Florianópolis, Brazil
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Course Information

Florianópolis, Brazil | 2017 Summer Sessions I & II

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Courses

You will enroll in three to five credits in Session I and in three to six credits in Session II. At least one 3-credit course is required each summer session. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

Portuguese Language Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with three to four credits of Portuguese taught in each session. Language courses generally have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. Introduction to Portuguese I or Introduction to Portuguese II is required for students not taking an intensive Portuguese language course to help students assimilate into the community.

Session I and Session II

Brazilian Culture Studies, Global Economy, and Natural Resource Management

Taught in English
The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary perspective to your studies.

Session I

Session II

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.unr.edu

US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Session II:

Dr. Qiana Witted | University of South Carolina

Course offered:

Dr. Whitted (Ph.D., Yale University) teaches interdisciplinary courses at the University of South Carolina that often combine contemporary literature and cultural studies with historical perspectives on race and gender. Her published work focuses on comics and graphic novels in the United States, while research opportunities have taken her to Paris, Stockholm, and Italy.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Portuguese I

Summer Session I (Other Foreign Language; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Other Foreign Language; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed to further equip students with the necessary language skills in Portuguese to express themselves well (in writing and verbally) when discussing scholarly topics. It aims at helping students feel more confident to speak, develop a higher level of understanding of the spoken and written language, and learn more advanced vocabulary and cultural and literary contents. The class discussions, readings, and writing components will focus on Brazilian movies which emphasize different aspects of the country’s culture, history, economy and politics. Each unit of the book discusses a film and each movie is treated as a textbook. All aspects of language learning (from acquisition of vocabulary to review of grammar points) will be included. Therefore, the course encompasses listening comprehension and discussions, but also focuses on an extensive number and variation of written exercises. The class will watch, analyze, and write about five contemporary movies. The movies discussed in this course are O Caminho da Nuvens (2003), Central do Brasil (1998), Cidade de Deus (2002), and Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos (1976), and Orfeu (1999). Each film will be watched and analyzed in class, in parts, dissecting all components of it: vocabulary, oral comprehension, written exercises. Each unit of the textbook includes a reading component (a 4-5-page-long text on a topic related to the movie). In addition, the students will read a literary text by Jorge Amado to establish cultural comparisons with some of the movies discussed.

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Advanced Portuguese II

Summer Session I (Other Foreign Language; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Other Foreign Language; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed to advance the students oral and written skills in Portuguese and to allow them to establish comparison between literary and cinematic texts. The class discussions, readings, and writing components will focus on Brazilian movies and literary texts which emphasize different aspects of the country’s culture, history, economy and politics. The emphasis is on all aspects of language learning (from acquisition of vocabulary to review of grammar points, reading will be included). Each unit of the textbook also includes a reading component (a 4-5-page-long text on a topic related to the movie). The class will watch, analyze, and write about three movies and read three literary texts (novel, memoirs, diary) on which the movies were based or on related subjects. This course is a higher-level version of the course “Advanced Portuguese I.” The discussions addressing the literary texts will be interwoven with the film discussions and the two types of films will complement each other.

Este curso tem com objetivo ajudar os alunos a adquirir proficiência oral e escrita avançada em português e permitir-lhes estabelecer comparações entre filmes e textos literários. As discussões na sala, as leituras, e os componentes escritos enfatizarão diferentes aspectos da cultura, história, economia e política brasileiras. A ênfase é nos aspectos da aprendizagem da linguagem (da aquisição de vocabulário à revisão de pontos gramaticais e leitura serão incluídos), da cultura, e do cinema e da literatura. Cada unidade do livro-texto também inclui um componente de leitura (um texto de 4-5 páginas sobre um tópico relacionado com o filme). A classe vai assistir, analisar e escrever sobre três filmes e ler três textos literarários. (um romance, um livro de memórias, e um diário) nos quais os filmes foram baseados ou sobre assuntos relacionados. Este curso é uma versão mais adiantada e sofisticada do curso “Português Avançado I.” As discussões dos textos literários serão intercaladas às discussões sobre os filmes e os dois tipos de texto se complementarão.

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Anthropology and Culture in Brazil

Summer Session I (300-level; 3 credits)

Brazil is a country with continental proportions, notorious for the hybrid composition of its population and its remarkable cultural diversity. This course aims to provide students with anthropological tools and perspectives for an understanding of Brazilian culture and society. For that purpose, the course will introduce anthropological theories, debates and research methods, along with an overview of Brazilian history and regional diversity, Brazilians’ typical forms of sociability, key ritual expressions and religious traditions. By stimulating such convergence between the study of anthropology and Brazilian culture, the course sets out to enable students to undergo a fieldwork research of their own choice during their stay in Florianópolis. Through such experience, students will be taught to reflect and elaborate upon central contrasts and convergences between their native cultural context and the Brazilian one, to identify and comprehend global dimensions of Brazilian identity and its manifold regional expressions, and to make sense of central anthropological concepts (such as culture, religion, ritual, kinship, symbols, etc.) via concrete living situations.

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Brazilian Culture: Film

Summer Session II (Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course provides an overview and critical examination of the Brazilian culture, utilizing Brazilian films as the gateway to discuss different aspects of Brazilian culture from a variety of perspectives. Not only will this course examine major historical events that have impacted the socio-economic, political, and cultural development of Brazilian society, but it will also explore the present day issues related to these developments. Class discussions will focus on Twentieth century topics such as youth and urban violence, religion, popular culture and music, the role of women, ethnicity and cultural identity, and human rights. The course intends to expand upon and compliment the students' experiences in Florianopolis sharpening their knowledge and cultural sensitivity with (and within) Brazilian culture. Students will be encouraged and expected to voice their perspectives, share their experiences, and relate these ideas to the greater context of Brazilian culture during classroom.

Two options:

Taught in English

Taught in Portuguese (prerequisite: 4 semesters of Portuguese)

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Capoeira

Summer Session I (Dance, Music; 100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Dance, Music; 100-level; 1 credit)

Capoeira is one of the strongest expressions of Afro-Brazilian culture that exists today. Introduced to Brazil by West African slaves from the 16th century, it is a martial art which combines elements of dance, music and acrobatics. Through learning capoeira, students will be able to develop a greater, richer understanding of Brazilian dance and music, and the African influences in the country.

The USAC Capoeira course, taught by Bahian Luiz Liborio, uses capoeira as a means of educating, teaching Portuguese, social inclusion and a way of teaching African-Brazilian culture. The course will develop ethical values based on respect, socialization, and freedom through the capoeira course that will be offered as practical and theoretical workshops, as well as documentaries and other material about capoeira.

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Elementary Portuguese I

Summer Session I (Other Foreign Language; 100-level; 4 credits)
Summer Session II (Other Foreign Language; 100-level; 4 credits)

Elementary Portuguese I is an intensive, four-credit language course designed for students who have not taken any Portuguese courses at college-level before. This course helps non-native speakers of Portuguese acquire basic communicative competence. It offers the students the opportunity to develop the fundamental skills of a language: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Grammar is taught in a communicative way. The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance and active participation are essential.

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Elementary Portuguese II

Summer Session I (Other Foreign Language; 100-level; 4 credits)
Summer Session II (Other Foreign Language; 100-level; 4 credits)

Elementary Portuguese II is a four-credit language course designed for students who completed Elementary Portuguese I or have successfully taken one semester of Portuguese at college-level before. This course helps non-native speakers of Portuguese advance their ability to express themselves verbally and in writing, expand their range of vocabulary, and learn to describe, define, compare, and sustain dialogues. It offers the students the opportunity to continue developing their ability to listen, speak, read, and write Portuguese. The emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance and active participation are essential.

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Intermediate Portuguese I

Summer Session I (Other Foreign Language; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Other Foreign Language; 200-level; 3 credits)

Portuguese Intermediate I (PORT 211) is a three-credit, intensive language course designed for students who completed a year of college Portuguese, or Beginning Portuguese II. Students will continue to expand their vocabulary and further their knowledge of the spoken and written language, develop listening comprehension, and acquiring competence in cultural topics. The emphasis of the course is in communication skills, therefore, attendance to class and active participation are essential. Grammar is taught in a communicative way and material studied in previous courses will also be reviewed and contextualized.

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Intermediate Portuguese II

Summer Session I (Other Foreign Language; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Other Foreign Language; 200-level; 3 credits)

Prerequisite: Intermediate Portuguese I, or its equivalent. Students will continue to enhance their knowledge of the spoken and written language and study more complex and advanced cultural topics and related vocabulary. It is designed for students who also want to develop reading skills in a relevant cultural context (travel narratives). The course includes diversified communicative and written activities. The unifying concept of the course is traveling and all the grammar review, oral, and written exercises were developed based on travel narratives by the famous contemporary Brazilian author, Moacyr Scliar, in which he occasionally establishes insightful comparisons between Brazilian and American cultures. This course will offer review of grammar topics studied in previous semesters (including all moods and tenses of regular and irregular verbs, object pronouns, relative pronouns, plural of nouns and adjectives, comparative and superlative, adverbs, ordinal numbers, and prepositions). Grammar will be taught in a communicative way and grammar topics studied in previous courses will be revised. The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance and active participation are essential.

Português Intermediário II é um curso intensivo de três créditos para alunos que completaram Português Intermediário I ou equivalente. Os alunos continuarão a expandir seu vocabulário e incrementar seu conhecimento da linguagem falada e escrita; desenvolverão também a habilidade de leitura num importante contexto cultural (narrativas de viagem). O curso inclui atividades comunicativas e escritas diversificadas. O conceito centralizador do curso é viagens e toda a revisão gramatical, exercícios orais e escritos foram desenvolvidos baseados nas narrativas de viagem do conhecido e respeitado autor brasileiro, Moacyr Scliar, que ocasionalmente estabelece comparações interessantes entre o Brazil e os Estados Unidos. Este curso oferecerá também uma revisão de tópicos gramaticais estudados previamente (incluindo todos os tempos de verbo, pronomes oblíquos e relativos, plural de substantivos e adjetivos, comparativos e superlativos, advérbios, números ordinais e preposições). A gramática será ensinada de forma comunicativa e o material estudado nos cursos anteriores será revisado e contextualizado. A ênfase do curso é a comunicação, por isso a presença e a participação ativa nas aulas são essenciais.

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International Development

Summer Session I (Agriculture, Economics, Geography, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

A study of how factors such as poverty, population, technology, resources, trade and the environment affect humankind's effort to develop, stressing the roles of the public and private sectors.

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Introduction to Portuguese I

Summer Session I (100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (100-level; 1 credit)

This a one credit course for students who have not taken a course of Portuguese language before. Its purpose is to provide the students with basic lexical, grammatical and functional resources to manage in daily situations while studying in Brazil. It is designed to develop communication strategies to cope with scenarios that arise in everyday interaction with native speakers. Emphasis is placed on oral communication and correct pronunciation. Class activities will consist of role playing, songs, games, and practical exercises. Additional activities such as class visits to enhance the course topics may be scheduled.

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Introduction to Portuguese II

Summer Session I (100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (100-level; 1 credit)

Introduction to Portuguese II is an one-credit language course designed for students who have taken Introduction to Portuguese I. This course helps non-native speakers of Portuguese to continue acquiring basic communicative competence. Grammar is taught in a communicative way. The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance and active participation are essential.

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Latin American Social Inequalities

Summer Session II (Social Work, Sociology; 400-level; 1 credit)

Latin America is home to some of the most unequal societies and strongest economic divisions in the world. This course aims to examine inequality in the region through its class systems, the unequal distribution of income and wealth across different social groups, and the barriers faced by some in accessing resources and opportunities.

Throughout the course, Latin America will be viewed through the lens of poverty, social exclusion and inequality in order to better understand the history, culture and society in which we live. Weekly seminars will cover the following topics: a historical review of the origins of contemporary inequality; comparisons of inequality levels between Latin America and other regions as well as between and within Latin American nations; the consequences of inequality for life opportunities in areas like employment and education; and the success and failure of strategies aimed at reducing social inequality.

Case studies of inequality in Brazil will be highlighted in the second part of the course. Students will develop the tools needed to analyze these cases and propose strategies aimed at tackling them.

In addition to relevant readings there will be two class trips in the city of Florianópolis to observe at first hand some of the themes discussed in class.

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Natural Resource Management

Summer Session I (Biology, Environmental Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

The management of natural resources is of extreme global importance, ever more so as we consider the threats facing our planet of dwindling resources and climate change.

This course addresses the great problem of life on Earth in the 21st century: how to preserve and protect natural resources while at the same time meet human needs which are ever increasing. It outlines the importance of the protection of natural resources throughout the world, and at the same time searches for ways in which the environment can be maintained and managed to meet our needs and ensure our ongoing survival.

Great emphasis is therefore placed on human interactions with the environment and the balancing of uses, needs and values in the area of natural resources.

As home to one of the largest and richest ecosystems in the world, the Amazon, and some of the most important natural resources, Brazil offers an ideal setting to study natural resource management. Focusing on the topics of rainforests, rivers and mining, local examples and cases will be viewed in order to equip students with a greater understanding of this fascinating field of study.

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Portuguese Composition I

Summer Session I (Other Foreign Language; 300-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Other Foreign Language; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course focuses on helping students advance their writing skills, review some grammar points, and acquire more advanced oral proficiency and cultural competence through action learning. The textbooks and class discussions will foment opportunities for the students to express themselves in written and spoken Portuguese. The topics selected and the readings will help them expand their vocabulary and apply the target language to address everyday situations. The areas covered in this course focus on several aspects of Brazilian modern society (agriculture, technology, arts, culture, health, lifestyle, tourism, sports, environment, and immigration issues). In addition, students will read and complete a reading log of selected Brazilian crônicas (short literary/journalistic pieces, first published in newspapers and later collected in a volume). The collection of crônicas chosen for this course was written by the well-known Brazilian writer, Luis Fernando Verissimo. The unifying concept of his crônicas is gastronomy (all subjects related to eating and drinking, food, spices, and his personal experiences during his trips in Brazil and throughout the world). Each class combines a variety of discussions and review of grammar embedded in the context of the topic discussed. Emphasis is in reading/writing in combination with oral expressions. Class attendance and active participation are required.

Este curso tem como objetivo ajudar os alunos a avançar usa habilidade de escrever bem, rever ponots gramaticais e adquirir porficiência oral e competência cultural. Os livros e as discussões na sala darão oportunidades aos alunos de se expressarem por escrito e de forma oral. O tópicos do livros escolhidos ajudarão os alunos a expandirem seu vocabulário e a usar a língua portuguesa em vários contextos. As áreas cobertas neste curso enfocam vários aspectos da moderna sociedade brasileira (agricultura, tecnologia, artes, cultura, saúde, estilo de vida, turismo, esportes, meio-ambiente e imigração). Os alunos também lerão e completarão fichas de leitura sobre um livro de crônicas do famoso escritor brasileiro, Luis Fernando Verissimo. O tema deste livro é gastronomia (assuntos relacionados a comer, beber, temperos, experiências pessoais e mviagens pelo Brasil e pel o mundo). Cada aula apresenta uma variedade de discussões e revisará pontos gramaticais embutidos no contexto do tópico discutido. A ênfase é em ler e escrever em combinação com as expressões orais. Frequencia às aulas e a participação ativa são essenciais.

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Portuguese Composition II

Summer Session I (Other Foreign Language; 300-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Other Foreign Language; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course helps the students further advance their writing skills, by focusing on a variety of techniques. It is intended for students who can already communicate well and want to polish their linguistic competence. The textbooks and class discussions will foment opportunities for the students to advance their ability to express themselves in written and spoken Portuguese. This course will provide ample opportunity for the students to expand their vocabulary and apply the target language to address cultural questions and intercultural differences. The students will learn some strategies to edit their own texts and to write informative, clear, concise, and grammatically correct texts. The students will also read and complete a reading log of selected Brazilian short stories. The collection chosen for this course includes several contemporary writers. Class attendance and active participation are required.

Este curso leva os alunos avançarem sua habilidade de escrever, salientando uma variedade de técnica. É um curso desenhado para quem já se comunica bem e quer polir sua competência linguística. Os livros e as discussões da sala de aula fomentarão oportunidades para os alunos expandirem seu vocabulário e usar o português em várias situações culturais e interculturais. Os alunos aprenderão estratégias de editar textos e escrever textos claros, concisos e gramaticalmente corretos. Lerão um conjunto de contos brasileiros cuja coleção inclui vários escritores contemporâneos. A frequência às aulas e participação ativa são mandatórias.

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Portuguese Conversation

Summer Session II (200-level; 1 credit)

Description not available at this time.

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Race, Gender, and Graphic Novels in Brazil

Summer Session II (English; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course is a critical survey of comics and graphic novels about Brazilian culture. Designed to complement USAC offerings in Florianópolis on literature and film, the course explores the fundamentals of comics narrative analysis in ways that are attentive to the increasingly diverse comics culture in Brazil. Class discussions will consider how translated comics across genres portray the country’s distinctive racial mixtures alongside gender roles, socio-economic status, religion, and folklore. Students will be exposed to works by Mauricio de Sousa, Ziraldo, Lourenço Mutarelli, Marcelo D’Salete, Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, and the superhero artists of Brazil’s Arts & Comics International.

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Surfing

Summer Session I (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)

This course is offered by a surf school at one of the world’s best surfing locations, Florianópolis.

For both the Fall and Spring semesters, students will meet once per week for 10 weeks in order to complete the course. The programmed order of sessions is subject to changes for reasons beyond our control, such as inclement weather, very big waves, strong rip currents, etc.

The surf school will provide all necessary equipment and insurance, as well as showers and a locker room.

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Sustainable and Economic Development in Brazil

Summer Session II (Economics; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course will analyze the social processes that explain current levels of wealth, welfare, and environmental sustainability in Brazil. In the first section, we will analyze the Brazilian experience with import-substituting industrialization strategies adopted by populist and authoritarian regimes that promoted the ideology of national-developmentalism. Students will be introduced to the basic elements of modernization, structuralist, and dependency theories of international development. In the second section, we will examine the adoption in Brazil of neoliberal policies and market-oriented reforms during the redemocratization of the country. Students will be briefly introduced to neoliberal economic theory. In the third section, we will analyze current challenges facing Brazil in the quest for equitable and sustainable economic growth. Students will be introduced to neo-structuralist approaches to development.

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