Anthropology | PEOPLES OF BRAZIL
E322 | 9521 | Brondizio


Carries Social and Historical Studies credit

2nd. Eight weeks

Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 to 4:45 pm

A nation of contrasts and colors, richness and poverty, diversity and
unity, Brazil just completed 500 years since first colonized by Portugal.
This course aims to introduce you to contemporary Brazilian life by
focusing on four main interrelated topics: history and economy
(colonization, economic cycles, nationhood, government), geography
(environment and demography), ethnographic examples (social life, cultural
change, ethnic diversity), and socio-cultural analysis (interpretations of
Brazilian society).

The course is primarily based on lectures and discussions (textbook
and ethnographic accounts), while incorporating films, guest lectures, and
a bit of music (as it expresses the "soul" of the Brazilian people). I
expect you to leave this course with an understanding of landmark issues
characterizing Brazilian cultural history, economy, and geography, to
grasp the diversity in Brazilian's life style through ethnographic
accounts from different regions and people, and to know historical trends
on the "interpretation of Brazil" on its own and in the context of Latin
America. Evaluation is based on: student's participation, assignment of
readings and discussion preparation, a final paper on a topic to be
discussed with the instructor. Course will meet twice a week for 2:15
minutes each meeting. This will allow for more in-depth discussion of each
topic.