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Florianópolis, Brazil | 2014 Summer Session I

Whether you are inside or outside the classroom, remember that studying abroad can be more invigorating, meaningful, and long-lasting simply by its nature. You are more alert, curious, and willing to explore because you are in a new place. That eagerness extended to your studies could make you a different kind of student; take full advantage of this opportunity.

Courses

You may enroll in up to 4 credits in Session I and 6 credits in Session II. This list of courses is subject to minor changes; course availability is conditional on student interest and enrollment.

Portuguese Language Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with three to four credits of Portuguese taught in Summer I and five credits in Summer II. Language courses generally have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each (varying upon level). 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. Portuguese Conversation is highly recommended to complement the courses below.

Session I and Session II

  • Introduction to Portuguese I or Introduction to Portuguese II (FLL, 100-level, 1 credit each, required for students not taking an intensive Portuguese language course below)
  • Elementary Portuguese I (FLL, 100-level, 4 credits) Prerequisite: none.
  • Elementary Portuguese II (FLL, 100-level, 4 credits) Prerequisite: one semester of college Portuguese.
  • Intermediate Portuguese I (FLL, 200-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: two semesters of college Portuguese.
  • Intermediate Portuguese II (FLL, 200-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: three semesters of college Portuguese.
  • Portuguese Composition I (FLL, 300-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: four semesters of college Portuguese.
  • Portuguese Composition II (FLL, 300-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: five semesters of college Portuguese.
  • Advanced Portuguese I (FLL, 400-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: six semesters of college Portuguese.
  • Advanced Portuguese II (FLL, 400-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: seven semesters of college Portuguese.
  • Portuguese Conversation (FLL, 300-level, 2 credits) Prerequisite: two semesters of college Portuguese.

Brazilian Culture Studies, Global Economy, and Natural Resource Management

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

Session I

  • Brazilian Cuisine (no credit workshop) This course has an additional fee for materials.
  • Brazilian History (HIST, 400-level, 3 credits)
  • Economic Development (BUS/ECON, 300-level, 3 credits)
  • Latin American Social Inequalities (SOC/SW, 400-level, 1 credit)
  • Natural Resource Management (BIOL/ENV, 400-level, 3 credits)

Session II

  • Brazilian Cuisine (NUTR, 400-level, 1 credit) This course has an additional fee for materials.
  • Brazilian Music and Dance (DAN/MUS, 200-level, 1 credit)
  • Latin American Economic Perspectives (ECON, 400-level, 3 credits)
  • Latin American Political History (HIST/PSC, 300-level, 3 credits)
  • Principles of Conservation (BIOL/ENV, 200-level, 3 credits)
  • Society, Cultures, and Survival in the Amazon (ANTH/SOC, 400-level, 3 credits)
  • Survey of Brazilian Literature (ENGL/FLL, 200-level, 3 credits)

US Professors

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

Dr. Jacquelyn Chase | California State University, Chico

Course Offered (Session II): Latin American Economic Perspectives

Dr. Chase has an MA in Economics from Brazil and a PhD from UCLA in Urban Planning, with emphasis on international development. She teaches geography, planning, and Latin American Studies. With two Fulbrights and an Inter-American Foundation grant, she studied urbanization during Brazil’s soybean boom. She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Portuguese I

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

Description not available at this time

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Advanced Portuguese II

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

Description not available at this time

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Brazilian Cuisine

Summer Session II (Nutrition, 1 credit, 400-level)

The Brazilian Cuisine course is designed for all students who enjoy cooking and have an interest in discovering the secrets of the varied and important gastronomy of Brazil. The course will consist of learning to prepare and serve traditional Brazilian dishes like feijoada; identifying and selecting a variety of ingredients; and enjoying the results. As a mainly practical course, with each student working on developing her/his knowledge and culinary repertoire, it will also look in broad terms at the history of eating habits in Brazil, and how food affects the lifestyle and culture of Brazilians and vice versa. The course will therefore serve a very useful opening into the culture and customs of the host country. Students will also have the chance to practice Portuguese and develop their language skills in a fun learning environment.
This is a course that varies according to the time of the year and the products available at any given time. For this reason, there may be changes to the proposed menus. Dishes prepared will include many different national ingredients, including fish and sea food, white and red meat, exotic fruit and vegetables, and cereals and pulses.

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Brazilian History

Summer Session I (History, 3 credits, 400-level)

This course will explore the history of Brazil and offer a broad overview of its periods, from the indigenous era prior to the Europeans’ arrival, to the development and end of the Colony, the Independence, the Empire, the Republic, and the social, economic and political changes of 20th and 21st centuries. The course will therefore provide a deeper insight into the historical reasons for the present problems of contemporary Brazil, which will be analyzed from a critical and actively participant perspective. Through readings, seminars, lectures, films, discussions and research, Brazilian history will be reconstructed so as to enable students to understand contemporary Brazil being aware of the historical context from which it originates

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Brazilian Music and Dance

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

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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Economic Development

Summer Session I (Economics, 3 credits, 300-level)

This course deals with the theory of international trade, commercial policy, balance of payments, and international monetary issues. This course also gives attention to the knowledge and skills needed to grow and sustain performance in a business organization under the global economic environments.

Prerequisite: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics

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Elementary Portuguese I

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

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

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Elementary Portuguese II

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

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

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Intermediate Portuguese I

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

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

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Intermediate Portuguese II

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

Description not available at this time

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Introduction to Portuguese I

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

Description not available at this time

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Introduction to Portuguese II

Summer Session II (1 credit, 100-level)

Description not available at this time

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Latin American Economic Perspectives

Summer Session II (Economics, Political Science, 3 credits, 400-level)

This course examines the contributions of economic thought and development programs on the well-being of ordinary Latin Americans since independence. We will explore development narratives from import substitution, through authoritarian development of military regimes, to neo-liberalism, globalization, and social movements. The course will critically evaluate the ability of these approaches to foster economic and environmental capacities of ordinary people. Possible field visits to government social infrastructure (hospitals, schools), industries (such as meat packing, textile factories), development projects (such as organic and low carbon farming) and community centers/non-profits.

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Latin American Political History

Summer Session II (History, Political Science, 3 credits, 300-level)

Description not available at this time

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Latin American Social Inequalities

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

Latin America is home to some of the most unequal societies and strongest economic divisions in the world. This course aims to examine inequality in the region through its class systems, the unequal distribution of income and wealth across different social groups, and the barriers faced by some in accessing resources and opportunities.
Throughout the course, Latin America will be viewed through the lens of poverty, social exclusion and inequality in order to better understand the history, culture and society in which we live. Weekly seminars will cover the following topics: a historical review of the origins of contemporary inequality; comparisons of inequality levels between Latin America and other regions as well as between and within Latin American nations; the consequences of inequality for life opportunities in areas like employment and education; and the success and failure of strategies aimed at reducing social inequality.
Case studies of inequality in Brazil will be highlighted in the second part of the course. Students will develop the tools needed to analyze these cases and propose strategies aimed at tackling them.
In addition to relevant readings there will be two class trips in the city of Florianópolis to observe at first hand some of the themes discussed in class

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Natural Resource Management

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

Description not available at this time

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Portuguese Composition I

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

Description not available at this time

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Portuguese Composition II

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

Description not available at this time

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Principles of Conservation

Summer Session II (Biology, Environmental Science, 3 credits, 200-level)

Description not available at this time

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Society, Cultures and Survival in the Amazon

Summer Session II (Anthropology, Sociology, 3 credits, 400-level)
Summer Session II (Anthropology, Sociology, 3 credits, 400-level)

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Survey of Brazilian Literature

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

This course will introduce students to some of the works of the best known Brazilian writers from the second half of the 19th century onwards, focusing on the following literary schools:
1. Realism
2. Brazilian Modernism
3. Contemporary Literature

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Quick Details

App. Deadline

Apr. 1, 2014

Max Enrollment

50 students

Credit

U.S. credit

Program Type

Specialty

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Instruction

English / Portuguese

Program Length

3-week session