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Courses for Spring 2019

  • 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
    Parker
  • 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.
    POBS 0990 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
  • 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.
    POBS 1090 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Lehnen
  • Remembering and Forgetting the Portuguese Colonial Empire Public Memory

    This course explores the public memory and forgetting of the Portuguese colonial empire, from the colonial to the postcolonial period. Concentrating on the construction and reproduction of an official memory about the empire in the public space of Portugal, the course will also highlight the entangling between the former imperial metropolis and its former colonies. Also, broader connections will be established between the Portuguese-speaking world and wider European and global contexts. The purpose is to draw attention to the many ways in which colonial legacies are present today as a field of hegemony and ideological disputes.
    POBS 1501G S01
    Primary Instructor
    Marques Peralta da Silva
  • The Afro-Luso-Brazilian Triangle (AFRI 1020C)

  • Politics and Culture under the Brazilian Military Dictatorship 1964-85 (HIST 1967L)

  • The Lusophone World and the Struggle for Modernity

    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. Enrollment limited to 40.
    POBS 1800F S01
    Primary Instructor
    Almeida
  • 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
  • Practicum in English as a Second Language

    The practicum in ESL is an integrating and culminating experience in the Master's Program in ESL and Cross Cultural Studies. The course provides a review of the theories and concepts related to English as a Second Language. Throughout the course students apply what they have learned about teaching English language learners and reflect on their assessment, planning and implementation of second language teaching through group discussions and seminars. To participate in this course students must have access to ELs in a classroom setting.
    POBS 2120B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
  • Senses and Sensibilities in the Nineteenth Century Portuguese Novel

    The works to be read are representative of the main literary trends in 19th century Portuguese literature. They will be analyzed with a focus on literary aesthetics, but also on meanings (or senses), both culturally and personally, by exploring the textual construction of emotions, i.e., the engagement of sensibilities in the written word. Authors to be studied include Almeida Garrett, Camilo Castelo Branco and Eça de Queirós. Conducted in Portuguese.
    POBS 2500K S01
    Primary Instructor
    Simas-Almeida
  • Got Rights? Human Rights and Contemporary Brazilian Literature

    Portuguese sociologist Boaventura de Sousa Santos states that nowadays, there is a “global hegemony of human rights as a discourse of human dignity” (2015: 22). Nonetheless, Sousa Santos observes that this hegemony is challenged by a reality of widespread human rights abuses. What then, is the value of human rights and what role does literature play in the discursive construction and the praxis of human rights? This course examines how contemporary Brazilian literature conceptualizes human rights through topics such as authoritarianism, class, race, urban space. The course also establishes connections between human rights in Brazilian and select Spanish American texts.
    POBS 2500N S01
    Primary Instructor
    Lehnen
  • 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
    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
  • 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