LAS260 : South American Colossus : The History and Economy of Brazil
withDr.Daniel Greenberg & Dr. Mark Weinstock
This course will provide a broad overview of the modern history and economic structure of Brazil. Our goal is to provide the factual knowledge and analytical tools necessary to comprehend and analyze the major “problems” that have emerged in this country’s history and economic formation, and to examine and critically analyze how Brazil’s polity, social structure and economy has undergone important transformations since returning to a democratic system in 1988. The course objectives include, first, to develop a strong general knowledge of the major periods and issues in Brazil’s history, together with the main features of the nation’s economy and the role it plays in the contemporary global economic system. We do this understanding that just as a country’s resources and economy provide options for its historical actors, so its historical development shapes the degree to which it can realize its economic destiny. The principal means to realize these learning objectives will be three course papers, two analytical essay midterm and a final exam, group work in theme-focused seminars on key historical and economic “problems,” and nine days of structured travel and group study in Brazil. In the three tutorial papers, essay exams, and cooperatively-led seminars, you’ll develop critical analytical thinking, writing and oral communication skills essential in today’s competitive job market. And in our nine day travel segment, your classroom-based knowledge will be deepened with experiential learning. The travel segment will include visits to cultural and historical sites, guest speakers from universities, government and the private sector, and a representative from Homens sem Terra, Brazil’s organization representing the rural landless poor. We will also learn about Brazil’s vibrant culture by attending a soccer game and samba club, where we will learn the nation’s national dance. In particular, Brazil offers a case study of a multi-racial society which has developed a unique approach in forging the various ethnic groups into a nation. This course should thus provide insight in understanding dilemmas of race and ethnicity in our own country as well as Latin America.
CRN: 23402 – LAS 260, 6 credits – fulfills LAS, HIS, ECO, Open Elective, AOK1, AOK5
May 17th – May 25th 2013
Cost: $3,000 includes roundtrip airfare, hotels, daily breakfast, two group dinners, ground transportation while in Brazil, and academic excursions. A $1,000 non-refundable deposit to hold your air ticket and hotel is due by December 15, 2012 and the balance of $2,250 is due no later than January 15, 2013 (Spring Break). Students should budget for additional funds for meals and other incidentals.
Space is limited, so register in November for this Spring 2013 Travel Course!