L.A.S.O.S. is a four-week program that offers four 3- credit classes, two in English and two in Spanish. The academic component is supplemented by the Intercultural Learning Initiative, a one credit elective course that will introduce students to important cultural elements  of the Río de La Plata region. 

Based on their academic interest, availability,  and language proficiency students can decide which class or classes are best for them! 
In each class, students will have the chance to work with  Argentine professors  from different backgrounds and disciplines- all experts in their respective fields. 
Working directly from an Argentine institution gives us a wide network of connections, helping us to bring esteemed politicians, activists, academics, and artists into our classes for interviews and guest lectures.
This innovative virtual summer program will enable the participants to have an academic and cultural study abroad experience, joining an online community of students from Latin America, the US and Canada.

A one of a kind international and intercultural online summer experience!

Gender, Diversity and Social Justice in Latin America

 

 In Spanish 

Human Rights Activism and Struggles for Memory and Justice

 

 In Spanish 

Enviromental and Political Challenges for a Sustainable Future

 

 In english 

Afro-descendant Cultures in the Southern Cone

 

 In SPANISH 

CLASS ENVIRONMENT

Despite the virtual nature of the program, our classes use participatory and discussion-based pedagogy to encourage meaningful student participation. The classes will consist of live lectures and discussion sessions, interactive activities, multimedia resources, forum debates, and online essay submission and feedback, which will give students the possibility to work with professors and students from different disciplines and engage deeply with the course material. As part of the course schedule, students will have the opportunity to virtually interview esteemed guest lecturers such as politicians, social activists, policymakers, local artists, and many more. The program will contain a mix of students from the United States, Canada, and Latin America, allowing participants to build connections with students from other cultures and social realities.

GENDER, DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN LATIN AMERICA

This course introduces students to gender relations and public policies in Latin America. Based on historical and sociological approaches, the course presents and discusses Latin American gender politics and feminist and sexual diversity activism. The course is organized around the following key themes: the study of gender and social justice, women and sexual diversity in (feminist/queer) politics and their role in the resistance to dictatorships in Latin America, the impact of gender, race and sexual diversity on migration processes and sexual and reproductive rights, and the responses and reactions of feminist, indigenous, migrant and LGBTTI organizations to neoliberalism and restrictive/conservative policies and social discourses. Students are expected to discuss and reflect on current agendas developed by LGBTTI and feminist movements/organizations which regularly connect sexual and reproductive rights to social justice.

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HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISM AND STRUGGLES FOR MEMORY AND JUSTICE

The objective of this course is to address the social debates surrounding the  crimes committed by the state  during the last Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983) and the role of human rights activism in the construction of democracy afterwards. The class will introduce a set of discussions on human rights in Argentina and the struggles undertaken to denounce the repressive practices of state institutions. The course will focus on what has become known as the Process of Memory, Truth and Justice. We will also explain how human rights activism has expanded its agenda since the recovery of democracy to include issues such as police and institutional violence. Students are expected to reflect critically on the topics addressed and assess similarities and differences between human rights movements in the North and the Global South in order to debate the universality of the concept of Human Rights.

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ENVIRONMENTAL AND POLITICAL CHALLENGES FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

This course seeks to provide students with a thorough understanding of the most pressing  global environmental challenges and concerns, their repercussions at a global and local level, and contemporary challenges to reach a sustainable future. The course is organized around the following interconnected axes: the interplay between human beings,  the environment, and politics, contemporary environmental concerns and challenges, and energy sources and their importance to reach sustainable development. Students are expected to acquire the ability to think critically  about current environmental issues and the challenges for the future using environmental , political and corporate theoretical approaches. Students will also study and analyze the specifics of these questions in a Latin American context.

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AFRO-DESCENDANT CULTURES IN THE SOUTHERN CONE

This course aims to introduce students to several socio-cultural dynamics related to Afro-descendant and African populations in Latin America. Using a historically situated Afro-Latinx perspective, the course focuses on the ways that racialized social relations formed in the context of the construction of the Argentina nation-state. Emphasis will be placed on the invisibilization of Afro-Argentines, a process that goes hand in hand with the hegemonic construction of a “white-European” country. Students will also analyze the forms of subalternization of “internal others” in the nation and contemporary processes of re-visibilization. Students are expected to reflect critically on historical processes, identities, cultural configurations, and ethnic-political collective actions of African and Afro-descendant people in Latin America.

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INTERCULTURAL LEARNING INITIATIVE

CULTURE OF THE RÍO DE LA PLATA

Through the Intercultural Learning Initiative, students will be virtually immersed  in the local culture and language of the Rio de la Plata region. This initiative provides the chance to add an elective extra credit and receive the ADELA-Study Abroad Intercultural Certificate. 

This  component of the program will consist of a range of  online culture activities such as virtual museum visits, virtual tours of the city, and master classes in tango, candombe drumming, and Argentine cooking. You will also have the opportunity to interview cultural representatives of the Rio de la Plata region. Regularly You will participate in weekly debriefing activities that will challenge you to reflect and compare Argentine cultural experiences with your own local setting to get gain an intercultural perspective and comprehension. Additionally, interacting with students from Latin America, Canada and the  US you will enable you to learn about their distinct cultures and realities. as well.

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