Argentina: Buenos Aires Theology Program
Buenos Aires (pop. 13 million) is well-known for its cultural diversity and dynamic atmosphere, making it one of South America's most elegant and vibrant cities. The city's history revolves around the Western European immigrants whose descendants have preserved their influences since the 19th century by way of architecture, art, and style. Buenos Aires has also adopted some more modern architectural styles, which provide a notable contrast to the city's deep-rooted traditions and history.
THRS 369 (3 units)—Liberation Theology
Professor: Dr. Karen Teel
Fulfills: 1) Upper-division elective for THRS major/minor; 2) Core credit in THRS (old core) or Theological & Religious Inquiry (“FTRI,” new core); 3) Core credit for Diversity (“D,” old core) or Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice (“FDD2,” new core). Also, International Relations major elective.
Prerequisite: Any lower division THRS course or permission of the instructor.
In an often violent and contentious world, Christian liberation theologians maintain that God is a God of justice who wants to liberate suffering people from oppression. Accordingly, they argue that Christian faith mandates resisting social evils such as poverty, patriarchy, and racism. This course will emphasize Latin American liberation theologies as well as Protestant and Catholic US liberation theologies. Since liberation theology is often said to have begun in Latin America, Buenos Aires is a fitting location for our study. We will visit historical, cultural, and religious sites, including those relevant to the career of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, OP (now Pope Francis), who served as archbishop of Buenos Aires and whose papacy has sparked renewed interest in the themes of liberation theology. In accordance with the diversity requirement, participants will cultivate thoughtful self-awareness while engaging the ideas and cultural experiences. Students need not identify as Christian in order to succeed in this course.
For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost link in the box at the top of this webpage.
Students are housed at a centrally located hotel and share rooms based upon double occupancy. Breakfast is included at the hotel. Independent housing is not available for this program.
Students traveling with a valid US passport do not require a visa to travel to this program destination. It is the responsibility of non-US passport holders to research if a visa is required to enter the program country/countries. If a visa is required, students should apply immediately-- students are solely responsible for obtaining their own visas. Failure to obtain a required visa will impact students' ability to enter the country and will thus impact their ability to participate in the program. Students who withdraw from a program because they were not able to get a visa (or if their visa is denied) are held to the refund policy, no exceptions. Please note that all passports should be valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay.
Students traveling on a non-US passport should check if they require a visa. If so, students should consult the Consulate of Argentina for appropriate application instructions.