English-taught courses

To facilitate the integration of international students, Universidad ORT Uruguay offers some courses which are taught entirely in English. Other university courses are offered as dual-language courses, meaning that lectures are given in Spanish with course materials and assessments available in English.

Courses taught in English

Spring semester

  • Contemporary History of Latin America

    (48 contact hours, 6 ECTS credits, spring and fall term)

    Prof. Cristina Ana Edbrooke. Former Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Argentina. B.A. in International Studies, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Argentina.

    Course Description: Following an introduction that challenges the very idea of the term and notion of Latin America, a number of thematic lines will be examined, such as state formation, the agro- export economic model, populism, dictatorships and transitions to democracy. This analysis will then be applied to four countries of the region (Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and Chile). The material will be studied from a political, social and economic as well as literary standpoint while fostering critical thinking skills, active class participation, and collaborative work among students.

Fall semester, 2019

Subject to confirmation

  • Strategy and Competition

    (64 contact hours, 7 ECTS credits)

    Course description: In this capstone course, students use and integrate the management knowledge, tools, and skills they have acquired throughout their studies formulating business strategies that consider industry structure and a company’s resources and capabilities, placing particular emphasis on the practical feasibility of the proposals they formulate. This is achieved through the extensive use of Harvard Business School-style case studies. Field work on a specific company –usually in an industry undergoing some sort of transition– is required.  

  • Brand & Product Management

    (48 contact hours, 6 ECTS)

    Course description: What is the impact of brands in business strategy? This course probes into the concepts of brand identity and brand equity, and analyzes several approaches in building strong brands. Organizational, financial and legal aspects related to brand management are studied. Participants will be able to: 1. Understand the concept of brand equity, how it is measured and managed, and why it is important for business strategy; 2. Design brands with strong identity and personality, as well as understand the principles of their graphic expression; 3. Creation of brand names; 4. Develop marketing programs to deploy brand identity; 5. Develop a branding plan. 

     

  • South America in turmoil

    (48 contact hours, 6 ECTS)

    Course description: This seminar will attempt to highlight the social and institutional challenges that the region faces. Firstly, we will briefly discuss the evolving political landscape of the last thirty years. Secondly, and because it´s essential to understand political behavior and partisan support and the cross-national differences, we will highlight in an introductory manner the relevant theories explaining the attitudes and preferences of voters. Thirdly, we will focus on the underpinnings of democratic consolidation and the risks of authoritarian temptations. Moreover, we will pay close attention to the Uruguayan case (in a comparative perspective), to assert the truth or myth behind the “exceptionality” of the Suiza de América. Finally, we will center on social evolution and the conflicts that may arise from competing views, discrimination or unfulfilled representation. Students will have to participate in class and write their final assignment in English, but they will be graded based on content, and not by grammar, oral or literary proficiency (although minimum standards must be met to ensure intelligible communication!)

     

 

Dual-language courses

The following courses are taught in Spanish with the use of resource material in English. Students have the option to be assessed in either Spanish or English.

  • Theory of International Trade

    (48 contact hours, 6 ECTS)

    • Prof. Juan José Barrios. Ph.D. in Economics, The American University, Washington, DC., Master of Arts in Economics, The American University, Washington, DC., CPA, Universidad de la República, Uruguay. Deputy Academic Director, Department of Economics, Universidad ORT Uruguay.
    • Course Description: Globalization in the production and trade of goods and services has brought new players into the field and creates new challenges for national governments. In this course, students gain a solid understanding of the benefits of international trade, but also of the problems that the movement to free trade creates within nations and the challenges that this movement impose on national governments and international organizations. What are the benefits of free trade relative to protectionism? Do these benefits reach all individuals or just some of them? Are trade-restricting policies always bad? These are some of the questions that students attempt to answer during the course in a dynamic and participatory environment.
    • Pre-requisites: At least one semester-introductory course to Economics and basic concepts on Calculus
  • International Economics

    (64 contact hours, 7 ECTS)

    • Prof. Juan José Barrios. Ph.D. in Economics, The American University, Washington, DC., Master of Arts in Economics, The American University, Washington, DC., CPA, Universidad de la República, Uruguay. Deputy Academic Director, Department of Economics, Universidad ORT Uruguay.
    • Course Description: Governments are facing significant challenges to implement sound economic policies in the face of globalization. Trade of goods and services and the movement of capital between nations create both opportunities and challenges to maximize economic wellbeing. This course is a comprehensive journey to the main issues concerning the principal benefits and risks of allowing free movement of goods, services and money. What are the main advantages of free trade vis a vis protectionism? What are the causes and consequences of banking and financial crises? How can Government implement sound polices to reach their economic objectives? Students learn the main concepts that will allow them to answer these and other important questions in a dynamic and participatory environment.
    • Pre-requisites: One semester-introductory course to Economics
  • International Financial Markets

    (64 contact hours, 7 ECTS)

    • Prof. Juan José Barrios. Ph.D. in Economics, The American University, Washington, DC., Master of Arts in Economics, The American University, Washington, DC., CPA, Universidad de la República, Uruguay. Deputy Academic Director, Department of Economics, Universidad ORT Uruguay.
    • Course Description: Financial de-regulation has brought new opportunities for investors but also new and formidable challenges in terms of how to manage the significant risks associated with international investments in different currencies and other assets, the 2008 Global Financial Crisis being the most proximate example of those risks. In this context, the derivatives markets have gained greater importance in the world of Finance. Students gain expertise in different type of derivatives and the way those derivatives can be used to manage different financial exposures, such as exposure to different currencies, maturities and institutional risks. Students are exposed to case studies which include an analysis of the last financial crisis.
    • Pre-requisites: One semester-introductory course to Economics and one semester course on financial mathematics.
  • Game Theory

    (48 contact hours, 6 ECTS)

    • Prof. Flavia Roldan. PhD in Economics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Master in Economics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Master in Economics with mention in Social Policies, Ilades / Georgetown University. B.A. in Economics, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.
    • Course Description: This course provides a set of tools to study the strategic interaction among agents. These situations are pervasive in business and economics, and game theory offers tools to predict and understand some observed behavior. This course introduces the basic concepts of game theory: dominant strategies, rationalizability, Nash equilibrium, mixed strategies, backward induction, commitment, sub-game perfect equilibrium, cooperation through repeated interaction, incomplete information and Bayesian-Nash equilibrium. All concepts are illustrated by mean of business applications, or real-life situations.
    • Pre-requisites: One semester-introductory course to Economics, basic concepts on Calculus, probability and expectations.
  • Industrial Organization

    (64 contact hours, 7 ECTS)

    • Prof. Flavia Roldan. PhD in Economics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Master in Economics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Master in Economics with mention in Social Policies, Ilades / Georgetown University. B.A. in Economics, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.
    • Course Description: This course provides an undergraduate-level introduction to Industrial Organization (IO), with a focus on firm and industry behavior on markets characterized by imperfect competition. The main goal of the course is to gain understanding about strategies chosen by firms with market power, and how such firms adapt those strategies to different market environments. Example topics include price discrimination, product bundling, horizontal and vertical differentiation. Formal models are presented in detail and they are complemented when it is possible with real-case examples to show how models work in real-life situations.
    • Pre-requisites: The course requires some familiarity with Microeconomic Theory, basic Game Theory, and basic concepts on Calculus.
  • Principles of Statistics

    (80 contact hours, 7 ECTS)

    • Prof. Francisco Rosas. Ph.D. in Economics, Iowa State University. BA in Economics, Universidad de la República, Uruguay. Professor and Chair of Econometrics and Statistics, Department of Economics, Universidad ORT Uruguay.
    • Course Description: The objective of this course is introducing basic concepts of statistics. The course has an emphasis on descriptive statistics, in particular, in the description of economic phenomena. Statistical tools covered involve descriptive statistics, the relationship between variables, price indices, concentration indices, and a first introduction to regression analysis and time series. Some basic concepts of probability and random variables are discussed. Besides the theoretical lectures, the course involves a significant number of hours of in-class and laboratory exercises, and the use of statistical software. Team work is encouraged.
    • Pre-requisites: Basic concepts of algebra.
  • Econometrics I

    (96 contact hours)

    • Prof. Francisco Rosas. Ph.D. in Economics, Iowa State University. BA in Economics, Universidad de la República, Uruguay. Professor and Chair of Econometrics and Statistics, Department of Economics, Universidad ORT Uruguay.
    • Course Description: This course is at the intermediate level and is centered on the econometric analysis of cross-sectional data. The specification, estimation, and diagnosis of econometric models formulated by the students is the only way these methods can be truly understood. At the end of the course, the students will be capable of correctly specifying an econometric model and be able to interpret its outcome. The course comprises theoretical lectures, in-class exercises, and extensive use of statistical software.
    • Pre-requisites: This course requires advanced calculus, basic concepts of statistics, and knowledge of statistical inference.
  • Typography I

    • This is an introductory course in typography.
    • Course Description: the objetive of this course is that students:
    • - gain a general understanding of typography as a visual communication tool and its relevance to Graphic Design.
    • - acquire the basic knowledge necessary to utilize typographies successfully.
  • Digital Design II

    • This course provides the necessary tools to make use of vector design software in digital design.

    • Students will be able to:

    • -apply digital drawing knowledge
      -select appropriate tools to effectively develop a project
      -make creative use of available tools in order to optimize the design process
      -keep up to date with and adopt technological advancements in the field

       

 

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