Acquisition of basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Basic principal structures and vocabulary of Portuguese. Oral participation strongly emphasized.
Acquisition of basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Basic principal structures and vocabulary of Portuguese. Oral participation strongly emphasized.
Discussions based on varied topics of current interest and from modern Portuguese writers, to develop speaking ability in Portuguese. Conversations focus on everyday life situations. Use of current newspapers, magazines, articles and pamphlets dealing with social and cultural issues. Prerequisite: PORTUG 240 or equivalent.

This course presents some topics in Brazilian culture, history and civilization through the lyrics of well-known Brazilian songwriters. The course also has a significant language component to help students improve their written and oral abilities in Portuguese. We start by studying the "MPB de protesto" from the 60's and 70's in opposition to the Military Government (Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Geraldo Vandré, Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil, Raul Seixas, Ivan Lins, Elis Regina). We then move into the 80's and 90's Rock and Roll era when songwriters discuss some serious social issues in a society that was trying to learn how to live in a democracy (Cazuza, Legião Urbana, Titãs, Paralamas do Sucesso). Finally, we listen to some of the best 21st century Brazilian Hip-Hop artists to understand why poverty, police brutality, racism and gender discrimination still play a significant role in Brazilian society (MV Bill, Racionais MC's, Gabriel o Pensador, Amanda NegraSim, Emicida, Sara Donato).

This course is designed as an introduction to Brazilian, Portuguese and Lusophone African cinema and cultures.The selected cinematographic works will afford students an opportunity to engage with film theory and criticism, and to examine a variety of topics such as the formation of national identity, gender and family dynamics, social inequalities, rural vs. urban societies, migration, civic agency, race relations, and major political and historical events that have impacted the contemporary societies of the Portuguese-speaking world (mainly Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and S'o Tome e Principe). Our goal is to evaluate how film can contest hegemonic accounts and to investigate how artistic productions play a role in interpreting one's society and forming one's identity. Class will be conducted in English. The films will be shown in the original language with subtitles.
Acquisition of basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Basic principal structures and vocabulary of Portuguese. Oral participation strongly emphasized.
Expands on basic language skills. Greater oral fluency through vocabulary building and review of fundamental language structures. Active class participation. Prerequisite: PORTUG 120 or 126, or equivalent.