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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO1035 Introduction to Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese Speaking Africa

20 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Ines Dias

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The 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.


The 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.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the history and key cultural products of Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa

2. Show an awareness of the interplay between politics and culture

3. Engage critically with secondary literature and its use in preparation for written work

4. Demonstrate the ability to progress beyond the narrative/chronological to a more analytical and evaluative approach

5. Organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasonable argument.

Skills Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:

6. Critical engagement with the political, social and cultural history of a different culture

7. Awareness of how historical developments continue to shape the present

8. Ability to analyse a variety of source materials

9. Communication skills, in speaking and writing


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student 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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Online Assessment48 hr exam (3 essay questions, 500 words max each)40.00
Online Assessmenttake home exam, 1 week (3 essay questions, 500-600 words each)60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:20:42


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