Courses

All current offerings are below. This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found on the SIS website.

To see a complete list of courses offered and their descriptions, visit the online course catalog.

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Accelerated Portuguese

NO PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF PORTUGUESE IS REQUIRED. This accelerated one-semester course covers all content for Elementary Portuguese. Upon the successful completion of this course with a grade of C or higher, students may enroll in 210.277 Intermediate Portuguese. Encourages rapid acquisition by intensive exposure to the language through immersion activities, videos and culture. The course will cover relevant aspects of the Portuguese language grammar. Students will be encouraged to use the language through communicative activities, listening and writing activities. THERE IS NO FINAL EXAM. May not be taken on a Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory basis.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Freshman seminar: Planet Amazonia: Culture, History, and the Environment

Without Amazonia, global warming could reach levels that threaten life on the planet. Yet, in an era of deforestation and climate change, Amazonia itself might be on the verge of disappearance, with disastrous consequences for the world. This course proposes interdisciplinary perspectives on Amazonia through a range of works drawn from history, anthropology, archeology, environmental studies, literature, and the arts. We’ll look at texts by European travelers and missionaries who contributed to the paradoxical image of Amazonia as a “virgin paradise” or a “green hell”; scientific studies and artists’ depictions of the region’s flora and fauna; the often-overlooked history of human occupation of the region; and projects to colonize, develop, or conserve the world’s largest tropical forest. What importance does Amazonia hold for Latin American and global geopolitics? How do art and literature, including indigenous writings, create, reinforce, or deconstruct clichés about the region? What alternative futures for our planet can Amazonia help us to imagine? Minors in Latin American Studies may count the class toward the Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture concentration.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, INST-CP, ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR

Brazilian Culture & Civilization

The course is taught in English, but ONE extra credit will be given to students who wish to do the course work in Portuguese. Those wishing to do the course work in English for 3 credits should register for section 01. Those wishing to earn 4 credits by doing the course work in Portuguese should register for section 02. Section 01: 3 credits in ENGLISH Section 02: 4 credits in Portuguese (instructor’s permission required)

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Approval Required
  • Seats Available: 0/2
  • PosTag(s): INST-NWHIST, INST-GLOBAL, GRLL-ENGL

Literary Readings Across the Lusophone World

This discussion-based course for continuing students of Portuguese focuses on a wide range of Lusophone literary sources from the modern and contemporary periods. We’ll read seminal texts from Europe, the Americas, and Africa, paying close attention to language and context. How do forms, ideas, and genres travel across the Atlantic? What shape do they take according to different geographies, cultures, and histories? Topics include the legacies of empire and slavery, theoretical debates about the formation of Brazilian literature, national identity, (post)colonialism, representations of nature, and indigeneity. Students will read in the original Portuguese innovative prose works by Machado de Assis and Clarice Lispector; the poetry of Fernando Pessoa; satiric poetry; Haroldo de Campos’s “transcriations”; modernist manifestos and the theater of the oppressed, among others. Conducted in Portuguese. May not be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Prereq: AS.210.392, placement test or instructor approval.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Fast Portuguese for Spanish Speakers and speakers of other Romance Languages I

NO PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF PORTUGUESE IS REQUIRED. This fast-paced one-semester course covers all content for Portuguese Elementary I and II. Upon the successful completion of this course with a grade of C or higher, students may enroll in 210.277 Portuguese Intermediate. This course is designed as an accelerated introductory course for speakers with a sound knowledge of Spanish OR other romance languages. The course will cover introductory aspects of Portuguese grammar and present relevant points of the cultures of the Portuguese speaking countries. All classes are conducted in Portuguese. THERE IS NO FINAL EXAM. May not be taken on a Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory basis.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Brazilian Culture & Civilization

The course is taught in English, but ONE extra credit will be given to students who wish to do the course work in Portuguese. Those wishing to do the course work in English for 3 credits should register for section 01. Those wishing to earn 4 credits by doing the course work in Portuguese should register for section 02. Section 01: 3 credits in ENGLISH Section 02: 4 credits in Portuguese (instructor’s permission required)

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/32
  • PosTag(s): INST-NWHIST, INST-GLOBAL, GRLL-ENGL

Freshman Seminar: Soccer in Brazil: opium of the masses

The course is taught IN ENGLISH. Futebol offers a unique perspective on politics, race and citizenship in Brazil. This course seeks to understand Brazilian culture through the historic national pastime of futebol. In addition to the main textbooks chosen for the class, by reading a variety of texts from newspapers, academic journals, fiction and film, students will be able to find their own approach to understanding the phenomenon of futebol within the social and political traditions of Brazil. No knowledge of Portuguese is required, but those who can read in Portuguese will have an opportunity to do so. Everyone will learn some Portuguese words and expressions. This class may count toward the Minor in Portuguese.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/15
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

Advanced Portuguese Language & Literature I

This third-year course focuses on reading, writing, and oral expression. Students will read two complete works by major Brazilian, Portuguese, and/or Afro-Portuguese writers each semester, followed by intense writing and oral discussion on the topics covered. Grammar will be reviewed as necessary. All classes are conducted in Portuguese. Prereq: 210.278, placement test or instructor approval.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Fast Portuguese for Spanish Speakers and speakers of other Romance Languages I

NO PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF PORTUGUESE IS REQUIRED. This fast-paced one-semester course covers all content for Portuguese Elementary I and II. Upon the successful completion of this course with a grade of C or higher, students may enroll in 210.277 Portuguese Intermediate. This course is designed as an accelerated introductory course for speakers with a sound knowledge of Spanish OR other romance languages. The course will cover introductory aspects of Portuguese grammar and present relevant points of the cultures of the Portuguese speaking countries. All classes are conducted in Portuguese. THERE IS NO FINAL EXAM. May not be taken on a Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory basis.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Intermediate Portuguese I

More advanced training in the skills of the language with emphasis on vocabulary building, ease and fluency in the language through the use of a multifaceted approach. Materials used immerse students in the cultures of Brazil, Portugal, and Portuguese-speaking Africa, and reflect the mix of cultures at work in the contemporary Lusophone world. All classes are conducted in Portuguese. Lab is required. May not be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Prereq: AS.210.178, or placement test.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Approval Required
  • Seats Available: 6/12
  • PosTag(s): AFRS-DIASPO

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.210.290 (01)Accelerated PortugueseMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMDe Azeredo Cerqueira, Flavia ChristinaShaffer 301
AS.211.231 (01)Freshman seminar: Planet Amazonia: Culture, History, and the EnvironmentTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMStaffKrieger 205INST-GLOBAL, INST-CP, ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR
AS.211.394 (02)Brazilian Culture & CivilizationMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMDe Azeredo Cerqueira, Flavia Christina, StaffShaffer 3INST-NWHIST, INST-GLOBAL, GRLL-ENGL
AS.217.301 (01)Literary Readings Across the Lusophone WorldTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMStaffHodson 313
AS.210.275 (02)Fast Portuguese for Spanish Speakers and speakers of other Romance Languages IMWF 12:00PM - 12:50PMSpiker, Magali THackerman B 17
AS.211.394 (01)Brazilian Culture & CivilizationMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMDe Azeredo Cerqueira, Flavia ChristinaShaffer 3INST-NWHIST, INST-GLOBAL, GRLL-ENGL
AS.211.294 (01)Freshman Seminar: Soccer in Brazil: opium of the massesMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMDe Azeredo Cerqueira, Flavia ChristinaMudd 100GRLL-ENGL
AS.210.391 (01)Advanced Portuguese Language & Literature IMWF 9:00AM - 9:50AMSpiker, Magali THodson 301
AS.210.275 (01)Fast Portuguese for Spanish Speakers and speakers of other Romance Languages IMWF 10:00AM - 10:50AMDe Azeredo Cerqueira, Flavia ChristinaShaffer 301
AS.210.277 (01)Intermediate Portuguese IMWF 10:00AM - 10:50AMSpiker, Magali THodson 301AFRS-DIASPO