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Unit information: Cultural Exchange in the Lusophone Atlantic, 16th-17th Centuries in 2021/22

Unit name Cultural Exchange in the Lusophone Atlantic, 16th-17th Centuries
Unit code HISP20089
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Lingna Nafafe
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The Unit aims to introduce students to the history of cultural exchanges between Lusophone Africa and Brazil from 16th – 17th centuries—that is, during the period of the Atlantic slave trade. It provides students with in depth knowledge that will enable them to engage broadly with the Atlantic world, its peoples, cultures, expressions, and experiences. The Unit will provide narratives and interpretations of themes such as: Understanding the journey; the birth of slavery in Lusophone Africa; the rise of the Atlantic slave trade; knowledge brought by slaves from Africa to Brazil; Lusophone African-influenced cultural forms from Brazil; race, religion, cultural consumption, politics and music.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Successful students will:

  1. be able to respond to questions or problems by presenting their independent judgements in an appropriate style and at an high level of complexity;
  2. Develop critical interpretations of the past appropriate to level I
  3. be able to transfer these skills to other working environments, including study at a foreign university and on work placements during the year abroad
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively.
  5. Demonstrate sophisticated presentation skills.

Teaching Information

2 contact hours per week.

Assessment Information

1 2000 word essay (summative, 50%), assessing ILOs 1&2.

1 2-hour exam (summative, 50%), assessing ILOs 1&2.

1 group presentation on topic chosen by students (formative), assessing ILOs 3-5


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How much time the unit requires
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