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Florianópolis Courses – 2021-22 Yearlong

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.

Academics

You will enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of language courses plus electives in international business, environmental/conservation management, and Latin American studies. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

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Portuguese Language Studies

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.

  • Fall
    Portuguese 100-level 4 credits Taught in Portuguese
    Spring
    Portuguese 100-level 4 credits Taught in Portuguese

    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.

  • Fall
    Portuguese 200-level 3 credits Taught in Portuguese
    Spring
    Portuguese 200-level 3 credits Taught in Portuguese

    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.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Portuguese.

  • Fall
    Portuguese 300-level 3 credits Taught in Portuguese
    Spring
    Portuguese 300-level 3 credits Taught in Portuguese

    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.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Portuguese.

  • Fall
    Other Foreign Language Portuguese 400-level 3 credits Taught in Portuguese
    Spring
    Other Foreign Language Portuguese 400-level 3 credits Taught in Portuguese

    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.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college Portuguese.

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:

  • Fall
    Portuguese 100-level 4 credits Taught in Portuguese
    Spring
    Portuguese 100-level 4 credits Taught in Portuguese

    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.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college Portuguese

  • Fall
    Portuguese 200-level 3 credits Taught in Portuguese
    Spring
    Portuguese 200-level 3 credits Taught in Portuguese

    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.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college-level Portuguese

  • Fall
    Other Foreign Language 300-level 3 credits Taught in Portuguese
    Spring
    Other Foreign Language 300-level 3 credits Taught in Portuguese

    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.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college Portuguese

  • Fall
    Other Foreign Language Portuguese 400-level 3 credits Taught in Portuguese
    Spring
    Other Foreign Language Portuguese 400-level 3 credits Taught in Portuguese

    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.

    Prerequisite: seven semesters of college-level Portuguese

  • Fall
    Portuguese 200-level 1-3 credits Taught in Portuguese
    Spring
    Portuguese 200-level 1-3 credits Taught in Portuguese

    Offered only as a 1-credit course

    Portuguese Conversation is an intensive, one-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).

    Prerequisite: two semester of college Portuguese

  • Fall
    Portuguese 300-level 1-3 credits Taught in Portuguese
    Spring
    Portuguese 300-level 1-3 credits Taught in Portuguese

    Offered only as a 1-credit course

    Portuguese Conversation II is a one-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).

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Portuguese

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.

Fall Semester

Sport and Exercise Science, Natural Resource Management, and Latin American Studies

  • Fall
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    An introduction to a local cuisine in a hands-on kitchen environment. Authentic preparations of several local dishes will be taught. Correct cooking techniques are emphasized. Readings and lectures on local food customs and traditions will support and contextualize the cooking instruction.

  • Fall
    Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course provides a critical examination of 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 complement the students' experiences in Florianopolis by sharpening their knowledge of 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.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college-level sociology or anthropology

  • Fall
    Dance Music 100-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    Dance Music 100-level 1 credit Taught in English

    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.

  • Fall
    Environmental Science Geography Natural Resources 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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?

  • Fall
    Community Health Sciences Kinesiology / Movement Science 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    In this course, students will develop foundational knowledge of fitness, performance, and health to effectively evaluate and analyze topics in exercise physiology. This course will cover the history of exercise physiology, neuromuscular, metabolic, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and endocrine responses to exercise, the methods for improving exercise performance and special considerations that are specific to the science of exercise physiology.

  • Fall
    300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Regular physical activity is a foundation to a healthy lifestyle, yet there is a mounting epidemic of physical inactivity in our society today. Documented increases in the sedentary behaviors of Brazilians demands a societal response from government, city planners, employers, the medical community, and individuals to reduce preventable health care costs, disease, and premature death. This course will cover topics related to the benefits of exercise and healthy lifestyle habits. Along with the most up-to-date health, fitness, and nutrition guidelines, the information in this course will provide extensive behavior modification strategies to help communities abandon negative habits and adopt and maintain healthy behaviors.

  • Fall
    World Languages and Literatures 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Description not available at this time.
  • Fall
    International Business Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Students will closely examine the challenges that business managers face while competing in a global economy. Students will learn about strategic business models 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. This course will cover the process of management based on both the macro (organizational) level and the micro (interpersonal) level of culture and human resources. It will also discuss corporate social and environmental responsibility and social and ethical issues in business.

    The course focus on management in Latin America and Brazil. Some of the critical topics will include, the current international environment, managing international strategic business planning and implementation, managing people and processes across borders and cultures, ethical dilemmas in international business, and business in Brazil.

  • Fall
    History Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Fall
    Biology Environmental Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Biology Environmental Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    In this course, student will examine the political and social dimensions of issues related to water, health, and sustainable development. Additionally, this course covers how preventive and promotional work can be carried out from an international perspective and cultural factors that shape understandings of sickness and health and how it determines our interactions with the environment. Students will analyze how water quality and access affects public health and develop effective policies for sustainable development.

  • Fall
    Anthropology Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Anthropology Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Fall
    Psychology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Description not available at this time.
  • Fall
    General Business Marketing 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course introduces students to the specialized field of sports marketing and its role in society. Subjects covered include sports sponsorships, endorsements, naming rights, licensing, facility design & the fan experience, merchandising, ticket sales & pricing, fan passion, and the role of gambling in sports. The focus of the course is on the business and marketing of sports teams and sports leagues. With Brazil as the country of soccer and Florianopolis as the host city of major sporting events such as the Ironman Triathlon, World Surf League, and the Brazilian National Soccer League, students will be in a unique environment to observe and apply the sports marketing concepts to a major sports experience with significant cultural relevance to Brazil and its culture.

  • Fall
    Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English

    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.

    This course has an additional fee.

Spring Semester

Sport and Exercise Science, Natural Resource Management, and Latin American Studies

  • Fall
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    An introduction to a local cuisine in a hands-on kitchen environment. Authentic preparations of several local dishes will be taught. Correct cooking techniques are emphasized. Readings and lectures on local food customs and traditions will support and contextualize the cooking instruction.

  • Spring
    Economics Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course lays a foundation for analyzing the relationship between countries in the Americas through trade agreements, and both bilateral and multilateral policies and practices. Latin America has become one of the most dynamic growth regions in the world and a hub of trade and commercial activity. With a USD 5 trillion economy, 610 million citizens, the countries of Latin America represent great markets for businesses and trade institutions.

  • Fall
    Dance Music 100-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    Dance Music 100-level 1 credit Taught in English

    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.

  • Spring
    General Business Management 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course focuses on the new challenges and possibilities globalization brought into the world of sport and sport business. Special attention will be paid the commercial management of sport events and organizations. The course will also discuss, as essential aspects of international sports management: sponsorship, broadcasting revenues, marketing, economics and finance of international sports, human resource management, leadership strategy in a global market, governance of sports organization, branding and retail, social media in international sport business, tourism, facilities, governing bodies and legal aspects. The course will also incorporate the role differing cultures plays in sport.

  • Spring
    General Business Marketing 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course is designed with lessons on fundamental concepts involved in the marketing function of modern organizations. Students will learn the foundations of concepts and issues in the marketing of products and services to consumers. Students will first gain knowledge on marketing analysis, how to understand the marketing environment. Then students will develop marketing strategies, such as implementing successful marketing in various environments. The course is based on a combination of lectures/discussions, business cases, videos, outside speakers, company visits, country snapshots and a final marketing project in which student teams introduce a product or service into the Brazilian market.

  • Spring
    200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    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.

    Students will choose one of three sites 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 enough material, allied to the recommended reading, with which to produce a written assignment detailing their analysis of the chosen topic.

  • Fall
    Biology Environmental Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Biology Environmental Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    In this course, student will examine the political and social dimensions of issues related to water, health, and sustainable development. Additionally, this course covers how preventive and promotional work can be carried out from an international perspective and cultural factors that shape understandings of sickness and health and how it determines our interactions with the environment. Students will analyze how water quality and access affects public health and develop effective policies for sustainable development.

  • Fall
    Anthropology Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Anthropology Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Spring
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Spring
    Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Sports are an integral part of social life in Brazil and the world. Millions of people grow up playing sports and spend countless hours watching them. In many ways, the world of sports is a microcosm of society—and an arena through which we can understand more about our society’s dynamics, values, and problems. This course will review a broad range of historical and contemporary sports issues through a sociological lens. We will learn about the intersections between sports and topics such as gender, race, inequality, health, politics, economics, and more. The overarching theme of the course is to understand the complex, interconnected relationship between sports and society. Trends such as corporate sports, children as professional athletes, the association of sports and education, the influence of mass media, and the economic impact of sports and the more critical social conditions, inequality structures, and relationships.

  • Spring
    Community Health Sciences Kinesiology / Movement Science Nutrition 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Description not available at this time.
  • Spring
    Art History 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.”

  • Fall
    Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English

    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.

    This course has an additional fee.

  • Spring
    Environmental Science Political Science 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

Host University Courses

Attending a host university course is a great option for students looking to expand their academic experience abroad. By auditing a class at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), USAC students can experience firsthand the academic style of Brazil, immerse themselves in the academic community of Florianópolis, and get to know local university students with similar academic interests. Most courses are taught in Portuguese, but English-language offerings may be available.

While it may be possible to earn academic credit for host university courses, UFSC does not provide an official university transcript for courses completed by USAC students. Instead, they may provide a letter verifying participation in the course and the grade received. Be sure to work with your home university academic advisor to determine if host university courses will be accepted for credit. Please note that UFSC typically follows a different academic calendar than USAC. This means that final exams are likely to take place after the USAC program has ended. It may be possible to arrange early exams, but USAC cannot guarantee this. Additionally, there may be supplementary fees associated with host university courses that are not covered by USAC program fees.

Field Studies

Optional field studies are an excellent way to deepen your academic experience abroad. During your 1-credit field study course, you will participate in carefully planned excursions that allow you to explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of Brazil. These overnight field experiences, combined with required academic components such as readings, research, and written assignments, will increase your understanding of the sites and locales visited.

As an experiential learning method, optional field studies complement the larger academic program and provide you with opportunities to learn in new ways, to gain hands-on experience, and to connect your classroom learning to the world around you.

Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run.

To participate, you must enroll in the field study course and complete all assigned work. These courses cannot be audited and count toward your credit load. Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run.

For more information about field study options, see the Florianópolis tour and field study page.

Internships

USAC in-person and virtual internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. Whether onsite or virtually, you will work closely with a USAC Resident Director (RD), an internship coordinator, and a professional supervisor to gain valuable experience and skills that can be applied to your chosen career field. Internships are also a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of Brazil, deepen your cross-cultural understanding, and help you develop intercultural communication and language skills in an internationally focused organization or other professional work setting.

Among the many benefits of an internship experience, USAC in-person and virtual internships help you

  • Learn about a career that matches your academic and personal interests
  • Gain practical, hands-on experience
  • Master highly sought-after soft skills such as time management, teamwork, and problem solving
  • Build a network of professional contacts
  • Improve your resume
  • Cultivate intercultural communication skills that are essential in a globalized workforce
  • Develop an understanding of the workplace norms, expectations, and culture of Brazil

For eligibility requirements and application information, see the USAC internship page.

For more information about placement options, see the Florianópolis internship page.

Quick Details

2021-22 App. cycle

Spring: Open

2022-23 App. cycle

Summer Sessions: Opens 9/1
Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1
Spring: Opens 9/1

Eligibility

Preferred GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

60 students

Instruction

English | Portuguese

Member

BRASA: Brazilian Studies Association

Passport & Visa

Passport & Visa Information