Requirements for the Minor in Brazilian Studies
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Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country, the world’s largest Portuguese-speaking country, and the largest country in South America. A BRICS member, Brazil is also a member of the G-20. Portuguese is spoken in 11 countries on 4 continents.
Students from the Faculties of Medical Sciences, Law, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences can now substitute one Foundation Course for a Cave Hill course in a foreign language at a level appropriate to their prior exposure, as determined by the Discipline of Modern Languages (note that you may not substitute specific Foundation courses that your Faculty requires you to take). Courses are available in Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Contact the Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature for further information.

Level I (All 3 courses are compulsory)

PORT1001 – Portuguese Language IA  
PORT1002 – Portuguese Language IB
CLTR1050 – Aspects of Brazilian Culture I
Levels II & III (Any 4 level II/III courses chosen from the following)

Level II Level III
PORT2001 - Portuguese Language IIA PORT3500 – Portuguese for Tourism and Business
PORT2002 - Portuguese Language IIB CLTR3200 – Brazilian Film
CLTR2050 – Aspects of Brazilian Culture II HIST3103 – Brazil in the 20th Century
PORT2055 – Introduction to Brazilian Literature HIST3106 – History of Carnival in Brazil


Level I
PORT1001 – Portuguese Language IA – Beginners
The goal of this course is to develop in participants receptive and productive skills that will enable them to use the target language effectively to communicate with native speakers in various social contexts. Classroom activities will be based on real life situations. Reading materials include themes like art and culture, economy and industry, tourism, geography and the evolution of Brazilian society, with emphasis on its history and culture.
PORT1002 – Portuguese Language IB
Prerequisite: PORT1001
The course is designed to further develop receptive and productive competence and to provide further input for sociolinguistic fluency in Portuguese. Students will be presented with cultural input which will allow them to advance beyond routine situations and equip them for competent interaction in the target community. Themes include popular art forms, folklore, traditional festivals, creative arts, entertainment, Brazilian popular music, carnival rhythms.
Level II

PORT2001 - Portuguese Language IIA
Prerequisite: PORT1002
The course is designed to further develop receptive and productive competence in Portuguese Language and to provide enough cultural information for social as well as linguistic performance. Students will be provided with a content base and language skills to advance them beyond routine situations and survival purposes and to equip them for competent interaction in the target language community. Themes include: Travelling, ways of transportation, use of the telephone, posting letters, searching for a house, having a bank account, looking for employment, education, cinema and theatre.
PORT2002 - Portuguese Language IIB
Prerequisite: PORT2001
This course will enable students to improve language performance by providing them with content that is relevant to situations in which they must express their points of view. Emphasis will be placed on the acquisition and use of a wider formal vocabulary as opposed to vernacular language. Materials used will focus on Brazilian cinema, the creative arts, and Brazilian popular music.
Level III
PORT3500 – Portuguese for Tourism and Business
Prerequisite: PORT2002
The aim of this course is to provide participants with a thorough knowledge base at the advanced level of Portuguese business terminology and communication as well as introduce them to the field of tourism and hotel management, providing them with the basic concepts and equipping them to use the appropriate Portuguese vocabulary as relates to these fields.
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