absolute comparative advantages. The concept of Ricardian comparative advantages. Terms of trade and profits in the Ricardian model. Factor mobility and income distribution. The standard model of international trade. Heschker-Ohlin. Stolper- Samuleson. Factor price equalization. Economic and trade growth. International trade and economies of scale. International mobility of factors. Trade policy. Political economy of trade policies.

Desarrollo Económico / Economic Development (4115)
Growth theory and its link to the development problem. Harrod-Domar. Solow and neoclassical growth. Constant and growing returns to scale. Alternative growth theories. Commercial regimes and growth. Dynamic problems in trade policies. The order of liberalization. Gradualism versus shock. Stabilization. Macroeconomic policies and commercial regime. Trade policies and employment: long-term and during transition.

Economía Monetaria Internacional / International Monetary Economics (4112) Professor: Andrés Neumeyer (Ph.D. in Economics, Columbia University)
Exchange markets and international money markets. Exchange rates and the balance of payment. Relation between the balance of payment and domestic accounts. Different approaches to the balance of payment: the elasticity approach, the absorption approach, and the monetary approach. Production determination and type of exchange rate. Exchange rate and portfolio decision. Currency substitution. Fixed versus floating exchange rate. Multiple exchange rates. Cash exchange rate as a predictor of future exchange rate. Coordination of monetary, exchange rate, and fiscalpolicy. Real effects of devaluation. Multilateral and unilateral convertibility. The real exchange rate in a inter-temporal general equilibrium model.

Riesgo, Incertidumbre y Finanzas / Risk, Uncertainty and Finance (3306)
Module I - Investment decisions in cases of certainty. Fisher separation. Cash flow. Present net value and internal rate of return. Risk assets valuation. The theory of election under uncertainty. Axioms. Risk aversion. Median and variance as the election criteria for the investor.
Module II - Definition of financial assets. Complete markets. Condition of perfect arbitrage. Optimal decisions for creating an investment portfolio. Diversification. Price of financial assets. Common stock. Options. Futures. Efficiency and capital market.