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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Government and International Policy, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Economics, Anthropology, Global Affairs, History, Integrative Studies
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Human Rights, Human Security, and Social Wellbeing in Latin America

Argentina, Winter 2022

Argentina Human Rights
This interdisciplinary course examines the debates and challenges related to the goals of human rights and the pursuit of social wellbeing (buen vivir/sumak kasway) in Latin America. This course also addresses topics intrinsic to the evolving concept of human security, such as the notion of participatory and sustainable development. Centered in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the course will cover topics such as: poverty, land rights, environment, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and quality of life. Lectures with professors affiliated with the academic center and think tank FLACSO (Latin American Social Science Faculty) will be paired with conversations with policymakers and site visits to community development projects.   

Program Highlights

  • Explore Buenos Aires and Argentina with local experts and Mason faculty
  • Attend local lectures with experts in Development and Government and Social Movements
  • Enjoy a day trip to Tigre and La Plata


This program is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors as well as graduate students, including students who do not attend George Mason University. 

Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25.


Students will choose one 3-credit course during the application process.

Tentative Course Options

Undergraduate Options:
  • GLOA 480
  • ANTH 398
  • GOVT 398
  • ECON 492
  • CONF 385
  • INTS 399
  • HIST 398
​​​Graduate option:
  • GLOA 710

Program Dates*

January 2-16, 2022


Tentative Itinerary 

Course Schedule
**Please keep in mind that this is a tentative schedule. Changes may be made in lectures, readings or
assignments in order to meet stated learning outcomes and to accommodate the schedule of invited guests.
  Sat. 1 Jan. Evening flight to Buenos Aires
  Sun, 2 Jan. Arrival in Argentina
City Tour of Buenos Aires Program overview
  Mon, 3 Jan. Morning
·       Welcome / History of FLACSO
·       Lecture: “Introduction to Contemporary Argentina”
·       Walking tour of the historical center of Argentina (with history professor)
·   Visit to the Casa Rosada Museum / Bicentennial Museum
·       Welcome dinner
  Tues, 4 Jan. Morning
·       Lectures: “International Human Rights System” and “The role of Latin American Social Movements in Human Rights Defense”
·       Visit to a social movement organization
  Wed, 5 Jan.  
·       Lecture: “Development and its Critique from a Latin American Perspective”
·       Meeting with Daniel Filmus, the Secretary of Malvinas, Antárctica, and South Atlantic (and former Minister of Education)
  Thurs, 6 Jan. Morning
·       Lecture: “Resistance to the Dictatorship and the Human Rights Movement in Argentina”
·       Visit to the Plaza de Mayo and accompany the Madres in their weekly march
   Fri, 7 Jan.  
·       Visit to “Espacio de la Memoria” (former ESMA, center for torture during the dictatorship)
·       Week 1 De-brief session
  Sat, 8 Jan. Day trip by train to Tigre and the delta region
  Sun, 9 Jan. Free day to explore Buenos Aires
  Mon, 10 Jan.  
·       Lecture: “Poverty and Inequality in Latin America”
·       Participant observation activity in small groups in 3 different neighborhoods
  Tues, 11 Jan.  
·       Lecture: “Migration as a Human Right”
·       Discussion with Carlos Alvarez Nazareno, National Director of Ethnic-Racial Equity for Migrants and Refugees and/or with a representative of a migrants’ rights organization
  Wed, 12 Jan. Day trip to the city of La Plata ·       Lecture: “Human Rights, Gender, and Public Health”
·       Meeting with civil society organization
   Thurs, 13 Jan.  
·       Lecture: “Human Security and Climate Change”
·       Panel discussion with activists and policymakers
  Fri, 14 Jan. Morning
·       Lecture: “Culture, Biodiversity, and the right to ‘good living’”
·       Student presentations / Course Wrap-up
·       Closing dinner
  Sat, 15 Jan.   Evening departure from Buenos Aires
  Sun. 16 Jan. Morning Arrival in Washington, DC

* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Winter 2022: Coming Soon!

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges will be put on your student account for this course, including a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge which together equal the published Program Cost for this course.


  • Tuition
  • Accommodations
  • A couple group meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Program excursions (as listed on the itinerary)
  • International emergency medical insurance

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure, COVID-19 testing while abroad, vaccinations, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.
*Note:  This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email. The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights and/or costs associated with arriving prior to the start of the program.

When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will recommend the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance. 

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments. All payments and charges are reflected in the student’s Mason Student Account.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by October 20, 2021. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by November 10, 2021. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

*Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students:

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:



GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students on this program are welcome to apply:


Application Deadline:

October 10, 2021


Application Requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Additional Requirements for Non-Mason Applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

  Jennifer Ashley
Name Jennifer Ashley, PhD

GEO Program Administrator

Name Allie Wallace
Phone 703-993-2154

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2022 10/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission 01/02/2022 01/16/2022

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.