Florianópolis, Brazil
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Florianópolis Courses - 2019 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

Session II

International Business, Environmental/Conservation Management, and Latin American Studies

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.edu

US Professors

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

Session II:

Dr. Brian Burke | Fort Lewis College

Course offered:

Brian Burke, originally from Canada, is a clinical psychologist whose interests include terror management, motivational interviewing, happiness, and culture. Dr. Burke taught for USAC in Costa Rica, Chile, and India, and has won teaching awards at his college and nationally.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Portuguese I

Summer Session I (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.

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Advanced Portuguese II

Summer Session II (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.

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Anthropology and Culture in Brazil

Summer Session I (Anthropology; 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 to develop an understanding Brazilian culture and society. This course will introduce anthropological theories, debates and research methods, along with an exploration of Brazilian history and regional diversity, Brazilians’ typical forms of sociability, ritualized expressions of national identity (such as Carnival and Soccer), among other topics. By stimulating such convergence between the study of anthropology and Brazilian culture, the course sets out to enable students to undergo fieldwork research of their own choice during their stay in Florianópolis. Through such experience, students will be taught to reflect and elaborate upon contrasts and convergences between their native cultural context and the Brazilian one, to identify and comprehend key 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.

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Brazilian Music and Dance

Summer Session II (Dance, Music; 200-level; 1 credit)

This course will cover different styles and movements of Brazilian Art, as expressed by some of the most salient musicians and dancers along its history but mainly in 20th and 21st centuries. Contemporary music and dance in Brazil will be approached in seminars in which the Professor will initiate the students into different genres through newspaper and magazine articles, academic readings, films, documentaries, websites and audio materials, upon which the different dialogues about the socio-political and cultural broader context of this art will be based, as well as the commentaries on the artistic and cultural features of these manifestations.

The activity in the seminars will be complemented by the attendance at local cultural events and the students’ direct contact with any of the different music and dance proposals and groups present in Florianópolis, either as researchers, critics or active participants themselves. This direct contact must enable the students to document through interviews, recordings, their own music and dance performances, etc., the wide diversity of Florianópolis contemporary music and dance in the seminars at the end of the semester.

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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 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.

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Climate Change: Effects on Nature, Society, and Economics

Summer Session II (Environmental Science, Geography, Natural Resources; 300-level; 3 credits)

Global climate change is the overarching context of our times. This course examines the causes and manifestations of climate change in the past, present, and forecast for the future. We explore how climate change affects natural ecosystems as well as social and economic systems. Then we examine the ways in which people can respond to climate change: how can society reduce the impact of change and adapt to new conditions? What are the consequences for the natural world?

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Elementary Portuguese I

Summer Session I (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.

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Elementary Portuguese II

Summer Session II (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.

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Global Health Issues

Summer Session II (Community Health Sciences, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course is directed towards the student who wants to deepen his/her knowledge of global health and how preventive and promotive work can be carried on from an international perspective. This course introduces problems involved in assessing international health needs and designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating public health programs in international settings. Topics include: issues in global health; major health problems and concerns of developing vs. developed countries; international health organizations; international health care systems and health development assistance; development of population/demographic transition; the global economy and health; access to medical care; cultural differences; emerging crises in global health.

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Intermediate Portuguese I

Summer Session I (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.

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Intermediate Portuguese II

Summer Session II (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.

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International Management

Summer Session II (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

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Introduction to Portuguese I

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

Introduction to Portuguese I is an intensive, one-credit language course designed for students who have not taken any Portuguese courses at the college-level before. This course helps non-native speakers of Portuguese acquire 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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Introduction to Portuguese II

Summer Session II (Portuguese; 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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Portuguese Composition I

Summer Session I (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.

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Portuguese Composition II

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 I (200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (200-level; 1 credit)

Portuguese Conversation is an intensive, one-credit language course, designed for students who have taken Elementary Portuguese courses at college-level before. This course complements the development of linguistic competences taught at the two/three-hundred level courses. The main emphasis of this course is on oral communication and, therefore, class attendance and active participation are essential.

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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)

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.

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The Psychology of Happiness: What Brazilians Know

Summer Session II (Psychology, Sociology; 300-level; 3 credits)

American college students are typically taught that financial success will lead them to a fulfilling and happy life. The problem is that, empirically, this is not quite true. This course will help students examine the science on happiness—both in terms of individual quests and nations—to answer the most fundamental questions of all regarding human life.

The readings will be the two interesting and contemporary books. The first book addresses a global perspective on happiness, including a qualitative comparison of happiness levels in different countries. How do other countries compare to the US in terms of happiness? The second book provides the up-to-date scientific research on what makes individuals happy. As you live and travel in Brazil, you will begin to see how the locals live and what they do that might fit with both books’ happiness recommendations. The course readings and your lived experience will converge to address the critical issue of the course and of our lives: How can we be happy and what might Brazilians know about it that we (as Americans) might not?

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