History and Culture of Brazil (HIST*3360) | College of Arts

History and Culture of Brazil (HIST*3360)

Code and section: HIST*3360*01

Term: Winter 2018

Instructor: Karen Racine


Course Synopsis:

Overview of the major events, people, ideas, processes in Brazilian history.  Topics will include:  indigenous societies, cannibalism,  sugar and slavery, the Dutch settlements, independence, abolition, runaway slave colonies, gold fields and the cowboys, republicanism, millennial movements, dictatorship, Carnival, music, samba, the environment and soccer.

Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

In-class reading response #1    15%
In-class reading response #2    15%
Major research essay              35%
Discussion and participation    15%
Final exam                             20%

Texts Required:

Boris Fausto, A Concise History of Brazil (Cambridge UP)
Jean de Léry, History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil (U California)
Junia Furtado, Chica da Silva (Cambridge UP)
Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom (Rowman & Littlefield)

*Please note:  This is a preliminary web course description only.  The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.