At the beginning of the 20th century, Argentina was one of the richest nations in the world. Blessed with a territory rich in natural resources, and a highly skilled population, Argentina faced a very promising future. At the beginning of the 21st century, Argentina was a bankrupt nation, having experienced long periods of brutal dictatorship, social unrest, corrupt government and disastrous financial policies. In this course we explore what happened to transform a promising young nation into an economic and social disaster. We also consider what is in store for the future of Argentine society, taking into account the efforts undertaken within civil society to address the challenges of the 21st century. The approach taken in the course is to look at cultural dynamics that help to shed light on social and historical manifestations.