Thursday, October 20, 2011

WT Argentina: The Politics of Globalization

Buenos Aires, Argentina; Humahuaca, Argentina
Program Terms: Winterterm
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Winterterm

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
 Class Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore  Credit Type: Resident Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0  Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:

What's the scoop?

Students spend three weeks in Argentina studying the politics of Argentina and broader Latin America in the global context, as well as gaining an understanding of the local culture. To foster a sense of cultural diversity, the course will spend two weeks in Buenos Aires and one week in Humahuaca. Visits to representatives of multilateral institutions, state agencies and nongovernmental organizations will allow students to interact directly with government officials, activists, scholars and professionals to explore the extent to which a new emerging consensus on poverty and inequality is likely to advance basic issues related to the construction of democracy and social equity in the hemisphere.The course will also include some broader cultural activities.

What course will I take?

Students will be enrolled in a three-credit course, The Politics of Globalization (SOCY 498W/LASC 458A), which aims to evaluate the following questions through discussion seminars and targeted field trips in Argentina:

To what extent are multilateral institutions and supranational development agencies (such as the World Bank and the Interamerican Development Bank) restoring poverty and inequality to a place of prominence in debates about the future of Latin American development? Are there new opportunities for bridging the yawning conceptual and programmatic chasms that have divided policy-makers in multilateral institutions, political parties, social movements, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)?

Where will I stay?

Students will spend the first two weeks in Buenos Aires, and will then travel north to stay in the quaint town of Humahuaca, where they will experience rich cultural activities, and visit small communities and farmers in the Quebrada.

The Quebrada de Humahuaca is a spectacular gorge running along the Rio Grande river in the northern province of Jujuy. Part of the Inca Roads before the Spanish Conquest, many  elements of pre-Hispanic culture are still present in the area. In 2002, UNESCO declared the Quebrada de Humahuaca to be a Cultural and Natural Mankind Heritage Site.

Who's here to help?

The Faculty Director, Dr. Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz,
is a Professor in the Department of Sociology. In 2000, he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín.  He has published several books and articles on social inequality, social movements, and political change in Latin America. Please contact Dr. Korzeniewicz at for information about course content and itinerary.

What about costs?

The Winter 2012 program fee is $2500.
Included: UMD tuition (same for every student), $250 Education Abroad Fee, lodging, and travel within the country.
Not included: personal expenses, meals, trip insurance and international airfare.
Education Abroad will suggest a group flight itinerary that each student is responsible for purchasing independently. Although flight costs are not guaranteed and will vary, we will make every effort to keep airfare to a minimum. Students are advised to purchase refundable tickets and travel insurance to counter any inconvenience caused by a change in the program's itinerary. Once admitted, you should expect to purchase the flight for the program a few weeks later, usually in mid-October.
Payment information

The program fee is divided into four separate charges over the course of the fall semester:
  1.  A non-refundable $50 application fee is payable online at the time of application via MyEA,
  2. Upon admission, a $250 non-refundable deposit is paid online via MyEA.  Applicants: if admitted to the program, you are responsible for paying this deposit, which is non-refundable under any circumstances.
  3. UMD $250 Education Abroad Fee charged to the student's UMD account, and
  4. The remaining balance will be charged simultaneously to the student's UMD account upon registration for the course.

All four charges add up to the published program fee.

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