TIES Argentina


Preliminary Course Proposals

Geologic Evolution of the Southern Andes

J. Brian Mahoney

Department of Geology

Field-intensive, project-oriented experience examining a geologic cross-section through the southern Andes.  Course will focus on different crustal components of the volcanic arc, including sedimentary basins, igneous provinces, volcanic arc rocks and structural features.  Emphasis will be placed on societal issues in the Earth Sciences, including geologic hazards (volcanoes, earthquakes), land use patterns, water resource issues and mineral resources.

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Field Ecology and Conservation

Todd Wellnetz


This field course will educate students in the theory, principle and application of conservation and ecology within the context of conserving Argentinian species and ecosystems. The study of regional natural history, evaluation of threats to conservation and methods of ecosystem protection will also be explored. Learning will be accomplished through field study and research, lectures and discussion of primary literature, and group projects and presentations.

The Economic Development of Argentina and Latin America.

Rose-Marie Avin


This course studies the economic development of countries in Latin America.  More specifically, this course provides a historical, institutional, and international framework for understanding the social and economic realities of Latin American countries, especially of Argentina.  We will discuss the nature of  economics and economic development, study how colonialism shaped the socioeconomic features of Latin America, discuss the role of international institutions, analyze economic strategies and their impact on economic development, and discuss issues/problems of development in the context of Argentina.

History and Culture of Western Argentina

Instructor TBA; native Argentinian instructor

Latin American Studies

This interdisciplinary course will examine the connections between history and culture and the courses student will have taken in biology, geology, and economics.  Through the study of history and culture students will reflect on the topography, environment and economics of Argentina.  Learning will be accomplished through lectures, discussion, and group presentations on/of political and historical essays, literature, and the visual arts.

      NOTE:  Course may be interwoven within the four primary blocks to provide linkages