Courses for Spring 2015

  • 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
  • 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. Prerequisite: POBS 0100.
    POBS 0200 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: 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 writing skills. Prerequisite: POBS 0400, placement or instructor's permission. Conducted in Portuguese.
    POBS 0620 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Simas-Almeida
  • Mapping Cross-Cultural Identities

    How do we construct our own identity as life becomes a multitude of narrative threads intersecting and overlapping like roadways on a map? How do we reconfigure identities vis-à-vis those who surround us? We will investigate the ever-changing map of cultural identities and its repercussions on human existence via contemporary literature and a series projects that incorporate the arts (visual, digital, literary) and oral history. Some of the writers include Julia Alvarez, Kiran Desai, Junot Diaz, Milton Hatoum, Chang-Rae Lee, Clarice Lispector, Dinaw Mengestu, Nélida Piñon, Salman Rushdie, Taiye Selasi and others. No experience in the arts necessary. SOPH
    POBS 0990 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
  • 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.
    POBS 1080 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
  • The "I" of the Beholder: Self-Examination and Self-Display in Modern Brazilian Fiction

    This course will address the first-person impulse in modern Brazilian fiction with the aim of analyzing the process of self-consciousness vis-à-vis national identity, individualism, memorialism, authoritarianism, and subjectivity. The course will also consider the first person in the context of realism, modernism, regionalism, and postmodernism. Discussion will center upon prose by Mário de Andrade, Rachel de Queiroz, Antônio Olavo Pereira, Clarice Lispector, Lygia Fagundes Telles, Nélida Piñon, Ivan Ângelo, Rubem Fonseca, and others.
    POBS 1500O S01
    Primary Instructor
    Vieira
  • The Afro-Luso-Brazilian Triangle (AFRI 1020C)

    Interested students must register for AFRI 1020C (CRN 25397).
  • Global Empires in the Early Modern World

    Deals with the history and historiography of the European expansion, imperial experiences in Africa, Asia and America c. 1400-1800. focus on the structure and dynamics of the Iberian case(s) in a comparative framework placing it in the broader context of the European expansion in the fourteenth century. Deals extensively with the rise of slavery in the Atlantic world, early globalization, maritime expansion and trading networks, and forms of resistance and negotiation with European colonialism. Particular emphasis will be given to the relations between these imperial bodies and other (non-European) Empires, by focusing on cross-cultural contacts and conflicts, and hybrid societies. FYS
    POBS 1600U S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ferreira
  • Literacy, Culture, and Schooling for the Language Minority Student

    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. Combines a theoretical exploration of literacy processes and methodological implications with a clinical requirement of four hours weekly in a second-language field-teaching practicum. Conducted in English.
    POBS 1720 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
  • 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. Enrollment limited to 25.
    POBS 1750 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Pacheco
  • 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 Bonfim, Sérgio Buarque de Holanda, Paulo Prado, Gilberto Freyre, Vianna Moog, Caio Prado, Celso Furtado, Paulo Freire, Oswald the Andrade, Roberto DaMatta. Attention to film, music and the visual arts. Conducted in Portuguese.
    POBS 1800E S01
    Primary Instructor
    Valente
  • Brazil: From Conquest to the End of Slavery (HIST 1953)

    Interested students must register for HIST 1953 (CRN 24934).
  • 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
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Dzidzienyo
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S04
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    POBS 1970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Green
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    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
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Valente
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Vieira
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Brazil Under Vargas: Reshaping the Nation (HIST 1970E)

    Interested students must register for HIST 1970E (CRN 25465).
  • 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
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Dzidzienyo
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S04
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    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
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Valente
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Vieira
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • 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.
    POBS 2020E S01
    Primary Instructor
    Laorenza
  • The Portuguese Essay

    Focuses on some key themes of Portuguese social, political and cultural life that have been dealt with in the essay form, in the 19th and 20th century, such as Portugal's decline, modernization, regeneration and national identity. Special attention to literature on the essay as a genre. Readings include Antero de Quental, Oliveira Martins, Silvio Lima, Joaquim de Carvalho, Antonio José Saraiva, Eduardo Lourenço and others. Conducted in Portuguese.
    POBS 2500I S01
    Primary Instructor
    Almeida
  • Medieval and Renaissance Portuguese Literature

    An analysis of Portuguese literature from the Middle Ages to the 16th century. Special attention given to the poetry of the Cancioneiros, Fernão Lopes, Gil Vicente, and Luís de Camões. Conducted in Portuguese.
    POBS 2600A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Simas-Almeida
  • Foundations of Literary Theory

    Designed to provide a solid foundation on the development of literary theory from its ancient roots in Plato, Aristotle, Horace and Plotinus to the contemporary period. Includes Kant, the Russian Formalists, Lukács, Jakobson, Bakhtin, Barthes, Derrida, Ricoeur, Said and others. Conducted in English.
    POBS 2600C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Valente
  • 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
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Dzidzienyo
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S04
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Green
    Schedule Code
    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
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
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    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
  • 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