Casa de la Mateada is a different kind of study abroad experience. It offers a rare and exciting opportunity for students to experience praxis, community living, critical analysis and reflection, and spiritual formation in the dynamic city of Córdoba, Argentina. Offered in partnership between Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles (LMU) and the Universidad Católica de Córdoba (UCC), this program reflects and embodies the Jesuit values at the heart of these two universities. Especially important is the Ignatian ideal of a “well-educated solidarity,” a concept students in the program engage on many different levels--from the types of courses offered, to the intimate setting in which they are housed, and to the direct way they engage the Argentine communities with whom they work. Students spend a semester immersing themselves in the rich and complex cultural, social, political and historical realities of Argentina, learning to accompany those living on the margins, while also being challenged to grow and develop as persons for others.
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Argentina is a beautiful and geographically diverse country that offers many opportunities for exploring its breathtaking nature and cosmopolitan cities. The country combines Latin American and European traditions into a distinctive, edgy and captivating culture. With so much to explore throughout Argentina and its neighboring countries, you won’t want to leave! Córdoba is the second most populous city in Argentina and has deep Jesuit roots thanks to the presence of the Jesuits in Córdoba since 1599. The "Manzana Jesuítica" or the Jesuit Block, is a group of buildings dating from the 17th Century and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
ACADEMICS: Fall 2019
PSYC/SOCL 3998: Culture and Community Practicum (4 units)
1. Classes required:
This course is required of all Casa students in the Fall semester and meets upper division LMU Core requirements in Interdisciplinary Connections (Integrations core). Language of instruction: English.
This course fulfills LMU Core Explorations requirement in Understanding Human Behavior as well as an Engaged Learning flag.
POLS/ECON 3998: Poverty: A Global Comparative Perspective (4 units)
THST/PHIL 3998: The Practice of Everyday Life (4 units)
This course meets upper division LMU Core requirements in Faith and Reason (Integrations core) and carries an Engaged Learning Flag. Language of instruction: English.
LIBA 3998 Praxis Seminar (1 unit)
A weekly seminar providing a space for student reflection, problem-solving, logistical coordination, and integration of praxis site experiences with their life experience. Videos, readings, and guided discussions will also be used in the seminar.
2. Students take ONE of the following classes:
SPAN 1998: Spanish for Study Abroad
This UCC-taught course is tailored to the needs of Casa students with advanced beginner/low intermediate levels of Spanish. It is a lower division elective in Spanish that does not count towards major/minor requirements. Language of instruction: Spanish.
SPAN/FNLT 3998 Argentina: Culture, Language, and Literature (4 units)
This course may be used towards an upper division elective in Spanish or Foreign Literature in Translation (FNLT). Language of Instruction: Spanish and English.
Leadership Course (Ignatian Leadership Institute) (EDLA 389, 490 or 491) (1 Unit)
A one-unit seminar based on the social change model of leadership to fulfill requirements for the Ignatian Leadership Institute. Language of instruction: English. Academic credit offered through LMU.
* While the language of instruction for most classes is English, we recommend that participating students have conversational Spanish (completed 2 semesters of Beginning Spanish or equivalent) in order to participate in praxis community life. Spanish language abilities will greatly aid in the immersion aspects of this program and as part of the required course load, students will take the Spanish elective or course at the appropriate level. Students are also strongly encouraged to take Spanish language courses at LMU prior to departure or to enroll in online courses.
Paseos or short excursions are woven into the fabric of the Casa program. During the course of the semester, students will have an opportunity to encounter places in and around Córdoba that provide insight into the social, political, cultural and spiritual reality of Argentina. For example: the Jesuit Estancia and Che Guevara museum in Alta Gracia; the annual folkloric festival in Cosquin; “La Perla”—the former clandestine detention center from the period of ‘La Dictatura’—now a ‘site of memory’ Alla Arriba, the retreat center in the mountains above La Falda where students will stay for their silent retreat; Paseo de los Artes, a weekly gathering of artists, craftspersons and musicians near La Cañada in central Córdoba; and occasional hiking trips out to Las Sierras Chicas (La Bolsa, Agua de Oro).