Spanish 385: Human Rights in Argentina

Cross listed with POLS 385 and LACS 385. 3 credits. HAL. Credits applicable towards the major in International Studies and the major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

The main objective of this course is to provide an overview of human rights in Argentina. As we know, the term “human rights” has a crucial importance today. However, an introductory course on human rights in Argentina has to face some obstacles. On the one hand, the meaning of “human rights” may seem obvious and universal. Furthermore, when we speak about human rights in Argentina, most people interpret that we are talking about State-sponsored terrorism of the 1970s. Of course, this is essentially true, but it eclipses other issues that are part of what we call “human rights”.

For this reason, this course will not only be focused on the classic topic of State-sponsored terrorism and the enduring struggle against impunity, but also other highly relevant issues such as social inequality, poverty, and exclusion. We will also discuss the situation of children, youth, elderly, disabled, and indigenous people, and finally, gender issues, including the situation of women, and challenges faced by the LGBT movement in Argentina.

The course also aims at considering the situation and the problems of human rights in democratic times. Unlike other perspectives, which only emphasize the period 1976-1983, this course will center its discussion in ample and inclusive terms, thereby defining human rights as a field of inquiry in constant transformation that seeks and invites the inclusion of constantly emerging new rights.