University of Technology Sydney

MAJ09431 Argentina

Argentina is the second largest country in Latin America and the eighth largest country in the world, with a population of some 41 million. Argentina is also a country formed by immigration, the majority of the population having Spanish and Italian ancestry. There are also significant mestizo and indigenous populations. Argentina is officially a federation comprising 23 provinces and one autonomous city, Buenos Aires, the capital. The geography of the country is diverse, and includes the vast grasslands of the pampas, the region of Patagonia, and the eastern side of the Andes mountain range; this diversity in turn is responsible for equally diverse climates, from Amazonian tropical conditions to the subpolar conditions of the extreme south. Australia is developing strong links with Argentina, and the local Argentine community is one of Australia's largest Spanish-speaking communities. Argentina emerged from military dictatorship in 1983 and, despite periods of economic collapse and hyperinflation in the 1990s and early 2000s, is now economically and politically stable. Argentina's rich cultural traditions range from the tango and the mythologised figure of the gaucho (Argentina's cowboy) to a literary tradition that has been extraordinarily influential throughout the continent.

Students spend two consecutive semesters studying social science or culture and humanities subjects at one or more institutions of higher education in Argentina through arrangements made by UTS: International Studies. The focus of study varies each semester depending on individual student preferences and the availability of subjects at host institutions. Students are assessed on each semester separately and assessment is based on the subjects undertaken at the host institutions, as well as assessments administered by UTS: International Studies.

Students may expect that no greater costs are incurred through undertaking a period of in-country study in Argentina than are involved in living away from home in Sydney.

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city in Argentina. It is situated on the southern shore of the Río de la Plata, on the southeastern coast of the South American continent. It was first established in 1536 by a Spanish expedition led by Pedro de Mendoza. Buenos Aires is today an autonomous federal district with a population of around 13 million. It is also the financial, industrial, commercial and cultural hub of Argentina. Its port is one of the busiest in South America. People in Buenos Aires are called porteños: people of the port. Deeply influenced and self-consciously modelled after its European heritage, Buenos Aires – sometimes called the 'Paris of South America' – is the site of Teatro Colón, one of the world's great opera houses. The city has several symphony orchestras and choral societies, and numerous museums related to history, fine arts and modern arts. It harbours many public libraries and cultural associations, as well as the largest concentration of active theatres in Latin America. The city has a humid subtropical climate. The average year temperature is 17.6 degrees centigrade, and average high temperatures range from 30.4 in January, to 14.9 degrees centigrade in winter.

La Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) is among the largest and most prestigious private universities in Argentina. It is located in Puerto Madero, one of the oldest suburbs of Buenos Aires. Since its establishment in 1958, UCA has pioneered important educational reforms and attracted prominent academics from diverse fields. Identified closely with its Christian tradition and ethos, UCA promotes academic excellence, personal growth, social justice, and a humanist education.

UCA's faculties include: Ciencias Agrarias, Ciencias Fisicomatemáticas e Ingenieria, Ciencias Médicas, Ciencias Sociales y Económicas, Derecho, Derecho Canónico. Filosofia y Letras, Psicologia y Educación, y Teología. Its offerings include: economia, comercio, administración, marketing, ciencias políticas, relaciones internacionales, derecho, ingenierias, informática, filosofia, literatura, historia, música, musicologia, eduación, periodismo, publicidad, comunicación institucional, agricultura, tecnología de los alimentos, teología y estudios latinoamericanos.

Completion requirements

CBK90484  Spanish Language and Culture  32cp
977542  In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 1: Argentina  24cp
978542  In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 2: Argentina  24cp
Total  96cp