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

  • Disruptive Innovation 
  • (48 contact hours, 6 ECTS credits, spring and fall term).
    • Prof. Andrei Vazhnov. Master in Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, U.S. Bachelor in Physics, Novosibirsk State University, Russia. Academic Director, Baikal Institute, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Former head researcher Enova Thinking, Austral University, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Former Director of Engineering, Macrovision Corporation.
    • Course Description: Dramatic changes in the corporate and professional worlds are closely tied to the accelerating impact of technology on the economy. Students will gain a solid understanding of the dynamics of disruptive innovation, learning tools and models to succeed in a fluid and demanding economic environment and allowing them to plan a future as an entrepreneur or employee in an economy that is characterized by continuous transformation.
  • Gender, Ethnicity and Social Conflict in Latin America
  • (48 contact hours, 6 ECTS credits, spring and fall term)
    • Prof. José Matías Núñez Fernández. Doctor of Spanish and Hispanic-American Literature, University of Salamanca, Spain. Master in Comparative Spanish Literature, University of León, Spain. Bachelor in Literature, Universidad de la República, Uruguay. Professor of Spanish and Hispanic- American Literature, Joint Program Harbin Normal University, China and Universidad ORT Uruguay.
    • Course Description: Students will identify and compare the multiple forms of social and cultural interaction in Latin America through the scope of literary, cinematographic and artistic works. Special attention will be given to issues related to ethnicity, social conflict and gender.
  • 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.
  • Entrepreneurial Attitude
  • (48 class-hours, 6 ECTS credits, spring and fall term)
    • Prof. Marina Carla Melani Rossi. Master in Entrepreneurial Management, Anglia Ruskin University, England. Bachelor in Industrial Design, Universidad ORT Uruguay. Design and education consultant for Designing the Change project, Plan Ceibal.
    • Course Description: With the objective of bringing the world of entrepreneurship closer to the student, this hands-on course introduces tools and methodologies that will allow the student to evaluate entrepreneurship as a potential career path. It will provide the student with tools to develop a business strategy, analyze the market, communicate with stakeholders and validate a business idea, with guidance and tutoring throughout the whole process. The course aims to empower the student to discover and refine his or her abilities, strengths, weaknesses, fears, aspirations, and professional and personal goals.
  • Civil Society in the New Global (Dis)order - Globalization, Social Movements and Human Rights
  • (48 contact hours, 6 ECTS credits, fall term)
    • Course description: This course aims at providing students with both a conceptual and empirical framework so they can form an opinion about the existence, functions, transformative potential and challenges faced by civil society activism in an increasingly globalized world. In a disciplinary field dominated by the study of relations between nation-states in an environment that is defined as either fully anarchic or tempered by the action of intergovernmental organizations, we intend to focus on a set of non-governmental actors: domestic and international civil society organizations, social movements and networks of transnational activism. Our reflection is triggered by a few, deceptively simple questions: Is there such thing as a global civil society? How global is global civil society? What are its sources of power and legitimacy? What impact does it have on an international stage that has not assigned it a leading role?
  • Health and Environment in Latin America
  • (48 contact hours, 6 ECTS credits, fall term)
    • Course description: This course examines the political and social dimensions of health and environment in Latin America, including the influence of poverty, race, gender, and religion. Through topics such as HIV/AIDS, nutrition, climate change, and mental health, students will become aware of the cultural factors that shape understandings of sickness and health and determine our interactions with the environment. We will also examine governmental and private responses to public health and environmental crises in the region. Course includes visits to and from local health agencies and environmental organizations.
  • Modern Latin American Society
  • (48 contact hours, 6 ECTS credits, fall term)
    • Course description: This course looks at major topics shaping Latin American society today, including gender, race, indigenous resistance, immigration, and the drug trade. For each topic, we will study its historical development, current characteristics, and manifestations in cultural products like art, film, and telenovelas. Through local news sources and interviews with area residents, we will pay particular attention to how these topics affect Uruguay and Argentina. In the end, students will be able to discuss the relationship between politics, economics, society, and culture, as well as how general Latin American issues affect different regions in different ways.

Upcoming courses (Spring semester, 2019):

  • Digital Marketing
  • (48 contact hours, 6 ECTS credits).
    • Course Description: The course aims to present the main current themes on marketing, selling and advertising on the Internet. Students will learn to use the current information and communication technologies to design personalized marketing strategies and tactics. Sessions will consist of faculty lectures and discussion of case studies. In-class activity will be complemented by an online marketing plan students will have to prepare for a specific company.
  • 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.  
  • Business Finance
  • (64 contact hours, 7 ECTS credits)
    • Course description: The course’s objective is for participants to understand and apply fundamental concepts and tools of financial management with special consideration to the specific economic conditions in which business activities are developed. Special emphasis is placed on on financial tools for planning and analysis, investment analysis, cost of capital, value creation, working capital management, business restructuring processes and design of financial structure. The course consists of a combination of lectures, critical analysis of specific situations in real business scenarios, practical exercises for application of discussed concepts and case studies.
  • Introduction to Management
  • (48 contact hours, 6 ECTS)
    • Course description: Management is the discipline of having organizations achieve objectives through the concerted effort of a group of persons in an environment with restrictions and with a limited amount of resources. Managers must understand the management process and its tools, and master a set of skills that are crucial for success: 1. People management; 2. Strategic thinking; 3. Global thinking; 4. Teamwork; 5. Planning; and 6. Communicating. This course familiarizes participants with the discipline’s concepts and its challenges as of the beginning of the 21st. Century. It also begins to develop the critical skills described above. Methodologies include lectures, readings, brief case studies presented by students and field work on a specific industry.
  • International Marketing
  • (48 contact hours, 6 ECTS)
    • Course description: The objectives of this course are to 1. Identify the new concept of globalization and its application to marketing, as well as its tendencies for the next years; 2. Present the marketing concepts and tools applicable to the internationalization of a typical Uruguayan company; 3. Deliver methodologies to analyze the economic, financial, political, regulatory and cultural environment of countries in which business development is pursued; 4. Apply specific marketing tools for success.
  • 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. 
  • Agribusiness Marketing
  • (48 contact hours, 6 ECTS)
    • Course description: The objective of this course is to develop the understanding and application of conceptual frameworks applied to agribusiness in a systemic approach to marketing, based on the participant’s previous knowledge of the discipline’s concepts. Foodstuffs, fibers, energy, and other agricultural products are studied, specifically, the national and global forces affecting these markets.  Furthermore, students will discuss and experiment the applicability of marketing tools in agro-industrial supply chains. Market research and business plan tools are explored from a systemic standpoint . Lectures, case studies, field work, and the analysis of an agribusiness supply chain are used to ensure the participants’ grasp of the course’s concepts.
  • Principles of Economics
  • (64 contact hours, 7 ECTS)
    • Course description: This is a first course in Economics with an introduction to micro and macroeconomics. It includes the concepts of scarcity, opportunity cost and how a market economy assigns its resources. Also, the course comprises concepts of national accounts (GDP), the laws of supply and demand, the role of money in the economy and the problems of inflation and unemployment.
  • Social Innovation
  • (48 contact hours, 6 ECTS)
    • Course description: Innovation is becoming increasingly relevant in a world of dramatic and swift changes, which upset how different groups generate and share economic, political, and social value. Social innovation becomes central as a means of restoring sustainable equilibrium. Social entrepreneurship, which designs and develops innovating models for social value generation, is put forward as a key activity in achieving precisely that.  Alternatives via sustainable and scalable business models, non-profit organizations and their interaction with government are studied through examples of actual organizations, case studies, and innovative proposals. Impact –measured through specific key performance indicators– is central to determining the attractiveness of the proposals.
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Design
  • (48 contact hours, 6 ECTS)
    • Course description: This is a practical course which introduces rigorous design thinking frameworks and processes –one of which is Customer Development– and then has students apply them to actual innovative ideas proposed by them and/or actual entrepreneurs. Repeatability and scalability are key criteria in evaluating their merits. Practical development and trial of a minimum viable product, with the corresponding analysis and evaluation of results are key to pass this course, requiring the use of several interpersonal and organizational skills. Students from different schools of Universidad ORT Uruguay take part, enhancing inter-disciplinary learning opportunities.

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.

 

 

 

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