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POR2001 : Cultures and Societies of the Portuguese-Speaking World

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Fernando Da Silva Beleza Correia Pinto
  • Lecturer: Dr Conceicao Pereira
  • Teaching Assistant: Ms Loiana Leal Pavlichenko
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In consonance with the overall aim of the degree offered in the School of Modern Languages, the general aim of this module is to introduce students to the cultures and societies of Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa, as well as to key contemporary debates that allow for a complex understanding of the Portuguese-speaking world.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module provides an introduction to the cultural production and societies of the Portuguese-speaking world. Students will learn about the cultures and societies of Brazil, Portugal, and Portuguese-speaking Africa through modern and contemporary film, music, literature, and the visual arts. This module will also introduce students to key current debates relating to the Portuguese-speaking world, as well as to some of its most relevant literary and cultural figures.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
POR2101Cultures and Societies of the Portuguese-Speaking World - Part 1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will allow definition of the scope of the syllabus, an introduction to a body of knowledge, and modelling of the analysis required (note-taking). They will make use of PowerPoint, and a hand-out with key words and references will be provided with each lecture. Seminars will provide the students with the opportunity to discuss key texts and topics individually and in groups, give group presentations and develop their independent thinking, critical analysis and debate. All knowledge outcomes are addressed by the mix of interactive lectures and seminar delivery. The module is taught in English.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination501M30In-class test in English
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A702500 words in English. To be submitted at end of Semester 2.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MPractice written exercise. Week 10
Essay2MPractice essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module will be assessed in English. The in-class test in semester 1 will test students’ knowledge of the key concepts covered in the course as well as the contexts and objects of study analysed in class. The group oral presentations will help students develop research skills, allowing them to revisit key concepts from the course and develop their own interpretations of primary material. The essay in semester 2 will help students to develop analytical and organisational skills, as they will be asked to engage with argumentative thinking.

Reading Lists