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Brazil Related Courses

PORT 101 – INTRO TO PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE I  Credits: 5                                      

Pre-requisite(s): No prior knowledge of Portuguese.

Introduction to the study of the Portuguese language and culture with emphasis on the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course uses textbooks as well as music, websites and videos for access to various kinds of cultural material and pretexts for communication. Includes one hour/wk of lab work. College: School of Humanities Department: Portuguese

PORT 102 – INTRODUCTION TO PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE II  Credits: 5           

Pre-requisites: PORT 101 or placement test or permission of instructor

Continuation of PORT 101. College: School of Humanities Department: Portuguese

PORT 105 – ACCELERATED INTRO PORTUGUESE FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS  Credits: 5

Alternate first year Portuguese for students who have good command of Spanish. This is an intensive course covering the equivalent of PORT 101 and 102. Students will be prepared for PORT 201 upon completion of the course. Instructor permission required College: School of Humanities Department: Portuguese

PORT 201 – INTERMEDIATE PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE I  Credits: 4                

Pre-requisites: PORT 102 OR PORT 105 or placement test or permission of instructor

Students progress to more creative oral and written communicative activities. Texts, music, videos, and the internet will be used to address a wide variety of topics and real-life situations. College: School of Humanities Department: Portuguese

PORT 202 – INTERMEDIATE PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE II  Credits: 4             

Pre-requisites: PORT 201 or placement test or permission of instructor

Students will continue to develop communicative competence in oral and written Portuguese using texts, music, films, and the web as sources for authentic cultural material in diverse areas. College: School of Humanities Department: Portuguese

PORT 204 – PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE OF BRAZIL  Credits: 4                        

Pre-requisites: PORT 201 or permission of instructor

This class will focus on the culture of Brazil as seen through movies, music, documentaries, short stories, newspaper and magazine articles. Students will improve their language skills in all four modalities. Prerequisite(s): Intermediate-mid level in Portuguese (three semesters of Portuguese at Rice) or permission of instructor. College: School of Humanities Department: Portuguese

PORT 301 – ADVANCED PORTUGUESE FOR WRITTEN AND ORAL COMM.  Credits: 3              

Pre-requisites: PORT 202 OR PORT 204 or permission of instructor

This course aims to take students to an advanced level of proficiency in Portuguese. Students will develop fluency and communicative competence through movies, literary texts, newspaper and magazine articles in cultural context. Emphasis will be on conversation, vocabulary expansion and writing essays. College: School of Humanities Department: Portuguese

PORT 303 BRAZIL: LITERATURA E CULTURA  Credit 3

Recommended Prerequisite(s): PORT 264 or Permission of Instructor.

In this course students will develop their skills in cultural analysis using a broad range of courses such as literature, film, and other audio-visual materials. Readings as well as in-class discussions will provide the historical and cultural context necessary to critical analysis. Students will be able to advance their conversation and writing skills in Portuguese.  Faculty: Souza Paula, Leonora Meeting: 12:00PM – 12:50PM MWF TBA TBA

PORT 400 – INDEPENDENT STUDY  Credits: Hours Variable

Instructor permission required College: School of Humanities Department: Portuguese

PORT 401 – INDEPENDENT STUDY  Credits: 3

Instructor permission required College: School of Humanities Department: Portuguese

LASR 251 CONTINUITIES AND CHANGES IN BRAZILIAN HISTORY Credits 3

An exploration of themes essential to understanding modern Brazil, such as the origins of a multi-racial society, the transition from monoculture to industry, authoritarian and democratic trends, the emergence of a uniquely Brazilian culture, and the conflicts – environmental, political, and economic – over the development of the Amazon.  Faculty: Metcalf, Alida C.; Souza Paula, Leonora Meeting: 10:00AM – 10:50AM MWF TBA TBA

HIST 251 – CONTINUITIES AND CHANGES IN BRAZILIAN HISTORY Credits: 3

An exploration of themes essential to understanding modern Brazil, such as the origins of a multi-racial society, the transition from monoculture to industry, authoritarian and democratic trends, the emergence of a uniquely Brazilian culture, and the conflicts – environmental, political, and economic- over the development of the Amazon. College: School of Humanities Department: History

HIST 366 – MODERN BRAZIL Credits: 3

Course examines Brazil’s history, from its 1822 peaceful independence to present efforts in creating a democratic society following a military dictatorship. Topics include a legacy as the world’s largest slave-holding society in the 19th century, struggles to conquer its huge territory, and the interaction of those factors in shaping national identity. College: School of Humanities Department: History

ANTH 290 – HISTORY AND ETHNOGRAPHY OF RACE IN BRAZIL  Credits: 3

This course focuses intensively on the history and ethnography of a single people, the selection of which changes from year to year. Using all available materials, this course provides an introduction to the approaches of the discipline and how they have changed, registered by the different ways anthropologists and others have represented the same subjects over time.

ARCH 459/659 – MODERN BRAZIL: IDEAL CITIES IN THE TROPICS  Credits: 3

This seminar will be conducted as a research workshop with the aim of developing publication projects on three principal architects in Brazil’s architectural modernity: the urbanist, Lucio Costa, the architect, Oscar Niemeyer, and the landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx. The first half of the semester will consist of surveying modern architecture in Brazil, which will be followed by a closer look at the work of Costa, Niemeyer, and Burle Marx. In the second half of the semester, we will look into a particular form of architectural publication- the ‘Complete Works’- in order to develop a format appropriate to the production of the three figures in question. This will lead to specific research projects that will deal with the archival care of architectural records, 3D modeling of unbuilt projects, and theoretical strategies for interpretive approaches to work.

SPAN 346 – BRAZILIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE – Credits 3

Recommended prerequisite(s): Third-year Spanish or permission of instructor.

Course focuses on critical readings of key texts of the 20th century. Materials drawn from Brazilian literature in translation as well as other cultural productions such as film and art. Some of the topics will include questions of national identity, social-racial relations, gender representations, and urban life. Taught in English.

SPAN 374-BRAZILIAN MUSIC AND CULTURE       Credits: 3

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course will consider the social dimensions of various musical genres such as Bossa Nova, Tropicalia, and Hip-Hop. Through an interdisciplinary approach, will discuss music as a contextualized social activity and examine Brazilian social movements through the lens of music. Taught in English.

Department: Spanish and Portuguese

PORT 500 – BRAZIL: CULTURE AND SOCIETY –  Credits 3

Advanced course on Brazilian culture and society taught in the context of language acquisition and proficiency. Emphasizes high-level reading, writing, and comprehension abilities leading to improved development of communication skills in Portuguese. Focus will be on reading and analysis of academic works in different fields.