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.
You will enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of a language track plus electives in international business, environmental/conservation management, and Latin American studies. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.
All students must enroll in an intensive language and culture course during the first four weeks of the fall semester or the first five weeks of the spring semester. The course is offered at four different levels with a maximum class size of 15 and includes site visits and activities to increase your understanding of local culture.
After the intensive period, students have the option to take an additional language course that lasts the remainder of the semester. You may choose one of the following:
Note that a student who has successfully completed Advanced Portuguese prior to arrival may have the option of doing an independent study for credit, supervised by a Portuguese language professor. Advanced/fluent speakers may also take up the option of an unpaid internship and/or enroll in courses at UFSC.
Courses are taught in English unless otherwise stated in Portuguese.
Courses are taught in English unless otherwise stated in Portuguese.
The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) allows USAC students to enroll in any of the principal UFSC courses with the exception of literature, first-semester courses, and those that are closed to international students. Enrollment in a particular UFSC course is dependent upon the approval of the professor and academic department offering the course. Students who wish to pursue this option must commit to remaining in Florianópolis for the duration of the UFSC academic calendar, which differs from USAC program dates. Requests to take UFSC courses must be received by the USAC Central Office at least one month prior to arrival.
Deepen your academic experience by turning the optional Minas Gerais Tour into a 1-credit field study by completing additional academic requirements (readings, written assignments, reports, etc.) on the historical, cultural, and natural features of the region. Students who enroll in this 1-credit course will complete a research paper on a particular topic of interest; such as, mining, slavery, the struggle for independence, or art and architecture. The written work may be completed in English or Portuguese.
Florianópolis internship opportunities fall into broad categories; and have included placement in a language assistantship in a community center for at risk children, assisting the work of a non-profit organization, and working in a veterinary clinic. Other internship sites are possible but require at least three months advance notification. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials, and an interview onsite with the internship sponsor. For most positions, students will be required to attend orientation training sessions at the beginning of the internship.
Eligibility: enrollment in the Florianópolis program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $200 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.
Advanced Portuguese I
Fall (Other Foreign Language, Portuguese; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Other Foreign Language, Portuguese; 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.
Este curso tem como objetivo habilitar o/a aluno/a a se expressar oralmente e por escrito de maneira mais sofisticada. Ajudará o/a aluno/a a se sentir mais confiante para desenvolver um nível de compreeensão mais elevado da língua falada e escrita e analsiar assuntos culturais e literários. As discussões, leituras e componentes da escrita enfocarão filmes brasileiros que enfatizam diversos aspectos da história, economia, política e literatura do Brasil. Cada unidade do livro discutirá um filme e cada filme é tratado como um texto. Todos os aspectos da aprendizagem da língua (desde a aquisição de novo vocabulário a pontos gramaticais) serão examinados. Portanto, este curso inclui compreeensão oral, mas também enfoca um número variado e extensivo de exercícios escritos. Serão vistos e analisados cinco filmes: O Caminho da Nuvens (2003), Central do Brasil (1998), Cidade de Deus (2002), and Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos (1976), and Orfeu (1999). Os filmes serão vistos na sala em pequenas dosagens (parte por parte) e exercícios de compreensão oral, gramática e escrita acompanharão cada parte vista. Cada unidade apresenta um componente de leitura (2-5 páginas). Os alunos também lerão o romance Dona Flor e seus Dois Maridos de Jorge Amado e estabelecerão comparações com o filme assisitido.
Advanced Portuguese II
Fall (Other Foreign Language, Portuguese; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Other Foreign Language, Portuguese; 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 culture, society, linguistic diversity, and professional life. 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 course also includes a preparation for the Portuguese Language Proficiency Exam – Celpe-Bras.
Este curso tem como objetivo habilitar o aluno a se expressar oralmente e por escrito de maneira mais sofisticada. Ajudará o aluno a se sentir mais confiante para desenvolver um nível de compreeensão mais elevado da língua falada e escrita e analisar assuntos culturais e literários. As discussões, leituras e componentes da escrita enfocarão temas de cultura, sociedade, diversidade linguística e vida profissional. Todos os aspectos da aprendizagem da língua (desde a aquisição de novo vocabulário a pontos gramaticais) serão examinados. Portanto, este curso inclui compreeensão oral, mas também enfoca um número variado e extensivo de exercícios escritos. O curso também inclui preparação para o Exame de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa – Celpe-Bras.
Fall (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
This course is taught in Portuguese, with additional support in English. All assessment will be conducted in English. There will be one class per week. Classes will be organized so that theoretical elements complement the practical learning. During the lessons, students will work with each other as well as the professor with preparing food.
The general objective of this class is for students to acquire knowledge of the different components of Brazilian cuisine, as well as to develop a greater overall understanding of local Brazilian culture and society.
The Brazilian Cuisine course is designed for students who enjoy cooking and have an interest in discovering the secrets of the varied gastronomy of Brazil. Since this is predominantly practical course, each student will be encouraged to develop her/his knowledge and culinary repertoire, and will have the opportunity to prepare and serve traditional Brazilian dishes like moqueca, brigadeiro and arroz com feijao. Students will also have the opportunity to practice Portuguese and develop their language skills in a fun environment.
This is a course that is divided up into weekly sessions, where time will be sent preparing and sampling dishes, learning about Brazil and its relationship with food, and a site visit on the island of Florianopolis where food has developed a particularly important role.
Dishes prepared will include many different national ingredients, included fish, sea food, white meat, red meat, and exotic fruit.
Business and Trade in the Americas: Mercosul and NAFTA
Spring (Economics, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)
Latin America has become one of the most dynamic growth regions in the world and a hub of trade and commercial activity. With a US$4.8 trillion economy, 600 million citizens and a growing middle-class, the countries of Latin America represent markets of growing importance for businesses and trade institutions.
One of the key trade blocs in the region is Mercosul, and this course aims to present the importance of Mercosul on a regional and global level, to compare and contrast Mercosul with NAFTA, its North American equivalent, and to analyze trade policies and practices adopted by both sets of countries, and relative successes and failures of each.
The course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how trade works in the Americas on both a macro and micro level.
Fall (Dance, Music; 100-level; 1 credit)
Spring (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 richer understanding of Brazilian dance and music, as well as the African influences in the country.
In this course, students will use capoeira as a means of learning Portuguese, developing social inclusion, and learning about African-Brazilian culture. Students will develop ethical values based on respect, socialization, and freedom through the practice of capoeira. This course will be offered through practical and theoretical workshops.
Elementary Portuguese I
Fall (Portuguese; 100-level; 4 credits)
Spring (Portuguese; 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.
Português para Iniciantes I é um curso intensivo de quatro créditos para alunos que nunca estudaram português a nível universitário. Este curso tem como intenção ajudar alunos não nativos de português a adquirir comunicação básica. Oferece aos alunos a oportunidade de desenvolver as competências fundamentais de uma língua: ouvir, falar, ler e escrever. A ênfase principal do curso é a comunicação por isso, a presença e a participação ativa nas aulas são essenciais.
Elementary Portuguese II
Fall (Portuguese; 100-level; 4 credits)
Spring (Portuguese; 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.
Português para Iniciantes II é um curso intensivo de quatro créditos para alunos que completaram Português Iniciante I ou que completaram um semestre de português a nível universitário. Este curso tem como intenção ajudar alunos não nativos de português a adquirir a habilidade de se expressarem verbalmente e por escrito, expandir seu vocabulário, e aprender a descrever, definir, comparar e manter diálogos. Oferece aos alunos a oportunidade de continuar desenvolvendo as competências fundamentais de uma língua: ouvir, falar, ler e escrever. A ênfase principal do curso é a comunicação, por isso, a presença e a participação ativa nas aulas são essenciais.
Fall (Portuguese; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Portuguese; 200-level; 3 credits)
Intermediate Portuguese I 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.
Português Intermediário I é um curso intensivo de três créditos para alunos que completaram dois semestres de português a nível universitário ou Português para Iniciantes II. Os alunos continuarão a expandir seu vocabulário e incrementar seu conhecimento da linguagem falada e escrita; desenvolverão sua habilidade de compreensão oral e adquirirão competência em tópicos culturais. A ênfase principal do curso é a comunicação, por isso a presença e a participação ativa nas aulas são essenciais. A gramática será ensinada de forma comunicativa e o material estudado nos cursos anteriores será revisado e contextualizado.
Fall (Portuguese; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Portuguese; 200-level; 3 credits)
Intermediate Portuguese II is a three-credit language course designed for students who completed one year and a half of college Portuguese. 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. The course also uses the books “Viajando através do alfabeto”, and “Muito Prazer” for complementary activities designed to enhance students’ writing, reading and speaking skills.
Português Intermediário II é um curso de língua de três créditos para alunos que completaram três semestres de português em nível universitário. Os alunos continuarão a expandir seu vocabulário e a incrementar seu conhecimento da linguagem falada e escrita; desenvolverão sua habilidade de compreensão oral e adquirirão competência em tópicos culturais. A ênfase principal do curso é a comunicação, por isso a presença e a participação ativa nas aulas são essenciais. A gramática será ensinada de forma comunicativa e o material estudado nos cursos anteriores será revisado e contextualizado. O curso também se utiliza dos livros “Viajando através do alfabeto”, “Muito Prazer” para atividades complementares, designadas a aprimorar as habilidades de escrita, leitura e interpretação de textos dos alunos, bem como habilidades orais.
Fall (Economics, Geography, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)
In this course, students will study how factors such as poverty, population, technology, resources, trade, and the environment affect humankind's effort to develop. This course will stress the roles that public and private sectors have on international development. At the end of the course, students will be able to analyze the development of human societies from an interdisciplinary social-scientific perspective that is also anchored in political economic analysis. The primary focus will be on how modern capitalism has changed the world through unprecedented economic growth and an ever-growing level of inequality.
International Development in Agriculture
Spring (Agriculture, Economics; 400-level; 3 credits)
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of international development in the context of agriculture and the environment. Key elements to be covered are the history and philosophy of development, rural poverty and how it is combated, fundamentals of crop and livestock farming systems, and agricultural economics.
The course, taught over a period of 11 weeks, will present an overview of agriculture, rural livelihoods and rural policy and politics in the developing world, placing special emphasis on agricultural development in Brazil.
At a time when agriculture has returned to the top of the international development agenda, students will learn about how agriculture can contribute to poverty alleviation and rural development around the world. Policies and practices of the major international institutions in rural development, including the World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization and United Nations Development Program, will be reviewed, as well as Brazilian organizations including Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement.
The course seeks to strengthen students’ analytical skills and to transfer relevant knowledge and skills acquired in other disciplines to the subject of rural development and agriculture. Lectures, seminars, group work and individual assignment will cover the different topics to be studied.
Fall (Economics; 300-level; 3 credits)
This course is designed to introduce the core micro and macro-economic principles which underline international economic relations, as well as the political economy of international trade.
The course includes two main areas of focus. The first covers the microeconomic issues of international trade and investment and will deal with several key issues including why countries trade, how the gains from trade are distributed, as well as providing an outline of the theory and practice of trade policy, and the multinational firms.
The second part of the course will review the original writings of David Ricardo in order to critically understand the theory of comparative advantage, as well as the role of foreign direct investments. This second half of the course addresses the main topics related to liberalism, protectionism, international finance, currency, and macroeconomics. Students will review national income accounting and the balance of payments, exchange rates, and international macroeconomic policy including the European Monetary Union and the 2008 crisis.
The course will focus on international economics with a focus on Brazil and the US.
Spring (International Business, Management; 400-level; 3 credits)
This course examines the challenges facing managers that are competing in a global economy. In particular, we will devote our attention to strategic management in a globally competitive environment and the role of culture in motivation, leadership, communication, negotiation, decision making, HRM practices, and the management of a multicultural workforce abroad or at home. We will cover the process of management based on both the macro (organizational) level of environment and strategy and the micro (interpersonal) level of culture and human resources. The course will give particular attention to management in Latin America and Brazil. Some of the critical topics to be explored include:
• The international environment.
• Managing international strategic planning and implementation
• Managing people and processes across borders and cultures
• Ethical dilemmas in international management
Latin American Political History
Fall (History, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)
This course will explore contemporary Latin America and provide a deeper insight into the historical reasons for the present problems which affect the area. Starting with the Independence movements in the early 19th century, the lectures, films, readings, and class discussions will analyze the lingering colonial influences, the efforts of modernization, the struggles for changes, the enigma of mass poverty, the concept of economic dependency, and the challenges faced by Latin American democracies.
Latin American Social Inequalities
Fall (Social Work, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)
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 certain groups 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. Class 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.
Minas Gerais Field Study
Spring (200-level; 1 credit)
Minas Gerais has always occupied a very important role in Brazilian history and society. The fourth largest state in the country, with a population of just over 20 million, it was once a key player in the Portuguese Empire, due to the large quantities of gold, diamonds and other precious stones which were discovered in abundance from the late 17th century. As a result of the state’s mining importance, it became a focal point for trade and for slavery, and flourished as a center of the arts and architecture, with splendorous churches and colonial buildings. It was also home to the first independence movement in Brazil, the ‘Inconfidência Mineira’ (Conspiracy Movement). Minas Gerais has a collection of beautiful historical towns, three of which students will visit on this study tour.
For this optional 1-credit field study, students will choose one from three of the most important aspects of the Minas Gerais Tour: Slavery and Mining, Art and Architecture, and the Conspiracy Movement. Throughout the 5 days of the tour, students will have the opportunity to explore and learn about their chosen topic through the activities offered, which include guided visits to mines, museums, churches and other places of historical and cultural importance. As the tour progresses, students will be expected to take notes, photographs, ask questions and participate in discussions. By the end of the tour, they will have sufficient material, allied to the recommended reading, with which to produce a written assignment detailing their analysis of the chosen topic.
Natural Resource Management
Fall (Biology, Environmental Science; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Biology, Environmental Science; 400-level; 3 credits)
Adequate management of natural resources is of extreme importance, ever more so due to the threats posed to 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 and 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 in order to meet our needs and ensure our ongoing survival.
Peoples of the Amazon
Fall (Anthropology, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Anthropology, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)
This course is intended to give a general introduction into the cultures of Amerindian peoples living in Lowland South America (including but not limited to the Amazon basin). The course is structured in three parts. The first part of the course focuses on historical dimensions, exploring both European and Amerindian forms of rendering the past: explorers/travellers’ narratives and archaeological findings, on the one hand, and indigenous mythology on the other hand. In the second part of the course students are introduced into classic themes that have recently informed the anthropological debate on Amazonian peoples: warfare and anthropophagy; indigenous cosmologies; kinship and social organization; gender; shamanism and the body. The last part of the course addresses the theme of sociocultural change through a number of layers, bringing to bear and contrasting Western and indigenous models of transformation. Among the topics covered in this last section are notions of “purity/isolation” vs. “mixture/acculturation”; the emergence of new ethnic identities in the Brazilian public sphere; citizenship, democracy and indigenous peoples’ relationship with the nation-state in the framework of multiculturalism.
Politics in Brazil
Spring (Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)
This course will provide a historical and contemporary overview of the Brazilian political system and an analysis of the relationship between Brazilian politics and society. The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the government and politics of Brazil.
Portuguese Composition I
Fall (Portuguese; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Portuguese; 300-level; 3 credits)
This course is designed to advance students’ communication skills in Brazilian Portuguese and their familiarity with Brazilian culture, with an emphasis on written and oral production. Classroom activities focus on honing students’ capacity to understand and express themselves in Brazilian Portuguese. The course will also include the analysis and discussion of texts on varied topics about Brazilian culture, a review of grammar points, and the increasing of writing skills including how to edit texts.
Este curso foi preparado para que os estudantes continuem a desenvolver suas habilidades comunicativas no português brasileiro e sua familiaridade com a cultura brasileira, com ênfase na produção oral e escrita. As atividades desenvolvidas em sala têm por objetivo melhorar a capacidade do aluno de entender o português brasileiro e de se expressar nele. O curso abarca também a análise e discussão de textos sobre a cultura brasileira, revisão de tópicos gramaticais e prática de escrita e revisão de textos.
Portuguese Composition II
Fall (Other Foreign Language; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (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.
Portuguese Conversation I
Spring (Portuguese; 200-level; 2 - 3 credits)
Portuguese Conversation is an intensive, two-credit language course plus one optional credit (practicing the language in a local activity), designed for students who have taken two semesters of Portuguese at college-level. This course complements the development of linguistic competences taught at the two hundred level courses. The main emphasis of this course is on oral communication and, therefore, class attendance and active participation are essential. As for the optional credit, the students will have to practice 30 hours of Portuguese in a class or university activity that is fully in Portuguese, such as: Culinária Brasileira (Brazilian cuisine), Capoeira (a traditional Brazilian mix of dance and fighting), Cinema brasileiro and/or futebol (soccer).
Portuguese Conversation II
Spring (Portuguese; 300-level; 2 - 3 credits)
Portuguese Conversation II is a two-credit language course plus one optional credit (practicing the language in a local activity) designed for students who have taken four semesters of Portuguese at college-level. This course complements the development of linguistic competences taught at the three-hundred level courses. The main emphasis of this course is on oral communication and, therefore, class attendance and active participation are essential. As for the optional credit, the students will have to practice 30 hours of Portuguese in a class or university activity that is fully in Portuguese, such as: Culinária Brasileira (Brazilian cuisine), Capoeira (a traditional Brazilian mix of dance and fighting), Cinema Brasileiro and/or futebol (soccer).
Strategic Management and Policy
Fall (Management, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)
Strategic Management & Policy is a course designed to provide the student with an overview of management principles and techniques. In this course, the student will analyze management theories and concepts and analyze their application in the business world.
Rather than looking at concentrating narrowly on specific functions of business – accounting, finance, marketing etc, this course looks at the whole spectrum of management. Case studies and/or scientific papers will be analyzed to allow the student to understand different administrative processes and policy determination at the general management level.
By taking this course, the student should gain a varied global perspective of the functions of management, leadership and business considering the strategy perspective.
Fall (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)
Each session will include a theoretical class on different topics related to surfing. There will be technical explanations on paddling, base position, how to attack waves, different ways to approach waves, standing up, catching a wave and handling the surfboard, etc. Basic maneuvers of surf will be covered, as well as some competition maneuvers, ocean currents, wave formations, ways of forecasting waves, and security measures. Additionally, some information on the evolution of surfboards (shapes, materials), the history of surf and its current popularity in Brazil will be provided.
The course will mainly be spent in the water, practicing to surf small to medium-sized waves, under guidance of the instructors. Students will be able to stand up and ride waves confidently by the end of the course.
Survey of Latin American Art
Fall (Art, History; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Art, History; 200-level; 3 credits)
This course will introduce students to Latin American Art through the presentation and discussion of themes in contemporary art in order to enable a broad understanding of Latin American origins, its culture, and its social challenges. The course topics will be presented alongside historical periods and contexts surrounding the art–from pre-columbian times to Modern and Contemporary–as a way of reflecting on what constitutes “Latin America.”
The Global Food Challenge
Fall (Agriculture, Geography; 300-level; 3 credits)
Food is central to our lives in many more ways than just eating for sustenance. Food is embedded in culture and acts as a strong binding link between families, societies, and even between different cultures as food products and recipes spread throughout the world. More importantly, what is less recognized is that food production and consumption stands as one of the major world challenges that humanity faces. In this course, students will gain an understanding of some of the contributing factors to global food challenges. These include agricultural crisis, hunger, poverty, environment, climate change, and population growth. Students will also analyze how access to food is a known condition to the political stability of a country and why mass demonstrations against high food prices (known as ‘food riots’) have increased in recent years.
Water, Health and Sustainable Development
Spring (Community Health Sciences, Geography, Natural Resources; 400-level; 3 credits)
This course examines the political and social dimensions of issues related to water, health, and sustainable development; additionally, the course covers how preventive and promotional work can be carried out from an international perspective. Students will be introduced to how water quality and access affects public health, as well as be exposed to the sustainable development field in this context.
Students will also become aware of the cultural factors that shape understandings of sickness and health and determine our interactions with the environment. Students will examine governmental and private responses to water management, public health, and environmental crises.
Spring (Environmental Science, Political Science; 200-level; 3 credits)
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the principles which underpin contemporary ecological science, wildlife conservation and habitat management. The course combines the scientific research techniques in conservation biology and the practical management activities to solve problems related to wildlife management.