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BA Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Introduction to the Cultures of the Lusophone World
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Offered by||Spanish, Portuguese and Latin|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This unit provides a cultural and historical introduction to the Lusophone world, paying particular attention to the diverse cultures that emerged from Portugal’s maritime expansion in the 15th and 16th centuries. It focuses on foundational texts and films from across history that define cultural identities in Portugal, Brazil and Lusophone Africa, analysing the representation of colonial and anti-colonial experiences in these works. It also introduces students to some key literary and cultural figures in the Lusophone world.
This course is not available as a free-choice option and can only be taken by students who are also taking SPLA52010 (Portuguese Language 1) or SPLA52020 (Portuguese Language 2). Co-requisites for post A-Level: SPLA52030 (Portuguese Language 3).
Knowledge and understanding
- Communicate more effectively orally and in writing.
- Organise time efficiently and prepare work in advance.
- Present work well and use referencing systems correctly.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Work in a team
- Show enhanced intercultural understanding
- Evaluate material critically
- Work to deadlines
- Students will develop their communicative skills by writing and debating ideas in a clear, concise and coherent manner. They will also cultivate their ability to analyse, evaluate and critique a wide range of material. They will improve their knowledge of the Portuguese language and be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of Lusophone culture and history.
|Assessment Task||Formative or Summative||Weighting within unit (if summative)|
|1 Essay||Formative and Summative||25%|
Formative or Summative
Oral feedback on group presentations
Formative and Summative
Written feedback on both coursework essays, and a one-to-one feedback session (during office hours/by appointment)
Formative and Summative
Patrick Chabal et al., A History of Postcolonial Lusophone Africa. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002). HD
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|David Bailey||Unit coordinator|