Semester I, Fall 2013
Primarily for Undergraduates
POBS 0100: ELEMENTARY PORTUGUESE
An introductory course designed for students with little or no preparation in the language. Stresses the fundamental language skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing. Aspects of Portuguese and Brazilian culture are also presented. Uses a situational/natural approach that emphasizes communication in Portuguese from the very first class. A year course; only in exceptional circumstances is credit given for one semester alone.
Ms. Ferreira and Ms. Madsen.
Meeting Times: MW 2:00-2:50 pm, TR 1:00-2:20 pm
POBS 0110: INTENSIVE PORTUGUESE (Double Credit)
A highly intensive course for students with little or no preparation in the language. Stresses the fundamental language skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing. Aspects of Portuguese and Brazilian culture will also be presented. Uses a situational/natural approach that emphasizes communication in Portuguese from the very first class. A two-semester sequence in one semester with ten contact hours each week. Carries double credit and covers the equivalent of two semesters. This course should be chosen by students beginning the study of Portuguese as sophomores who would like to participate in the Brown-in-Brazil Program as juniors. Offered every semester.
Ms. Sobral, Mr, Cerdeira and Mr. Mittelman
Meeting Times: MWF 10:00-10:50 am, MWF 1:00-1:50 pm, TR 10:30-11:50 am
POBS 0400: WRITING AND SPEAKING PORTUGUESE
Designed to improve the student's ability in contemporary spoken and written Portuguese. Using such cultural items as short stories, plays, films, videos, newspaper and magazine articles, and popular music, students discuss a variety of topics with the aim of developing good communication skills. Attention also given to developing students' writing ability. A systematic review of Portuguese grammar is included. Prerequisite: POBS 0110, POBS 0200, or placement. Conducted in Portuguese. Completion of POBS 0400 is the minimum requirement for participation in the Brown-in-Brazil Program. Offered every semester.
Ms. Ashby, Ms. Medeiros and Ms. Lima.
Meeting Times: MWF 11:00-11:50 am, MW 12:00-12:50 pm
POBS 0610: MAPPING PORTUGUESE-SPEAKING CULTURES: BRAZIL
Selected literary and cultural texts that serve as vehicles for a deeper understanding of Brazilian society. Literary materials will be taken from several genres and periods with special attention to contemporary writings. Other media such as film and music will also be included. Considerable emphasis on strengthening speaking and writing skills. Prerequisite: POBS 0400, placement or instructor’s permission. Conducted in Portuguese.
Meeting Times: TR 2:30-3:50 pm
POBS 0810: BELONGING AND DISPLACEMENT: CROSS-CULTURAL IDENTITIES
Focuses on the representation of immigrants, migrants and other “border crossers” in contemporary literature from Brazil and other countries. How do people respond to the loss of home and the shift to a new culture? Is “going home” possible? How do individuals deal with their dual or triple identities? Piñon, Lispector, Scliar, Rushdie, Salih, Cristina Garcia, V. S. Naipaul and others. Conducted in English.
Meeting Times: TR 9:00-10:20 am
POBS 0910: ON THE DAWN OF MODERNITY
Will analyze how a new mindset that would later be called modernity slowly emerged from the medieval world and how the trials and errors of the 15th and 16th century navigators helped shape that transformation. The seminar is interdisciplinary insofar as the readings will include developments in astronomy, geography, shipbuilding, mathematics, philosophy, as well as what could be called anthropology, as stepping stones to the first scientific revolution. Conducted in English.
Meeting Times: M 3:00-5:20pm
POBS 0971M: THE RISE OF ABOLITIONISM IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD: AMERICAS EUROPE, AND AFRICA
(Interested students should register for HIST 0971M)
This class examines the rise of abolitionism and colonialism in the Atlantic world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. We will begin by analyzing the intellectual, political, and economic foundations of the movement for the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, assessing its spread and impact to the Americas and Africa. The class devotes significant attention to the suppression of the slave trade in the Lusophone Atlantic world (Angola, Brazil, and Portugal). Enrollment limited to 20 first year students.
Meeting Times: W 10:00-12:00 pm
For Undergraduates and Graduates
POBS 1030: PORTUGUESE STYLISTICS; ADVANCED LANGUAGE STUDY AND CREATIVE WRITING
An intensive writing course covering basic genres: letter, short essay, diary, short story and poetry. Students will write five pages per week on five different preassigned topics. These range over a wide variety of subjects in order to expose the students to idiomatic and stylistic writing in a multitude of areas. In class, students read and comment on each other's writings. Conducted in Portuguese.
Meeting Times: T 12:00-2:20 pm
POBS 1210: AFRO-BRAZILIANS AND THE BRAZILIAN POLITY
(Interested Students should register for AFRI 1210)
Explores the history and present-day conditions of Afro-Brazilians, looking specifically at the uses of Africana in contemporary Brazil, political and cultural movements among Afro-Brazilians, domestic politics and its external dimensions, and Brazilian race relations within a global comparative framework. Texts from a variety of disciplines. A reading knowledge of Portuguese is not required but students so advantaged should inform the instructor.
Meeting Times: W 3:00-5:20 pm
POBS 1601F: PORTUGUESE LITERATURE AND CINEMA
This course consists of two main parts: studying the cinematographic adaptations of Portuguese literary texts; and examining the presence of a cinematographic influence in contemporary Portuguese novels. We will conclude with the study of films by Manoel de Oliveira. This is to trace the history of the inter-semiotic relationship between literature and the seventh art. To involve the analysis of diverse theories and methodological approaches in regards to the filmic adaptation of literary texts, (re)creative component of the transposition; to instill critical methods that will enable the student to analyze literary texts full of narrative techniques modeled on screen.
Meeting Times: F 11:00-1:20 pm
POBS 1670: HISTORY OF BRAZIL
(Interested students should register History 1670)
This course charts the history of Brazil from Portuguese contact with the indigenous population in 1500 to the present. It examines the country’s political, economic, social, intellectual, and cultural development to understand the causes, interactions, and consequences of conflict, change, and continuity within Brazilian society. Conducted in English.
Meeting Times: TR 2:00-3:50am
POBS 1970: READING AND GUIDED STUDY
Section numbers vary by instructor. Please see the registration staff for the correct section number to use when registering for this course.
POBS 1990: RESEARCH AND PREPARATION OF HONORS PROJECTS
Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
Primarily for Graduates
POBS 2010A: LANGUAGE THEORY AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
Focuses on the application of language theory, methodology, and curriculum development procedure for classes enrolling English language learners. Participants focus on setting appropriate goals and objectives aligned with learning standards and develop appropriate curricula in several subject areas. Conducted in English.
Meeting Times: R 4:00-6:20 pm
POBS 2020D: THEORIES IN FIRST AND SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
Theory and current research relating to first and second language acquisition and learning are examined from a pedagogical perspective. Focuses both on learning and teaching a second language. Conducted in English.
Meeting Times: T 4:00-6:20 pm
POBS 2020E: RESEARCH SEMINAR IN ESL EDUCATION
Focuses on preparing students to conduct qualitative research in diverse educational settings. As a final project, students develop a comprehensive framework for a self-designed study. Conducted in English.
Meeting Times: T 4:00-6:20 pm
POBS 2500B: PORTUGUESE OVERSEAS ENCOUNTERS
A critical analysis of some classic Portuguese travel writings from the 15th to the 20th century. The readings include Zurara, Camões, Fernão Mendes Pinto, História Trágico-Marítima, Ramalho Ortigão, Raul Brandão, as well as the contemporary Pedro Rosa Mendes. Conducted in Portuguese.
Meeting Times: T 6:00-8:20 pm
POBS 2500K: SENSES AND SENSIBILITIES IN THE 19TH CENTURY PORTUGUESE NOVEL
The works to be read are representative of the main literary trends in 19th century Portuguese literature. They will be analyzed with a focus on literary aesthetics, but also on meanings (or senses), both culturally and personally, by exploring the textual construction of emotions, i.e., the engagement of sensibilities in the written word. Authors to be studied include Almeida Garrett, Camilo Castelo Branco and Eça de Queirós. Conducted in Portuguese.
Meeting Times: M 3:00-5:20 pm
POBS 2600M: THE WORLD IN THE DARK: PASSION, QUEST AND IDENTITY IN THE UNIVERSE OF CLARICE LISPECTOR
This seminar will examine the major novels, short story collections, and crônicas by the Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector and analyze the development of her literary voice and her unique use of language. Reading her work through and beyond the existential, feminist and poststructuralist views manifested in the best critical and theoretical analyses of her work, this seminar will focus especially upon her passionate struggle with language as well as her genre-breaking narratives, alongside her ontological quest for narrative subjectivity. Seminar presentations and papers will explore these issues with the aim of understanding Clarice's spiritual and philosophical impulses as well as her original linguistic contribution to Brazilian and World Literatures. Conducted in Portuguese.
Meeting Times: W 3:00-5:20 pm
POBS 2970: PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION PREPARATION
For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the Registration Fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination. No course credit.
POBS 2980: READING AND GUIDED STUDY
See Reading and Guided Study for course description. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please see the registration staff for the correct section number to use when registering for this course.
POBS 2990: THESIS PREPARATION
For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the Registration Fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis. No course credit.