Sam Telmo

Urban Political Economy in Buenos Aires

A Feminist and Post/De-Colonial Analysis

Beginning in the 1970s and 1980s, a wave of economic reforms began radically reshaping the role of the public and private sectors in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. These reforms privatized public assets and services, withdrew government support from some industries and sectors entirely, reduced financial regulations, and signaled the rise of market triumphalism. These “neoliberalism” programs were openly tested as experiments in South America, in the dictatorships of Argentina and Chile, and in similar contexts in Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, and other neighboring countries, before making their way North.

In collaboration with Dr. Mónica Farías, a researcher with University of Buenos Aires, this GSP will not only reveal new geographies, manifestations, and relations of neoliberalism, but it will also help students develop a framework for critiquing neoliberalism and for identifying its cracks and fissures—spaces of possibility for something else to take its place. Students will pair feminist with de-colonial analysis to better understand neoliberalism as uneven and complex, but ultimately contingent, incomplete, and contestable.

Key information




Summer 2023

Program type

Group Study

Application information

Application status


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Application deadline

Limited spaces available. First come, first considered.

Eligibility requirements

This program is open to students from all majors. See the Eligibility section below for more details.

Info Sessions

In-Person: October 11, 2022 at 4:00 PM in room ES 342

Virtual: October 12, 2022 at 10:00 AM on Zoom

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Photo by Rafael Leão on Unsplash, Bueno Aires

Photo by Rafael Leão on Unsplash

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For program information, please contact Ryan Burns at

For application and registration support, please contact the Group Study Team at

Other useful links:

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Program details

Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.

Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.

  1. Courses offered

    Students on this program are required to enroll in 2 courses.

    GEOG 434: Field Studies in Social and Economic Geography (3 units)

    GEOG 596: Directed Independent Study (3 units)

    All students have the option to earn credit for a third course by taking an additional GEOG 596 Directed Independent Study (3 units) course. Permission to take this course must be obtained by the instructor directly.


  2. Prerequisites

    Permission of the instructor. See application requirements below.

For a comprehensive program itinerary, please click here

  1. Pre-departure

    TBD, Calgary: Mandatory safety briefing and pre-departure orientation facilitated by Study Abroad

  2. In-field

    July 6: Travel from Calgary to Buenos Aires

    July 7-August 18: Class activities including lectures, tours, and trips to El Tigre and Rosario

    August 19: Return trip to Calgary

  3. Post-field

    Research write up for GEOG 596 due August 26th

  1. Costs

    The estimated cost of this Group Study Program will include tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations and meals. The program cost is $7,307.

    For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the program Student Cost Summary.

    Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.

  2. Funding

    International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines please click here.

    IDEAS Fund: All undergraduate students who are in good standing and enrolled in programs offered by the Faculty of Science are eligible to apply for financial support from the IDEAS Fund. find out more here.

    Student loans: If you qualify for student loans, your program should qualify. We are able to provide you with a letter confirming your participation in the program for funding purposes. Please email to request a letter.

    Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider.

    Click here for more info on funding opportunities!

All accommodations will be arranged for students and more details will be available prior to departure. 

This program is open to undergraduate students in good academic standing from all faculties.

Applications will be considered after your application, unofficial transcript, and additional questionnaire have been received by Study Abroad.

In addition to the requirements listed here, the instructor may request a brief meeting with potential candidates.

Announcements on whether you have been selected to the program will not be distributed until after the November 15 deadline.

  1. Statement of Purpose

    Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program and why you should be selected.

    The Statement of Purpose is submitted within your online application (max 500 words).

    Note: Because the online application will time out after one hour, we recommend that you compose your statement of purpose in advance in Word to check for spelling, grammar and word count, and then paste it into the online application.

  2. Unofficial Transcript

    1. Download an unofficial transcript from your Student Centre. Click here for a step-by-step guide to access your unofficial transcript.
    2. Submit your transcript through your online application with your statement of purpose. 

Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying.

Program-Specific FAQs

Q: Do I need to speak Spanish to participate in the program?
A: Not at all! While Spanish may be helpful, it is certainly not necessary to participate in the program as the academic work will all be taught in English.

With only a year left [in my studies], and a lifetime to be an agent of social change, this experience has given me the academic confidence to trust my critical intuition about what the world could be, what my Economics could be, and who I can be. It renewed parts of my identity that I had left neglected including my enjoyment of learning languages, my appreciation and need of art, the importance of giving when I am able to give, being proud of my networks city, reading for fun, and building rituals and relationships out of the things I already love. I think this program will continue to impact me past the time it occurred as I continue to reflect on it. It has definitely given me a great headspace to start for my thesis.

Past program participant

Getting started

Program-Specific Info Sessions

Info sessions are scheduled for every Group Study Program. Attending an info session is not required to apply, but strongly recommended as it will give you an opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the travel experience.

We also recommend watching Global Learning 101 for general information.

Watch Global Learning 101

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Global Learning Advisors by emailing or booking an appointment through the link below.

1. Select "Advising"
2. Select “Study Abroad”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Select your program advisor to view available times.

Book an appointment

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how a Group Study Program might align with your degree.

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


The advisor for the program is: David Boggs

International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.