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PORT 001 Elementary Portuguese I (4 credits)

Course Description: For beginners. Grammar, with reading and writing of simple Portuguese; oral and aural work stressed.


Course Description: Grammar, reading, and conversation continued; special emphasis on the language, literature, and life of Brazil.
Prerequisite: PORT 001


Course Description: Grammar, reading, composition, and conversation.
Prerequisite: PORT 002


Course Description: This course offers an introduction to Brazilian Portuguese for students who already have a good grasp of grammar and vocabulary in Spanish, French, Italian, or Latin. This intensive course will address all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and provide an overall view of Portuguese, its basic linguistic structures, and vocabulary. Emphasis will be placed especially on the differences between Portuguese and Spanish. By building on students¿ prior knowledge of Romance languages, the class moves quickly to cover the content of the three-semester basic language sequence in a single semester. As students acquire linguistic fluency over the semester, they will gain insight into Brazilian culture by analyzing song lyrics, articles, poems, short stories, and films. Students will gain the language skills necessary to study, live, and work in Brazil, such as reading a variety of literary and non-literary texts, carrying on conversations on a range of personal, academic, and professional topics, write letters and other short pieces in Portuguese, and understand, for the most part, native speakers. Students must have the equivalent of three-semesters of college Spanish, French, Italian, or Latin, or the prior approval of the instructor to take this course. This course counts as 3 credits for undergraduate students and 2 credits for graduate students in the M.A. programs in Spanish literature and Spanish linguistics. Students are asked to register accordingly with the appropriate number of credits.
Prerequisite: SPAN 3FR 3IT 3LATIN 3; or prior approval from the instructor


Course Description: This course provides a more detailed study of the Portuguese language that builds upon the grammar, vocabulary, and communicative abilities developed in the basic language sequence. Students will review and extend their abilities in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) as they learn more about the linguistic and cultural diversity of the Portuguese-speaking world. The course uses a textbook paired with written, audio, and video workbook activities and supplemented by authentic language materials and artistic works that generate communicative exercises that allow students to practice and refine their spoken and written Portuguese. As students improve their understanding of the Portuguese language, they also gain insight into Luso-Afro-Brazilian cultures by analyzing music, films, videos, paintings, photos, essays, chronicles, news articles, short stories, and poems. Students learn about the distinct contexts in which Portuguese is spoken as they examine artistic works and linguistic variations that develop within specific countries and region. This class serves as a transition course between basic and intermediate language classes and more advanced composition, literature, and culture courses taught at the 300 and 400-level. The class is conducted entirely in Portuguese. Students must have taken Portuguese 3 or 123, or received permission of the instructor, in order to enroll in this course.
Prerequisite: PORT 3; PORT 123


PORT 365 Imagining Brazilian Cities (3 credits)

Course Description: This course traces the transformation of Brazilian cities, as represented in literature and the arts, from the modernization projects of the late 19th century through the exponential growth of urban areas in recent decades. Studying these urban transformations will provide students with insight into how contemporary Brazil developed into an urban nation with seventeen of its cities featuring populations of one million or more. This class focuses primarily on artistic representations of the global metropolises of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the modernist capital of Brazília, and the northeastern city of Recife. Readings will highlight the diverse experiences and expressions of urban life in essays, poems, short stories, and avant-garde novels. Music, film, and photography will complement students¿ literary tour of an urban Brazil. Critical readings from urban studies, architecture, anthropology, history, and other interdisciplinary fields will allow us to further explore the question of the city in Brazil. This course will be conducted in Portuguese. Students must be able to complete the readings, informal and formal written assignments, and in-class discussion and activities in Portuguese.
Prerequisite: PORT 405


PORT 405 Advanced Composition and Conversation (3 credits)

Course Description: Intended to strengthen the advanced student's ability to speak, read, and write in modern Brazilian Portuguese. 
Prerequisite: PORT 003.


Course Description: This course studies social, political, economic, and cultural issues in the Portuguese-speaking world through the lens of film. This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree attributes in Humanities and the International Cultures requirement. Through examinations of feature films and documentaries, the class explores how cinema approaches social, cultural, political, and economic realities in Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa. Students will learn about national histories, political struggles, social movements, and cultural practices of the Luso-Afro-Brazilian world as they gain the skills and appropriate vocabulary to analyze and discuss film. The course materials will invite students to consider how films examine legacies of imperialism, colonialism, and dictatorial regimes, as well as ongoing divisions and injustices on the basis of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Questions to be considered in this course include: How do filmmakers grapple with traumas of the past, questions of memory, and debates around truth and reconciliation? How do forms of fiction and documentary intersect, serve as complements, or contradict each other in film? How does film represent the convergences and divergences between different parts of the Portuguese-speaking world? What are the possibilities and limitations of studying these works in a comparative Lusophone framework? Readings on film, history, and Luso-Afro-Brazilian culture, and interviews with filmmakers will complement our studies of the films. The course will be conducted in English. No prior knowledge of Portuguese is necessary, as the films will have subtitles and required readings will all be in English. Students pursuing the Portuguese minor may receive credit for the minor if they complete all of their written assignments in Portuguese.
Prerequisite: Students counting this course toward their Portuguese minor must already have taken or be concurrently enrolled in Portuguese 405.


PORT X97 Special topics (1-9 credits)

Course Description: Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in-depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.


PORT X99 Foreign Studies (1-12 credits)

Course Description: Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.