Students within the BA Latin American Studies need to have completed the Propedeuse.
Non-major students who speak Portuguese and want to follow this course as an optional course: please contact tutor.
Mobility, be it migration, political exile, the displacement of indigenous tribes or the afro-Brazilian diaspora, lies at the heart of the formation of Brazil as a modern nation and the formation of individual and communal identities. It can be both a painful experience and an empowering one, such as when we voluntarily take to the road in journeys of self-discovery. Navigating our way through texts from written and visual culture, this course examines mobility as central theme and what it can reveal about other fundamental concerns of Brazil: such as mobility and political protest, development and car culture versus environment, the complex relationship between movement, power and gender, including what happens when women take to the road etc. Texts are studied within their historical and political contexts to help us understand what they tell us about the making of Brazil in a global context.
Develop critical and analytical skills through close textual analysis of literary and filmic texts, with particular emphasis on post-1960;
To familiarize students with key Brazilian cultural theories, literary/film criticism and theoretical frameworks that help illuminate the texts at hand;
Spoken and written presentation skills.
Mode of instruction
Total course of 5 EC is 140 hours.
Hours spent on attending lectures: 2 hours per week x 13 weeks = 26 hrs;
Time for studying the compulsory literature/view films/material online: 70 hours;
time for completing assignments or preparation classes: 10 hours;
Time to write essays (incl.preparation/research): 34 hours.
2 essay compositions, one of which to be submitted at the end of the course (approx. 1500 and 2500 words respectively) (Major students: in Portuguese).
First essay 35% of mark, 2nd essay 40%, plus class presentation weighted at 25% of final mark.
The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
Blackboard will be used for:
- distributing materials and assessment purposes.
Reading list will be made available to students in due course.
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:
Coordinator of Studies: A.C. Wapenaar MA
Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats
Minimum attendance requirement to complete the module: 70% attendance.