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Latin American Cultures and Civilizations Latin American Studies Program Spring 2025 Semester - Early Start - Buenos Aires

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Latin American Cultures and Civilizations

Latin American Cultures and Civilizations Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: Universidad de Belgrano
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Primary Subject Area: Spanish Language & Literature
Instruction in: English
Course Code: PALAS 362
Transcript Source: TBD
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 60


Since its discovery until the present, Latin America has been imagined and conceived as the "New Continent", a place for utopia, but also as a space of uneven modernity and extreme forms of violence. The course explores distinctive cultural aspects of Latin America by looking at the ways it has been represented in readings spanning from the diaries written by Christopher Columbus to the texts of the Cuban Revolution, the iconography of Peronismo, or the recent debates on Neoliberalism, Globalization and Populism. Drawing on essays, but also on short-stories, paintings, photographs, and films, the course addresses a set of questions that lie at the heart of how one thinks about Latin America. What is expected from "Latin America"? What were the different "ideas" that Latin America embodied? What are the forms of "Latin American" culture? How are the different "cultures" connected? The purpose of the course is threefold: to introduce students to problems central to Latin America, to familiarize students with a variety of non-fictional writings in Spanish, such as essay, chronicle, journalism and documentary films, and to sharpen student"s skills as analytical readers.

The University of Belgrano utilizes a 45-minute contact hour whereas the United States higher education system utilizes a 50-minute contact hour. All University of Belgrano courses represent the 45 contact hour amount and an estimated US credit calculation based on the contact hours. Each University of Belgrano transcript will include the number of hours per week and the weeks in the semester, so US universities may calculate the appropriate number of US credits for students.

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