Advocacy and Education
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tentative Dates: August 2 -16, 2014
Argentina has been a laboratory of social movements and policy advocacy. Throughout the 1990s, Argentina followed IMF and World Bank guidelines by implementing a robust neo-classical/neo-liberal economic model. The result was an implosion of the economy in 2001 that drove poverty levels above 40%. This resulted in a series of cooperative movements at all levels of society, including the take-over of many industries that had been abandoned by owners, massive civil disobedience actions, and the formation of popular general assemblies. This new “horizonalism” permeated society, bringing a new paradigm to social decision-making and popular education, especially within civil society. The decision-making mechanisms developed during the 2001 Argentine crisis have—though social networking—made their way around the world, most recently surfacing in the “general assemblies” of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
This course will take up the changing relationship among the State, the Market, and Civil Society, covering such civil society phenomena as community organizing, social movements, policy advocacy, social entrepreneurship, social justice philanthropy, NGOs, unionism, etc. Argentina, and particularly Buenos Aires continues to be a laboratory for these issues with many community organizations that engage in advocacy around school and university reform and education-related issues generally.
Students will maintain an online blog/discussion and write a final paper that synthesizes course readings and compares changes within civil society in Argentina and the U.S. In addition, students are expected to do preliminary work in anticipation of the visit to Argentina, including contribute to the development of a strong, inclusive learning community. Students will be required to meet three times in New York and engage in online discussions before going to Buenos Aires. Attendance, and active participation in all classes and scheduled trips is mandatory.
NYU Graduate Students: Students from all NYU schools are encouraged to apply.
NYU Undergraduates: This course is open to upper-level NYU undergraduate students with 96+ credits completed. It is most relevant to students in School-Building Leadership, International Education, Higher Education, Sociology of Education, Educational Technology, Public Health, and the Wagner School.
Non-NYU Students: Qualified graduate students from other Universities are encouraged to apply. Please refer to the directions for "Non-NYU Students" on the "How To Apply" page.
*Note to All Applicants: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.
Study Abroad participants share double accommodations in a safe mid-range hotel.
Group accomodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.
Anticipated historical and cultural tours in Buenos Aires include trips to places like a school in a worker-run factory, an elementary school, an inner-city high school, the Memory Park, the march of the mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, The University of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, the bicentennial History Museum, among other planned activities.
Steinhardt Global Programs will register students for:
EDLED-GE 2205: Advocacy and Education (3 credits)
Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion
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Gary Anderson, Professor of Educational Administration, Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology. The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
2014 Graduate Tuition: $1,422 per point plus registration and services fees
2014 Housing Fee: $700
2014 Activity Fee: $350
Total Housing & Activity Fees: $1050
The final Housing and Activity Fee payment is due to the Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs
Students are responsible for purchasing flights to and from Buenos Aires. The faculty recommends the evening red eye flight out of Newark (United Airlines) or JFK (American) to arrive the next morning.
Academic Content: Gary Anderson, Ph.D., Professor of Educational Administration, Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology, The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. (t): 212-998-5520; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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