HPOB00911U Portuguese and Brazilian Studies - Introduction to the Portuguese-speaking world

Volume 2017/2018

This introduction course gives an overview about the Portuguese-speaking world in time and space. Students build knowledge about the history of the Portuguese-speaking world from Portugal’s role as a pioneer of globalization in the 15th and 16th centuries, over the political division of the Empire through National independences, to the contemporary characteristics of each regions where Portuguese is spoken. They also get to acquire first notions about some of the most important topics, which are relevant for the Portuguese-speaking world and which will be studied more in depth during the whole program. Among these central topics are, for example, the entanglements of the different regions through the so called “Lusophone Black Atlantic”, slave trade and slavery, dictatorship and democracy, questions of race relations and diversity policies, social inequality and violence, the new role of Brazil as a global player, Portuguese migration in the world and the construction of cultures of memory. Students will do an oral presentation on one of these subjects. The course is taught in English and works in tandem with the course ”Introduktion til områdestudier” where the students have the opportunity to learn the theoretical and analytical skills of the reformed interdisciplinary Area Studies approach which is the tool to understand the complex social phenomena of the Portuguese-speaking world.


Literature: see pensum available at the beginning of the semester.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 176,75
  • Total
  • 204,75