Universidad de Palermo takes pride on being the most internationally diverse University in Argentina, with students from more than 50 different countries. The Latin American Cultural Identity Program is a semester-long course created for those international students who besides learning Spanish, believe it is important to learn what makes Latin America, and more specifically Argentina, the way it is. It is recommended for those students who are focusing their studies in the region or for those who simply acknowledge its significance in history and its potential in the future.
The Latin American Cultural Identity Program is designed to not only expose students to a Spanish-speaking environment, but also to gain an understanding of the way our society, economy and politics work.
The Program is divided in two parts:
The Language Department offers international students the possibility to study Spanish in an approachable and practical way. Courses are divided into levels according to the student’s knowledge.
2. Latin American Cultural Identity
International students can choose from Spanish-spoken courses such as Society and Culture, Government and Politics in Latin America, Evolution of the Argentine Society and Latin American Art, along with Universidad de Palermo’s students.
Spanish (advanced level) course information
1. Course Objectives
The Spanish (Advanced Level) Course’s main goal is that the student will learn to:
Tell, narrate and create a story
Correct erroneous information
Write and analyze a piece of news
Display an argument
In addition, the grammatical, pronunciation and conversational skills will be deepened. The correct application of the written language’s rules pertaining the spelling and accentuations will be expected. News articles, videos, songs, TV programs and radio broadcastings will be used.
2. Grammatical Objectives
Deepening of the two different uses of “to be” (ser and estar )
Construction of the words
Verbal periphrasis Uses of the passive voice
Pronouns Use of subjunctive
Gerund and participle
Accentuation of the words
3. Lexicon Objectives
Body and personality vocabulary
Expressions and popular phrases
4. Writing Objectives
Write a report, formal and informal letters, narrative and argumentative essays.
Our Spanish professors are all highly qualified and enjoy working with international students. They are native speakers of Spanish with many years of teaching experience both in Argentina and abroad. They use an interactive learning approach, which includes the viewing of movies, and museum and theater visits.
Latin american culture courses information
We recommend students choose no more than 3 or 4 (in addition to the Spanish course) of the following subjects.
1. Society and Culture
This subject introduces the student, based on theoretical grounding and case studies, to some relevant aspects that constitute the “ethos” of being Argentine. From the 1950’s the cultural phenomena that lead the change in the economic model, politics and international context are analyzed. With this horizon the following aspects are explored: tango, fútbol, popular religiousness and other icons of the argentine culture such as Gardel, Maradona, the Eternauta, Evita, Che, national Rock and Rodrigo, among others.
2. Latin American International Relations
This course addresses the main problems of Latin American international relations during the last decades, analyzing the role of the United States and the emergence of sub-groups in the region; the processes of democratization; the conception of strategic security; the Washington consensus; the free market policies; drug trafficking; terrorism; the regional integration experiences; the first and second Colombian plan and Latin American’s place in the new international order.
3. Evolution of the Argentine Society
This subject is centered in the analysis of the social, cultural and economic characteristics that formed the Argentine society during the last fifty years. A brief historic introduction goes over the problems in the making of the State and the modern Argentine society. In said introduction, the particularities of the national development are traced, from Sarmiento and Alberti to Peronism. From there on, the research is centered on specific subjects that aim to explain the characteristics of present Argentina. The topics covered on this second part of the course include: the Argentine economic cycle; 1930-1983: causes of the democratic instability; Peronism; models of economic growth: from liberalism to developmentalism; European influences: British domination, French culture and Hispanic and Italian immigration; popular music: from tango to cuarteto; literature and poetry; from Alfonsín to Menem: the making of a new Argentina, from democratic consolidation to crisis.
4. Latin America, Twentieth Century
This course approaches the different developmental perspectives in Latin American societies in the XX century, emphasizing the last fifty years. The aim is to study the core historical values that help explain the contemporary processes in the region. Some of the topics are: exports-driven economy crisis; the consequences of the 1930’s crisis; the Latin American people; the industrialization model by imports substitution; the processes of urbanization and internal migration; the binomial reform-revolution subsequent to the Second World War; the agricultural problem; the Cuban revolution; the sixties; intellectual itineraries between the dependence theory and the revolution; recreations on a cultural level; Alianza para el Progreso and developmental policies; the agricultural reforms and the peasant mobilization; the military dictatorships in South America; the transition to democracy; the “new social movements”; the foreign debt; the adjustment policies; Latin America today: Fragmentation or multicultural space; Hybrid Cultures; the regionalization: NAFTA and Mercosur.
5. Latin American Art
This course analyzes contemporary Latin American art starting from problems common to the region, establishing comparisons between the production of different countries in certain socio-historical contexts. The basic axes are: the academic input in the Twenty-first century plastic art; the emergence of national vanguards in México, Brazil and Perú in the 1920’s; the incorporation of abstract art during the 1940’s thanks to the contribution of Joaquín Torres García and the diffusion of his legacy on Rio de la Plata; the definition of magical realism”, portrayed in the works of artists like Wilfredo Lam and Frida Kahlo; and the internationalization of the tendencies in plastic art during the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Government and Politics in Latin America This subjects tackles the comparative study of the evolution, organization and governmental practices and policies in Latin American countries, from the democratization processes that followed the constitution of the bureaucratic-authoritarian states in the seventies.
6. Argentine Art
This course elaborates a critical knowledge about Twentieth Century Argentine art, from the process of institutionalization of the artistic field to the transformation of the visual culture at the end of the century. The scene that comprises the ensemble of Twentieth Century visual culture is analyzed: thecentennial and the national art; modernity and modernization; the new conception of art; the legacy of the muralists; pop and violence; the empire of the market; aesthetics and memory; the impact of technology.