The principal objective of this module is to introduce students to a selected set of important issues that have arisen in Brazil in recent decades. The focus is upon issues that not only affect Brazil, but are also global in scale. The latter include population growth; rural-urban migration and urbanisation; environmental destruction including deforestation; urban crime and violence; religious change and the rise of evangelical Protestantism; gender and race relations; Brazil’s activist foreign policy, especially in South America; economic stabilisation and development; social policy including public-health policy and conditional cash transfer programmes; and cultural policy. This module will draw on readings from a variety of different social science and humanities disciplines. By the end of the module it is expected that students will have an understanding of why and how these issues became prominent in Brazilian public life and what some of the key debates surrounding them are.
Please note module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
10 weekly 2-hour seminars plus five 1-hour tutorials on alternate weeks
Module assessment - more information
1,500-word essay (25%); 4,000-word essay (75%)