Fall Term (Odd Years)
This is a cooperative program with Hobart and William Smith Colleges through the Partnership for Global Education (PGE).
Based in São Paulo, this program is offered in conjunction with the Fundãcao Armando Alvares Penteado, a renowned higher learning institution in Brazil and host to over a hundred international students each term. With a population of more than 19 million people, São Paulo is the largest metropolis in South America and the third largest city in the world.
Brazil is geographically the biggest country in Latin America and the fifth largest in the world. It is a land rich in beauty and contrasts, from the breathtaking Amazon rainforest to the cultural vitality of its people.
Set apart from predominantly Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil's Portuguese-based culture has fostered one of the most racially and ethnically diverse countries on the continent. Its heritage of African and European peoples, Japanese immigrants and its indigenous population make Brazil ideal for the study of economic development, sociocultural diversity, and social and political democratization.
And with 44 national parks that preserve a range of ecosystems in mountains, swamplands and desert-like sand, Brazil is perfect for studying the natural world. The megapolis of São Paulo, with all the resources, amenities and challenges of any contemporary global urban center, offers a unique perspective to study Brazil's sustainability initiatives and policies to protect water resources and varied ecosystems while managing the needs of a constantly growing population.
Course of Study
Women, Environment and Social Change
Social, political, and economic policies toward the environment impact all members of society. This course will explore how such policies, especially those dealing with water resources, affect and are interconnected to social transformation for women. Students will visit NGO's, community centers and cooperatives, shantytowns, a water treatment station, dams and hydroelectric plants, water reserves and rivers. There will be guest speakers (community leaders and activists, architects, engineers, politicians) to present on some of the topics or to guide the group during our visits.
Survey of Brazilian Society
A survey of relevant issues and aspects of Brazilian communities: Afro-Brazilian religions; the Catholic Church, Evangelical movements, and social change; racism; construction of cultural and ethnic identities; social structure and social class; crime and social control; the economy and urbanization; language and culture. Students will visit NGO's, museums and cultural centers, historical sites and communities as part of the course. There will be a number of guest speakers covering various topics.
Contemporary Brazilian Cinema
This course offers an interdisciplinary study of contemporary Brazilian cinema focusing on issues of representation, reception and spectatorship, and construction of (national, cultural, gender, and racial) identity. In addition to the films viewed as part of the course, reviews and substantive readings will contribute to an examination of five main topics: 1) Constructions of Gender; 2) Representations of National Identity; 3) Race and Class; 4) Queer Images; and, 5) Marginality and Violence. All films studied in class will link two or more of these topics.
Portuguese I or II
All students will take a course in Portuguese language offered in conjunction with Associacao Alumni in São Paulo. Students will be placed in an appropriate level upon taking a placement exam.
As part of the program, a variety of local excursions in and around São Paulo will be included, such as day trips to the port city of Santos (the largest seaport in Latin America), Embu and Salesópolis. Other excursions in Brazil may include visits to Paraty (Rio de Janeiro State), Rio de Janeiro and Salvador (Bahia State).
- Successful completion of Basic Portuguese (POR 100) before the term abroad.
Students will be placed with a host family while in São Paulo.
(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
- January: Application deadline is the third Friday of winter term.
- February: Non-refundable deposit due at the Cashier's Office in McKean House, and receipt brought to the International Programs Office
- Spring term: Orientation meetings
- Early September: Program begins
- Mid-December: Program ends