Portuguese: Language, Literature, Culture (including courses in English)

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  • CAS LP 111: First-Semester Portuguese
    Introduction to grammatical structures. Fundamental communications skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Exposure to the culture and civilization of the Portuguese-speaking world through media broadcast, literature readings, films, music, and videotapes. Lab required. Four hours weekly.
  • CAS LP 112: Second-Semester Portuguese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LP 111; or consent of instructor.
    Covers the important grammar points not studied in CAS LP 111. Further develops the four communicative skills while expanding students' background knowledge of the history and cultures of the Portuguese- speaking world. Lab required. Four hours weekly.
  • CAS LP 211: Third-Semester Portuguese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LP 112; or placement test results.
    Promotes cross-cultural understanding of the Luso-African-Brazilian cultures through authentic literary texts, multimedia, film and music. Completes study of grammatical structures and syntactical patterns. Emphasizes reading, writing and conversational competency. Conducted in Portuguese.
  • CAS LP 212: Fourth-Semester Portuguese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LP 211; or consent of instructor.
    Review of the grammar and syntax of Portuguese. Further develops reading, writing, and conversational competency while expanding students' knowledge of history and culture. Conducted in Portuguese. Fulfills the CAS language requirement.
  • CAS LP 305: Topics in Portuguese Language and Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LP 212; or advanced Portuguese proficiency.
    Taught in Portuguese. A Portuguese language course in context exploring historical, social, political, and cultural aspects of Brazil through media, literature, film, music. Designed to increase fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Portuguese, broadening vocabulary and mastery of syntax.
  • CAS LP 307: Portuguese for Business and Professional Life
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LP 212; and consent of instructor.
    This course emphasizes cultural and linguistic competence in professional, business-oriented settings. It is designed to provide students with advanced proficiency in Portuguese while exploring different aspects of the culture and professional life of the Brazilian and the Portuguese-speaking world.
  • CAS LP 310: Introduction to Brazilian Cinema (in English translation)
    An overview of Brazilian cinema in the 60s, 70s and 80s, its discourse on revolution and marginality, as well as its connection to artistic, musical, and literary movements. Focus on the work of avant-garde filmmakers and younger generations. Also includes attention to Cuban cinema. Taught in English. Also offered as CAS CI 321.
  • CAS LP 350: Brazilian Literature Before 1900
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LP 212; or consent of instructor.
    Brazilian literature from the colonial period to 1900. Topics include Jesuits and indigenous peoples; the Baroque and satirical poetry; the struggle for independence; the abolition of slavery; the process of modernization; the rise of the metropolis.
  • CAS LP 352: Tropical Metropolis and Brazilian Modernity
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LP 212; or consent of instructor.
    Focus on aesthetic and thematic changes in Brazilian art and literature during the country's modernization (1889-1930), with attention to the repercussion of those themes in 1960s film production, the Tropicália movement, and concrete poetry.