Brazilian Studies Minor Course Requirements

This program consists of 6 3-credit-hour courses (for a total of 18 credit hours) in which students pursue Brazilian studies beyond the 3 first semesters of basic language classes. In consultation with departmental advisors, students combine their course work in several academic areas, such as language, business, economics, film and media studies, geography, history, political science, and theatre.


Students selecting this minor must complete the following:


Prerequisite Knowledge. Satisfied by Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese I (PORT 212) or equivalent placement.


Requirements for the Minor. Satisfied by 3 courses from each of the following groups:


Group I:

PORT 216 Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese II
A continuation of PORT 212. Prerequisite: PORT 212. LEC.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM FR 113 - LAWRENCE
3 48546

PORT 220 Intensive Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese
Five hours of class and an additional hour in the language laboratory. The course is designed for students who began the study of Portuguese in PORT 106 and PORT 110, and for superior students in PORT 104 and PORT 108. The material covered is the same as in PORT 212 and PORT 216. Prerequisite: PORT 110, PORT 108 with a grade of A or B, or consent of instructor. Open only to members of the Summer Language Institute in Vitoria-Vila Velha, Brazil. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PORT 300 Brazilian Culture
Prehistoric and colonial Portuguese origins of Brazil and its independent development in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Key aspects of economic, political, and social factors; special attention to intellectual history. Readings in English. LEC.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Cavalcante Da Silva, Simone
MW 11:00-12:15 PM WES 2600 - LAWRENCE
3 55631
LEC De Andrade Tosta, Antonio
APPT- STUDY STDY - ABROAD
3 56477

PORT 320 Introduction to Portuguese and Brazilian Literatures
A more advanced reading course serving as an introduction to the study of Luso-Brazilian literature, with discussion in Portuguese of the material read. Prerequisite: A fourth semester course in Portuguese or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PORT 340 Textual Analysis and Critical Reading
Introduction to Brazilian cultural and literary studies. Critical readings and interpretation of Brazilian cultural expressions with emphasis on acquiring the skills and vocabulary for discussing and writing critical analyses. Conducted in Portuguese. Not open to students who have taken PORT 540. Prerequisite: Grade of A or B in PORT 216 or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PORT 490 Intensive Advanced Portuguese
Advanced composition, conversation, and stylistics, plus an introduction to Brazilian culture. Offered only during the Summer Language Institute in Brazil. Prerequisite: Four semesters of Portuguese, or consent of instructor. Open only to members of the Summer Language Institute in Vitoria-Vila Velha, Brazil. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.


Group II:

GEOG 597 Geography of Brazil
Study of geographic factors, physical and cultural, that are basic to understanding the historical development of Portuguese South America and the contemporary and cultural geography of Brazil. Course also includes a survey of Brazil's South American neighbors. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

HIST 579 The History of Brazil
The history of Brazil from European discovery to the present with emphasis on social and economic change. Topics discussed will include the Indian, African, and European backgrounds, slave society, the frontier in Brazilian development, cycles of economic growth and regionalism, the role of foreign capital, industrial development, labor, urban problems, the military in government, and human rights. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PORT 347 Brazilian Studies: _____
A topics course dedicated to the study of special historical moments, authors, or themes in Brazilian literary and cultural history. Topics studied always lead to an examination of Brazilian culture and society through the critical study of literature, film, and music, in contrast with aspects of U.S. culture or other Latin American societies. Although the course may cover multiple genres and periods, it always emphasizes the plurality of Brazilian people, its history of slavery and immigration, diverse ethnic composition, rich religious milieu, and complex class system. Students also discuss the differences between the geographical regions in the country, and discuss controversial topics such as racism and religion. Given the historical similarities between the two societies, students must confront the experiences they learn about in Brazil to similar ones in the United States.Course conducted in Portuguese and may be repeated for credit as the topic varies. Not open to students who have taken PORT 547. Prerequisite: PORT 216 or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PORT 348 Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture for Business
Cultural studies approach to contemporary Brazilian society for students interested in business. Explores how Brazilians negotiate their place in a global cultural context and how they perceive business (negocios). Readings include selections from literature, history, journalism, social analysis, and popular culture. Exercises help English speakers develop analytical skills as well as vocabulary and communication skills related to business and professional life in Brazil. Conducted in Portuguese. Not open to students who have taken PORT 548. Prerequisite: PORT 216 or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PORT 394 Special Readings in Brazilian Studies
Direct readings in (a) fields not covered by student's course work, and/or (b) field of student's special interest approved by the department. May be repeated for credit if content varies. Prerequisite: PORT 216 and three-hours upper-division credit in Portuguese, or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PORT 471 Studies in Brazilian Culture and Civilization: _____
A study of Brazilian culture with emphasis on one or more of the following aspects: history, politics, ethnology, anthropology, religious and secular traditions, issues of cultural identity, music, art, architecture, and popular culture. Available only to study-abroad participants. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PORT 475 Studies in Brazilian Literature: _____
A study of the literature of a particular author, group of authors, period, genre, region, or theme. Available only to study-abroad participants. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PORT 565 Studies in Brazilian Film: _____
A more intensive treatment of the content of PORT 365. Not open to students who have taken PORT 365. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.


Depending on their content, the following courses may substitute for required or elective courses by petition:

ECON 582 Economic Development
An introduction to economic growth and development in high and low income countries, problems of development, and development policy. Prerequisite: ECON 104 or ECON 142. LEC.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Okao, Alfred
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM SNOW 321 - LAWRENCE
3 56035

HIST 370 Violence and Conflict in Latin American History
This course treats the history of Latin America since the European conquest through the prism of violence and social conflict. It traces the roots of the region's social collapse during the twentieth century to political and cultural factors in the colonial and early national periods. Using films and literature in addition to historical texts, the course discusses the sources of nationalism, civil wars, banditry, urbanization, violent dissent, military dictatorships, human rights abuses and guerrilla insurgencies as well as the political uses of violence made by different social groups. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

HIST 372 Violence and Conflict in Latin American History, Honors
This course treats the history of Latin America since the European conquest through the prism of violence and social conflict. It traces the roots of the region's social collapse during the 20th century to political and cultural factors in the colonial and early national periods. Using films and literature in addition to historical texts, the course discusses the sources of nationalism, civil wars, banditry, urbanization, violent dissent, military dictatorships, human rights abuses, and guerrilla insurgencies as well as the political uses of violence made by different social groups. Not open to students who have taken HIST 370. Prerequisite: Membership in the University Honors Program or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

HIST 580 Economic History of Latin America
A study of the changing economic conditions in Latin America from Colonial times through the Twentieth Century and the effect of these conditions on Latin American society. Emphasis will be on the major theoretical issues of development economics, patterns of growth, and suggested strategies for economic development. Analysis will center on changes in agriculture, industry, labor, finance, transportation and technology, urbanization, immigration, role of women, export and commerce, and foreign involvement. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

POLS 659 Political Dynamics of Latin America
Study of the institutions, processes, and special problems of selected Latin American countries. Prerequisite: Sophomore level or consent of the instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

SPAN 522 Advanced Studies in Spanish Language: _____
Extensive language analysis and practice on one topic such as stylistics, translation, conversation/spoken discourse, or creative writing. Course conducted in Spanish and may be repeated for credit as the topic varies. Prerequisite: SPAN 424 and SPAN 428, or consent of the instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.


Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor. 

Minor Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses (300+) in the minor. GPA calculations include all departmental courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.


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