Courses for Spring 2020

  • 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
    Schedule Code
    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
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Simas-Almeida
    Schedule Code
    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
  • 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
    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
  • 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
    Lehnen
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Dzidzienyo
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S04
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Green
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Pacheco
    Schedule Code
    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
  • 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
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the residency requirement and are continuing research on a full time basis.
    POBS 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • 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
    Parker
  • 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 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.
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Language Theory and Curriculum Development

    Focuses on the application of language theory, methodology, and curriculum development procedure for classes enrolling English language learners. Participants focus on setting appropriate goals and objectives aligned with learning standards and develop appropriate curricula in several subject areas. Conducted in English.
    POBS 2010A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Pacheco
  • 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. Enrollment limited to 15 graduate students.
    POBS 2020A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
  • Constructing Men, Projecting Masculinity: Questioning Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in Brazil

    In this course we will examine how contemporary Brazilian cultural production – particularly literature and cinema – (re)formulates/questions/preserves traditional configurations of male gender identity. We will discuss constructions and representations of the male subject within contemporary cultural production, particularly focusing on the later-half of the twentieth century. More specifically, employing ideas of gender as a form of performance we will question gendered stereotypes and their intersections with race and socio-economic position, destabilize binary gender constructions / understandings, and offer queer readings of a multiplicity of texts. Conducted in Portuguese.
    POBS 1800C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Lehnen
  • The Portuguese Estado Novo. Visual Propaganda, Public Use of Past and Self-Representation

    Starting with Pierre Nora’s concept of Lieux de Memoire – places where the exhausted capital of collective memory condenses and is expressed – this course explores from two perspectives, the history of Portuguese Estado Novo. It embarks upon a chronological study of the period following the economic, political, and social transformations that had affected Portugal. ScrutinizeS how the Estado Novo created, used and re-adapted some Portuguese Lieux de Memoire in order to legitimize itself; shape the way Portuguese understand their country; generate a favorable image in Portugal and abroad. Conducted in English.
    POBS 1601O S01
    Primary Instructor
    Gori
  • Literature and Politics: Dialogues and Interrogations

    This course examines how contemporary Brazilian and Latin American literature imagines the political. The course broaches the following issues: What are the relations between literature and politics? What makes literature political? Can (should) literature intervene in the political realm? How do terms such as “authoritarianism,” “democracy,” “citizenship,” “ecocide,” among others, appear in contemporary fiction? We will read literary and critical texts that approach what might be called “political themes” in order to reflect on the relationship between literary production and the political sphere in a broad sense and to think about what role literature plays in contemporary societies. Conducted in Portuguese.
    POBS 2500O S01
    Primary Instructor
    Lehnen
  • The Azores – A World through Literature

    For 500 years, the Azores – a nine island archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic, have been a mandatory connecting entrepot between the world at large and Portugal and between the Western Hemisphere and Europe. The archipelago has produced an impressive body of literature that, particularly in the last century, has evolved into a body of works that reflects a collective personality with distinctive features. The course will analyze the most significant works of literature produced in the islands and in the Portuguese-American communities. Conducted in Portuguese.
    POBS 1500B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Almeida