2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
SPPO1035 Introduction to Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese Speaking Africa
20 creditsClass Size: 25
Module manager: Ines Cordeiro da Silva Dias
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2020/21
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThe aim of this module is to familiarise students with the key issues relating to the history and cultural production of Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa.This module will be appropriate for students with an interest in the history, culture and society of the Portuguese-speaking world. No knowledge of Portuguese language is required as this module is taught in English.
ObjectivesThe objectives of this module are:
- to provide students with an overview of the history of Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa
- to provide students with knowledge of the key cultural producers from Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa
- to encourage students to reflect on ideas such as identity and culture in a historical and intercultural context
- to develop students' skills to analyse and discuss a wide range of primary and secondary sources
- to develop students' ability to craft their own arguments and use evidence to support them.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- Demonstrate their knowledge of the history and key cultural products of Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa
- Show an awareness of the interplay between politics and culture
- Engage critically with secondary literature and its use in preparation for written work
- Demonstrate the ability to progress beyond the narrative/chronological to a more analytical and evaluative approach
- Organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasonable argument.
On completion of the module students should be well placed to follow more specialised modules on history, literature and film in levels two and three.
- Critical engagement with the political, social and cultural history of a different culture
- Awareness of how historical developments continue to shape the present
- Ability to analyse a variety of source materials
- Communication skills, in speaking and writing
Firstly, this module will examine a number of key historical facts and key cultural products from Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa.
Secondly, students will examine the way history, language and culture has impacted on the question of 'What is Lusofonia?'.
The module syllabus will typically include a series of lectures on the following topics:
- Portugal and the Globalised World – The "Discoveries"
- The "Portuguese Commonwealth" – the politics of the CPLP (Community of the Portuguese-speaking Countries)
- Brazil: Nation and Identity
- Music and Politics in Brazil: from Samba to Funk
- Cultural Exchanges in the Portuguese-speaking world
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||180.00|
|Total Contact hours||20.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private study- Reading and reflection in preparation for lectures and seminars (60 hours)
- Film viewing in preparation for lectures and seminars (10 hours)
- Self-directed reading around the topics (10 hours)
- Standard exam revision (40 hours)
- Researching and writing the take-away exam (60 hours)
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent progress will be monitored via participation in seminars. Feedback on the first exam in Semester 1 will aid students in preparing for subsequent assessments and will identify any problems at an early stage.
Methods of assessment
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Unseen exam||1 hr 00 mins||40.00|
|Open Book exam||0 hr 00 mins||60.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||100.00|
Student will be given one week to complete the take-away exam.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 17/08/2020
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