COURSES IN PORTUGUESE AND BRAZILIAN STUDIES
Semester II, Spring 2013
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.
Ms. Gold, Ms. Grevandecarvalho and Mr. Wakefield.
Meeting Times: MWF 11:00-11:50pm and 1:00-1:50pm (Wilson 104), TR 9:00-10:20am (Wilson 204).
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.
Ms. Lima and Mr. Lira.
Meeting Times: MW 2:00-2:50 (Wilson 105), TR 1:00-2:20 pm (Wilson 104).
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 Ms. Ashby.
Meeting Times: MW 10:00-10:50am(Wilson 104), TR 10:30-11:50 am (Wilson 204).
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 (159 George St. George Monteiro Conference Room).
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(Churchill 106).
For Undergraduates and Graduates
PERFORMING BRAZIL: LANGUAGE, THEATER, CULTURE
Designed to deepen the students' understanding of Brazilian culture and society through the performing arts. Students will read a series of plays and respond to them in a variety of ways: in writing, verbally, and through performance. The course will include poetry and music as these can also be performed. Throughout the semester students will also be working on creating their own performance pieces. Conducted in Portuguese.
Ms. Sobral and Mr. Legg.
Meeting Times: R 4:00-6:20pm (Wilson 305).
POBS 1501A: OUT OF PORTUGUESE AFRICA: DECONSTRUCTING PORTUGUESE COLONIALISM IN LITERATURE
Examines both fictional narratives written in Portuguese by African authors and fictional works by Portuguese authors that focus on the colonial experience of Angola, Mozambique, and Cape Verde. Aims in particular at the critical analysis of Portuguese colonialism as a means to verify its specificity or lack thereof within the larger context of overarching European colonialisms. Conducted in Portuguese.
Meeting Times: M 3:00-5:20pm (159 George St. George Monteiro Conference Room).
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 (CIT 165).
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 (Churchill B9.
POBS 1601C: FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY IN THE IBERIAN PENINSULA: TRANSFORMATIONS AND CURRENT CHALLENGES
Studies the origins and nature of the Franco and Salazar dictatorships, outwardly similar and largely concurrent, but in fact different in their aims, outlook and methods. Special attention to the personalties of the two dictators as well as the legacy of Spain's Civil War and Portugal’s colonial Empire as elements of differentiation between the two regimes. The creation of democratic regimes in Spain and Portugal in the mid-1970s in the aftermath of prolonged dictatorships and the current political and economic challenges faced by these two countries are also considered in detail. Conducted in English. Enrollment limited to 25.
Meeting Times: T 4:00-6:20pm (Rock 412).
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 (JWW 403).
POBS 1800E: THE BRAZILIAN PUZZLE: CONFRONTING THE POST-COLONIAL LEGACY
Brazilian intellectuals have often attempted to understand and explain the challenges in modern Brazilian society (political, economic, racial, educational) by pondering Brazil’s Iberian roots and assessing the legacy of Portuguese colonialism. Manuel Bomfim, Oswald de Andrade, Sérgio Buarque de Holanda, Gilberto Freyre, Vianna Moog, Caio Prado, Jr., Darcy Ribeiro, Paulo Freire, Roberto daMatta and José Murilo de Carvalho. Attention to film, music and the visual arts. Conducted in Portuguese.
Meeting Times: W 3:00-5:20pm (159 George St. George Monteiro Conference Room).
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 2120A: ESL METHODOLOGY ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION
An overview of the current principles, practices and approaches that inform assessment and evaluation for English language learners. Participants engage in class activities that duplicate selected assessment approaches and identify strategies for integrating assessment with planning and instruction appropriate to the language proficiency of students. Participants explore assessment research and theoretical background for an understanding of the complexity of evaluating student achievement. Conducted in English.
Meeting Times: R 4:00-6:20pm (Salomon 202).
POBS 2600P: FERNANDO PESSOA & CO
An analysis of key writings by the major Portuguese Modernist poet Fernando Pessoa, as well as by his more important heteronyms, particularly Alvaro de Campos, Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis, and António Mora. The course will emphasize the recurrent themes of identity, divided self, meaning, disquietude, and displacement. Conducted in Portuguese.
Meeting Times: T 6:30-8:50pm (159 George St. George Monteiro Conference Room).
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.