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POR4003 : Lusophone Borderlines: Borders and Crossings in Portuguese-Speaking Cultures

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In consonance with the overall aim of the degrees offered in the SML, this module aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge of relevant aspects of the cultural production, societies, histories, and politics of Brazil, Portugal, and Portuguese-speaking Africa, through the study of films and literary texts that interrogate the making, contestation, and crossing of national, social, racial, sexual, political, and environmental borders and boundaries. The module is taught in Portuguese, also offering students the opportunity to build on their language skills after their experience abroad whilst consolidating their ability to analyse a variety of cultural forms, particularly film and literature.

Outline Of Syllabus

In this module students will examine a variety of modern and contemporary films and literary texts from the Portuguese-speaking world, exploring interdisciplinary connections between film, literature, cultural history, social movements, and politics. The introduction to the module will provide important contextual information and will familiarize the students with key concepts and debates within Lusophone cultural studies. It will be followed by four interrelated sections, each one focusing on the making, contestation, and crossing of particular borders, boundaries, and/or liminal spaces. Topics to be covered may include: national and transnational identities; race, class, gender, and mobility in the Lusophone world; migration and cosmopolitanism; environment and ecology. The materials have been chosen to encourage students to reflect critically on the intersections of culture, history, and politics that shape the Portuguese-speaking world, developing the students' understanding of its complex fabric and contemporary cultural production.

Lectures will provide contextual information and introduce students to key debates and theories relating to the theme of each section. In each seminar, students will discuss one film or literary work in detail. The workshops will allow students to discuss comparatively the literary works and films examined in each section in relation to the theme of that section, reflecting in-depth on that particular topic.

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
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
POR4103Lusophone Borderlines: Borders and Crossings in Portuguese-Speaking Cultures - 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. Seminars will develop students’ ability to apply concepts, debate, think comparatively, and produce arguments. All knowledge outcomes are addressed by the mix of interactive lectures and seminar delivery. The module is taught in Portuguese with primary materials in Portuguese and English, and assessed in Portuguese and English.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination501M30In-class test in Portuguese
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A702500 words in English. To be submitted end of Semester 2.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MGroup oral presentations in Portuguese during seminars in Semesters 1 and 2.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module will be assessed both in Portuguese and English in consonance with recommendations from UGAF. 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 essay in semester 2 will help students to develop analytical and organisational skills, as they will be asked to engage with argumentative thinking. The group oral presentations in Portuguese will help students develop research and language skills, allowing them to revisit key concepts from the course and develop their own interpretations of primary material.

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