Courses for Fall 2014

  • Elementary Portuguese

    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.
    POBS 0100 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
  • Intensive Portuguese

    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 are also 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, in the fall, by students beginning the study of Portuguese as sophomores who would like to participate in the Brown-in-Brazil Program as juniors. Offered every semester.
    POBS 0110 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
  • Writing and Speaking Portuguese

    Designed to improve the students' 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 writing ability. A systematic review of Portuguese grammar is included. Prerequisite: POBS 0200, or POBS 0110, or placement. Conducted in Portuguese. Completion of POBS 0400 is the minimum requirement for participation in the Brown-in-Brazil Program. Offered every semester.
    POBS 0400 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
  • Mapping Portuguese-Speaking Cultures: Brazil

    Selected literary and cultural texts that serve as vehicles for a deeper understanding of Brazilian society. 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 writing skills. Prerequisite: POBS 0400, placement or instructor's permission. Conducted in Portuguese.
    POBS 0610 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
  • Belonging and Displacement: Cross-Cultural Identities

    Focuses on the representation of immigrants, migrants and other "border crossers" in contemporary literature from Brazil and other countries. How do people respond to the loss of home and the shift to a new culture? Is "going home" possible? How do individuals deal with their dual or triple identities? Piñon, Lispector, Scliar, Rushdie, Salih, Cristina Garcia, V. S. Naipaul and others. Conducted in English. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS WRIT
    POBS 0810 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
  • On the Dawn of Modernity

    We will analyze how a new mindset that would later be called modernity slowly emerged from the medieval world and how the trials and errors of the 15th and 16th century navigators helped shape that transformation. The seminar is interdisciplinary insofar as the readings will include developments in astronomy, geography, shipbuilding, mathematics, philosophy, as well as what could be called early anthropology, as stepping stones to the first scientific revolution. Conducted in English. Enrollment limited to: 20. Reserved for First Year students. FYS LILE WRIT
    POBS 0910 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Almeida
  • On Cultural and Personal Identity

    A close analysis of concepts such as cultural and personal identities by means of a variety of interdisciplinary readings, including a combination of essays and a set of works of literature by diverse authors from various countries and cultures. SOPH
    POBS 0915 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Almeida
  • Tropical Delights: Imagining Brazil in History and Culture (HIST 0970B)

    Interested students must register for HIST 0970B (CRN 14878).
  • The Rise of Abolitionism in the Atlantic World: Americas, Europe, and Africa (HIST 0971M)

    Interested students must register for HIST 0971M (CRN 15510).
  • Portuguese Stylistics: Advanced Language Study and Creative Writing

    An intensive writing course covering basic genres: letter, short essay, diary, short story, and poetry. Students write five pages per week on five different preassigned topics that range over a wide variety of subjects. Exposes students to idiomatic and stylistic writing in a multitude of areas. In class, students read and comment on each other's writings. Enrollment limited to 20. Conducted in Portuguese. WRIT
    POBS 1030 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Simas-Almeida
  • Afro-Brazilians and the Brazilian Polity (AFRI 1210)

    Interested students must register for AFRI 1210 (CRN 16150).
  • African Literatures of Portuguese Expression

    A survey of representative African narrative literature of Portuguese expression (Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé e Príncipe, Angola, and Mozambique). The selections will cover the periods before and after the independence of these former Portuguese colonies. Conducted in Portuguese. Enrollment limited to 40.
    POBS 1500A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Simas-Almeida
  • Portuguese Discoveries and Early Modern Globalization

    Introduces the study of global early modernity through the lens of the Portuguese empire c. 1400-1700. Maps out the origins, motivations, and nature of Portugal's imperial expansion. Establishes the patterns of the Portuguese presence in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. Emphasizes the dependence of the Portuguese empire on other societies, its institutional fragility, its social complexity, and the difficult relations between ideology and economy. Explores the idea of an early "cultural globalization" in religion, art and politics from Iberia to Japan via Brazil, Africa and India. Avoids the traditional idea of an exceptionality of the Portuguese overseas experience. Conducted in English. Enrollment limited to 40.
    POBS 1600D S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ferreira
  • Brazil: From Abolition to Emerging World Power (HIST 1671)

    Interested students must register for HIST 1671 (CRN 14871).
  • 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 1970 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Almeida
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Becker
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Dzidzienyo
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S04
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Green
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Pacheco
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Simas-Almeida
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Valente
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Vieira
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S12
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Research and Preparation of Honors Projects

    This independent study course is designed for students working on honors projects. Written permission of the concentration advisor (Prof. 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.
    POBS 1990 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Almeida
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Becker
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Dzidzienyo
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S04
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Green
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Pacheco
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Simas-Almeida
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Valente
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Vieira
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S12
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Theories in First and Second Language Acquisition

    Theory and current research relating to first and second language acquisition and learning are examined from a pedagogical perspective. Focuses on both learning and teaching a second language. Conducted in English.
    POBS 2020D S01
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
  • 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.
    POBS 2120A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Pacheco
  • Tales of the "Sertão"

    The reality and mythology of the "sertão" have long been a source of inspiration for Brazilian writers, visual artists, and filmmakers. This seminar considers the transformations of the "sertão" motif since the second half of the nineteenth century. Fiction by José de Alencar, Euclides da Cunha, Graciliano Ramos and João Guimarães Rosa. Films by Glauber Rocha and Sandra Kogut. Conducted in Portuguese.
    POBS 2500F S01
    Primary Instructor
    Valente
  • The Sage of Suspicion: Machado de Assis and the Agencies of Narrative

    Novels and short stories of Machado de Assis within the context of the socio-political reality of nineteenth-century Brazil. Attention to the ideologies of Brazil's ruling class, its self-image and views on national identity, class and race; the issue of fiction vs. reality; and/or such topics as irony, symbolism, and narratology. Conducted in Portuguese.
    POBS 2600O S01
    Primary Instructor
    Vieira
  • 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.
    POBS 2970 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Reading and Guided Study

    Reading in Portuguese language, literature, civilization, and bilingual studies. Conducted via Portuguese readings and discussions. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    POBS 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Almeida
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Becker
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Dzidzienyo
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S04
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Green
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Pacheco
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Simas-Almeida
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Valente
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Vieira
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S12
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • 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.
    POBS 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep