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Florianópolis Courses – 2021 Summer Session 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 may enroll in three to six credits in each Summer Session. At least one 3-credit course is required per session. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

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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 assimilate into the community.

Session I

  • Summer Session I
    Portuguese 100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Portuguese
    Summer Session II
    Portuguese 100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Portuguese

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Portuguese 200-level 1 credit Taught in Portuguese
    Summer Session II
    Portuguese 200-level 1 credit Taught in Portuguese

    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.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Portuguese

Session II

  • Summer Session I
    Portuguese 100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Portuguese
    Summer Session II
    Portuguese 100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Portuguese

    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.

  • Summer Session II
    Portuguese 100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Portuguese Cancelled

    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.

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Introduction to Portuguese I, or equivalent

  • Summer Session II
    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

  • Summer Session II
    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

  • Summer Session II
    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

  • Summer Session II
    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

  • Summer Session I
    Portuguese 200-level 1 credit Taught in Portuguese
    Summer Session II
    Portuguese 200-level 1 credit Taught in Portuguese

    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.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Portuguese

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

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

Session I

  • Summer Session I
    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

  • Summer Session I
    Dance Music 100-level 1 credit Taught in English Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    Dance Music 100-level 1 credit Taught in English Cancelled

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Social Work Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    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 for equipment.

  • Summer Session I
    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 principles of animal function and behavior with conservation biology.

    Throughout the course, students will be able to develop a broad understanding of the interactions between biodiversity loss and human society. We analyze the biological and social processes that lead to biodiversity loss. We examine the spatio-temporal scale at which they occur, from individual decision-makers to international treaties, and from local habitat degradation to global climate change.

    We also look at the difficult issues surrounding conservation – who is it for? Who gains and loses from conservation action? How do we value nature and how do we make difficult trade-offs between the values held by different people?

Session II

  • Summer Session II
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English Cancelled

    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.

  • Summer Session II
    Dance Music 100-level 1 credit Taught in English

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Dance Music 100-level 1 credit Taught in English Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    Dance Music 100-level 1 credit Taught in English Cancelled

    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.

  • Summer Session II
    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?

  • Summer Session II
    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.

  • Summer Session II
    Community Health Sciences Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course covers topics in global health and examines how preventive and promotive work can be carried on from an international perspective. Students will assess international health needs, and design, implement, manage, and evaluate 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.

    Prerequisite:

  • Summer Session II
    International Business Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

    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.

  • Summer Session II
    General Business Marketing 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Description not available at this time.
  • Summer Session I
    Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    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 for equipment.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

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

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