COURSES IN PORTUGUESE AND BRAZILIAN STUDIES
Semester II, Spring 2014
Primarily for Undergraduates
POBS 0110: INTENSIVE PORTUGUESE (Double Credit)
A highly intensive course for students with little or no preparation in the language. Stresses the fundamental language skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing. Aspects of Portuguese and Brazilian culture will also be presented. Uses a situational/natural approach that emphasizes communication in Portuguese from the very first class. A two-semester sequence in one semester with ten contact hours each week. Carries double credit and covers the equivalent of two semesters. This course should be chosen by students beginning the study of Portuguese as sophomores who would like to participate in the Brown-in-Brazil Program as juniors.
Meeting Times: MWF 11:00-11:50pm and 1:00-1:50pm; TR 9:00-10:20a.
POBS 0200: ELEMENTARY PORTUGUESE
An introductory course designed for students with little or no preparation in the language. Stresses the fundamental language skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing. Aspects of Portuguese and Brazilian culture are also presented. Uses a situational/natural approach that emphasizes communication in Portuguese from the very first class. A year course; only in exceptional circumstances is credit given for one semester alone.
Meeting Times: MW 2:00-2:50; TR 1:00-2:20 pm.
POBS 0400: WRITING AND SPEAKING PORTUGUESE
Designed to improve the student's ability in contemporary spoken and written Portuguese. Using such cultural items as short stories, plays, films, videos, newspaper and magazine articles, and popular music, students discuss a variety of topics with the aim of developing good communication skills. Attention also given to developing students' writing ability. A systematic review of Portuguese grammar is included. Prerequisite: POBS 0110, POBS 0200, or placement. Conducted in Portuguese. Completion of POBS 0400 is the minimum requirement for participation in the Brown-in-Brazil Program.
Ms. Sobral and Staff.
Meeting Times: MW 10:00-10:50am; TR 10:30-11:50 am.
POBS 0620: MAPPING PORTUGUESE-SPEAKING CULTURES: PORTUGAL AND AFRICA
Selected literary and cultural texts that serve as vehicles for a deeper understanding of Portuguese and Luso-African societies. Literary materials will be taken from several genres and periods with special attention to contemporary writings. Other media such as film and music will also be included. Considerable emphasis on strengthening speaking and writings skills. Prerequisites: POBS 0400, placement or instructor’s permission. Conducted in Portuguese.
Meeting Times: TR 2:30-3:50pm.
POBS 720: RACIAL POLITICS IN CONTEMPORARY BRAZIL
(Interested students should register for AFRI 0710A)
Brazil is commonly understood as an example of a “racially democratic” nation, but as scholars have recently shown, racism permeates all aspects of Brazilian society. This course traces the development of the theorization of race, racial identity and race relations in contemporary Brazil. The approach of the course will be interdisciplinary, drawing upon works from anthropology, literature, history, music, and film. Topics will include colonialism and enslavement, nationalism, social activism and popular culture. We will also consider how Brazilian social relations differ from or conform to other racialized patterns in other nation-states in the Americas. Particular attention will be placed on the interrelationship between race, gender, class, and nation. Conducted in English.
Meeting Times: TR 9:00-10:20 am.
For Undergraduates and Graduates
POBS 1090: PORTUGUESE-SPEAKING CULTURES VIA FILM
We will view and discuss films from Brazil, Lusophone Africa, Portugal and other regions as vehicles to understand the cultural diversity of Portuguese-speaking countries. Readings will include related fiction and non-fiction focusing on immigration, gender, race, family dynamics and social inequality. Students will write a series of short papers and develop a final project in consultation with the instructor. Particular attention will be paid to contemporary Brazilian cinema. Prerequisite: POBS 0610, 0620, 1030, or 1080, or instructor permission. Enrollment limited to 20. Conducted in Portuguese.
Meeting Times: TTh 1:00-2:20pm
POBS1500I: FICTION AND HISTORY
(Interested students should register for COLT1810G)
How the historical fiction that has flourished over the past three decades challenges the notions of objectivity and totalization, while providing alternative viewpoints for the reconstruction and reinterpretation of the past. Authors considered include Grass, Doctorow, Delillo, García-Márquez, Allende, Danticat and Agualusa. Theoretical texts by White, LaCapra, Benjamin, Ricoeur, and Chartier. Films such as The Official Story and Europa, Europa will be viewed and incorporated into the discussions. Conducted in English. Prerequisite: two previous courses in literature. Enrollment limited to 30. Instructor permission required.
Meeting Times: W 3:00-5:20pm
UNIV 1520: THE SHAPING OF WORLD VIEWS
To many students an exclusive emphasis on specialized studies fragments the “world” in which they live. A widespread feeling of loss pervades the minds of students who often come to universities to learn right from wrong, to distinguish what is true from what is false, but who realize at the end of four years that they have deconstructed their freshman beliefs, values, and ideologies, but have created nothing to replace them. This course examines the diversity of worldviews both synchronically and diachronically, and surveys various explanations for such diversity. Conducted in English.
Meeting Times: MWF 2:00-2:50pm.
POBS1600A: THE AFRO-LUSO-BRAZILIAN TRIANGLE
(Interested students should register for AFRI 1020C)
Examines three historical components of the South Atlantic in terms of history, culture, and contemporary political and economic consequences. European colonialism in Africa and Brazil constitutes the baseline for this exploration, but the long and tardy nature of Portuguese colonialism in Africa in comparison with other European colonial powers, especially in its post-World War II manifestations, is our starting point. Conducted in English.
Meeting Times: R 4:00-6:20 pm.
POBS 1600P: THE LAST EMPIRE
Adopting a comparative perspective, the course gives special emphasis to political, ideological and military dimensions of colonial rule in Africa. The first part deals with the evolution of Portuguese colonialism since World War II. The second part focuses on the process of decolonization after 1974, integrating the dissolution of the Portuguese Empire in the international context of the Cold War. Conducted in English.
Meeting Times: T 4:00-6:20pm
POBS 1600S: 17TH CENTURY PORTUGUESE WORLD
Analyzes the major historical events that influenced the Portuguese world under Habsburg rule and during the baroque movement. To question definition of Empire, nation, national identity, colonial spaces. It will examine Brazil during the Dutch invasion; the expectations of a future independence from the yoke of Spain; political, economic and religious situation after the Portuguese restoration in 1640; political and economic struggle that followed; the Portuguese Inquisition and the missionary efforts undertaken in Brazil; the prophetical and messianic expectations of the Iberian world (Catholic and Jewish); and the political and cultural aspects of seventeenth-century Ibero-American baroque culture. Conducted in Portuguese.
Meeting Times: Fri. 1-3:20 pm
POBS 1720: LITERACY, CULTURE AND SCHOOLING FOR THE LANGUAGE MINORITY STUDENT
This course focuses on increasing awareness of the intersection of language and literacy, the sociocultural influences on literacy development, and the application of diverse strategies that support the acquisition of second language literacy. The course combines a theoretical exploration of literacy processes and methodological implications with a clinical requirement of 4 hours weekly in a second language field teaching practicum. Conducted in English.
Meeting Times: Th 4:00-6:20pm.
POBS 1740: ARTFUL TEACHING
How can we create meaningful experiences for those learning a foreign or second language? What makes the creative arts (art)iculate so powerfully and naturally with foreign and second language acquisition? How do the arts enable students to become aware of surrounding cultures while simultaneously acquiring a new language? This course will explore connections between the arts--visual, literary and performing--and language acquisition in a combined workshop and seminar approach. Readings will include authors Sheridan Blau, Augusto Boal, Shirley Brice Heath, Paulo Freire, Jan Mandell, Twyla Tharp, Jeffrey D. Wilhelm and others.
Meeting Times: Fri. 9:30-11:50 am
POBS 1750: LANGUAGE CULTURE AND SOCIETY
Investigates the meanings of language, culture, and society and the interrelationship among them. Examines the functional and dysfunctional uses they can play in public education, particularly from the public school administrators' and teachers' viewpoints. Explores concerns directly related to the nature, quality, and future of English-as-a-Second-Language programs. Reflective activities, lectures, simulations, case studies, role plays, and small group discussions. Conducted in English.
Meeting Times: Th. 4:00-6:20pms
POBS 1800F: LUSOPHONE WORLD
A study of classical writings from the Portuguese-speaking world dealing with the issue of modernity, focusing particularly on the Counter-Reformation and Baroque paradigms versus the Enlightenment. Portuguese, Brazilian and African writers such as Antero de Quental, Sérgio Buarque de Holanda, Vianna Moog, Amílcar Cabral and others will be read critically and in a comparative approach. Conducted in Portuguese
Meeting Times: T 6:00-8:20pm
POBS 1970: READING AND GUIDED STUDY
Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course
POBS 1990: RESEARCH AND PREPARATION OF HONORS PROJECTS
This independent study course is designed for students working on honors projects. Written permission of the concentration advisor (Ms. Sobral) is required. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
Primarily for graduates
POBS 2020A: APPLIED LINGUISTICS FOR ESL
Focuses on the linguistic development of bilingual children. Addresses three major dimension of language acquisition-linguistic, cognitive and sociocultural-within educational contexts for students of all ages. Conducted in English.
Meeting Times: M 4:00-6:20pm
POBS 2020E: RESEARCH SEMINAR IN ESL EDUCATION
Focuses on preparing students to conduct qualitative research in diverse educational settings. As a final project, students develop a comprehensive framework for a self-designed study. Conducted in English.
Meeting Times: T 4:00-6:20pm
POBS 2500G: NATION AND NARRATION
The invention and transformation of the idea of Brazil as a nation narrative texts since the middle of the 19th century. Manuel Antônio de Almeida, José de Alencar, Adolfo Caminha, Machado de Assis, Monteiro Lobato, Mário de Andrade, Adalzira Bittencourt, Antônio Callado and João Ubaldo Ribeiro. Theoretical texts by Benedict Anderson, Homi Bhabba, Edward Said, Eric Hobsbawn, Frantz Fanon, Roberto Schwarz and others. Conducted in Portuguese.
Meeting Times: M. 3-5:20pm
POBS 2600B: SARAMAGO AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES
Focuses mainly on the "oeuvre" of José Saramago, the recently deceased Portuguese Nobel Prize winner. Four other well-known Portuguese writers (Vergílio Ferreira, Agustina Bessa-Luís, António Lobo Antunes, Lídia Jorge) are also studied as a way of contextualizing Saramago's work but, more importantly, for their own merit as outstanding novelists. Complementary readings will mostly consist of theoretical texts concerning an approach to contemporary novels based on the nexus between history and fiction on the one hand, and the construction of emotions in literature on the other. Conducted in Portuguese.
Meeting Times: Thurs. 4-6:20pm
POBS 2600R: NELSON RODRIGUES’ LEGACY
Reading psychological, mythical and Carioca plays by Nelson Rodrigues will serve to define his legacy in the modernization of the Brazilian Stage and his influence on dramatists of the 60s and 70s. Exploring NR's inspiration from Greek tragedy to Freudian consciousness and aesthetic Expressionism, discussions and presentations will focus upon social ritual, fetish and taboos Rodrigues staged to unmask Brazilian society. Filmed/tapes plays and criticism will be analyzed via performance studies theory for interpreting modes of conscious performativity as tools for cultural analyses, i.e., the spatial distance between self and behavior. Conducted in Portuguese. Open to graduate students in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and advanced seniors.
Meeting Times: W. 3-5:20pm
POBS 2970: PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION PREPARATION
For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the Registration Fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination. No course credit.
POBS 2980: READING AND GUIDED STUDY
See Reading And Guided Study for course description. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
POBS 2990: THESIS PREPARATION
For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the Registration Fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis. No course credit.