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Semester 1

Landscapes of Power: Brazil and its Histories (HIST10423)







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Visiting students must have completed at least 3 History courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum academic entry requirements does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that 3rd year History courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any 3rd year History course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the History department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

At first glance, Brazil appears to be a country of contrasts. Pristine beaches, soccer-crazed fans, euphoric street parades, and the majestic Amazon rainforest all give Brazil a sense of endless splendour. But it is also a nation that saw the largest importation of African slaves, a series of repressive military regimes, and has recently suffered from a dramatic spike in urban violence, deforestation, political corruption, and a volatile economy. The purpose of this course is to help students understand that although neither of those two images of Brazil is completely accurate, they are not totally false either. We will trace the changes and continuities in Brazilian history from the colonial period to the present day in order to show how various relationships of power have produced a society that can simultaneously embody such a wide range of elements.

Course Description

This course will explore the ways in which transformations and continuities in Brazil can be understood as "landscapes of power". We will examine how legacies from the colonial period affected Brazil's emergence as a modern nation-state, giving special attention to how landscapes of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and the environment have shaped the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The semester is divided into three chronological units: The Colonial Period, the New Republic, and Legacies of Dictatorship. We seek to understand how a society that on the surface seems to be defined by polarised contrasts, is actually the result of a long history of mutually constructed landscapes of power.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 80%, Practical Exam 20%

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