As a supplement to its Women’s Studies curriculum, the College of Arts and Humanities has designed a study abroad program for undergraduate and graduate students interested in gender studies at UCF.
Because Feminist Theory is usually taught in US institutions from a Western perspective that privileges the work of US, British, and French thinkers, this course seeks a more diverse understanding of feminist voices and action around the world. Critics of western feminism argue that western feminism promotes imperialism, dismisses issues of race and class, and promotes an idea of a universal “Third World Woman,” without regard to the diversity and specificity of culture. This course, then, examines global gender critiques of western feminism; the theory and praxis of global and transnational feminism, which argues for solidarity, rather than sisterhood; the central issues and concerns of global feminists; and global feminist organizing and activism.
Participants will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina for four weeks of classes and service learning. This program is hosted by University of Buenos Aires and will be the location for lectures in the mornings and guest speakers. In the afternoons, students will work with different community partners to gain insight into social justice issues in Argentina. On the weekends, students will explore the city and to take tours to important historical, cultural, and social locations in the greater Buenos Aires region.
Students on this program should plan to arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina by noon on the starting day of the program in order to be in country to transfer to the hotel. Please note, check flight schedules carefully before booking. To arrive by noon on the starting day of this program, fights may have to depart the USA the day before the start of the program. Students are encouraged not to purchase their flights until after the application deadline and the applicants have been informed that the program has met its minimum numbers.
This Study Abroad program will include classes in the morning and work in an outreach community partner every afternoon Monday-Friday. The afternoon component is part of the Service Learning requirement in the course and is also part of the course grade.
Students will register for a total of 3 credit hours by taking WST 4415 – Global and Transnational Feminism during Summer A 2012, dealing with youth, women, environment, and social justice.
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students and does not have a Spanish language requirement. While in Argentina, students are expected to remain engaged in the program’s experiences and try new things.
Please be aware that there may be an arrival/departure tax into Argentina that is not included as part of the program fee.
Payment Breakdown based upon the minimum number of students:
Payment 1: $100 (non-refundable)
Payment 2: $1000
Payment 3: $1012.50
Payment 4: $1012.50
The following services are included as part of the program fee:
The following services are not included as part of the program fee:
Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless a program expressly and specifically includes this), independent travel, or personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency or unforeseen circumstances. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare, transportation costs and/or any other costs incurred by the student. UCF, Office of International Studies will make reasonable efforts to notify students through reasonable means to inform the students to reserve their flights. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students via Knights email when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.